Today, Jailhouse Rock outside of Sonora, California is entering a brand-new era in climbing. But for 20 years, it was nothing more than an open secret with limited access. While climbers like Beth Rodden and Alex Honnold cut their teeth here, access was extremely sensitive because it ran through private property. The landowner was supportive of climbing but equally weary of letting Jailhouse Rock become known. Thanks to the efforts of the Access Fund and local climbers, an easement was negotiated with the landowner — thus opening it up to a whole new world (and era) of climbing.
Today marks the kick-off of the Red Rock Rendezvous, and its 10 year anniversary, at Red Rocks Conservation Area in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. The event is a veritable extravaganza of outdoor adventure, which includes back-to-back clinics focused on climbing, mountain biking, trail running and more. Powered by Mountain Gear and yours truly, Osprey Packs, we’ll be there to help celebrate and make it as unforgettable an event as ever!
Osprey Packs will be providing mountain bike clinics through the weekend at Red Rocks with the likes of Osprey Pro Athlete Alison Gannett and Osprey Amateur Athlete Jeff Fox. We’ll have demo bikes from our friends at Trek Bicycles and much more.
Saturday’s bound to be a big day, with Osprey-sponsored climbing clinics instructed by Osprey Athletes and pro climbers Majka Burhardt and Beth Rodden. Majka will instruct a “Learn to Trad Lead” clinic, and Beth will be leading a clinic on “Intermediate Sport and Techniques.” Adding to that, Saturday we’ll host a “Meet the Osprey Athletes” event from the booth with free poster signings. Come by the Osprey Booth from 6-6:30 to see Majka Burhardt, who will be signing posters and talking about her latest adventures. Right after, Beth Rodden will be signing posters and talking about her latest adventures from 7-7:30! For more information about the schedule and to sign up for clinics, visit the Red Rocks Rendezvous website here.
Throughout the weekend, Osprey Packs will also be stationed at its booth offering free pack demos, and we’ll have the brand-new line of men’s and women’s 2013 hydration packs and Variant and Mutant climbing packs there for you to try on. We’ll also be offering free pro pack sizings, fittings and advice from Osprey Packs experts throughout the event.
Adding a little more recreation to the event’s festivities, come by the Osprey booth to play our Access Fund Bola Bowl/Ladder Toss Game and you may win a free pack as we raise funds for the Access Fund! Then, try your hand at our “Fix a Flat Contest” and race against the clock to win prizes that include our spring 2013 line of Osprey hydration packs! To top it all off, we’ll have daily giveaways with swag, stickers and catalogs — so stop by to say hi!
We’ll see you at Red Rock!
Osprey Packs is a proud member of The Conservation Alliance and we’re excited to announce that because of strong member support, we have awarded more than $1 million to conservation groups doing incredible things to protect our wild places. Most recently, we awarded 18 grants totaling $550,000, including a grant to the Access Fund to secure permanent access of Jailhouse Rock climbing above, pictured above.
To see more of the places we’re working to protect, please visit The Conservation Alliance’s website.
Officially the 2nd annual Access Fund sponsored Adopt-a-crag at Falling Rock Climbing Area was a wet, but huge success. Teaming up together the Black Hills Climbers Coalition, North Central Section of the American Alpine Club, Access Fund, and the National Forest Service tackled cleaning up the Falling Rock Climbing area just outside of Rapid City, South Dakota. The dreary morning started out with an envoy of climbers tramping through Falling Rock Canyon polishing up the crag for litter. Participants helped clean up everything from cigarette butts, old sneakers, various beverage containers, bike tires, rubbermade tubs, a couch and even a few old computers that some idiots decided to launch off the cliffs above.
New River Rendezvous kicks off May 20 and runs through May 22. Osprey, as always, is a proud sponsor of this grassroots climbing event in the New River Gorge. The Rendezvous is the annual fundraising gig for the New River Alliance of Climbers. It’s a fun and friendly three-day celebration of climbers, climbing and the New River Gorge.
The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 10 Osprey ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country over 2009, lands in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Red Rocks Rendezvous. Here is brand team’er Theresa Blake’s red rock review.
Thanks to Osprey Packs, I was among 1000+ other lucky climbers who got to enjoy the 6th annual Red Rock Rendezvous this weekend in Las Vegas at the Red Rock National Conservation Area. I have never attended the Rendezvous before and had only ever seen pictures of the area, so naturally I was stoked to be going. I signed up for a clinic and hit the road to Las Vegas with my tent and trusty Osprey pack.
I was pleased to find a nationally protected conservation area in the midst of the Mojave Desert rife with unique geological features and ancient desert culture (quite the contrary to what most people envision when you think of Las Vegas). The Strip is just 13 miles to the east but is definitely small and pale in comparison to this place. Views abound for miles along the Keystone Thrust Fault with dramatic red and tan sandstone mixed up with rocks from ancient oceans.
The festival itself, which benefits the Access Fund, was held at Spring Mountain Ranch with camping offsite at Bonnie Springs, and was nicely put together by a hard working crew who were super friendly and helpful to boot. A funky-looking solar powered generator that reminded you of the sun and its vast capabilities accompanied the stage.
Climbing, food and libation vendors were poised offering something for everyone to buy or enjoy for free, thanks to generous sponsors. The beer provided by New Belgium Brewing Co was delicious and was served in cups made out of corn instead of plastic.
The Rendezvous was highly organized and brought together an amazing roster of professional climbers like Joe Kinder, Sonnie Trotter, Katie Brown, Micah Dash and a whole bunch of other superbly talented athletes to teach clinics and offer resources to fellow aspiring climbers. I found most everyone I met to be down to earth, fun and really, really excited about climbing.
With over 1,000 routes available in Red Rocks, there was definitely something for climbers of all ability levels. Add good beer, friends and music to this and you really can’t go wrong.
SIDEBAR: I learned about a mishap that occurred last year that reminded me how personally responsible we are when we recreate not only in the mountains, but everywhere we go. Apparently an event attendee vandalized a historic building at Spring Mountain Ranch during the festival. As a result, area officials mandated camping for the event be moved from the green-ish field directly next to the event pavilion out to the dustier Bonnie Springs lot several miles away. This made for “special” camping quarters when 40+ MPH gusts kicked up.
I was surprised to hear that someone attending an event like this would do such a thing given the event is a benefit for the Access Fund, but bad things sometimes happen when you get a whole bunch of people around with alcohol being served. This gives the climbing community a bad name and as we learned firsthand this weekend, cuts off our access and takes away our privileges.