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Riding the magic bus with Osprey Packs at Red Rock Rendezvous by Carson Warner

March 26th, 2009

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 Carson Warner’s account of riding on a “magic bus”…

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to take part in a sport climbing clinic at the Red Rock Rendezvous just outside of Las Vegas. From the outset I was thoroughly impressed with the well-organized nature of the event. I found the staff, comprised primarily of guides from the American Alpine Institute, to be extremely helpful and patient as they successfully conveyed hundreds of climbers throughout Red Rock Canyon.

My particular clinic was set at Magic Bus, a collection of 5.8 and 5.9 routes with names such as Ken Queasy and Electric Koolaid. No one I spoke with could offer any explanation for the psychedelic nomenclature, but whatever floats your boat. Kevin Wilkinson, the instructor for my clinic and a sponsored athlete, was awesome to say the least. Kevin detailed climbing intricately enough to leave little to wonder and then adeptly demonstrated the techniques he described-including some poor ones he termed “bear on a ladder” and “penguin out of water.” Watching him take falls was, let’s say, interesting to someone new to the sport like myself.

In the end it was a free for all as the six of us students were released on the “Bus.” I climbed three of the routes, with Kevin and his two assistants providing guidance throughout. Overall it was a great day on the rock with fair weather and good company. I learned a great deal about climbing and was humbled by the knowledge and skill of the climbers I was privileged to be amongst. The Rendezvous was excellent and I can’t wait to return next year!

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