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The 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo is Almost Here

January 16th, 2013

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Hueco Rock Rodeo, and Osprey is proud to be a sponsor of the event itself. The Hueco Rock Rodeo is one of the longest-standing climbing competitions in U.S. history, and although it’s undergone many changes over the years, it’s still put together by the local climbing community, and with help from organizations such as, most recently, the American Alpine Club. Every year since 1989, the Rodeo has brought together climbers of all abilities to compete in an entire weekend of climbing at Hueco Tanks in El Paso, Texas.

Year after year, the Rodeo has attracted big-name climbers from around the country. This year’s event promises an impressive lineup. Here’s the rundown, via Rock and Ice:

The long weekend this year will include the legendary Fred Nicole, who is going to be cooking pancakes to fuel everyone up Saturday morning. Paige Claassen and Abbey Smith are presenting the Inca Odyssey slideshow and Paul Robinson is premiering his movie Chasing Winter. After the comp Angie Payne will be presenting her sideshow titled, Discovering and Establishing Boulders in Greenland. The festivities Saturday will also include our 2nd Annual Art Show featuring local photographer Sam Davis and artist Vanessa Compton, our 2nd Annual Dyno Comp, and the mechanical bull, which is returning by popular demand! Also for the first time we are proud to include some of the cultural aspects of Hueco Tanks into the Rodeo, with the Rock Art Tour set up by the staff at Hueco Tanks.

This year’s event will span President’s Day Weekend, February 15th through the 17th. Here’s the full schedule of events, via the Hueco Rock Rodeo site:

Friday February 15th:

2:30-4:30 p.m. – Hueco Rock Art tour
4-8:00 p.m. – Preregistration and raffle booth open, raffle money going to the Youth Outreach Program
7:00 p.m. – Burrito dinner by Marmot & beer from Fat Tire
7:30 p.m. – Slideshow, Paige Claassen and Abbey Smith for the women’s side of the Incan Odyssey, Marmot’s 30 day expedition to develop unclimbed alpine boulders and explore a remote valley in the Peruvian Andes.
8:30p.m. – Movie Premier!! Paul Robinson presenting his movie Chasing Winter

Saturday, February 16th:
The competition will start and finish at the Hueco Rock Ranch
6:45 a.m. – Registration
6:30-7:30 a.m. – Breakfast COOKED BY FRED NICOLE!
7:00-8:00 a.m. – Participants can try on shoes to demo for the day
7-8:00 a.m. – North Mountain video will ****IF YOU ARE COMPETING ON NORTH MUNTAIN (you will be told where you are competing when you register) YOU MUST WATCH THE NORTH MOUNTAIN VIDEO—IT WILL BE SHOWING IN THE RANCH HOUSE BY A PARK STAFF MEMBER********
7:30-8:45 – Line up for shuttles to the Tanks
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. – The 20th Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo
5:00 p.m. – The comp ends
4:30-6:00 p.m. – Shuttles leave the Park and take participants back to the Ranch
5:00-6:45 p.m. – Turn in score cards at the Ranch House
5:00-8:00 p.m. – Raffle booth open, raffle money going to the Youth Outreach Program
4:30-8:30 p.m. – Local Art work by Sam Davis and Vanessa Compton displayed and on sale in the Ranch House
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Dinner
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Mechanical Bull riding available for 1$ per ride
8:00-8:45 p.m. – Slideshow by Angie Payne on her trip to Greenland discovering and establishing new boulder problems
9:00-10:00p.m. – Dyno Comp
9:00-11:00 p.m. – Raffle prizes given away
10:00-11:00p.m. – Awards ceremony
11:-00p.m.-3 a.m. – DJ Some Homeless Dead Guy and bonfire

Sunday, February 17th Youth Comp & Clinics begin and end at the Hueco Rock Ranch
8:00 a.m. – Youth Comp & Clinics breakfast registration
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Competitors and Clinic participants can try on shoes to demo for the day
9:30 a.m. – Youth Comp competitors head into the park
10:00 a.m. – Clinics leave for the park
6:00 p.m. – Rodeo Round-up BBQ & Youth Comp prizes awarded

We hope to see you there!

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