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The Craggin' Classic

Unites climbers around the campfire in world-class climbing destinations across the U.S. Among great people, great food, and amazing atmosphere, the weekend-long Craggin' Classic climbing celebrations are focused on community, competency, stewardship and fundraising.
photo credit Jeff Deikis
The AAC's Craggin' Classic Series is a premier gathering of the tribe celebrating our traditions, culture, and craft. The components of the Craggin' Classic Series include community fellowship, competency and education, stewardship of our resources, and fundraising for critical programs such as the AAC's Live Your Dream Grant. Our aim is to gather the tribe in iconic climbing destinations nationwide and deliver on these components. Each weekend-long celebration is made possible through the partnership and leadership of our local businesses, volunteers, local climber coalitions, and industry partners.


Gathering together with a purpose is the heart and soul of our club. We share ideas, pass along knowledge, help improve the landscapes, and we care. Our social events celebrate our past, our recent achievements, and our future. We provide the best gear sales and games and even raise substantial dollars to benefit climbing grants and conservation projects. When we gather, we make a difference.


Working with local guides and professional athletes, the Craggin' Classic Series is fast becoming the nation's premier resource for technical clinics on a wide range of topics for climbers at every level. The clinics are designed to deliver something far beyond what most climbers are able to learn in a gym. Expect to find clinics focused on Alpinism & Mountaineering, Trad/Multi-Pitch Climbing, and Physical Conditioning & Technique. A plethora of safety response skills and certifications are also available at most events.


We support healthy climbing landscapes; it's part of the AAC mission. Working with local climbing organizations and land managers, each event involves a stewardship component where climbers can put some of our brawn and brains into efforts aimed at conservation, sustainability and access.

SLC, UT - August 28-30, 2015

A gathering of the climbing tribe in the Salt Lake area to connect, climb, learn, eat, drink, dance, and celebrate the SLC community!
photo credit Mike Schrif
Join the American Alpine Club, Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, C.A.M.P. USA, and Black Diamond for the annual Salt Lake Craggin' Classic held at the Peruvian Lodge in Alta, Utah. A weekend long event that focuses on providing education in the way of competency clinics from Mountain Education and Development, as well as some of today's top athletes. We'll kick off the event on Saturday morning with a Breakfast by presenting sponsor Black Diamond, then we'll move into a day of clinics with MED and some amazing athletes sent our way by the great collection of partners we have this year. Get ready, because Saturday night you'll get fed by your favorite Nepalese restaurant, the Himalayan Kitchen and Moab Brewery will be pouring their finest beverages for the adult crowd. Grab a seat and enjoy the show, we’ll have Black Diamond athlete Mason Earle presenting some of his latest First Ascents in the American West. Then get ready to party with the musical genius, Matty D! Don't stay out too late, you've got some climbing to do the next day!

Registration Information:

Tickets are sold online at
Bring your own Plate and Fork!!!
Weekend passes WITH Clinics are $95 which includes a Klean Kanteen Steel Pint Cup and a super slick hat, Saturday night camping, two breakfasts, Dinner by Himalayan Kitchen, clinics on Sat. and Sun., entrance into the vendor fair, games, beer by Himalayan Kitchen, presentations, and much more!
Tickets will be sold online and at the door...first come, first serve for clinics.
Weekend passes WITHOUT Clinics are $45 and includes everything BUT clinics for the weekend.
Saturday Night Passes are $25 and include camping, dinner by Himalayan Kitchen, entrance into vendor fair, presentations, beer by Moab Brewery, and much more!!!
ALL Proceeds from the SLC Craggin' Classic benefit the American Alpine Club's Rocky Mountain Region Live Your Dream Grant (money for YOU to go on your dream trip) and the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.
Register Here

Event Details:

Friday, August 28th

9am - 4:30PM
Full Day Clinics
Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon
Multi-Pitch Mileage
Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing
Intermediate Multi-Pitch Climbing
Intermediate Multi-Pitch
Advanced Multi-Pitch Climbing

Saturday, August 29th

8am - 9am
Yoga provided by Lululemon of Park City. Embrace the day and get ready for some climbing with the fantastic teachers from Lululemon.
8:30 - 10am
Breakfast by Black Diamond! Come grab a burrito and coffee, check out some new shoes or other equipment from one of our sponsors, and get ready for a day of instruction and fun with Mountain Education and Development!
4:30pm - 8pm: Vendor fair, games, giveaways, Dinner with Himalayan Kitchen, and Beverages provided by Moab Brewery
8pm - 9:30pm: Saturday night presentation
9:30pm - whenever: Dance Party with Matty D!
10am - 1pm, then 2pm - 5pm
Half Day Clinics
Multi Pitch Transistions and Efficiency
Anchors for Climbing
Base Site Self Rescue
Top Site Self Rescue
10am - 4:30pm
Full Day Clinics
Outdoor rock Climbing for Kids
Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Sport Lead Climbing
Traditional Lead Climbing

Sunday, August 30th

8am - 9am
Yoga with Lululemon
8:30am - 10am
Breakfast and Demo equipment pick up
10am - 1pm
Half Day Clinics
clinics are the same as Saturday
10am - 5pm
Full Day Clinics
clinics are the same as Saturday
check in demo gear and head home!
Brought to you by:
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

SMITH ROCK, OR - Sept 4-6, 2015

photo credit Luke Humphrey
The American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. are back for our annual Smith Rock Craggin' Classic from September 4-6th with pro athletes Beth Rodden and Jonathan Siegrist. This celebration over Labor Day weekend brings climbers together from around the world for games, food, beverages and the Craggin' Classic Raffle on Saturday night.

Festival Pass Only Includes:

  • Friday night Black Diamond Happy Hour beer ticket
  • Saturday SRCFC breakfast and BBQ Dinner sponsored by Clif Bar
  • Kleen Canteen pint cup
  • AAC trucker hat
  • Saturday evening movies: Sufferfest I & 2
Clinics (see below) are an additional $30 for AAC members and $40 for non-members. Purchase both for the full Craggin Classic experience!
Register Here

Event Details:

Event details and Registration Coming Soon! Climbing Areas: Smith Rock State Park
Event Headquarters: Terrebonne Depot and Smith Rock State Park
Camping: Smith Rock State Park bivy area or Skull Hollow Campground

Friday, September 4th

5PM - The Black Diamond Happy Hour at Redpoint Climbers Supply Friday night beginning at 5pm. Beer, door prizes and slideshow later that evening.

Saturday, September 5th

All day clinics and shoe demos will be all day on Saturday throughout Smith Rock. Clinic participants meet and check in at the registration tent from 7:00 - 9:00 AM Saturday morning (in front of the Welcome Yurt in the parking lot). Breakfast is provided by SRCFC. Clinic descriptions are listed below.
  • 7:00 - 9:00 AM Registration at the Welcome Yurt
  • 9:00 AM - Clinic participants meet at Welcome Yurt
  • 4:30 - 9:00 PM - Games and door prizes presented by our sponsors at the Saturday afternoon vendor fair at the Terrebonne Depot.
  • 5PM - BBQ buffet presented by Clif Bar and Terrebonne Depot
  • An evening showing of Sufferfest I & II begins at dark in the Rab Festival Tent. Win gear and prizes during the Craggin' Classic Raffle at intermission!


Saturday Clinics presented by First Ascent/Chockstone Climbing Guides
(Clinics depart from the Welcome Yurt at 9am and end at 3pm.)
  • Climbing Technique: Footwork with Beth Rodden - One of the most important and critical skills to have in order to really ramp your climbing up. Smith is the perfect spot to hone this important component of your technique.
  • Climbing Technique: Next Level Sport Climbing with Jonathan Seigrist - Body position, mental state, technique, strategy and fitness all come together when you get the final send. JStar will tell you how to get there.
  • Beginning Rock Climbing - great for new climbers and people coming back to the sport and needing a refresher. Learn modern safety techniques and movement on the rock.
  • Intermediate Trad Leading and Crack Technique - if you need the skills to break into new terrain that require more simple hand and foot jams, and learn more advanced gear protection strategies.
  • Taking it Outside: From the Gym to the Crag - you've been sending hard inside, but are a bit intimidated by going outside. Learn how to manage the different kinds of anchors, how to clean them and methods for leading and rappelling outdoors safely.
  • Light & Fast Alpinism - Strategies and techniques on taking a minimalist approach to the mountains safely. Big routes are being completed in record times; use the learning from those efforts and adopt them to your own systems.
  • Trad Gear: Leading and Anchors - Venture away from the bolted lines and learn what's needed to climb cracks and place your own gear.
  • Huge Days with a Light Rack with Blake Herrington - How to prep, plan and complete a long route or linkup in light weight alpine style. Strategy and technique are discussed.
  • Climber Self-Rescue and Rappelling Systems - Essential skill ALL climbers should know about managing emergency situations. Rappelling systems will also be discussed.
  • Wilderness First Aid with Longleaf Wilderness Medicine September 6th-7th - Register Here for the WFA Course

Sunday, September 6th

Stewardship Day
8:00 AM - Welcome yurt: Join our friends at the Mazamas and give some love back to the park on this stewardship day. We work with the park rangers to fortify, build and maintain the trails around the more impacted areas to keep this amazing place protected.
Brought to you by:
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

NORTH CONWAY, NH - September 11-13, 2015

Pig Roast and Live Music, Clinics and Slide Shows, Pancake Breakfast and more!
photo credit Bryan Rafferty
Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. USA at the North Conway Craggin’ Classic this September 11-13, 2015! 
Gear demos, raffles, and giveaways from our additional amazing sponsors: Rab, Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Goal Zero, Clif Bar, Metrorock Climbing Centers, Red Chili, Savage Gear, and more!   
The festivities will take place at the Glen Ellis Campground, kicking off Friday evening with slideshows from local heroes and tasty libations from Tuckerman’s Brewery
Saturday morning there will be pancake breakfast and coffee from International Mountain Equipment, Bagels Plus, and the Gear Doc before you head out climbing! 
Friends of the Ledge will organize a stewardship project on Saturday to help keep up the trails around Cathedral. Or sign up for clinics, taught by guides and pros like Whitney Boland, Blake Herrington, Ian Osteyee, and Majka Burhardt! Additional clinics sponsored by CAMP USA, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Metrorock Climbing Centers, and Chicks Climbing!
Get back in time for happy hour hosted by Rab in the vendor village! Or give your pack a lightweight overhaul at the CAMP booth for prizes! More gear give-aways, demos and debauchery this year in the vendor village!
By Saturday evening the pig will be roasted! Join our continuing tradition of good food and good times — there will be plenty of veggie options, as well! Tuckerman’s Brewery will keep pouring cold and tasty libations, and the raffle and gear giveaways will continue! Finally, there will be amazing nighttime entertainment with a very special movie screening of Jeff Lowe’s "Metanoia"!  
Sunday starts up with coffee and pancake breakfast. Pack up your camp and grab some gear demos, then head out to a second day of amazing clinics
Members receive 20% off total ticket price.
  • Check-in for the campground ends at 9:30pm on Friday night. If you are going to be later than this, you MUST make prior arrangements by emailing Jenn Flemming (contact above.) There is a gate at the campground that WILL BE LOCKED, so this is essential!
  • When you check in at the campground office upon arrival, you will need to put down a refundable deposit of $10 CASH for a gate key.
Questions? Or want to volunteer? Please contact Jenn Flemming


$50 Weekend Pass
  • Kleen Kanteen steel cup & beverages
  • AAC trucker hat
  • Friday and Saturday camping! 
  • Pig roast & BBQ dinner on Saturday night!
  • Pancake breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings!
Skills Clinics on Saturday and Sunday are $75 and require preregistration online. To buy your clinic tickets, CLICK HERE!
$10 Friday Pass Entertainment and libations. Bring your own cup, or purchase an AAC steel cup for $5.
$20 Saturday Pass 
  • Entertainment and dinner.  
  • Bring your own cup, or purchase an AAC steel cup for $5.  Libations available.  
Register Here


When: Friday, Sept 11- Sunday, Sept 13
Where: Glen Ellis Campground Glen, NH
Friday Night
  • 5-7 pm Check-in at the Pavilion, set up camp
  • 7-9pm Local heroes slideshows, food truck (not included in ticket), and beverages (included)
  • 8-9am Breakfast brought to you by The Gear Doc, IME, and Bagels Plus!
  • 8-10am Vendor Village and Gear Demos (test out new gear from one of our amazing sponsors for the day!)
  • 8:30-2pm Clinics! Meet at the Pavilion by 8:30am (with gear, so come earlier to get your demos!) and find your guide!
  • 8:30am-1pm Stewardship Project with Friends of the Ledge! Meet at 8:30am at the Pavilion and head on over to Cathedral Ledge to help with a trail-building activity!
  • 3-6pm Vendor Village! Come check out new gear, play games, give your pack a lightweight overhaul with CAMP for prizes!
  • 5-6pm Happy Hour at the Rab booth
  • 6pm The pig is served! Along with a lot of great veggie options, too!
  • 7-9pm Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia movie screening, raffle, gear giveaways, more!
  • 8-9am Pancake Breakfast from The Gear Doc, IME, and Bagels Plus!
  • 8-9am Vendor Village and Gear Demos
  • 8:30am-2pm Clinics! Meet at the Pavilion by 8:30am (with gear, so come earlier to get your demos!)
  • 4pm Return All Demo gear at IME in North Conway. Hit the road.


Choose from an array of clinics offered on Saturday and Sunday. All clinics meet at 8:30am at Glen Ellis Campground and return at 2:30pm. 
All clinics will have between 4-8 participants. The AAC reserves the right to cancel any clinic with less than 4 signups.  
  • Intermediate/Advanced Crack Climbing Skills, jamming techniques and footwork training aimed at intermediate to advanced climbers (able to follow 5.9 or harder).
  • Beginner Trad Climbing Skills, learn the best techniques for granite trad climbing, aimed at beginner to intermediate climbers.
  • Trad Anchors and Protection,aimed at beginner to intermediate climbers who want to learn all about trad gear and building bomber anchors.
  • Women's Trad Climbing Clinic, join an all-women's group to work on trad climbing skills; all levels welcome. Offered Saturday and Sunday.
  • Intro to Multi-Pitch Systems, aimed at intermediate to advanced climbers who want to learn techniques for efficient multi-pitch anchoring, belaying, and transitions
  • Huge Days with a Light Rack, taught by CAMP pro climber Blake Herrington. Learn how to climb more pitches in less time. This clinic will cover the basics of making the transition from the single-pitch to the multi-pitch environment with a particular focus on the gear, systems, strategies and tactics that contribute to maximizing multi-pitch days. For intermediate climbers with some multi-pitch experience. Sunday Only.
  • Fast & Light Alpinism, taught by CAMP pro climber Ian Osteyee, this clinic introduces the style of fast and light and provides the opportunity for aspiring or current alpine climbers to apply the ethic to their own climbing and goals. For the intermediate climber/alpinist. Saturday only. 
  • Self-Rescue SkillS,  learn the skills you need to be a safe, competent, and prepared climber in the case of an accident. Saturday only. 

Brought to you by:
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV - Sept 17-20, 2015

photo credit Jay Young

Join the American Alpine Club, C.A.M.P., Black Diamond, New River Mountain Guides, and the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC) for the 4th annual Craggin' Classic in the New River Gorge. The festivities will take place at the American Alpine Club's campground, kicking off Thursday evening with a very special movie screening of Jeff Lowe's "Metanoia". NRAC will host a stewardship project on Friday to complete a trail leading to Butcher's Branch. Misty Mountain Threadworks will host a ping-pong tournament Friday afternoon. And it continues all weekend long with Pisgah Brewing pouring cold tasty libations! Continuing the tradition, we will have our Friday Night Pig Pickin' & Live Old Time Music. Count on the ever-entertaining Pat Goodman Friday night with a slide show of his most recent trip to the Northwest Territories. More gear give-aways, demos and debauchery this year in the vendor village--think 'Price is Right'. Saturday includes coffee and breakfast before setting out to climb. New River Mountain Guides will host an array of clinics with top athletes to build upon your skills and psyche! Enter the NRG Bouldering Comp, crush your proj or build your skills, and roll your bones back to the campground for Saturday night! Happy Hour with Black Diamond kicks off at 6:30 PM followed by dinner, games, dyno comp., and vendor village debauchery. With Mercury in retrograde, the dance party will be off the chain this year! Sunday wraps up with coffee and breakfast and some restorative yoga, you're going to need it!


Tickets will be sold online at the Tickets are limited to 350 Weekend and Day Passes.

BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK! No cutlery will be provided, Kleen Kanteen steel cups will be sold. Weekend Pass includes steel cup. CARPOOL ! Each car-load of 3 or more people will receive raffle tickets per-person for pilling in and saving gas!

Weekend Passes are $50 , which includes:

  • Kleen Kanteen steel cup & cold one
  • AAC trucker hat
  • Friday and Saturday camping, entertainment, and meals (minus lunch)
  • Sunday morning breakfast

Day Passes are $20 , which includes:

  • Entertainment and dinner.
  • Bring your own cup, or purchase an AAC steel cup for $5. Libations available.

Clinics range from $30 half to $60 full day.

All proceeds from the NRG Craggin' Classic benefit the Live Your Dream Grant in the Southeast Region ($ to climb for YOU).

Registration is closed. But walk-ins are welcome.

Event Details:

Thursday, September 17

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jeff Lowe's "Metanoia" Film Screening
$10 @ AAC NRG Campground

Friday, September 18

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Trail building project with NRAC

Meet at the Kaymoor parking lot to do trail work leading to Butcher's Branch with the New River Alliance of Climbers. All participants will receive swag!
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ping-Pong Tournament with Misty Mountain

Misty Mountain is hosting a bracket style tournament with prizes for the winner!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pig Pickin' & Live Old Time Music

Join us for din din and settle into the campground. BBQ style Pig Roast with sides. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Part One of the Silent Auction & Vendor Village

Visit the AAC booth to check out and bid on our huge gear give-away, walk the vendor village!
9:00 PM - 10:00PM
Pat Goodman slide show: Moriane Hill Madness: A climber's journey into the indefinite.

Outdoor Research Presents: Veteran adventurer Pat Goodman takes Jessa Goebel on her first journey from the comforts of our modern world and introduces her to the isolated alpine climbing of Canada's Northwest Territories; sometimes the climbing is the easy part.

Saturday, September 19

8:00 AM
Coffee & Breakfast
Hearty breakfast burritos and coffee. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Half Day Clinics & Gear Demos

Meet in the vendor village: demo the latest and greatest gear from our wonderful sponsors, break out into climbing clinics for the day:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Full Day Clinics & SCARPA Bouldering Competition
Meet in the vendor village: demo the latest and greatest gear from our wonderful sponsors, break out into climbing clinics for the day:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Happy Hour with Black Diamond
Join the usual suspects for some FREE concoctions; liquor before beer...
7:00PM - 9:00 PM
Worn to shreds? We hope so, and welcome you back to the campground for cold beverages and taco dinner. Mingle around the fire and participate in the photo booth. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Part Two of the Silent Auction & Vendor Village
Same gear, second day. Make sure you aren't out-bid! Remember all proceeds benefit the Southeast's Live Your Dream Grant! Enter-to-win debaucherous games from your favorite sponsors: Metolius Sumo Wrestling and Petzl Plinko! Bring cash or card to enter. Big prizes!
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Clif Dyno Competition with fresh beats by DJ Carl
$10 Enter-to-win dyno-comp. Qualifying round best of 6, finals best of 3. Winner takes home prize pack and all the glory.
Dance Party at the Tuggin' Shack with Mracy L 2007
Head back to the Tuggin' Shack and throw down with Marcy L 2007

Sunday, September 20

9:00 AM Breakfast & Restorative Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga for Climbers

  • Roll your old bones out of camp for breakfast including coffee, fresh fruit, hot jacks, and pastries. Participate in some restorative yoga before heading out to climb!


    Climbing Areas: The New River Gorge, WV
    Event Headquarters: AAC NRG Campground
Brought to you by:
American Alpine Club Logo
710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

DEVIL'S LAKE, WI - Oct 16-18, 2015

photo credit James Schroeder
The ONLY Rock Climbing festival in the Upper Mid-West! The Devil’s Lake Craggin Classic will be filled with clinics, equipment demos, Friday night Fish Fry, BEER, presentations, stewardship project, raffle, PARTY, and much more!!!
Join the American Alpine Club this fall at Devil’s Lake for our first Craggin’ Classic event in the Central Region! This weekend will be THE gathering of the climbing tribe in the upper midwest. We’ll kick it off on Friday night with a good ole fashioned Wisconsin fish fry and local brews. Sit back and enjoy Friday evenings presentation from renowned Alpinist Dawn Glanc! Saturday morning grab a cup of coffee and a burrito, then head out to one of the amazing clinics we have lined up. Whether you’re new to climbing or a seasoned veteran, there will be a clinic for everyone. Saturday night we’ll convene at the Chateau on the lake for games, dinner, beer, giveaways, and a special screening of Meru!. Don’t party too hard, or do...we’ll be giving back to the Devil’s Lake area through a stewardship project on Sunday. Get your tickets NOW, clinics will sell out!!!
A few details:
  • No DOGS!
  • Bring your own water bottles, utensils, plates, etc. We are committed to eliminating as much trash as possible, so please do your part and bring re-usable things!
  • Car Pool! Everything will be at/in Devil’s Lake State Park, so all you need to do is get there!
Weekend Pass: $75 - includes:
  • Stainless AAC Craggin’ Classic Pint cup
  • AAC branded hat
  • Camping
  • Entry into the park for the weekend
  • Saturday breakfast and coffee
  • Friday and Saturday night Dinners
  • BEER!
  • 2 half day or one full day clinic on Saturday - Limited spots, so sign up early!
  • Stewardship project on Sunday
  • Friday night and Saturday night presentations
Friday or Saturday Night Pass: $35 - includes:
  • Dinner the night of purchased pass
  • Camping the night of purchased pass
  • Entry into all events/presentations the night of the presentation pass
  • Entry into the park for the day
All AAC members receive a $10 discount on any passes purchased.
Register Here

Event Details:

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015

Basic Self-Rescue (9AM - 12) - AMGA certified guide, Chicks Climbing and Skiing owner and accomplish climber Dawn Glanc will lead this ground school clinic. She will demonstrate how to solve common climbing problems and basic rescue techniques. Learn to ascend a rope, assist a rappel and much more. Some climbing experience required. Capacity: 10
Placing Better Protection (9AM - 12) - Anybody can tie a rope to a tree, but placing good pro in the rock is a skill some have elevated to an art. Local guide, Dawson Robb, provides an overview of trad climbing gear (nuts, hexes, Tricams, cams and their variations) and teaches proper placement, followed by opportunity for placement practice with instructor feedback. Capacity 10
Huge Days with a Light Rack (9AM - 12) - Join pro climber, Blake Herrington, to learn how to climb more pitches in less time. To be an expert in this field, one must operate at a high level not only in the psych department, but also in the area of efficiency. This clinic will cover the basics of making the transition from the single-pitch to the multi-pitch environment with a particular focus on the gear, systems, strategies and tactics that contribute to maximizing multi-pitch days. Capacity: 10
Outdoor Rock Climbing with Kids (9AM - 12) - Want to get your kids or students climbing outside, but unsure how to make it AWESOME? Climbing gym instructor and coach, Jess Pletz, demonstrates fun climbing games and challenges to get younger climbers psyched. Parent/child teams encouraged, but please no more than one adult per youth. Capacity: 10
Intro to Aid Climbing (9AM - 12) - To climb El Cap, you'll need to be superhuman or learn to aid climb. Learn the basics of aiding, including equipment setup, leading, and following, in this half-day clinic. Come with just your harness, and leave with enough skills to complete your first aid climb. Capacity: 10
Headpointing (1:30PM to 5) - 'Headpointing' is a tactic climbers use to push their lead climbing limits, whether the route is physically difficult for the climber or tricky to protect (or both), most climbers can raise their own bar with top-rope research and rehearsal. Local climber and guide, James Schroeder, explores the journey of choosing, preparing, training for, and executing headpoint leads in a ground school setting. Capacity: 10
Rigging Better Anchors (1:30PM to 5) - Ready to take your anchor rigging to the next level? Local guide, Dawson Robb, will review foundational knots, then learn a few core techniques for rigging simple and complex anchors with static line and cordelette. Everyone will have an opportunity to practice rigging, with instructor feedback. Capacity: 10
Women's Anchor Clinic (1:30PM to 5) - Chicks Climbing instructor and Skiing owner, Dawn Glanc, offers aspiring women an overview of big-picture anchoring concepts, like tying foundational knots, placing primary protection and rigging systems to create bomber climbing anchors. Capacity: 10
Rappelling - Beyond the Basics (1:30PM to 5) - Local guide, Nick Wilkes, demonstrates a variety of rappel & rigging techniques to address various problems in single and multi-pitch climbing, including classic, extended, tandem, and counterbalance rappel techniques and autobloc back-ups. Capacity: 10
Light & Fast Alpine Movement (1:30PM to 5) - Strategies and techniques on taking a minimalist approach to the mountains safely. Big routes are being completed in record times; use the learning from those efforts and adopt them to your own systems. Capacity: 10
Building Climbing Anchors (10AM - 4:30PM) - To become an independent outdoor climber, you must learn how to build safe, sound anchors. In this all-day clinic, local climber, guide, and Hoofer Mountaineering Club president, Eric Shepard, introduces beginning to intermedite climbers to knots, primary placements, and rigging techniques for building quality climbing anchors. Capacity: 10
Trad Lead Climbing (10AM - 4:30PM) - Interesting in taking on the sharp end at Devil's Lake? Local guide, Matt Grosvenor, introduces the gear, strategy and process of trad climbing. Students will have the opportunity to lead on mock-belay and receive instructor feedback on placements and technique. Capacity: 6
Brought to you by:
American Alpine Club Logo
710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

SHELF ROAD, CO - Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015

photo credit Alton Richardson


Join us for a weekend of community, product demos, food, drink, HALLOWEEN PARTY, presentations by Jonathan Siegrist and Mike Anderson, and much more!!! The Shelf Road Craggin’ Classic will be THE climbing event of the year in the Front Range. Sign up for competency clinics for all levels of experience and give back to Shelf through our simple stewardship projects.
We’ll kick off the weekend on Friday the 30th with BBQ and beer, La Sportiva athlete JStar, and a gear raffle. Then on Halloween morning grab a cup of coffee, a burrito and get ready for a full day of instruction from some of the best guides and athletes in the business. Learn everything from leading your first sport route to Light and Fast Alpinism. Clinics will sell out fast, so get signed up soon!!! Our friends at Clif will sponsor Saturday night’s dinner, then settle in for a presentation by Trango/Tenaya athlete and Front Range dynamo, Mark Anderson. Grab another brew, put the finishing touches on your costume, and get ready to throw down at the Scarpa after hours Halloween Party!!! On Sunday we’ll be working with Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance, the Access Fund and the BLM to maintain and improve the infrastructure of Shelf Road.
The Shelf Road Craggin Classic is committed to limiting the amount of trash we generate so please bring your own water bottles, plates, forks, etc.!!! THERE WILL BE NO PLASTIC CUPS, UTENSILS, PLATES, ETC.! All weekend pass holders will get a stainless pint cup from our friends at Klean Kanteen and Clif!
Weekend Pass: $75 - includes:
  • Camping on Friday and Saturday night in the tent city by the corral
  • Breakfast Saturday morning
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday night
  • Beer by…
  • Craggin Classic stainless pint cup
  • Official AAC hat
  • Your choice of clinic on Saturday, as long as space is available
  • Stewardship project on Sunday
  • Halloween party!!!
Friday and Saturday night Passes: $35 - includes:
  • Camping on night of pass purchase
  • Dinner and Beer
  • Evening program for night of pass purchase
AAC members get an additional $10 off ALL passes.
Register Here

Event Details:

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015

  • Intro to Multi Pitch Climbing (AM)
    This clinic is a great first step towards going on your own multi-pitch adventures. Whether you are brand new to going above the first set of anchors, or if you are looking to become more efficient with your multi-pitch transitions, this clinic is for you. In this clinic, we will go through everything you need to know for multi-pitch climbing before setting foot on your next route.
    Capacity: 12
  • Advanced Sport Climbing (AM)
    The Advanced Sport Climbing clinic with Jonathan Siegrist will target some key skills for experienced climbers that are looking to breakthrough. Efficiency, technique, and logistical approach are covered to help you with your next big redpoint or onsight.
    Capacity: 12
  • Multi-Pitch Transitions (Full Day)
    Learn advanced techniques that will increase your efficiency in multipitch terrain. Speed is safety in the mountains, and quick belay transitions can save you precious minutes when it counts the most! Whether you're looking towards a big wall in a day, long alpine ridges, or a handful of happy hour pitches, this clinic will set you up for success.
    Capacity: 12
  • Light and Fast Alpinism (Full Day)
    Join CAMP athlete Fabrizio Zangrilli as he coaches a series of techniques for moving in a light and fast style in the mountains. Cover more ground and stay out of the elements with Fast & Light Alpinism!
    Capacity: 12
  • The Art of Bailing (AM)
    Stuck 1000' off the ground it starts to rain, snow, or just get dark. It's time to bail. Insurance claims don't cover abandoned gear and whoever climbs the route next will really appreciate you leaving behind a couple shiny new cams every hundred feet or so. If you push yourself you'll eventually find yourself in dire straits where you need to get down, whether from a big alpine climb or a single pitch sport route and being able to do so with a minimum of gear is key in protecting yourself and your pocketbook. Learn helpful skills such as the Alpine Death Hitch, the Texas Rope Trick and other ways to get yourself safely back to terra firma.
    Capacity: 12
  • Huge Days with a LIght Rack (PM)
    Ever wondered how they do it? Enormous, epic climbing days with minimal gear and equipment? You don't have to be a sponsored climber to find out. Join CAMP athlete Rob Pizem and learn how.
    Capacity: 12
  • Taking your Indoor Training Outside (Full Day)
    Clinic Description to come
    Capacity: 12
  • Alternative anchors for sport climbing (PM)
    In this clinic we discover options for alteritive anchor construction. The same anchor doesn’t work for every situation. Along with different systems we’ll build and clean anchors in a safe and efficient manner. Learn SERENE and ERNEST anchors; Quad Anchors, fast, easy and secure; Knots and hitches for anchors; Backing up your rappel; Risk management at the anchor.
    Capacity: 12
  • Movement and Footwork with Chicks Climbing (Full Day)
    Learn the techniques for more efficient movement on the rock from rock guide and Chicks Climbing instructor Dawn Glanc. Learn to turn your hips, reach further, and move with intention. We will also cover footwork techniques to help you be more confident and trust your feet.
    Capacity: 6
  • Self Rescue (AM)
    A how-to for all climbers! Learn the skills necessary to implement a single-pitch rock rescue. This course offers the tools needed to take care of the problem before it becomes a institutional rescue. Learn: Knots and hitches for rescue scenarios, hands free systems and backing up your rappel, escaping the belay and belay takeover, ascending the rope, counter-balanced lowers, and risk management for rescue avoidance.
    Capacity: 12

Sunday, Nov 1, 2015

  • Warrior’s Way Falling Training
    Being effective in climbing requires us to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions. In climbing the main consequence is falling. By understanding how to fall we diminish the chance of injury and allow us to focus attention effectively on climbing. You’ll learn how to:
    • Fall safely through progressive falling practice
    • Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay
    • Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones
    • Deal with fear of falling
    • Focus on what you can control
    • Reduce fear, and more
Brought to you by:
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

BISHOP, CA - November 6-8, 2015

FALL HIGHBALL CRAGGIN’ CLASSIC - The Annual Eastside Community Throwdown
photo credit Jeff Deikis
Join the American Alpine Club and CAMP USA in Bishop, CA this November 6th to 8th, 2015 for the annual Eastside throwdown, the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic.
This 3-day, grassroots climbing festival, now in its 10th year, is a true celebration of all things climbing featuring films, clinics, parties, slideshows, and stewardship projects which define our sport and our community.
Bishop CC
The 2015 Highball features the Bishop premiere of Reel Rock Film Tour 10 with an after-party at Mountain Rambler Brewery; a full lineup of climbing clinics taught by pros covering a range of useful skills; a massive Climber Party held in downtown Bishop and hosted by our friends at New Belgium Brewing and Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and featuring local food vendors, live music, silent auctions and raffles with incredible deals on top-end gear. We are also proud to host a very special slideshow by Bishop local and climbing legend/bad-ass PETER CROFT! Sunday, join us for a free volunteer breakfast followed by our Eastside stewardship projects. Don’t miss out!



$20: sold at the door on both Friday and Saturday--first come, first served.
INCLUDES: entrance into the Friday showing of Reel Rock at the Bishop Twin Theatre and after-party at Mountain Rambler Brewery; entrance to Saturday evening Downtown Climber Party with New Belgium Brewing; entrance to Peter Croft Slideshow (space not guaranteed, limited seating). Event ticket price does not include clinics. Free beer for 21+


Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by pros Peter Croft, Doug Robinson, Ethan Pringle, Libby Sauter, David Allfrey, Anna Pfaff, Paul McSorley, and Karen Bockel. Clinics are $60 with a 20% discount for AAC members. All clinics run Saturday, November 7th from 8:30am-4:00pm. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go, at the event HQ in downtown Bishop across the street from the Bishop Twin Theatre.

Event Schedule:


7:30pm Reel Rock Film Tour 10 premiere at Bishop Twin Theatre.
Join us for the Bishop premiere of Reel Rock Film Tour 10. Doors open at 7:00pm at the Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514).
9:30pm After-Party at Mountain Rambler Brewery
After the film, roll down Main Street to the Mountain Rambler Brewery (174 S Main St. Bishop, CA 93514) and enjoy a couple of beers on the house from New Belgium Brewing Co. (event wrist band required). Food and additional local craft brews from Mountain Rambler available for purchase.


8:30am Climbing Clinics taught by the Pros
Sign up for a climbing clinic taught by the pros and up your game! Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected. Learn the skills you need to know such as big wall aid techniques, self-rescue skills, skills development with Peter Croft, fast and light alpinism, multi-pitch management; techniques for committed climbing, a very special tour of Smokes Rock Course by climbing pioneer Doug Robinson, and much more!
Clinics will be taught by pro athletes Peter Croft, Doug Robinson, Ethan Pringle, Libby Sauter, David Allfrey, Anna Pfaff, Paul McSorley, and Karen Bockel. Clinics are $60 with a 20% discount for AAC members. All clinics run Saturday, November 7th from 8:30am-4:00pm. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go, at the event HQ in downtown Bishop across the street from the Bishop Twin Theatre.
5:00pm Downtown Climber Throwdown Party with New Belgium Brewing in Bishop
Join the tribe and get ready to throw down hard with New Belgium Brewing at this party and community gathering in downtown Bishop! The evening will feature free swag and gear handouts; free beer (21+); live music; a massive silent auction and raffle featuring amazing deals on top end gear; vendor village and games; local food; and more!
8:30pm Peter Croft slideshow at the Bishop Twin Theatre
When the time is right and the vibe is good, walk across the street to the Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514) and grab a seat. Climbing legend Peter Croft will spin a slideshow of fast paced tales of the sharp end. Doors open at 8:00pm. Seating is limited and space is not guaranteed.


8:30am Volunteer Breakfast with Clif Bar in downtown Bishop
Rally the crew back to our event headquarters in Downtown Bishop for a free volunteer breakfast hosted by our friends at Clif Bar. Enjoy local grub and coffee from Black Sheep Coffee Roasters!
9:00am Eastside Stewardship Projects in the Buttermilks & Tablelands
With your belly full, sign up for an Eastside Stewardship Project and do your part in giving back. This year the Highball will feature your choice of projects in either the Buttermilks or the Volcanic Tablelands. Get involved and take ownership of the great climbing and fragile ecosystem of the Eastern Sierra--roll up your sleeves and get involved helping to keep our climbing areas clean!



Clinics for the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 8:30am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Clinics will begin promptly at 8:30. Please meet at the event headquarters in downtown Bishop, across the street from the Bishop Twin Theatre. Arrive 15 minutes early, prepared to rock. All clinics are $60—current AAC Members get 20% off clinic price. Clinics are capped at 8 participants plus the instructor. Register for clinics online at:


Presented by Sierra Mountain Guides.
Presented by CAMP USA.
Clinic Location: Buttermilk Surrounding Areas
Presented by Sierra Mountain Guides.
Presented by Sierra Mountain Guides.
HUGE DAYS & A LIGHT RACK with Anna Pfaff
Presented by CAMP USA.
Presented by Arc’Teryx
Presented by Mountain Hardwear
Presented by Scarpa.
Presented by Chicks Climbing & Skiing.


Event Locations & Times

  • Friday Nov 6 @ 7:30pm: Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
  • Friday, Nov 6 @ 9:30pm: Mountain Rambler Brewery (174 S Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
  • Saturday, Nov 8 @ 5:00pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
  • Saturday, Nov 8 @ 8:00pm: Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
  • Sunday, Nov 9 @ 8:30am: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Camping: $2 at The Pleasant Valley Pit; $10 at Pleasant Valley Campground; free dispersed camping on the Inyo National Forrest around the Buttermilks and/or BLM land surrounding the Tablelands.
Lodging Discounts: Mention that you are in town for the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic event and secure the following discounts at local lodging facilities in Bishop, CA.
Local Merchant Discounts: Show your event bracelet at the following local merchants in Bishop, CA during the event weekend to secure some great discounts!
Brought to you by:
American Alpine Club Logo
710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401