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CRAGGIN' CLASSIC 2015
Community, Education, Stewardship, & Fundraising ... Country-Wide
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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.
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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.

Community:

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.
Fundraising
Community

Education:

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.

Stewardship:

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!
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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 cragginclassic.com
Bring your own Plate and Fork!!!
NO DOGS!!!
Carpool!!!
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.
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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
Shortroping
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
5pm
check in demo gear and head home!
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SMITH ROCK, OR - Sept 4-6, 2015

REEL ROCK Film Festival, CAMP Crushfest Climbing Competition, Stewardship Day, Food, Refreshments and Community.
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NORTH CONWAY, NH - September 11-13, 2015

Pig Roast and Live Music, Clinics and Slide Shows, Pancake Breakfast and more!
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NEW RIVER GORGE, WV - Sept 18-20, 2015

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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!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Tickets will be sold online at the americanalpineclub.org/store. 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).

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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
Dinner
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.
11:00pm
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!

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

    Climbing Areas: The New River Gorge, WV
    Event Headquarters: AAC NRG Campground
    Camping: Included in $50 Weekend Pass. CAMPING IS RESERVED FOR WEEKEND PASSERS THIS WEEKEND!
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DEVIL'S LAKE, WI - Oct 16-18, 2015

Pig Pickin' and Old Time Music, Enormocast and Matt Wilder, clinics, dyno comp, dance party and more!
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SHELF ROAD, CO - Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015

Pig Pickin' and Old Time Music, Enormocast and Matt Wilder, clinics, dyno comp, dance party and more!
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BISHOP, CA - November 6-8, 2015

Buttermilks & Beers & Clinics & Films & Beers!
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