by Paul Vidal
10 September 2012
rock·to·ber·fest /räk toeber fest/
- A Rocktoberfest event unlike any other in history.
- A Rocktoberfest that marks the final payment of one of the most historic purchases for climbers in North America.
- A Rocktoberfest only a fool would miss.
It's rare that events like this happen. When we started out with Rocktoberfest, we were simply looking for a way to raise some money to build trails and to get people involved with the RRGCC for the first time. Now, twelve years later, here we are — ready to make the final payment on a historic piece of property, one that has literally redefined the way climbing conservation is considered.
There is one reason that we are at this point in our history — because of you. Your donations have created and carried this organization through the years. This year, we hope that you'll join us for a party unlike any you've ever been to while we make our final payment on the PMRP. This year, this special occasion, this special celebration, we invite you to party with us at Rocktoberfest 2012 to celebrate what we've done in the past and what we can do in the future.
So pack your bags, cash out your vacation days, and plan on celebrating the land we've bought together at Rocktoberfest 2012 on October 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Natural Bridge Campgrounds, host to several past Rocktoberfests, will again be our venue in 2012. To get there, head to the Red as you normally might and get off of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway at exit 33. Turn in to the rest area and then take an immediate left. If you get to the rest area, we should have enough signs and be making enough noise to get the point across to where exactly we’ll be. So "rest" easy 😉
This is a rough map of this year's Rocktoberfest location.
- We’re not sure if you're ready to handle it but…crate stacking is back. With the help of Bluegrass Bouldering and J&H Lanmark, crate stacking will be around Friday and Saturday nights. J&H Lanmark will be bringing the prizes and, if you've been to their store before, you know you don’t want to miss out. So do yoga, chakra tests, and tea leaf reading to get ready to win some booty!
- Most of us have an old rope hanging around somewhere. And I'm sure most of you have grand plans of making a rope rug out of it. Instead of leaving it piled in the corner with the rest of your idle dreams, why not to it in the Rope Recycling Program's bin this weekend. All weekend Sterling Ropes will be running their Rope Recycling Program. For those of you that truly pony up and toss in those old ropes, Sterling will be auctioning off a brand new rope of their own making.
- If the temperatures turn south a bit, Outdoor Research has graced us with some custom beanies and hats. We don't have all the pricing information just yet but, even without it, you should know all the proceeds go to yours truly. Great gear, great cause — two great reasons to keep that noggin' warm!
- Emily Harrington will be giving a slideshow Friday evening about stepping outside of comfort zones and her trip to Everest. Believe us — you'll want to catch this slideshow. Put aside your pre-conceived notions about alpine climbing, apply a$$ to seat, and watch this one before you miss it forever.
- If you haven't burned yourself out on Friday or stayed up too late driving from the far reaches of the east or west, throw all the juice you have left at the Black Diamond sponsored Clip-n-Go Climbing Comp in the PMRP. Yes, you are special so the PMRP is yours while you pull down and try to win some of the best gear BD has to offer. Be sure to pre-register for the comp…if you forget, though, show up Saturday morning at the venue and leave time to drive to the PMRP by the comp start, 9am. At 4pm, it's pencils down and we'll head back to the venue for grub and gear. We will be offering a shuttle back to the venue after the comp but it will be first come, first serve.
- Before you head for the comp or just your standard day's proj-crushin', stop by Miguel's to try on some of the vendors' latest shoes. Evolv, MadRock, Scarpa, Tenaya, 5.10, and La Sportiva are holding a shoe demo at Miguel's at 9am. So if you're not feeling the most confident about your shoes but you're just not ready to drop the cash on a pair you haven't field tested, stop by and try out some of the latest shoes…for free!
Saturday's dinner, though, you will. Bourbon n' Toulouse will again be supplying us with some of the most amazing food this side of the Bourbon Street. Check out their menu or just look below for what we'll be serving. Notice, we do have gluten-free options! Supper hits the table around 6pm…so don’t work that project so hard you miss the food you need for a proper recovery. And bring your own bowl or expect the intense hazing that will ensue!
- Jamabalaya – Meaty, Gluten-Free
- Red Beans with Smoked Sausage – Meaty, Gluten-Free
- Cajun Red Chili – Meaty, Gluten-Free
- Artichoke and Parmesan Cream with Mushrooms – Veggie
- Black Beans and Caramelized Corn – Veggie, Gluten-Free
- Vegan Black Beans – Vegan, Gluten-Free
- With all that powerful, ragin' cajun food pumping through your veins, have a seat and use that cajun power sauce to score some killer gear! The Benchmark Outfitters in Lexington is running an arm-wresting tournament that will have you screaming, “My whole body is an engine. My fist is a fireplug and I'm gonna light him up.” Sit down and hold on while you fight for your right to win gear in a ol' fashioned, tourney-style arm wrestling competition. And should you blink, you'll even be able to buy your way back in. There will be tables set up throughout the night with bouts happening in a moment's notice. We'll move the final rounds up to the stage to watch some strong men and women mark off against each other under the lights. Regardless of whether you walk away with armloads of winnings or simply a hurt pride, all the grunting and sweating will be worth it since every dollar is going to the RRGCC and our fight to go “over the top”.
- Crate stacking will be fully featured again, again with amazing prizes. We really shouldn't have to convince you. It's so simple that it's bound to get under your skin when you fall three crates into it.
- Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we'll be running our silent auction. This is your chance to get your dream gear at your dream prices.. and all of the proceeds go to the RRGCC. Everyone wins.. that is, of course, if you win (I'm looking at you, penny pinchers).
- You know, we tend to gorge (pun intended) ourselves on BnT.. but after a hard day's climbing, sometimes we get the late night munchies. And that's where Marmot comes to save the day with some tasty and perfectly timed hot dogs! Straight off the grill, they'll donate all proceeds to.. oh yeah, the RRGCC 😉
- They've been with us for years, through the hard times and the good. The 23 String Band will be there now to help us celebrate paying off the last of the PMRP. We couldn't be happier — they've been jamming with us through the night at events from past Rocktoberfests to Johnny and Alex Trail Days (and here) to Red River Reunions. Come out, kick your shoes off, and dance to the joy of the present and the promise of the future!
One of the best things about professional athletes coming to Rocktoberfest is that they're good folks and want to share the love and knowledge. To give them a canvas on which to perform their art, we'll be hosting professional clinics taught by some of the sport's best athletes. If you missed them during pre-registration, stop by the registration desk for more information on what clinics are open and where and when they’ll be held. Below is a list of available clinics:
- Elite Climbing by Kris Hampton
- Sport and Redpointing by Kevin Wilkenson and Alli Rainey
- Burl Like A Girl by Audrey Sniezek
- Intro To Trad by Shingo Ohkawa
- Multipitch Efficiency by Brittany Griffith
- Footwork and Technique by Margarita Martinez
- Quick Fix Techniques by Karsten Delap
- Learn to Lead by Emily Harrington
- Injury prevention and Yoga for Climbers by Akia Yoshida
- Introduction to Sport Climbing with Beginner Tactics by Nick Duttle
- I'm sure you all will be waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Sunday morning without the least bit of fog between those ears of yours. If you don't, though, the Solid Rock Climbers For Christ will be around again to serve up coffee and all the tasty trappings of a homemade breakfast. Be sure to drop in a little love — they donate all the proceeds to the RRGCC. That and anyone that wakes up that early to help make you breakfast deserves a little thanks and a proper smile.
Also, we're going to take a moment and give a special “Thank You” to our Rocktoberfest sponsors. They're here (and have been there) for all of us, making Rocktoberfest happen behind the scenes, adding schwag and fun times, and helping us secure access throughout the area.