Rocktoberfest Review 2015

by Terri

19 October 2015

The weather is cool, the leaves are turning, and another successful Rocktoberfest is in the books! The weekend of Rocktoberfest was a pristine one in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, and climbers from all over the world turned out in droves to celebrate climbing in the Red – and to support the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition!

The fun kicked off on Friday night, when the vendors opened up their booths and the attendees started mingling, taking in the sights and trying their hands at some fun competitions, like the pull up competition and the always-popular crate stacking. Later in the evening, everyone gathered under the big tent for this year’s choice of movies – an independent film by Mike Wilkinson, Ascending India, that touched on climbing in the Red, followed by the new Reel Rock.

Saturday morning things started early, with a yoga session under the big tent led by Danielle Bartos and a shoe demo with Five Ten, TENAYA, La Sportiva, SCARPA and Evolv happening at Miguel’s, after which everyone headed out to climb. Some of those climbers made their way to the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve to participate in the annual Clip ‘n’ Go competition, clipping as many bolts as they could before the day ended in the hopes of winning some awesome prizes while raising money for the RRGCC!

Back at the event on Saturday night, the crowd was even bigger than the night before. Everyone listened to RRGCC President Josephine Sterr’s plans for the future, including the announcement that anyone who signs up to donate at least $10/month is automatically entered to win a brand new rope or other prizes at the Red River Reunion in the spring! We also got to introduce and publicly thank Mr. Bernard Benningfield of ATS Construction, who has been helping us keep our roads in shape despite a year full of rain! Then, the winners from the Clip ‘n’ Go competition were announced*. For the first time ever, the top three winners of each category had medals draped around their necks, courtesy of the KY Board of Adventure Tourism. This year, the RRGCC teamed up with board and made the climbing competition a part of the KY Outdoor Adventure Games.

Following the presentation, the crowd danced to the music of the Flea Market Hustlers until the wee hours of the morning and were rewarded with complimentary pizza by Miguel’s at 11 pm.

Sunday morning, the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ were up bright and early to start cooking a pancake breakfast for the hungry festival-goers. Then, those participating in our various clinics gathered to meet their instructors and headed out to expand their climbing knowledge! Meanwhile, our awesome clean-up volunteers helped pack up and make sure we packed everything out.

And with that, another successful Rocktoberfest came to a close. We couldn’t have done it without YOU- the people who make owning over 1,000 acres of land possible and who create the best climbing community in the world! We also want to give a big shout-out to our sponsors, who make putting on a party of this size possible-

Outdoor Research, Access Fun, BlueWater Ropes, Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Powell County Tourism, Climbing Magazine, Sterling Ropes, Patagonia, Marmot, Goal Zero, Scarpa, Belay Specs, Five Ten, Quest Outdoors, Moosejaw, Mountain Gear, Misty Mountain, Evolv, Keen, Trango, Metolius, Rab, Joshua Tree Skin Care, Miguel’s Pizza, Red River Rockhouse, Ale8One, J&H Outdoors, Tenaya, Red Bull, Eno, So ILL, Krieg Climbing, Ahnu, Hoka One One, Trader Joe’s, L’Escalade Fitness, Daniel Boone Trading Post, E9 Climbing, Armaid, Red River Outdoors, The North Face, Fox Mountain Guides, Driskell Home Repair, The Power Company, Bluegrass Bouldering, The Warrior’s Way, MtnRanks

*Competition winners-
Team Beer:

  1. Gerks
  2. Daytonians
Team Bourbon:
  1. Colombian People
  2. Pickles!
  3. Sea and Stone
Ladies Jalapeno:
  1. Pickles!
  2. Emmalee Orlett
  3. Susie Semler
Gentlemen Jalapeno:
  1. Robin Snader
  2. Ben Murphy
  3. James Campbell
Ladies Habanero:
  1. Jillian Weller
  2. Sarah Brengosz
  3. Lena Moinova
Gentlemen Habanero:
  1. John Chipouras
  2. Ben Circello
  3. Henry Robinson