Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Ogden Climbing Festival

Weber State University Campus Recreation Outdoor Program to host Fifth Annual Ogden Climbing Festival
Ogden, Utah (April 2, 2012)Weber State University Campus Recreation Outdoor Program presents the fifth annual Ogden Climbing Festival, April 27-29, 2012. The committee invites climbers and non-climbers to attend the festival that boasts free gear demos, climbing clinics, a barbecue, event after party, community clean up, and the chance to meet renowned adventurers and rock climbers. In addition, the festival will also host an outdoor boulder competition on Saturday at the Ogden Boulder Field. All events are open to the public and family-friendly.
“We invite everyone in the community to experience the Climbing Festival. If you are a novice, an expert, or just have an interest in climbing we provide all levels of instruction, coaching and expertise to enjoy this family-friendly activity,” said Daniel Turner, Ogden Climbing Festival event organizer.
The Climbing Festival begins Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5 p.m. with a free gear demo and climbing expo at the Weber Rocks climbing gym at WSU. The demo will feature the newest gear from many climbing and outdoor companies.
On Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m., the Ogden Climbing Festival will host an outdoor Red Point Boulder Competition at one of Ogden’s premier climbing spots, the Ogden Boulder Field. Red Point is a climbing competition with many levels of division where points are awarded upon level of difficulty in each division. Registration is $20.
The festival will continue on Saturday with a free outdoor barbecue hosted by Red Bull at 12 p.m. Free climbing clinics for all ages ranging from beginner to advanced will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Peter Croft, one of America’s foremost rock climbers will be this year’s keynote presenter. Peter will share his expertise and discuss his legendary feats at 6:30 p.m. in the WSU Wildcat Theater. The Front Climbing Club will host this year’s after party. Festivities will begin at 8:30 p.m. with music and food catered by Roosters Brewing Co. and Restaurant. The event will conclude with a volunteer effort to help maintain and restore the Ogden Boulder Field on Sunday, April 29 at 10 a.m.
 “As Ogden has become an outdoor recreation destination and climbing hotspot, festival attendance has increased, drawing climbers from along the Wasatch Front and Southern Idaho areas. We anticipate more than 700 participants and spectators to attend the event this year,” said Turner.
For experienced climbers, the Ogden Climbing Festival directors will offer an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification Course prior to the
Climbing Festival, Wednesday, April 25-27th. For those interested email Daniel at danielturner1@weber.edu.
For a full event schedule listing, to participate or to become a sponsor visit www.weber.edu/outdoor/Ogden_Climbing_Festival_2012.html, call 801.626.6373 or email the WSU Outdoor Program at outdoorprogram@weber.edu.
The Climbing Festival is supported by many local businesses and organizations. Sponsors for this year’s event include Petzl, Suunto, Red Bull, The Front Climbing Club, Rooster’s Brewing Co. and Restaurant, Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria, Blue Water Ropes, Black Diamond, Recreation Outlet, Gear 30, Wildcountry, DMM, Red Chili, Deuter, Mountain Khakis, The Pie Pizzeria, Ogden City Recreation, Kuhl, Rock and Ice, Rock Exotica, Evolv, Native, Maverik, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Marmot and Arc’teryx.

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