Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. for the annual Craggin' Classic in the New River Gorge, WV, on September 19-21, 2014. This weekend-long festival focuses on community, competency, fundraising, and stewardship.
More details at http://cragginclassic.com/#nrg
• Harness, Shoes, Helmet (recommended),
• Rope, Quickdraws, and Anchor gear if you have it
• Cams, Nuts, and other Trad equipment if you are one of those people
• Cup, Plate and Fork/Spoon/Fapoon
• Sleeping bag and Tent
• Lunch and Snacks
• Toweltries and Towel (although I'm not sure if there is a shower, but you can always take a bath in Summerville Lake or the New River...)
• Clothes (because of society's norms)
• If you forget anything, there are Walmarts (yes, plural) nearby
Please read this (or don't, but then don't bother complaining later - Paul)
1) You must buy tickets ($15/day) from American Alpine Club. Food, campsite, and music included!
2) There will be no meetup host/babysitter/guide for this event. I (Paul) am taking one of the clinics that will take occupy most most of my day Saturday (I'll be free after 4 pm). Also, I will be climbing with friends from NC on other days. Others are welcome to climb with us, but I can't gurantee that there will be easier (5.9 and below) routes in the areas we will climb at (probably will...). We'll still try to camp together as a group and get together at night and in the mornings.
3) There is no guarantee that you will climb. I anticipate that you will find friendly climbers both within our meetup group and at the Craggin' Classic that will probably let you fall on their ropes, and some of those ropes will probably be on 5.7s and 5.8s. However, my focus will be climbing with friends I haven't seen in years, so I can't guarantee that you will find a route within your ability - that's up to you. The good news is that even on the slim chance that you don't climb, you'll probably still have fun.
4) There is no guarantee that your belayer can actually belay. Choose wisely...
5) As with all our outdoor events, you'll need your own harness and shoes. A helmet (even a bicycle helmet is better than nothing) is strongly recommended if you will be lead climbing (or if you like to cushion your top-rope falls with your head).
With all that said, I encourage you to attend, especially if you have some local outdoor experience (Great Falls, Carderock, etc.) but haven't climbed in WV before. It should be fun!
Here is info on the climbs:
and the campsite:
for transportation, we'll nail that down once we see who's actually going.