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Craggin' Classic at New River Gorge, WV

  • Sep 19, 2014 · 7:00 PM

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

Checklist!:

• 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:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/West_Virginia/Roped_Climbing/New_River_Gorge_Region/

and the campsite:

http://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/new-river-gorge-campground

for transportation, we'll nail that down once we see who's actually going.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome time this weekend! Glad to finally get the opportunity to meet everyone!

    September 21, 2014

  • Trisha

    This looks like such an awesome event! Does anyone have space in their car for an extra person? I live in NW DC (u st area) and bringing climbing/camping gear. Happy to contribute to gas as well. Excited to meet everyone!

    September 12, 2014

    • julie h.

      Hi Trisha are you still interested in going? I'd like to go and am hoping to catch a ride out of town around 2pm if you want to carpool. Text me at[masked]!

      September 18, 2014

    • Trisha

      Hi Julie I wouldnt be able to leave until later in the evening after work. Are you in need of a ride or are you driving?

      September 18, 2014

  • Jenni

    I'm here in campsite 18! Safe travels all, seeya tomorrow.

    September 18, 2014

  • Paul

    Check your e-mail or send me a message if you want to carpool with other RSVPs

    1 · September 9, 2014

    • Colas

      Hi Paul, can you send it to me please?

      September 12, 2014

    • julie h.

      Hi Paul! Thanks for organizing this it looks awesome! I am a last minute newcomer and if it works out would like to join a carpool as well.

      September 18, 2014

  • Glenn

    I just wanted to throw this out there...watch your speed on the way down to the New. In VA if you get caught going 80 mph or more you will get a reckless driving ticket. There are certain areas where the speed limit is 70, so 80 is only 10 over. Last time I we down to the New 3 or 4 people got reckless tickets. Hopefully everyone has a safe trip, I really look forward to hanging out and climbing with everyone! If your going to Reel Rock I'll see you there!

    1 · September 18, 2014

    • Jennifer

      I think I was on that trip, too. And the trip before that I got a speeding ticket. They bring in a bunch of money on tickets!

      September 18, 2014

    • Glenn

      I think it was Memorial day but I know for sure everyone who got a ticket got busted on 81, so be especially careful there.

      September 18, 2014

  • Chris

    looking for folks to ride, camp, climb, dance, chill with. I filled out the spreadsheet...

    September 15, 2014

    • Chris

      Hi. Dale. Looks like we should ride together! My email is [masked] and phone is[masked]-6839. Get in touch and we can work out logistics!

      September 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris - got it. Sent you a text and email. Looks like it'll be me, you, and Krupa.

      September 18, 2014

  • Chris

    Should we try to get together as a group and introduce ourselves? I know that I'm probably not getting in til 7 or 8 on Friday and some may be coming even later than that. Any thoughts? Interest? My number is[masked] if you'd like to try to coordinate a get-together. Perhaps around the fire-ring!

    September 18, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Any lead climbers going to Summersville Lake on Saturday?

    September 16, 2014

    • Jennifer

      spreadsheet; check.

      September 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Filled out my info on the spreadsheet... Can take 2 if anyone is interested!

    September 15, 2014

  • Jenni

    I *finally* filled out my info on the spreadsheet - thx for organizing, Paul! Looking forward to hanging out with everyone. Let me know if there's any easy meetup spot/time in the evenings, otherwise I'll just keep an eye out for familiar faces.

    September 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just looking for some info from people who have climbed here before... I've only done top-rope. Are there good anchor points and access to be able to set up anchors, etc?

    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gears?

    September 8, 2014

  • Kuralay

    I'd love to go to this! Looking forward to hearing more details. I would need a ride too and would be happy to contribute towards the gas, etc.

    August 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Interested in going but not much experience with either camping nor rock climbing though have done both in the past. Would live to carpool and contribute as well. What gears would I need to bring?

      September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't believe that I've had an opportunity to climb with anyone here... Been primarily climbing in the ET-Columbia gym, but recently started climbing outdoors. Been to Great Falls and Carderock several times this summer, and have my own top rope, anchor kit, etc.

    Looking forward to a great weekend! And would definitely like to carpool with someone (or a group!)

    September 7, 2014

  • Lauren

    Hey, I'm interested in going to this as well if I can find enough people to split gas (and don't have to work). I definitely can't go Friday, but may be able to do Saturday and Sunday. I can fit 4 plus me in my car (fewer with camping gear).

    September 6, 2014

  • Esther

    Not sure I can make it, but I'm intrigued...

    August 10, 2014

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