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AAC Rock Climbing Fest: CRAGGIN CLASSIC @ Cathedral Ledge, NH (Friday Only)

Americian Alpine Club "AAC" Climbing Fest   Friday, Saturday, Sunday

***     This Meetup is only for  " Friday "   ***

Look for other days posted.... 


Our Meetup's RSVP's are now open.!!!


Cathedral Rock Climbing Fest:    

Northeast Region Craggin' Classic: North Conway, NH

September 12 -[masked]


Link to AAC Info:


Important!!! Joining this Meetup does not give you a ticket to attend the Fest with the AAC. You must acquire that on your own through the AAC Website... Follow the link above to get your ticket...!!!!

Also: In the "Note Field"  Type out " Meetup - Mountaineer Member ".. So then can have us all grouped together while tenting...  Our camping will be in a large field.  Look for us along the far end of the wood line of the feild.. If you roll in Friday night late. I will post a Meetup Sign on a wooden stick. Hang out at a the campfire...

Site Map Link:


The 2nd Annual Cathedral Ledge Craggin Classic -- September 13 - 15.

A weekend of climbing, clinics, yoga, slide shows, conservation projects, live music, and a yankee-style AAC pig roast.

Climbing Areas: Cathedral Ledge and Whitehorse Ledge

Event Headquarters: Glen Ellis Campground (10 minutes from Cathedral Ledge)

Camping / Lodging: Glen Ellis Campground (tent space for Friday and Saturday night included in All-Weekend Pass ($48). All campers need a Weekend Pass, but kids under 17 camp for free so just get tickets to the evening events for them. For evening events: kids under 12 are free!

Event Details:   Friday, September 12

5-6 pm: 

Check-in, registration, set up camp 


Yankee Pig Roast Dinner, Silent Auction, Live Music!

Come out and enjoy a pig roast dinner, bid on some great auction items, and enjoy live music (band TBD). Tickets for the evening activities are $15, or included in the Weekend Pass. They are available online or at the door.

- Climbers’ camping at the Glen Ellis Campground (reserve your spot with the All Weekend Pass)

Questions? Or would like to help by being a volunteer? Please contact Jenn Flemming



We will run all of our clinics rain or shine. All of our skills clinics are group clinics taught by professional guides. Most groups will have 4-8 participants. We reserve the right to cancel clinics if we have less than 4 people signed up.

Members receive 20% off clinics! Apply your code at checkout. Access your code HERE.

Clinics Offered: on Saturday and Sunday are 

Intermediate/Advanced Crack Climbing Skills,

taught by guide and pro athlete for The North Face 

Mark Synnott

: jamming techniques and footwork training aimed at intermediate to advanced climbers (able to follow 5.9 or harder).

Beginner Trad Climbing Skills, taught by guide and pro athlete for Outdoor Research Bayard Russell: learn the best techniques for granite trad climbing, aimed at beginner to intermediate climbers.

Trad Anchors and Protection, taught by local legend and guide Kurt Winkler: aimed at beginner to intermediate climbers who want to learn all about trad gear and building bomber anchors.

Women's Trad Climbing Clinic, taught by local pro climbers Majka Burhardt and Janet Wilkinson: join an all-women's group to work on trad climbing skills; all levels welcome. 

"Saturday Only" - Multi-Pitch Systems, taught by the professional guides at International Mountain Climbing School: aimed at intermediate to advanced climbers who want to learn techniques for efficient multi-pitch anchoring, belaying, and transitions.

Huge Days with a Light Rack, taught by pro climber Scott Bennet. Learn how to climb more pitches in less time. To be an expert in this field, one must operate at a high level not only in the psych department, but also in the area of efficiency. This clinic will cover the basics of making the transition from the single-pitch to the multi-pitch environment with a particular focus on the gear, systems, strategies and tactics that contribute to maximizing multi-pitch days.

"Sunday Only" - Fast & Light Alpinism, taught by the wonderful experts at CAMP equipment, Jesse Mattner and Nate Smith.

This is an intensive clinic designed to help climbers and alpinists push their limits in order to accomplish bigger objectives in less time. The light & fast ethic and style has been pushed to extremes in recent years with speed ascents of the Eiger, done-in-a-day pushes on Himalayan Peaks, and unimaginable link-ups in Yosemite Valley. While these examples show what a light & fast approach can accomplish, they do not help us understand the more important underlying benefits of this approach. These are benefits, skills and strategies that can be applied in every area of our climbing and alpinism. The clinic is designed to isolate and develop these more immediate benefits of the light & fast mentality with a focus on the skills and strategies that help us realize these benefits in the context of our own objectives. Over the course of two days, the clinic will cover everything from mindset to training to skills to gear. Day one will focus on the learning and day two will focus on the application. Participants should choose to attend both days to maximize their experience, but can also choose to only participate in Day 1.

The Meetup Self Guided Team's:  Everyone Gets Wait Listed..!

As always the size of the Meetup is based on how many people the area can handle & the number of lead climbers who RSVP for the Meetup....!

For each lead climber we need one experienced belayer and then we can add one newbie climber/Follower.

Its always the understanding that the "Newbie/Follower" as at a minimum has climbed indoors and has knowledge of the climbing knots and all the gear required & that the Belayer is willing to show that Newbie the how too clean gear and climb past challenges on the route.  Both the leader and the Belayer assist the Newbie/Follower and keep a eye out for their lack of knowledge.

Sign up...  First to RSVP is the first to fill a opening based on experience needed.


Climbing Guide Book Of Area: You will need! If your planning on climbing on one of our climbing teams!!

North Conway Rock Climbs, By Jerry Handren  2012




Climbing Team List, Link:




On top of Good Attitude!!! You must have a helmet to climb.

1- Lead Climber w/Full rock rack ( or ) materials to set up top-rope.

Belayer and Follower should at a minimum have the basics. If you don't have any of the basic's it could mean you will not be able to join in on this Meetup.

Look to the gear list listed at our group page.

Click  "More"

Click  "Files"

Click  "Gear List - Rock Climbing (Follower)"


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn't be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…



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  • Geoff N.

    Well folks, SUPER BUMMED none of my climbers showed to climb. I was at the kiosk till 11:30 NO SHOWS!! what a waist of my time.....

    September 14, 2014

    • Jay B.

      So, sorry to hear that Geoff... I will be listing them down as no show's... One more then they are out of the group....!

      September 14, 2014

    • Lovena (Lovey) H.


      September 19, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Rhonda, I moved you over to Geoff's team FYI... I'm going to be late tomorrow to the cliff.. Bummed work is crazy.... FYI

    September 11, 2014

  • Geoff N.

    Friday morning, I will meet up at the kiosk at the base of cathedral. Most likely doing something on Whitehorse.. cell is[masked] if needed

    September 11, 2014

  • Jay B.

    James Lawson.. You didn't fill out the Questions.. Leading or following on Friday?

    September 11, 2014

    • James L.

      Jay - I didn't realize this was a ticket required event. Maybe too complicated this short of notice?

      September 11, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Ok, Its not a problem on Friday the ticket is for Sat and Sun.. It gets you fed etc and other types of entertainment etc.. No Problems though...

      September 11, 2014

  • John

    Sorry have to pull out of Friday climb (will be there sat and sun) got called to cover a friend at the hospital.

    September 9, 2014

    • Curtis B.

      Micha, I have a friend that just started learning to trad lead if you need a belayer.

      September 9, 2014

    • Mike B.

      Thanks Curtis, unfortunately it looks like I won't be able to get up until a little later in the day so I'm going to change my rsvp.

      September 9, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Hey All Teams are posted... Here is a link to the teams list...

    Please soon as you see a problem let me know...

    Also, looking for more lead climbers for sat. we only have 2 I think so far.. If you know someone that is a Trad leader let them know about the AAC fest and we have partners for them..:-) Cheers....

    September 8, 2014

    • John

      Hi Kristie I've got a friend that will join us for wkd climb (David) would it be possible to add him as 3rd follower on my climb? Cheers

      September 8, 2014

    • Jay B.

      John.. He needs to RSVP.. Sorry

      September 9, 2014

  • Casey S

    Have to pull out too can't get up there til 6, have fun guys hope to see you sat and sun

    September 9, 2014

  • Curtis B.

    Hi all, I just added myself and partner to the list. I can take one more if anyone is interested!

    September 8, 2014

  • Geoff N.

    What up Jay, I would like to lead 2 up Thin Air meeting at the crag at 10am weather dependent! cant do Sat it is day

    September 4, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hi all Friday Climbers, Please keep your RSVP up to date with your plan's.. If you should sign up for a AAC Guided event. Just let me know here in a thread so I know not to place you on a Climbing Team... I will Start building the seams this weekend 7th or 8th.... Climbers Ready?..:-)

    September 2, 2014

  • Casey S

    Psyched for this, got my ticket and checked out all the areas.

    2 · August 27, 2014

  • Chris L.

    I signed up fora clinic before I noticed this meetup. Is there a planed climb or just camping together? If people are going to climb, I'd rather do that then pay for a clinic (would try to get a refund).

    August 12, 2014

    • Curtis B.

      Yeah the clinics are very inexpensive and also taught by real pros, some of the best climbers in the East. I would still consider it if you haven't already gotten a refund.

      August 22, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey early signed up... FYI.. I tried to post on the road with my Ipad. big fail.. Going to clean up data next day or so and post meetups for Fri, Sat, Sun Etc... If you could benefit from a guide for more education I recommend taking advantage of the discounted skills class's at the AAC Fest.........

    August 18, 2014

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