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Red Rock Rendezvous 2010: or, in other words, WHY did I come home?

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
4 min read

Imagine beautiful weather, abundant climbing partners, miles and miles of beautiful rock to climb, oodles of trails to run and mountain bike, fantastic food, and generous amounts of New Belgium beer.

That pretty much sums up a Red Rock Rendezvous 2010.

But, just in case that isn’t enough, perhaps this will help.

Red Rock Rendezvous 2010

And if you still need more info to make the decision to join us in 2011, then read on.

Red Rock Rendezvous is hosted annually by Mountain Gear, down in Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas. This was my first time at the event, and I had no idea what to expect, other than FUN. I got in on Wednesday and climbed a half day with my friend John up at Stone Wall (which was AWESOME… the Black Corridor was packed to the gills, but we had Stone Wall practically to ourselves, and the routes were great). Thursday I had to work all day to prep for my work at the event with SUUNTO USA (thank you, SUUNTO, and Waypoint Outdoor for letting me so pleasantly mix work and play!)

We had a high wind warning Thursday night so most of setup was postponed until Friday, which allowed me a little time to hang out with my hosts for the week… Dave and Laurel (and their dog, Torrent) with Joshua Tree Products and new friends Clint and Mike.

Friday was an early morning for setup, followed by a lunch break to go boulder at the Kraft boulders. I didn’t have a plan or a pad, but I did have a pretty good feeling that if I headed for the Monkey Bars boulder, I’d find pads spotters, and fun. Sure enough, I was right. Mike and some of the other guys from Petzl, as well as a crew of other fun new friends were all working projects around the boulder. With the help of excellent spotting, borrowed pads, and the fantastic vibe I was able to send my bouldering project. Dustin Butcher happened to be photographing, and managed to snap two shots I love of me on the problem. Here’s one:

Red Rock Rendezvous 2010

courtesy of Dustin Butcher (and the other (and more) are online in my official (and unofficial photo albums)).

After a couple of hours at the boulders, I was so incredibly blissed I didn’t mind getting back to work. The afternoon and evening were a fun time at the venue… for those of us not out learning new skills in clinics (Introduction to Mountain Biking, Wilderness First Aid, Tips for Multipitch Efficiency, Trad Lead Climbing for the Chicken Hearted, and many more) there were slacklines from Gibbon Slacklines to play on, yoga classes by Prana and lots of time to catch up with other vendors / friends and to swap climbing stories with attendees.

Red Rock Rendezvous 2010

The entire event was a kick butt great time. It was fun to work, and fun to play, and I heard great feedback all the way around. The vibe is relaxed and fun, and we had great weather.

Red Rock Rendezvous 2010

I can’t wait for RRR 2011… whether I’m there for work or play. And, I took in a bit of bolt clipping (after doing the Pine Creek Canyon test approach yet again) with Laurel on Monday before I had to head home. Here’s me on my first attempted 11a lead:

Red Rock Rendezvous 2010

and here’s Laurel, on my first attempted 11a lead:

Red Rock Rendezvous 2010

We had a lovely, lovely day, and I can’t wait to get out with Laurel and Dave and all my new climbing friends again.

The Details:
For more information about Red Rock Rendezvous, bookmark http://www.mountaingear.com/rrr/ for next year. The event happens annually in March.

Plan for wind… although we got lucky this time around, traditionally, Red Rock can be a windy place.

There’s camping at Bonnie Springs… it’s not glamorous (unless you’re staying with Dave and Laurel and Torrent in their home on wheels) but it’s festive and fun!

Whether you’re an experienced climber looking to expand your skills, or a new climber looking to get a taste of climbing (or mountain biking, or trail running, or wilderness first aid, or map reading, or … or … or …) you’ll find it here.

A huge thanks to Phil, Paul, and the whole Mountain Gear crew for putting on such a fantastic event… to Dave, Laurel and Tor for putting me up, and to John, Petey, Mike, Clint, and my friends next door at Trango, La Sportiva and Petzl. Finally, a huge thanks to SUUNTO USA and Waypoint Outdoor for making my trip possible.

Any comments on your experience at the RRR? Chime in, in the comments! And, enjoy additional photos online here and here!

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Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.