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2019 Climbers' Festival Photos


2019 Climbers’ festival photo recap

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2019 Climbers' Festival Photos


2019 Climbers’ festival photo recap

 

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A MESSAGE FROM THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL CLIMBERS’ FESTIVAL ARTIST: ALANA BENSON

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For many climbers, rock climbing is their haven, their safe spot. Some even say the sport saved them. For every climber the story is different, and for some, there exist more closed doors, more boundaries, and more fence-lines than others. At the 26th International Climbers’ Festival, we hope to both highlight the boundaries climbers fight against, and showcase a community working to diminish them.

To be a climber one must inherently push against a force of gravity, but that is not the only force the sport allows us to confront. Whether your challenges lie in your climbing, your mind, or your community, this year we remember that pushing back against boundaries is why we climb in the first place

— Alana Benson

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Festivities


Festivities

Come celebrate the climbing lifestyle! With competitions, art, food, music, beer, and so much more, it's sure to be a party. 

Schedule

Festivities


Festivities

Come celebrate the climbing lifestyle! With competitions, art, food, music, beer, and so much more, it's sure to be a party. 

Schedule

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What’s up with the Aspen Glades toilet?

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What’s up with the Aspen Glades toilet?

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$2 for Number Two

A huge push this year in our Access & Advocacy work is to raise $25,000 for a vault toilet at the Aspen Glades Park & Camping Areas. This is a highly used area that has no toilet facilities (apart from the five days of the festival). Things are finally moving in the right direction! WyoClimbers’ goal is to get a toilet in place before the 2020 International Climbers’ Festival. $2 of your ticket price has gone towards this effort, hence the lovely “I give a Crap” sticker in each participant bag!

Edelrid’s #ClimbGreen raffle funds also go towards this fund, as well as the sales of DMM Climbing commemorative engraved carabiners. All proceeds from the Silent Auction during the Adidas Keynote (Saturday night) go towards this toilet, as well! Poop, there it is!

 

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2019 clinic schedule

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2019 clinic schedule

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2019 MCs

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2019 MCs

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Brittany Griffith

Facts: As a former McDonald’s employee, Brittany cesrved an estimated 12,308 Hppy Meals. She has more than 15 years climbing experience. She’s led 5.13 sport and traditional climbing routes and vows to somehow lead the gym’s 5.11c purple route! She obsesses over her garden and vacumming and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She’s climbed in Oman, Morocco, and Russia.

All jokes aside (wait, the above paragraph is true!), Brittany is an extremely accomplished climber and has dedicated her life to exploring and sharing her enthusiasm for the sport with others. She is an ambassador for Patagonia, Black Diamond, Yeti, and probably some others. She loves to cook, espeically outdoors, and will be happy to share her recipes. In addition to sharing her personality with us this year, Brittany will be serving cocktails inside Wild Iris Mountain Sports during the Art Crawl on Thursday, 3:30-6pm!

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Kris Hampton

Kris became a student of movement by watching gymnasts train at a facility near the neighborhood where he group. He saved his own money, took a class, and in a short time, was teaching tumbling classes and coaching men’s gymnastics. In 1994, Kris found rock climbing, and after a decade as a trad climber, and a short break from climbing, discovered the joy of the gymnastic movement that is the sport climbing and bouldering. To make up for the time away from the sport, at age 33, Kris began to get serious about training for climbing. At 40 he climbed his first 5.14, and at 44 his first V11, both of which are grades that seemed mythical when he first began climbing. He doesn’t believe that the progression will end there.

Seeing his success, Kris’ friends ask for training plans. Then readers of the blog asked for training plans. Now he’s written plans for thousands of climbers around the world, and gets just as much satisfaction from their successes as he does his own. He runs Power Company Climbing and hosts its podcast from his home in Lander.

Kris has been behind the MC microphone at many a climbers’ festival all around the world, and we are excited to have him here in his hometown this year!

 

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2019 CENTRAL BANK & TRUST ART CRAWL MAP (THURSDAY, JULY 11TH 3:30-6PM @ LANDER MAIN ST)

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