By Jackie Hueftle
Dale Remsberg is the Techincal Director of the AMGA and an AMGA/IFMGA certified guide with over 20 years of experience teaching and guiding rock climbing (sport, trad, mixed), ice climbing, alpine climbing, skiing, and mountain climbing. Dale has traveled around the world, climbing extensively in the United States as well as in Canada, Spain, and South America. He is known for his technical expertise, broad range of skills, and kind, encouraging demeanor. We caught up with him in Boulder, Colo., recently to ask him a few questions about his involvement with the Red Rock Rendezvous.
Mountain Gear: How many Red Rocks Rendezvous have you been to?
Dale Remsberg: I believe it is 7 or 8 years in a row. Can’t remember exactly as they are so much fun and years fly by!
MG: What is your favorite thing about the RRR?
DR: There are two things that I really enjoy. First is the connection with new climbers who are psyched to learn and soak in new information. I tend to focus on technical systems, and I love it when the students are fully engaged and learning new tools to aid in their climbing. Second is being able to reconnect with other industry folks and talking shop. I guess I kinda like the free beer as well.
MG: What do you like about Red Rocks?
DR: Red Rocks is a very special climbing area with so many types and grades of routes. What I like the most is the diversity and feeling of remoteness you get in the canyons, even when you are so close to a place like Las Vegas.
MG: What are you teaching this year, and who are you representing?
DR: I have not been told what I’m teaching yet but I hope they take advantage of my AMGA/IFMGA certification and make me use some clippy things. I’ll be representing GORE-TEX and the AMGA.
MG: What do you like about teaching?
DR: Teaching climbing is what I do for a living. I have been guiding over 20 years and still love to take people into the mountains. Rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, mountain climbing—you name it and we’ll give it a try. What I love the most is helping people achieve their goals. Whether that is learning how to build anchors or send a big rig ice climb I love seeing the satisfaction on their face.
MG: Any memorable RRR moments?
DR: I remember a few windstorms followed by some great sushi. I’m very psyched for this year’s RRR and I feel very fortunate to have been invited back again. Thanks Mountain Gear! See you all in Vegas, baby!