2014 Red Rock Rendezvous: the nation’s best climbing fest

We call the Red Rock Rendezvous the nation’s best climbing festival because it’s true. But what’s behind the slogan?20130404 mg rrr 8

The Rendezvous is a weekend of climbing, food, partying, and fun with people from all corners of the country. Set in the climbing paradise that is Red Rock Canyon, NV, the Rendezvous is three days of climbing clinics for all skill levels. Get expert instruction from professional guides from the American Alpine Institute, rub elbows with climbing celebrities, and get beta on the newest climbing gear.

20130404 mg rrr 49If you’re new to rock climbing, this is your best chance to learn. We start the festival out with our UClimb Learn to Climb Program. Spend an entire day practicing climbing techniques for climbing, getting to know your equipment, tying knots, and keeping your partners safe. And do all this in one of the most colorful and famous climbing areas in the world.

Red Rock Canyon itself is a National Conservation Area located just 30 minutes west of the Las Vegas strip but as you enter the solitude of the Canyon’s 200,000 acres, the noise and lights of the Strip fall away and the spectacular desert landscapes overtake you.

20130406 IMG 8266It’s an area laced with miles of hiking and biking trails and, of course, thousands of climbing routes. The rock in the canyon is a climber’s dream. And for over a decade, we’ve assembled a who’s who of professional climbing guides and sponsored athletes at this climber’s paradise.

This year we’re excited to announce that The North Face is bringing Peter Croft, Alex Johnson, and Heidi Wirtz to the event. Majka Burhardt, Andres Marin, Ammon McNeely, Kyle McFarland, Jonathan Siegrist, Arno Ilgner, Kate Rutherford, Chris Schulte, Dawn Glanc, and many others will also be attending. Stay tuned to our Red Rock Rendezvous Facebook page for daily updates on whose instructing, clinic listings, photos, and more. Sign up by clicking here!

Need more reasons to sign up for the Rendezvous? Check out articles by/about RRR guides, athletes, and participants:

RRR Jenny PetrutA UClimb participant and newbie climber, Jenny Petrut, learned to climb at the Rendezvous. She recalled “The weekend was spontaneous and beautiful. It turned out to be one of the best I’d had in a long time. I promised myself I would do whatever it took to return.”  At first, she hated climbing. But she stuck with it, and after a few more days on the rock, she bought rock shoes and never looked back. Read the article by clicking here.


RRR Easy TradBlogger and Trango athlete Chris Barlow, taught “Easy Trad for Beginners” at the 2013 Rendezvous. He writes: “To ensure that my group had a true ‘trad climbing’ experience, I promptly (and unintentionally) got our group lost on the way to the cliff. Fortunately, we had pretty similar climbing backgrounds, and they all expressed that they wanted to begin learning the skills to tackle longer traditional routes. We had a great group with clear goals. If only we could find the cliff.” Click here to read the article.


Beta MOnkey Kate RutherfordWhat were the top 10 reasons why the 10th Anniversary of the Red Rock Rendezvous was super awesome? Find out by clicking here.

Last year’s #RRRVIP winner Ryan Stott said, “My yoga butt is in top shape, and it would be wrong not to share with the RRR climbing community.” Read more by clicking here.

Click here to learn all about the UClimb events.


Some of the notable athletes who have taught at the Rendezvous…

Leigh Goldberg practicing yoga in Boulder, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Stonewear DesignsHeidi Wirtz: The North Face & Petzl athlete and owner of Earth Play Retreats Heidi Wirtz is teaching the benefits of yoga for climbers in 2014. Many climbers swear by the benefits of yoga for climbing and for life in general, Heidi says. At this year’s Red Rock Rendezvous, she will be teaching yoga for rock climbers clinics. These classes will give you the basics that you need to start a routine to improve your climbing, help keep you free from injury, and heighten the quality of your climbing life. Click here to read about the benefits of yoga for climbers.

RRR ConradConrad Anker, a The North Face athlete is one of the most accomplished and admired mountaineers in the world. He has organized numerous trekking, climbing, and rock expeditions to some of the world’s highest mountains and most remote places. In October of 2011 he was one-third of the team that made the historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on the previously unclimbed Meru Peak in the Indian region of the Himalaya. Most recently, on May 26, 2012, he successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest alone and without the use of supplemental oxygen. Read the article by clicking here, & click here to view a video.


RRR CedarCedar Wright, The North Face athlete, started climbing while attending college in Northern California. After graduation he moved on to full time dirt baggery, spending years living out of his truck in Yosemite and Joshua Tree and making a name for himself in the climbing world. Since then he’s been on numerous expeditions the world over, starred in and shot short films, written and been featured in photos and articles for major magazines/ He documents his travels at his blog and on the adventure blog, Vertical Carnival. Click here to read the interview with Cedar.

RRR Kate RutherfordMadaleine Sorkin may be one of the strongest climbers in the country (note: she’s not just a strong “female” climber). She’s freed scary 5.13 pitches on El Cap and put up new routes all over the world. Click here to read this brief Q&A with Madaleine.

Kate Rutherford is simply one of the strongest all-around gals in North America. She climbs hard rock and ice, has put up sick new routes in Patagonia, and is just a super nice person. Click here to read the Q&A we published on her shortly after her all female ascent of Fitz Roy with Madaleine Sorkin.

RRR Alison GAnnettAlison Gannett: We not only have great cycling athletes at the Rendezvous, we also have professional cyclists. Alison is one of those do-it-all kind of girls. In addition to being an award-winning global cooling consultant, she founded the Save Our Snow Foundation and other non-profits; she is the leader of KEEN Rippin Chix camps (steep skiing, biking, and surfing for women); and she is a keynote speaker, and a World Champion Extreme Free Skier. Read more by clicking here.


AHawseHeadShotAngela Hawse: One of fewer than 50 women in the world to be a full-fledged, internationally accredited Mountain Guide, Angela Hawse was the American Mountain Guide Association’s first female Instructor and Examiner. A fully-certified International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) guide, and AMGA Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guide, Angela has spent the past 24 years teaching, speaking, guiding, and exploring all the world. Angela is sponsored by GORE-TEX®, one of the sponsors of the Rendezvous. To read the full piece, click here.

Learn more about our American Alpine Institute Guides…

Ian McEleneyIan McEleney, 33, is a professional mountain guide with 11 years of climbing and road-tripping experience that has taken him across 16 states and Canada. He climbs rock and ice, from sport areas to alpine rock and big walls. Though he is passionate about most any type of climbing, he finds alpine and big wall routes most engaging, as they offer physical, mental, logistical, and strategic challenges. Ian has been a full time guide for the American Alpine Institute for the last 5 years and guides in the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree, and Red Rocks. He is currently the lead guide in the Eastern Sierra. To read the full piece, click here.

Dale Remsberg: One of America's most accomplished guidesDale 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. To read the full piece, click here.


Erin SmartErin Smart began climbing with her father around age 12, and she’s been doing it ever since. For the past four years she has been guiding and teaching full time—ski trips and avalanche courses in the winter and alpine and rock climbing trips and courses in the summer. She is also pursuing a full AMGA/IFMGA Certification. To date she is SPI certified and has taken the Ski Mountaineering Guide Course and Aspirant Exam and the Rock Instructor Course. To read the full piece, click here.


Andrew Yasso, AAI Guide & Red Rock Rendezvous InstructorAndrew Yasso: An AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Andrew has guided for The American Alpine Institute for the past three years. Andrew is the lead rock guide in Nevada and has for the past four months spent the majority of his time guiding in Red Rocks. He has also guided ice in the Sierra, alpine rock in British Columbia, massive glaciers in Alaska, and volcanic peaks in the Cascades. Read the full Q&A by clicking here.

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