This weekend-long climbing celebration will have clinics, conservation, a painfully slow-roasted pig, a live auction to benefit the AAC’s Live Your Dream Grant, Old Time music, slide show with Mountain Hardware Athlete Freddie Wilkinson, a screening of “Keeper of the Mountains”, full-moon dance party, great food, and as always great company-the usual suspects included.
We are psyched to keep the annual tradition of the Craggin’ Classic alive, in keeping with the spirit of The American Alpine Club mission—to provide knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community.
The Craggin’ Classic will begin Friday, September 20-22 at the AAC’s New River Gorge Campground; now equipped with 76 tent platforms and 53 picnic tables. Friday evening, we will kick-off the weekend with a pig pickin’, sides, and libations, old time music from the Soundfront Ramblers, and a screening of the documentary about Elizabeth Hawley, “Keeper of the Mountains.” Saturday morning, Five Ten will be sponsoring a breakfast for Craggin’ participants before folks head out to climb and take their clinics. Saturday evening we will have another group dinner and drinks, catered by Gourmet on the Gorge, and then Freddie Wilkinson will present his slide show. After the slide show, we will break into our live auction and bring it all home with a full-moon dance party. Sunday we will wrap up with another group breakfast, and a conservation project.