American Alpine Club Announces 2016 Craggin’ Classics

The American Alpine Club's Craggin’ Classic Series kicks off this September at the New River Gorge, West Virginia.

By Rock and Ice | June 29th, 2016

View of Shelf Road from the Cactus Wall on Halloween Day during the first ever Shelf Road AAC Craggin Classic last year. Photo: Michael Lim.The Craggin’ Classic Series, organized annually by the American Alpine Club and sponsored in part by Rock and Ice, kicks off this September at the New River Gorge in West Virginia.

Hosted at five crags across the country, this climbing festival series features film screenings, climbing clinics taught by professional guides and athletes, after parties, slideshows, live music, food, and of course, lots of climbing. General registration for each event is $30 and registration times vary. Check out the locations and dates below and visit for more information.

The New River Gorge, WV

September 16-18

“The Southeast’s premier climber throw down, holler down, and hoedown.” Don’t miss the Reel Rock screening, both a bouldering competition and a separate dyno competition, and the Climber Throwdown Party with a burrito bar.

Registration opens July 18th.

Devil’s Lake, WI

September 30-October 1

Get hyped for the Trad Climbing Competition. Get stoked for Jay Knower, Devil’s Lake new guidebook author, and his inside scoop on how to write, photograph and publish a climbing guide. And get groovin’ for the dance party with free (repeat: free) beer.

Registration opens August 1st.

Shelf Road, CO

October 21-23

Head to the crag for the limestone, but stay to enjoy the plethora of food trucks, Reel Rock screening, legend George Lowe’s presentation and, of course, the party. Don’t forget to prepare for the second annual Halloween Costume Contest.

Registration info TBA.

Check out the photo gallery of last year’s Shelf Road Craggin’ Classic here.

Moab, UT

October 28-30

Join in at the Craggin Classic’s new desert venue: “a celebration of the desert spirit, featuring films, clinics, parties, slideshows, and stewardship projects which define our region and our community.” With live music, free swag and the best desert climbing of the country, you can’t go wrong.

Registration opens on August 29th.


Bishop, CA

November 4-6

With Bishop’s first Reel Rock showing and the opportunity to follow climbing pioneer Doug Robinson on a tour around Smokes Rocks Course, this “Fall Highball” won’t disappoint. Not to mention a special slideshow presentation by John Long. Be there.

Registration opens on September 6th.

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