The winners of the Trango, Rocktoberfest 2011 raffle are:
1st Prize: BetaStick Compact stick-clip – Liam Dillon
Grand Prize: 10 Smooth Quickdraws – Christine Emmerton
What a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the great weather and contribute to a really important cause. For those of you who don’t know, the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition (RRGCC) puts on Rocktoberfest every year to raise money to pay the mortgage on the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP), which is home to hundreds of routes at iconic crags such as the Motherload. As climbers, it is a special privilege to have control of the access to the rock we hold so dear. The final payment on the land is due in 2013 – we are so close!
This was my first time at an event like this, and it went extremely well. There was so much psyche in the Trango booth that I could hardly keep up. Brad and Kelsey came out to support Trango, and we couldn’t have done it without them! Between talking with participants, running around to hardware stores, and sending some hard routes, they had their hands full!
The evenings were filled with events like the dyno comp, live music, climbing movies and slideshows, and crate stacking. Crate stacking is a game in which you stack milk crates as high as you can while climbing up the tiny column of plastic until it topples over. A handful of participants made it over 20 crates, getting pretty close to the crane that was belaying them!
We did some demos at the Boneyard inMuirValleyon Saturday, which was a fun process. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy hanging out at a crag talking shop about Trango’s awesome climbing gear? What products got the most attention, you ask? The BetaStick Compact stick clip is relatively new, and people were always amazed at how long it becomes from such a short, lightweight, and easily packable size. The head on the BetaStick holds the carabiner at an angle that makes snagging that first (or second or third) bolt a breeze. The Cinch was also a big hit. The Cinch gives the smoothest feed for lead belaying of any other belay device because it allows the rope to travel through in a straight line, whereas other devices always have a bend in the rope. This auto-assisted locking device is invaluable, especially while pushing yourself on some of the best sport climbing in theUS(The Red!).
People were also stoked on the Smooth Quickdraws. (*Checkout the video on our new homepage!) Two words sum up these draws: tough and light. I have never used such a lightweight, high performance sport climbing draw. Most “light” draws have skinny little dogbones and wiregates to cut weight, but the Smooths are able to keep the weight to a minimum and still have all the features you look for in a primo sport draw: notchless gates on full-size carabiners, strong spring action, and a beefy nylon dogbone, tapered at each end. And for a limited time, there’s one more word to sum up these draws: SALE! Check out the 5-packs on our special offers page to save almost 40%!
Thanks again to all the participants who made the event a success! I can’t wait to see you all again next year at Rocktoberfest 2012!
Well folks it’s been a week since we braved the Nevada winds, sun , rain, sand and… did you see snow? I am pretty sure I did. Though I was told all of this was typical for the Red Rocks Rendezvous, I wouldn’t know, this was my first one. Normally the Trango team keeps me safe and away from others in the warehouse, where I perform the absolutely necessary (and daunting) task of getting things in and out the door, as this is my job as the Logistics Coordinator. This year however, we thought we’d take a chance and allow myself some time in the great outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of shipping and receiving and instead allow me some time to meet our fans and our customers– to meet the folks who up until now were just names on a UPS shipping screen. Plus, I had never even been to Las Vegas; What’s that you say? Trango will pay for me to go to Las Vegas–Count me in!
OK, so I will have to admit, I’m a bit of “noob” climber, and I had no idea that such a beautiful place existed right outside of the City of Sin. Living in beautiful Boulder, Colorado has allowed me to get in some really great climbing with out having to travel very far. So when my girlfriend and I arrived, rented the car and started driving west on hwy 215 towards Red Rocks, I was excited to see that there was more to Vegas than Seline Dion and Hollywood Hangover’s.
Spring Mountain Ranch was the location for the event, a pristine state park in the middle of the desert with brilliant sandstone walls keeping watch over the rolling hills of Juniper Valley. In the middle of the park was center stage for the event and a few hundred yards away was the on- site camping for sponsors and event participants. Trango was among about 20 other climbing and outdoor industry sponsors who had set up booths to show off their gear and answer any questions, as well as entice participants to go and purchase our products from the Mountain Gear store , Mountain Gear being the event organizer we were more than happy to do so.
Having spent most of my time in the Trango warehouse, shipping products out to people, it was really great to actually see folks come to the booth and be really excited about our truly innovative and unique products. Almost every person who came to the booth wanted to play with the Big Bros (“whoa…that’s a big crack” was heard more than once”), try out our auto-assist belay device the Cinch (“ this is so much smaller, lighter and has a smoother feed than the [insert competitors product here]..” was often the response) and were amazed at the feather light Superfly Carabiners (“oh man…these come in lockers now…sweeet!”). Also people loved our climbing knife selection especially the lightweight and cleverly designed Piranha Knife (“wait… it has a screwdriver AND a bottle opener…?”). I learned a lot about our customers and received a lot of positive feedback. For me, it was great to do an event like this simply to see that people are really stoked about our products and that there is more to climbing than whose puffy jacket is puffier; who has lived out of their car the longest and who has the nicest rack ( get it…rack)…Its more than all that…it’s about community.
Though the winds were against us, this years Red Rocks Rendezvous was a huge success, though next year I’ll schedule some time to actually climb and work on keeping the EZ- Up on the ground. Being given a chance to go out there and represent Trango; a company that people whole-heartedly love and has such a strong tradition rooted in the climbing community was an honor. I look forward to seeing you all next year. A big shout out to Paul Fish, President and founder of Mountain Gear for giving all of us– “Old timers” to “Noobs”– a chance to come together and experience what it really means to be a climber.
Team Trango Logistics Coordinator
The ABS National Championships are set to happen here in Boulder, Colorado February 12th. eGrips is a proud sponsor of this event and we are super excited that it is unfolding in our hometown. We toured the venue last night and it was awesome to see the walls being built, the intense focus of the routesetters in action…and thousands of holds!
To learn more you can log on to http://www.absnationals.org/
Here’s a cool video tralier from ABS…enjoy…