Australian Climbing Festival

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You've probably caught wind of the news that after a little hiatus the Australian Climbing Festival is back! And if you thought that the lure of the Katoomba Convention Centre would be barely enough to get all the mountains crew together, than you may have under estimated it. Not only will the usual suspects be there such as Simon Carter, Monique Forestier, Mike Law and Ali Pepper, but a whole host of interstate and BIG international names.

Guest speakers, workshops and discussion headed by Cedar Wright, Hazel Findlay and Andy Kirkpatrick

Guest speakers, workshops and discussion headed by Cedar Wright, Hazel Findlay and Andy Kirkpatrick

And before you ask, no they didn't bag Chris Sharma, he was too expensive and probably too busy gallivanting around the countryside with his new girlfriend and posting the pics on Instagram.  But Cedar Wright, Andy Kirkpatrick and Hazel Findlay will be there! Amongst a whole host of other worthy guests including Tim Macartney-Snape, Chris Warner, Greg Mortimer, Andrew Lock and Louise Shepherd. Even our very own Dick Smith will be presenting, giving a talk on "Diving Into the Dumpster - How to live as a Dirtbag". Just kidding. You could ask him how to though as he will be on a discussion panel. I dare you.

 There's a whole host of items on the agenda including speakers, the Australian National and Oceania Bouldering Championships, trade show, films, workshops, debates on the big hot topics, demonstrations, a festival party and kids activities to name a few. You can get up-close and person with all the big names as they give workshops and discussion times, join in with slacklining and yoga classes or just sit back and hear all about crazy expeditions to places you may or may not have heard of.

We will be there with our little Mountain Equipment stand and thanks to Sterling Ropes, we are offering 25% a new rope when you trade in your old one. There might be a small catch that it will be woven into a awesome mat by the sterling guys (which you get to keep, sell on eBay or give to your mum for Christmas) in order to claim the discount but those are minor details. There will be heaps of other deals going down from a host of other brands too like La Sportiva, Goal Zero, Prana and DMM. The festival is running for three days from 17-19th of October and adult ticket prices vary from $25 for one day general entry right up to $295 for a VIP "access all areas" package which may or may not include a beer with Cedar Wright and the chance to try on his glasses. You can buy entry to specific talks, workshops and films or you can purchase tickets which include all of the above. And I know that you're sitting there thinking "hey I'm not Dick Smith, I can't even afford to re-sole my Mythos let alone cough up $50 for a workshop with Andy Kirkpatrick", just remember that all these guys and girls are the best in the business and you could seriously learn more in an hour with Hazel Findlay or Monique Forestier about mental and physical training for climbing than you might in a year of dogging some climb in the Glen. Cedar's workshop is even titled "No budget- Adventure climbing filming for the totally clueless”. So hey, you might even make money out of this. On top of this the festival is donating a host of funds to CragCare, there is a ton of prizes to win and is sure to be an awesome climbing community event.

Have a quick look through the programme, check out the Climbing Festival's website, and say 'hi' to the Mountain Equipment crew if you're up there.

Friday 17th October

Presentations

Scarpa Room
Paddy Pallin Stage

Films, ACF Cinema

Workshops
  • 7.30am – 8.30am: Yoga by Climb Fit (in Courtyard)
Auditorium and Bouldering Competition

Courtyard Area, Demos and Entertainment

Festival Shop

Off-site Events

   

Saturday 18th October

Presentations

Scarpa Room

Films, ACF Cinema

Workshops

Auditorium and Bouldering Competition

Courtyard Area, Demonstrations and Entertainment

Festival Shop

Off-site Events


 

Sunday 19th October

Presentations

Scarpa Room

Films, ACF Cinema

Workshops

Auditorium and Bouldering Competition

Courtyard area, Demonstrations and Entertainment

Festival Shop

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All information and photos sourced and published by the Australian Climbing Festival. http://australianclimbingfestival.com.au/


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