A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking pictures for our local REI’s very first Sierra Climbfest in Cave Valley (Auburn Quarry)! Last year’s event was rained out and to make up for it, Mother Nature couldn’t have given us better weather to enjoy the day. Easily over 100 participants showed up and took advantage of the offerings throughout the day. Boy, was it fun out there!
This event was perfect for climbers of all skill levels and non-climbers looking to see what the sport is all about. There were dozens of classes offered throughout the day such as Intro to Outdoor Climbing, Intro to Lead Climbing, Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing, Anchor Building, an interpretive hike exploring the history of Cave Valley, and many more taught by the REI staff. There were even several all-women’s classes to promote the Force of Nature initiative!
As the sun set behind the mountains, the climbers retreated down to the parking lot on the banks of the Middle Fork of the American River to refuel themselves for a night of fun of movies, games, and raffles. A burrito bar was brought in for the event by a nearby restaurant and local brewery Crooked Lane brought a few kegs out to rehydrate the thirsty climbers. The No Man’s Land Film Festival started shortly after and an entertaining raffle ended the day; with a grand prize of a full rack of Ultralight Cams from Black Diamond!
Thanks to everyone who came out and the sponsors who made the event possible.
Enjoy the pictures below!