Ogden climbing fest is back again and this year is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. I chatted with founder, Daniel Turner and Gear:30 guru Brandon Long about this year’s event. Check it out and get excited!
When/how did Climbing fest get started?
Daniel: In 2008 I , (Coordinator for the WSU Outdoor Program ) , started the festival to promote the sport of climbing. It was modeled after a festival in Moscow Idaho called the Palouse Climbing Festival.
Will this year be different than past years?
Daniel: Yes, The festival is always bigger and better. This year we have added the Invitational Collegiate Boulder Championships during theFriday night Free Gear Demo. This will be an incredible event for spectators. Thanks to Young Subaru the wens and Women’s champions will walk away with $250 cash prizes.
Brandon:Keynote Speaker, Obe Carrion, is attending Friday’s Demo along with all of Saturday’s events. This is a great opportunity to get to know one of the best climbers and coaches in the world and soak up his vast knowledge. We were stoked to get Obe because he really committed to being accessible to festival attendees. Finally, we added a different kind of climbing clinic on Saturday with a trail run up Malans sponsored by Striders Running.
Are all skill levels welcome?
Daniel: This festival is for everyone, from the first timer to the Professional. Because it is a community event we encourage families and young children to join in the fun.
What kinds of activities will there be for kids & families?
Daniel: The slide shows and keynote speaker presentations are always great to get families excited about what climbing can offer. The Gear Demo is a great way to check out the latest and greatest in climbing gear, and learn how to use it, and the climbing clinics with teach the skill sets need to jump all the way into climbing.
Brandon: Friday’s free demo is a great opportunity to have your kids try climbing in a controlled environment. Saturday in the boulder field will be a specific kids climbing clinic.
What kinds of demos will there be?
Daniel: At the Demo we will have shoes, and Harnesses. Many vendors also bring out some of the latest new carabiners, belay devices, and traditional gear to show case.
Where are your favorite places to climb in Ogden?
Daniel: School Room climbing area, and Mcabre Wall.
Brandon:Lower Boulder Field and 9th Street, yes, 9th, it’s like an outdoor gym.
For a beginner, what is the best way to get started climbing?
Daniel: Come to the Ogden Climbing Festival of course! I recommend to beginners that they find a mentor, or a basics clinic to get started, then start slow and purchase a chalk bag, and climbing shoes and start bouldering.
What local business are involved in the event?
Daniel: Weber State University Outdoor Program, GEAR:30, Ogden City Recreation, Roosters, Slackwater pizzeria, The Pie, Striders, Rec Outlet, Amer Outlet, Ogden Trails network, and Weber Pathways, Petzl.
Brandon: Other local companies who are contributing include: Striders Running, Young Subaru, GSL Adventure Gear, and more.
3 reasons Ogdenites should come to the Climbing Festival:
Daniel: Free climbing instruction, Free food, Tons of great prizes & swag.
Brandon: It’s only once a year, It’s a party, Free Swag
Anything else you’d like to add?
Daniel: The Ogden Climbing Festival is an incredible event. The Outdoor Program is always excited to promote the sport of climbing, and bring local climbers, and businesses together. We look forward to hosting this event for many years to come.
The Climbing fest is fun for the whole family so be sure to check out this great event and get climbing! Check out all these great places to climb in Ogden, adventure awaits!
Weber outdoors rock climbing wall: Indoor climbing and training on 3 walls
Front Climbing Club : Indoor climbing, yoga, training and summer camps for kids.
IRock : A fun way to try out climbing in the Junction.
Outdoor bouldering and climbing: All the climbing you could dream up!