Bluegrass Climbing School is excited to host a booth and clinics at this years RRGCC Rocktoberfest.

Check out the schedule of events and info on clinics below and don’t forget to come say hello at the festival!

Rocktoberfest 2023 

When: October 5, 2023 @ 5:00PM — October 8, 2023 @ 3:00PM

Where: Land of the Arches Campground: 5150 KY-715 Campton, KY 41301

Thursday @ Redpoint BBQ

5 – 10 PM: Happy Hour at Redpoint Barbecue with Maker’s Mark
5 – 9 PM: Maker’s Mark Makers’ Market with Local Artists & Vendors
6 – 8 PM: Katie Brown “Unraveled” Book Signing
9 PM: Music with DJs Seppe March & Marcellus Holmes

Friday, October 6th

5 PM: Registration, Food, & Sponsor Booths Open!
5 – 9 PM: Russ Clune “The Lifer” Book Signing with Black Diamond
5 – 8 PM: Ocún Hand Jam Hang (Qualifying round)
6 – 8 PM: Dyno Comp Tryouts (Stop in for qualifications at any time)
8 – 8:15 PM: Tools of Ascension, presented by YETI
8:15 – 8:30 PM: RRGCC Legacy Awards
8:30 – 9 PM: Sleeping Lion film, presented by Tenaya
9 – 9:30 PM: Live Q&A with Chris Sharma
9:30 – 10 PM: The Illness (Festival Cut), presented by Wilkinson Visual

Saturday, October 7th 

8 AM: Cinnamon Rolls & Coffee at Miguel’s Gear Shop
8 – 9 AM: Yoga for Climbers in the Hangar ($5 Suggested Donation)
8 – 9 AM: Shoe & Harness Demos at Land of the Arches
9 AM – 3PM: Trango Trail Day… Lunch provided!(pre-register under Volunteer Registration)
9 AM – 3 PM: Clinics with the Pros! (pre-registration required)
9:30 AM: SCARPA Holler Dash (open to all)
— Best costumes, mullets, jorts, & other debauchery highly recommended
— Win brand new trail running shoes from SCARPA
— Earn points on your Clip N Go score
10 AM – 4 PM: Clip n’ Go Comp in MFRP
— CASH for 1st place
— 2nd & 3rd get sweet swag!
5:00 PM: Sponsor Booths & Food Vendors Open
5 – 8 PM: Raffle & Silent Auction — All proceeds to the RRGCC!
5 – 8 PM: Elemental Climbing Speed Comp
6:30 – 7 PM: Ocún Hand Jam Hang Finals
7 – 8 PM: DJs & Dynos (yeah, a dyno comp!) with Joshua Tree Skin Care
8:30 PM: RRGCC Raffle, Comp Winners & Special Announcements
9 PM: Dance Party with DJ Ty Latte & J_Kí!

Sunday, October 8th

8 – 10 AM: Free Pancake Breakfast courtesy of Solid Rock Climbers for Christ
8:30 – 9:30: AM Yoga for Climbers in the Hangar ($5 Suggested Donation)
9 AM – 3 PM: Clinics with the Pros! (pre-registration required)
10 AM – 3 PM: Red River Gorge Facelift with the Yosemite Climbing Association
(pre-register under Volunteer Registration)
Community Outreach — Lee County Clean Up
RRG Facelift — Cleaning up and removing trash in Indian Creek
Trail Day 2.0 — Stewardship Work on RRGCC Properties
10 AM – 5 PM: Breakdown, Clean Up, & Pack Out!

Clinics with the Pros

Athletes & Volunteers: 8:30 AM | Participants: 9 AM | Depart: 9:30 AM | Return: 3 PM

Arrive 10 minutes prior to start time in order to check in. Please bring your own climbing equipment such as: shoes, harness, belay device, rope, quickdraws, and/or trad gear (if applicable). All participants are required to wear helmets during the clinic. Helmets are provided if you do not have one.

Climbing, Chatting, & Crafting with Sam Elias
Who should take this clinic?
Any climber looking for a casual outing to climb, chat, hang out, and paint a little piece of art to take home. All materials will be provided. No art experience necessary!
Bring curiosity and questions for this enjoyable outing of exploration through your own climbing and creativity. Hang out and chat with professional climber, Sam Elias, while enjoying a day of climbing and painting at the crag.
LGBTQ+ Affinity Climbing Meetup with Cat Runner
Who should take this clinic?
Any LGBTQIA2S+ climbers who want to climb, chat, and hang with others in the queer climbing community. All experience levels welcome; proficiency in top rope belay skills recommended.
Come as you are to this meetup that celebrates a collective love for climbing, community, and self. Spend the day with other LGBTQIA2S+ climbers and explore the Red’s easy and moderate routes. This clinic is open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ or questioning and will be accompanied by two allies, serving as clinic marshals.
Intro to Sport with Craig DeMartino
Who should take this clinic?
Beginner climbers who want to transition from top-roping or gym climbing to taking the sharp end and leading routes outdoors.
Come and learn the basics of outdoor lead climbing with Arc’teryx Athlete Craig DeMartino. You will learn proper clipping, using a stick clip, and how to fall safely while enjoying the sharp end. Climbers should have experience climbing outside and the desire to expand their climbing skills.
Women Rock Intro Course with Bluegrass Climbing School
Who should take this clinic?
Those interested in transitioning from indoor to outdoor climbing through a group of adventurous & outgoing women, instead of those gym bros who only want a belay on their sickest new proj. Participants should be comfortable top rope belaying and climbing at a minimum.
This introductory women’s course bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing. You will gain the skills, experience, communnity, and confidence to expand your rock climbing horizons and become a more self-sufficient climber.
Intro to Trad Climbing with Bluegrass Climbing School
Who should take this clinic?
Aspiring trad climbers, participants should have basic sport climbing knowledge, but do not need any trad climbing experience.
This clinic will explore many common pieces of trad gear with the goal of understanding the criteria for solid placements. You can expect to learn about and practice placing gear in a top-rope setup as well as in a “ground school” setting. Climbers should already understand basic lead climbing skills (i.e. clipping, lead belaying, etc.).
Multipitch Transitions & Efficiency with Bluegrass Climbing School
Who should take this clinic?
Those new to multi-pitch, as well as multi-pitch veterans, looking to polish their skills. This is an intermediate-level course, participants should have a good working knowledge of basic climbing systems.
Climb faster on long routes without sacrificing security! This clinic will explore the techniques and planning necessary to make things run smoothly on multi-pitch routes. Topics covered will include rope management, anchoring and belaying from above, as well as descent considerations. This clinic will be held close to the ground, climbing routes will not be the primary focus.
Crack Climbing Crash Course with Bluegrass Climbing School
Who should take this clinic?
Novice or intermediate trad climbers looking to expand their repertoire of crack climbing movements.
Hand jams, ring locks, stacking, and stemming. Learn the variety of techniques necessary to tackle finger cracks, offwidths, and everything in between.
Intro to Trad Climbing with Southeast Mountain Guides
Who should take this clinic?
New to trad or always interested but haven’t taken any steps yet? This introduction to trad climbing may be the clinic for you! No prior climbing experience is required but it is highly recommended to have been climbing for a minimum of 6 months.
Climbing outside for the first time can be a little intimidating. Take the skills you have learned in the gym and apply them to an outdoor setting. Also learn the additional skills you will need to be successful outside like cleaning anchors, stick clipping, reading a guidebook, picking routes, outdoor climbing ethics and considerations.
Intro to Climbing Outdoor Sport Routes with Southeast Mountain Guides
Who should take this clinic?
Have you been climbing indoors or just top-roping for awhile? This may be the clinic for you! Prior climbing experience is needed. We recommend a minimum of 6 months climbing experience. You should be comfortable with basic climbing movements and ideally be able to tie-in and belay.
Focus on the essentials to transitioning from indoor to outdoor climbing (or simply from top-roping to lead climbing outside) as you learn the ins and outs of quickdraws, clipping, climbing between bolts, and route/anchor cleaning.
Climbing is for Every Body with Drew Hulsey
Who should take this clinic?
Any new & first-time climbers who want to get out and climb some fun routes with other novice and experienced climbers alike. Along with anybody who just wants to check out new easy & moderate routes.
To encourage anybody who is interested in climbing, new to climbing, or has been doing it for years, to get out and have a fun session exploring the Red and its fun easy & moderate routes. No experience or requirements necessary!
Intro to Basic Wilderness First Aid with RedSTAR Wilderness EMS
Who should take this clinic?
Anyone interested in learning basic wilderness first aid/CPR skills, or those who need a refresher in the aforementioned topics.
Topics covered will included initial response to ill or injured individuals, bleeding control, splinting, patient lifts & carries, and CPR. Not intended to provide certifications in these skills.
Stick Clipping Masterclass with Ann Marie Maly & Anna Volk
Who should take this clinic?
Anybody looking to learn all the intricacies of stick clipping & those advanced redpointing tactics that don’t actually involve any rock climbing.
Always get to the top of your proj! Never leave gear again! Learn the dark art of stick clipping in this next level clinic taught by the best quickdraw wranglers this side of the Mississippi. But wait, there’s more…register now for half price, only $25!!