Wow- what an event. The New River Rendez Vous down in Fayetteville, West Virginia was such a BLAST. In it’s 9th year it is the ultimate climbers festival- where there is always something fun going on- just to mention a few there are demos, reps, tons of climbers, clinics, dyno comp, dessertapolooza, arm wrestling, sumo crash pad wrestling, slack lining, live band, free beer, live DJ, running races, and so much MORE! The event has an attendance of 750+ climbers from all over the United States. I headed that way as I had a few shoots lined up, and also the event is great for seeing old friends, making new ones, and of course- networking a bit. But the ultimate purpose of the Rendez Vous is not just to throw on huge fun event for all- it’s to raise money for the New River Alliance For Climbers. What are they? Well, in their own words they are:
A non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect climbing resources at the New River Gorge and surrounding areas. All funds from The New River Rendez Vous go right back into supporting our goals of anchor replacement, trail projects, and advocating with land owners and managers to secure access to the climbing in the New River Gorge area.
This being said, the whole event is put together by local climbers who volunteer an INCREDIBLE amount of time to make this event what it is. And they do it all in the passion for climbing and their community. Wow- it just still blows me away, and is incredibly inspiring.
Thanks for such a awesome weekend! Below are a few images from it. If you’re a climber- and haven’t been, well be sure to make the trip next year. It’s totally worth it, and then some. I can’t wait- hope to see you there.