2011 New River Rendez Vous

  • 27th May 2011
  • Blog
Sea of tents and New River Alliance For Climbers t-shirts.

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.

A lil’ frisbee, a little slack lining!

Elaina Smith- one of the main event planners. You go girl! Festival goers checking out the auction goods.

Outdoor Research booth was HOT!

Local hardman- Pat Goodman. And who can resist a lil’ bean sack toss? Highly addictive.

Tim Keenan- ‘nough said, and festival peeps checking out one of the sponsor booths.

 Dessertapalooza! YUM!
More yumminess!

Alli & Regan, and Ian Achey chatting it up La Sportiva style.

Amy Pickering doing what she does best and Kenny telling the sea of climbers what’s up.

The Access Fund 20th Birthday Cake and MC/DJ Odub.

Russ Clune in the Black Diamond booth, and Kartsen chatting up a storm.

Evolv Sports & Sterling Rope crew, and a portrait of JB I couldn’t resist. Sorry JB!

Kris Hampton & Amy Pickering. Paul Robison chatting it up with JB from Sterling Rope.

The Patagonia booth arm wresting competition! JT & Britney get into it!

Kurt Smith right before the bouldering comp.

Dyno’s & stunts were nonstop throughout the comp.

PSYCHED crowd!

Slideshow time! Amazing presentation about mountain top removal that is inching it’s way towards the New River Gorge. And then a hilarious show by Matt Segal.

Night time at the booths.