The 4th Annual SoCO CRAG / Pueblo YMCA Community Climbing Competition is scheduled for Sunday, February 7, 2016. Kids 6-17 will compete in the morning and adults ages 18+ compete in the afternoon. Awards and prizes are given to the top youth and adults climbers. Scoring is based on a climber’s 5 highest scores from top rope and bouldering combined.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW … and line up your babysitters… for Thursday, November 19! SoCO CRAG will be meeting up at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo. Meet us at 6:30pm to socialize, followed by our meeting at 7. This is your chance to network with other area climbers, plan trips and to hear first-hand the latest from SoCO CRAG. Come join us, and bring a friend! See you upstairs.
Kimball’s Peak Three Theater in Colorado Springs, one day only – 2:30 and 5 pm showings are $7.50, 7:30 showing is $9.
In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. What was meant to be a seven-day trip with the equivalent amount of food became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures, thanks to the setback of a massive storm that showered the mountain with at least 10 feet of snow. Like everyone before them, their journey was not a successful one. But they had reached further than anyone else, beaten back just 100 meters below the elusive summit.
Heartbroken and defeated, Anker, Chin and Ozturk returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced sudden physical and emotional challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru, one that Anker perhaps heard the loudest. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around.
MERU is the story of that journey—one of friendship, sacrifice, hope and obsession.
Saturday, September 19th 15 volunteers from SoCO CRAG and CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits convened for the 5th annual adopt-a-crag trail work weekend with the USFS to repair and improve damaged Wet Mountain climber trails . The whole North San Carlos trail was trimmed of scrub oak overgrowth. Water bars were also maintained and constructed.
Saturday night we all camped nearby, with dinner provided by CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits and a generous donation by local climber Rob Redwine.
Sunday we enjoyed the fruits of our labors climbing nearby at either Goliath Gorge .
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW … and line up your babysitters… for Thursday, July 9! SoCO CRAG will be meeting up at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo. Meet us at 6:30pm to socialize, followed by our meeting at 7. This is your chance to network with other area climbers, plan summer trips and to hear first-hand the latest from SoCO CRAG. Come join us, and bring a friend! See you upstairs.
Update: Metanoia’s SoCO premiere was a huge success. About 80 people attended, including a who’s who of local climbing. Over $600 was raised to help Jeff with film production and hospice costs. Looking forward to the next adventure film SoCO CRAG can host.
Southern Colorado premiere of Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia .A film about one man’s journey from the top of the world to the end of the line. Jeff helped make climbing what it is today, through technical innovation and more than a thousand first ascents, including “Metanoia” on the north face of the Eiger, where he experienced a spiritual transformation that continues to this day. Jeff’s story inspires us all, as he brings the creativity and strength that characterized his climbing career to the challenge that he faces today: his own mortality.
Advance Tickets $15 for best seats in the house, $12 at the door. Advance Tickets on sale at The Edge:Ski, Pack, Paddle and at the CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits office. Film to be shown in Hasan School of Business Auditorium, Thursday April 9, 7pm. Hosted by SoCO CRAG and CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits. Doors open at 6:30.
The 3rd Annual SoCO CRAG / Pueblo YMCA Community Climbing Competition was held Sunday, February 8, 2015. Kids 6-17 competing in the morning and adults ages 18+ competing in the afternoon. Awards and prizes were given to the top youth and adults climbers. Grand Champion Climber winners of the coveted Golden Crimper award were William Carver and Silvia Bertaud for youth and Bob Carver and Rebecca Bersagel for adult.
Thanks to the Pueblo YMCA climbers, CSU-P climbing team and all the SoCO CRAG volunteers. Also a big shout out to the event sponsors:The Edge, Access Fund, Chipotle, Wendy’s, Rock Candy Holds, Black Diamond, and the Bersagel’s.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW … and line up your babysitters… for Thursday, December 4! SoCO CRAG will be meeting for the winter meeting/social at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo. Meet us at 6:30pm to socialize, followed by our meeting at 7. This is your chance to network with other area climbers, plan winter trips and to hear first-hand the latest from SoCO CRAG. Come join us, and bring a friend! See you upstairs.
SoCO CRAG’s fifth annual Adopt a Crag was held Saturday, September 13, 2014 . 12 volunteers from Manitou Springs, Westcliffe, and Pueblo joined up to assist the USFS with trail maintenance. After a safety briefing with the Forest Service trail crew we worked on the Rudolph Mountain Trail for a few miles. Water bars were maintained and constructed, brush was cut back, and trash was cleaned. Lunch and the evening burger BBQ was provided by CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits Program with a grant from the American Alpine Club. Saturday night everyone camped out along South Hardscrabble Creek Road. Sunday we enjoyed the fruits of our labor climbing nearby at Scene of the Crime. Thanks to the Access Fund, American Alpine Club and the CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits program for their support and sponsorship.
We did it. After two years of working with the State Land Board and the local land lessee, SoCO CRAG was allowed one day of legal climbing access to Beddows Dome. A special use permit was issued for one day of use on July 26. A total of 18 Westcliffe and Pueblo climbers met up for a spectacular time on the domes cracks, plates, and chickenheads. Seven trad lines were lead by local rockstars. A fantastic time was had by all on the best trad lines in the Wet Mountains. Thanks to all the help the Access Fund provided in terms of technical support and event insurance. This was a one time event, with climbing still seen as an illegal use of Beddows Dome. We hope that this single day of access will be seen by the state and our partners as a positive example of compatible use for future expansion.