SoCo Premiere of Meru film Aug 28, 2015

On August 13, 2015, in Upcoming Events, by SoCoCRAG

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.

Meru Expedition, Garwhal, India

 

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.

 

 

2015 Adopt A Crag

On July 21, 2015, in Upcoming Events, by SoCoCRAG

It’s that time of year again!

This September 19th and 20th, SoCO CRAG and CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits will be hosting the 6th annual adopt-a-crag trail work weekend with the USFS to repair and improve damaged Wet Mountain climber trails .

Free camping will be included for all participants nearby
Free BBQ for all volunteers Saturday night. Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own food, snacks, and water for the remainder of the weekend.
Volunteers are to meet at the North San Carlos Trailhead  at 9am, Saturday with the day running until 4pm.

Saturday we will be brushing trail and maintaining waterbars. Bring closed toe shoes, gloves, personal water and snacks to work in Saturday. The USFS will provide all the tools.

Sunday we will be enjoying the fruits of our labors climbing nearby at either Midway, Goliath Gorge or The Black Hole.

 

North San Carlos Trail (Trail 1320) is located along 12-Mile Road/Hwy 78, 4.4 miles from main Pueblo Mountain Park entrance out of Beulah .

Please mail  <info@sococrag.org>  to RSVP or for additional information.

 

 

 

Summer Meetup 2015

On June 25, 2015, in Upcoming Meetings, by SoCoCRAG

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.

 

Pueblo Premiere of Metanoia, April 9, 7pm

On March 13, 2015, in Upcoming Events, by SoCoCRAG

2015 Poster - SoCo CRAG - Metanoia - Full Bleed

 

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.

 

 

2015 Pueblo Crimper Climbing Festival

On December 15, 2014, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

IMG_1659The 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.IMG_1703

 

Winter Meetup

On November 10, 2014, in Upcoming Meetings, by SoCoCRAG

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.

 

2014 Adopt a Crag

On October 12, 2014, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

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 CrimeIMG_1676. Thanks to the Access Fund, American Alpine Club and the CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits program for their support and sponsorship.

 

 

Beddows Update, August 2014

On August 12, 2014, in News, by SoCoCRAG

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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.

 

 

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September Social, 2014

On August 12, 2014, in Upcoming Meetings, by SoCoCRAG

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW … and line up your babysitters… for Thursday, September 4! SoCO CRAG will be meeting for a late summer meeting/social at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo. Meet us at 6:30pm to socialize, followed by our fun meeting at 7. This is your chance to network with other area climbers, plan autumn trips and to hear first-hand the latest from SoCO CRAG. Jason Wilson will also be presenting on his recent climbing trip to Africa.  Come join us, and bring a friend! See you on the back patio.

 

New Climbs on Private Land

On May 11, 2014, in Upcoming Events, by SoCoCRAG

John Castanha has once again offered to open his land to climbers for one day. His property near Rye has untouched sandstone boulders and cliffs. He is willing to host up to 20 climbers on Saturday, May 17, 2014. If you are interested,  contact trip leader Chris Oshiro (330) 701-9066  to be added to the guest list.