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Our Second Annual South Carolina Climbers Fest powered by Onsight Resoles!

We are very excited to announce the second annual SC Climbers Festival! Thank you title sponsor Onsight Resoles and trail grant sponsors REI!

Your registration includes: access to clinics, free T-shirt, free camping, stewardship opportunities, historic slideshows, access and route beta, good people, free dinner and breakfast (Sat), beer (free until it is gone), and live music. Come on out and be a part of this great community and help protect and expand climbing access! Proceeds raised from this event will help fund a 1.9 mile trail leading to new climbing access at Pumpkintown. This year's festival will be centered around Big Rock for all three days. The festival venue offers free camping, covered bridge with a river, and is located just 10 minutes from Big Rock. 

No dogs please.


Festival Location with Camping, etc: 1233 Cleo Chapman Hwy. Sunset, SC 29685. There will be water, bathrooms, electric, covered porch with river, free camping with festival registration. 

Big Rock Beta: Click Here


Fri Schedule: 

5:00-8:00 PM: Registration at the Festival grounds

8:00 PM: Present your own slideshow. Email with images/ interest.  


Sat Schedule: 

8:00 AM-9:00AM: Breakfast provided by Whole Foods Market and REI Greenville at festival grounds. 

9:00 AM: Depart for Big Rock trail work, thanks to grant sponsors REI Greenville. Carpool! A shuttle may be provided. The trail work leg of the festival is optional. CCC Trail Crew Leaders will be leading teams to help re-route the left side trail, making it more sustainable and quicker! If you do not wish to help with trail work, climbing at Big Rock or Table Rock are located nearby for personal climbing. 

2:00 PM: Finish up trail work, get in some climbing before PM festivities begin

6:00 PM: Dinner! Served by Burly Bill's BBQ of Pickens, SC! Catawba Brewing beer offered until it is gone. 

6:30 PM: NC aid climbing pioneer Todd Wells slideshow (right after dinner). 

7:30: CCC raffle (top prize 2 60M BlueWater Ropes!) and clinic sign up. Many of these clinics are a $100+ value. 

8:30-10:00: Live music by The Run Out


Sunday Schedule: 

Festival clean up: Our biggest need will be Sunday festival clean up. Please help out by packing out what you packed in! If you are not signed up for a clinic, there will likely be groups of climbers headed out to Big Rock or Table Rock. Find a partner, share a rope and a technique. Enjoy! 

9:00AM: Meet your clinic leader at the covered bridge at the festival grounds for clinics. Carpool to Big Rock for clinics and climbing during or after (depending on the clinic). We ask that you clean up your campsite and trash before meeting your clinic leader. Many of these clinics are a $100-$300 value, but offered here at a much lower price thanks to our donating sponsors. Proceeds to CCC. Clinic offerings include:

  • Intro to Aid Climbing with CCC Vice President Wade Parker. Interested in the big walls? Here is your chance to get a acquainted with tools and techniques needed to tackle (or tickle) the monsters. Any climbing that occurs throughout the day will not be a part of this clinic. The clinic will not focus on climbing, but it will focus on aid techniques. 
  • Intro to Trad with Thrifty Adventures. Develop a solid understanding of traditional gear placements, considerations during your lead, and how to make a simple bomb proof anchor. This clinic will be taught by Mitch Rutledge, 3-year PCGI climbing guide for Thrifty Adventures, and avid adventure climber. Participants should have some outdoor climbing and belaying experience, with a strong desire to lead traditionally protected climbs. 
  • Self Rescue Tools and Applications with Thrifty Adventure. Simple tools in simple applications. This clinic will focus on teaching fundamental self-rescue tools such as; load releasable knots, friction hitches and Improvised devices. Students will get plenty of hands on experience working with these tools and an opportunity to bring in their own scenarios and work through them. The clinic will be taught by Mike Barnette 15+ year climber and AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. Participants should have some outdoor climbing experience, and a desire to learn. 
  • Cleaning Anchors with Climbmax Mountain Guides: Join an AMGA certified climbing instructor for this clinic in which you will learn to clean single pitch bolt anchors. In this session we will discuss the principles driving how we clean an anchor as well as several techniques you can use to accomplish the task.  
  • Self Rescue in a Multi Pitch Setting with Rescue Climbers Mountain Guides: Join a Mountain Rescue Association and EMT credentialed climbing guide on a course that focuses on prevention and response to emergencies in a multi-pitch setting. 
  • Train to Climb Hard: with FrictionLabs sponsored athlete and CCC board member Carter Smith. Learn techniques to train your mind and body to send that problem or put down your latest proj. Any climbing that occurs throughout the day will not be a part of this clinic. 


Thank you sponsors: 

Title Sponsor: Onsight Resoles

Grant Sponsor: REI Greenville

Gold Sponsor: Climb@Blue Ridge

Gold Sponsor: Merrell

Gold Sponsor: Black Diamond

Silver Sponsors: Blue Water Ropes, Ground Up Publishing

Bronze Sponsors: Catawba Brewery, Thrifty Adventures, Climbmax Mountain Guides, Rescue Climber Mountain Guides, Petzl, Rab, Scarpa, Eno, Upstate Bouldering, Butora, Half Moon Outfitters, Nick Colquitt Art, Joey Henson Art, Whole Foods Market, Misty Mountain Threadworks

Festival Clean Up: American Alpine Club Atlanta Chapter




November 15th, 2019 5:00 PM   through   November 17th, 2019 7:00 PM
1233 Cleo Chapman Hwy
Sunset, SC 29685
United States

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Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Current CCC Member. Check your membership status $ 40.00
Non-CCC member $ 50.00
Add-on Clinics
Train to Climb Hard $ 10.00
Cleaning Anchors $ 20.00
Self Rescue (single pitch) $ 30.00
Self Rescue (multi-pitch) $ 40.00
Intro to Trad $ 30.00
Intro to Aid $ 10.00

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