2017 National Conference - Smith Rock, OR
OVERVIEW: National Conferences are traditionally our largest gatherings. You will have a chance to get to know more Solid Rockers and do ministry together with folks from many places. The days will be filled with on-mission climbing and the evenings with dinner together, worship and teaching.
The Climbing: Smith Rock is the birthplace of sport in the USA. The climbing on the welded tuff at Smith Rock is some of the most unique climbing around. The sport climbing is awesome and there is plenty of quality trad and multi-pitch . If you don't have a partner coming with you, you will be able to find a partner with communication beforehand and at the event.
KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Craig DeMartino
Craig's story in his words: "In 2002 my life changed dramatically. I was accidentally dropped 100 feet while climbing in CO. That's the same height as a 10 story office building. I endured a three month stay in the hospital and later a rehab facility where I began to rebuild my life and body. After 18 months, I decided to amputate my leg below the knee to return to climbing, and the quality of life I once enjoyed. Now, with 30 years of climbing experience under my belt, I have a new and exciting view of the world. I believe perspective is a great tool to motivate us, and the accident gave me such perspective. Once I returned to climbing I pushed my body to learn and re-learn the art of climbing. That journey continues on."
The Camping: The recommended camping location will be the Bivi Site at Smith Rock State Park. No reservations are required and you will pay ($5 per person per night) as you arrive. No RV or in-vehicle camping at the bivi site - but that will be available at Smith Rock Community Church. If camping isn't for you, hotels and vacation rentals are available in Redmond, 15 minutes away.
Evening Gatherings: Smith Rock Community Church have graciously offered to open up their church for our evenings together. this will include dinner together ($5), worship and teaching.
Crack Climbing Camp: For those interested, we will be having crack climbing camp at Trout Creek (40 miles from Smith) prior to the conference from October 22 to 25. This is not a beginners/novice area, especially if one hasn't crack climb. All are welcome but climbing options will be limited by skills. Camping/lodging options are the same as the National Conference.
THE SCHEDULE TBA
The Cost: The suggested donation is $50.00 per adult. Your donation will help to cover the program costs of SRCFC holding a National Conference aAlthough encouraged by all participating at any level (except for children, teens and students), this is a suggested donation and is not required for you to attend. Meals and lodging are covered by this donation. Go to payment options.
Climbing Clinics: TBA
“On the Rocks” Wilderness First Aid (WFA): TBA
WORK PROJECT: TBA
- Registration Deadline October 15th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get sign-up information, "JOIN" the event on Facebook or post you are going on Where Climbers Gather.
- Your Responsibility: You are responsible for connecting with someone to climb with (you will receive a list of participants and climbing objectives), your camping equipment and all your meals!
- What to Bring: ___ Camping ___ Climbing Gear ___ Food ___ Camp Chair ___ Bible/Something to Write with
- When registering, you will have a chance to offer/look for carpooling.
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