2015 National Conference in Bishop, CA Nov. 6th-11th

201​5 National Conference ​In Bishop, CA Area
November 6th-​11th
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Owens River Gorge

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.

LOCATION: Bishop, CA offers world class bouldering on the granite of the Buttermilks and volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders). The rope-climbing is excellent with Owens River Gorge being the main attraction. The area is high desert so nights will be cold but days pleasant with plenty of sunshine. Preview the climbing on Mountain Project.

SPECIAL PRESENTER: Matt Fultz is one of the leading boulderers in the USA having done several V14s . Matt is featured in a bouldering video shot in Rocklands South Africa and in an up-coming video from Solid Rock’s recent trip to Cuba. He will be at the event to boulder, to give a presentation and to do a clinic.

Matt Fultz in Cuba.jpgSCHEDULE OVERVIEW: It will include Evening Gatherings, On-mission Climbing, Outreach, Climber's Church and more. Mornings will be devotionals on your own or in small groups and then heading out to on-mission climbing. While many will only be able to stay through the weekend, you are encouraged to stay longer through Veteran’s Day (November 11th) for more climbing, fellowship and outreach.

EVENT HOSTS: SRCFC Missionaries, Matthew and Bethany Herman, have been in the Bishop area for two years being a witness to climbers and developing connections. Their long-term goal has been to set up a place where climbers and other visitors can stay for free. Their guests will be offered community meals and opportunities to discuss spiritual matters as often as the Lord allows. They have recently been blessed with a home to rent to use for this purpose and will be moving in on July 1st. Read more.

Flyboy V6 2.jpgMEETINGS: Gatherings will be inside out of the weather, so the cooler temps and early darkness of late fall won't be an issue. The plan is to meet at the Herman’s in Chalfant Valley, 14 miles north of Bishop. The exact meeting schedule will be released later.

CRAGGIN' CLASSIC: The American Alpine Club will be holding their Cragging Classic, November 6th to 8th. Learn more about the event. We have been given an opportunity for 5-6 to volunteer on Saturday afternoon/evening.  We are encouraging those not volunteering to attend the  Downtown Climber Throwdown Party.  That and all other Craggin Classic happenings are optional.  The costs for those activities will be "on your own."

CAMPING/LODGING: There is first come, first serve camping at BLM Pleasant Valley Pit Campground for $2 per car per night. We will have Solid Rockers arriving early to lay claim to enough sites for all who register. See all the details at blm.gov.  "Nicer" can be found nearby at an Inyo County Camground with similar name - Pleasant Valley Campground.  For those who would prefer indoor lodging, you could secure your own hotel in Bishop. Also, the Hermans will be providing some indoor lodging at the hostel (please reserve directly with them at mherman01@gmail.com).

COST: The suggested donation is $50.00 per adult. Your donation will help to cover the program costs of SRCFC holding a National Conference as well as covering your annual member’s donation. Even if you don’t end up going, donating now will advance the outreach mission work of SRCFC. To donate, go to srcfc.org/donate. Please also note that although this is 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.

CARPOOLING: Bishop is not close to major airports. That said, we will work to arrange rides for those who are flying into locations in California and Nevada. We are asking members to share their availability to give a ride. So if you need a ride, even if it is a long one, please let us know early so connections can be arranged.


Friday, Nov. 6th

- Night of Prayer and Worship at Herman Home
- Craggin Classic Option: Reel Rock and/or After-Party

Saturday, Nov. 7th 
- SRCFC Free breakfast at the Pit Campground 7:30 to 9:30 am, with cooks arriving at 6:00 am and servers at 7:00 am
- Craggin Classic Option: Climbing Clinics taught by the Pros
- On Mission Climbing/Bouldering with Solid Rock
- OUR MOMENT TO SHINE: Volunteer with Craggin Classic @ 3:30 pm Opportunity
- Craggin Classic Option: 5:00pm Downtown Climber Throwdown Party

Sunday, Nov. 8th
- Worship at Herman Home at 9:00 am
- Craggin Classic Option: 9:00am Eastside Stewardship Projects in the Buttermilks & Tablelands
- On Mission Climbing/Bouldering with Solid Rock
- Doug Nidever and Evangelism Training at Herman Home at 7:00 pm

Monday, Nov. 9th
- On Mission Climbing/Bouldering with Solid Rock
- Bouldering Clinic with Matt Fultz Noon to 3 pm
- Matt Fultz presentation, 7:30 pm at Looney Beans Coffeehouse

Tuesday, Nov. 10th 
- On Mission Climbing/Bouldering with Solid Rock
- Evangelism Training at Herman Home at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 11th 
Depart for Home

Other Information 

  • Registration Deadline November ​2nd.  Email office@srcfc.org to get sign-up information and if you have questions.
  • "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 ​Gear ___ Climbing Gear ___ Food ___ Camp Chair ___ Bible/Something to Write with

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Photo Descriptions and Credits (starting from the top)
1.Santana (5.11c), Central Gorge, Social Platform -most routes don't start over water ;-)(C. Landrus)
2. Cuban climber, Jorge, and Matt Fultz discussing climbing (C. Landrus_
3. Flyboy V6, Buttermilks (M. Herman)
4. Atari V6, Tablelands (M. Herman)

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