Cliff Palmer, Jeremy Wilson, Andrew Yasso, Chad Cochran, Mike Pond, James Pierson,Ian McEleneyMike Powers, Richard Riquelme, Tad McCrea, Paul Rosser, Mark Cionek, Ben Traxler, Alasdair Turner,Ben Gardner, Dustin Byrne, Erin Smart, Dustin Byrne, Quino Gonzalez, Jason Martin
The shadow of two climbers on Sidewinder (5.7)
Climbers on Jabba the Hut Rock
A climber on Soup Nazi (5.10a)
Climbing a 5.6 crack in Moderate Mecca
Leading a 5.6.
Back at the Spring Mountain Ranch, there was a lot going on during the day:
AAI Guide Erin Smart on the bus headed to the crag.
The AAI Booth with Mt. Wilson in the background.
Mt. Wilson in the morning
Camping at Red Rock Rendezvous
A climber practicing aid work on the artificial climbing wall at Spring Mountain Ranch
Slacklining is always popular at the event.
AAI Guides Alasdair Turner, Richard Riquelme and Mark Cionek
AAI Guide James Pierson wearing goofy belay glasses.
AAI Guides Doug Foust, Andrew Yasso, Ben Traxler, Cliff Palmer, Richard Riquelme, Dustin Byrne, James Pierson and Erin Smart
On Friday night, there is generally a small party with a slideshow. However, on Saturday night there's a huge blowout. This year was the most fun ever because there were so many activities. There was a dyno comp, a tug-a-war, and a "quick-draw rigging competition." In the quick-draw competition, competitors raced to set-up ten draws with carabiners. Whomever set-up the draws first won them.
One of the competitions was built for AAI guides. Mammut set-up a "rope-coiling" race. Competitors had to coil the rope "backpack style," put it on your back and tie it off with a square knot. There was a competition for both men and women. AAI guide Erin Smart won for the women.
The men's competition was much more contentious. I took an early lead with a time of 47.9 seconds. Later, AAI Mike Powers beat me with a time of 47.7 seconds. This time was beat by a Red Rock Rendezvous athlete who brought the time down to 40 seconds, but had sloppy coils. After that, I went again and brought my time down to 42 seconds. Neither the athlete, nor any of the other guides beat my time... So I won the rope!
Contentious Moments in the Rope Coiling Contest
The author (Jason Martin) on AAI Guide Tad McCrea's shoulders moments after victory
Another innovative aspect of the Saturday party was the photo booth. The North Face set up a photo booth on site where people could come and get their pictures taken together. The following is a group shot of some of our guides taken at the booth. To see more of these photos, click here .
Attempted to describe from left to right: Ian McEleney, Dustin Byrne (top left), Jason Martin (big head), Mike Powers (above big head), Andrew Yasso (middle), Erin Smart(bottom middle), Doug Fous (above Andrew), James Pierson(Andrew's right), Ben Traxler(top right), Ben Gardner(bottom right)
Red Rock Rendezvous has already been planned for 2013, the dates will be March 28-30. And as always, I can't wait to go back next year...!
--Jason D. Martin