Early afternoon at Friday's Trade Fair.
We had a good time at the International Climbers' Festival this year, and did a lot of good climbing too! The festival was well organized, the films were entertaining, the speakers inspiring, and the prizes seemed perfectly selected for the recipients. Autumn won a digital camera in the pull up contest, and has been a busy photographer ever since. And Sierra won a copy of Katie Brown's book Girl on The Rocks.
Before the festival even began, tents started going up in City Park, and the Wild Iris parking area had more cars than usual. But we still had the Rock Shop to ourselves. We went up there for a morning session with our new Wyoming climbing (and family friendly) vehicle, a Honda Ridgeline.
We visited a new sector that Chris showed me last week called Wonderland.
Ashley on a Wonderland warm-up.
The entrance of the Sweatlodge.
On Friday, we spent the afternoon at the Trade Fair, watching and participating in competitions. The burrito eating contest started innocently enough.
George breaking a sweat. I'm not sure what the other guy is disgusted about.
Steve on belay.
Mitch climbing "Lord of the Flies."
This year's festival was everything that it should be. A chance to socialize, share information, have fun, be inspired, and for visitors to discover the amazing climbing this area has to offer.