Leading Outdoor Gear Retailer Offers Climbing and Snow Sports Events in 2009

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Mountain Gear, a top seller of mountain gear, hiking footwear and clothing, is announcing UClimb Learn to Climb, Red Rock Rendezvous and Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest for 2009.

Want to learn how to rock climb or improve your climbing technique? Maybe backcountry powder is more your thing. Whatever your outdoor passion, Mountain Gear has an event scheduled in 2009 to help hone your skills and make sure your equipment is top notch.

From March 20 to 22, 2009, more than 800 climbers will converge at the Red Rock National Conservation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada for three days of climbing clinics, demos and fun activities. Touted as "not your typical climbing festival," this offers something for everyone - from beginning climbers to seasoned rock jocks.

All Red Rock Rendezvous clinics are taught by professionals and guides, and include plenty of personal hands-on experience. Festival options range from $49 for entry to the festival only (no clinics, no food) to the "full meal deal" - $89 for the two days of clinics, camping, food and activities.

Climbers who need beginning instruction and/or outdoor gear are encouraged to sign up for the Intro to Climbing program. For $349 ($179 without gear), this program includes all the instruction and mountain gear climbers need to belay and climb on a top rope system: rock climbing shoes, harness, belay device, locking carabiner, chalk bag and a one-year membership to the Access Fund. After a full-day introduction on Friday, climbers join the more in-depth clinics offered during the festival.

Experienced climbers and those looking to advance their basic-to-advanced skills can join in numerous clinics throughout the weekend. Everything is offered, from trad and big wall climbing to mixed face/crack climbing, leading, bouldering and even climbing photography.

Registration for Red Rock Rendezvous is limited, so participants are encouraged to sign up early. Visit http://www.mountaingear.com/redrock to learn more and to register. Mountain Gear invites climbers of all levels to come and enjoy the festival, with the motto "It's Vegas. On Belay."

Those who can't make it to the Red Rock Rendezvous but still want the benefit of learning to climb in an intimate, small-group setting can join Mountain Gear's nationwide UClimb events held at the country's premier rock climbing destinations. From Red River Gorge, Donner Summit and New River Gorge to Seattle's Exit 38, UClimb Learn to Climb introduces people all over the country to the fun and exciting world of rock climbing. Starting at $179 for professional instruction ($349 with a gear package), these weekends are perfect for new climbers because of the supportive environment and hands-on practice. The first event for 2009 is scheduled at Joshua Tree on February 7 and 8, with more weekend events to follow at different locations. Registration for these events is limited; visit http://www.uclimb.org today to register for the event.

Mountain Gear also didn't forget the powder hounds in their series of events. Those who seek thigh-deep pow should make it up to the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest from February 20 to 23, 2009 in Nelson, BC, Canada. Both experienced and beginner backcountry skiers and snowboarders gather here to rip fresh lines, exchange tales, enjoy an outdoor-focused film festival (which is held inside, of course!) and enjoy some local brew. The festival features optional races, a trade show, demos and an avalanche safety courses as well. Skiers and snowboarders can join a single day of clinics for just $129 or the Full Monty (entire festival, plus opening party and Saturday night Buff-eh with entertainment) for $445 (Mini Monty and Half Monty registrations also available). Additional event tickets can be purchased for races, classes and competitions. Visit http://www.mountaingear.com/coldsmoke for details and registration information.

About Mountain Gear:

Mountain Gear is the place to go for all of your outdoor gear needs, including footwear, climbing gear, camping gear, snow gear, fitness gear and more. Mountain Gear offers a comprehensive web site, catalogue and retail store in Spokane, Washington with all the gear you need for:

  • Climbing & Mountaineering
  • Backpacking, Hiking & Camping
  • Backcountry & Telemark Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Canoeing & Kayaking

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