I've been a part of the Leavenworth Rockfest for the last 5 years. Working a few different facets from photographer, organizing with the American Alpine Club, vendor with Vertical World, Washington Climbers Coalition, and emcee. It's been an amazing adventure over these years and I've worked with some amazing people.
In 2017 and for 2018, the Leavenworth Mountain Association took over the organization and production of the event, and it's been awesome to see it grow into a well organized event. Looking forward to the next one on May 5-6, 2018!
This is a recap from the 2015 Rockfest:
I was psyched to be asked to shoot the annual climbers Rockfest again over the weekend of June 13th. As one of the few northwest events of its kind (and a personal favorite), Rockfest brings climbers from all over to Icicle Canyon in Leavenworth for a weekend of clinics, gear demos, fundraising, and a team bouldering competition. The days events are followed by a slamming evening of festivities, complete with feats-of-strength challenges, copious amounts of beer, BBQ, a huge raffle, and a slideshow with climbing legend, John “Verm” Sherman. Those that survived the evening were rewarded by the awesome blueberry pancake and coffee breakfast sponsored by Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear and Ryan Spivey of Marmot.
As a hard working collaboration involving the Cascade Section of The American Alpine Club, Matt McKellar of Leavenworth Mountain Sports, as well as John Race of Northwest Mountain School, Dave Haavik of Petzl, Calvin Landrus of Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ, and the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, Rockfest delivered exactly what a climber festival should be.
Of course, the event couldn’t have been complete without the additional sponsors that helped make Rockfest possible:
Cilogear, Metolius, Arcteryx, LaSportiva, Organic, Vertical World, Second Ascent, Vasque, Nemo, Outdoor Research, Icicle TV, Black Diamond, Icicle Brewing, Kleen Kanteen, and Friction Labs.
Looking forward to next year already!