Ogden Climbing Festival
Ogden Climbing Festival
presented by Black Diamond & Beehive Cheese
Dates: April 12-13, 2019
Web page: https://weber.edu/ogdenclimbingfestival
Keynote presenter: Sonnie Trotter
The OCF boasts two days of incredible events including educational climbing clinics for all abilities, stewardship and service opportunities, equipment demo's, climbing competitions, and inspiring keynote speakers. The OCF brings together climbers, educators, retailers, and top companies to carry on the rich climbing tradition of Ogden, Utah.
"When we started the Ogden Climbing Festival 12 years ago I would have never imagined its success. Ogden, Utah sits at the base of beautiful and iconic rock walls, home to a rich climbing history pioneered by the Lowes. You can't help but look up at the rock walls above Ogden and not dream of adventures there. The Ogden Climbing Festival is a community event that focuses on education. From beginners to professionals there is something there for everyone.
One can arrive new to the climbing community and be welcomed in, rubbing shoulders with climbing legends, and not even know. That's the beauty of Ogden, Utah. The climbing history is so deep, yet few people really know what is right under their nose. Jeff Lowe reinvented the sport of Ice Climbing three different times here. The Lowe brothers created some of the sports first camming devices, and active climbing protection equipment. Many legends cut their teeth right here in Ogden." - Daniel Turner, Founder of the Ogden Climbing Fest
Sonnie Trotter OCF12 Keynote Speaker.
Sonnie Trotter has been joyously climbing for 24 years, and within that time has established hundreds of first ascents around the world. While having climbed multiple 5.14c and 5.14d sport climbs, as well as a dozen 5.14 trad climbs, Sonnie's energy has gravitated mostly towards first ascents and exploring new terrain no matter the grade. Now at 39, Sonnie calls Canmore, Alberta home, with its endless mountain aspects and small town feeling, he claims its the perfect place for him and his wife to raise a family. Sonnie has two kids, a boy and a girl ages 5 and 1, it's no doubt he has his hands full these days. Trotter recently made headlines again with a first free ascent of El Cap's North America Wall which he climbed in a surprising 13 hours leading all 26 pitches with Tommy Caldwell at the belay. Sonnie says he's only getting warmed up, and he still has dream projects scattered all over the world, from Patagonia to the Yukon. He's a self proclaimed 'lifer', stating that no matter how much he climbs, he can never get enough.