Archive for September, 2008

Majka Burhardt slide show – “Vertical Ethiopia”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

When: Thursday October 9, 2008 – 7:00 PM
Where: Roland Hall upper campus – 834 South Lincoln Street – Salt Lake City
Cost: $10

Vertical Ethiopia Postcard

More information:

2008 SLCA Adopt-A-Crag Day

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Salt Lake Climbers’ Alliance, in conjunction with the Access Fund, is organizing an Adopt-a-Crag Day on Saturday, October 11 in Little Cottonwood Canyon. This year we’ve gotten permission from the Forest Service to build a new trail leading to the Egg, which will eventually serve to access the Hong Wall and The Coffin (see map). The current disorganized network of social trails is causing undue erosion and impact in this fragile mountain environment. By building this new trail, we hope to mitigate climber impact and provide easy access to these popular crags, which include such classic routes as Lego My Ego, Low Blow, Tick Fever, the Coffin and the Coffin Roof.

To make this happen, we really need your help. We need as many volunteers as possible to pitch-in. This is your chance to contribute to your climbing areas and your community. Even if you can only come for a few hours, your help would be greatly appreciated.

During lunch break we’ll be raffling off gear and prizes donated by our sponsors, which include Petzl, Liberty Mountain and ProBar (more will be announced later on-stay tuned!). And after a long, fun day of hard work we’ll have an after-party at the Pavilion, located higher in the canyon (special thanks to Jim Williams of Williams Realty for use of the venue).

Here’s the important info:

Meet at 8am at the Park-and-Ride at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon (coffee and a light breakfast will be provided). We’ll carpool up to the work site.

Be sure to wear appropriate attire, such as work boots and be prepared for inclement weather. Work gloves are advised. We’ll have tools there, but if you have shovels and other tools, that would be helpful.

To sign up use the following link:

If you have questions, please contact us at And please check back on often for updates and news, you can access our RSS feed here:

Help a fellow climber….

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Visit this site:

Learn about what happened and donate if you can.

REEL ROCK TOUR, Wednesday September 17

Monday, September 15th, 2008

When: Wednesday, September 17 – 7:00 PM
Where: The Tower Theater – 876 east 900 south, Salt Lake City, UT – this venue can sell-out fast

Tickets will be available at Momentum Climbing Gym starting Wednesday, September 10. Tickets will also be available at the Tower on the day of the show. There will be a raffle for great prizes, so come on out and see the show!


The lineup:

REEL ROCK Filmmaking Competition Winners:
The best short films from upcoming filmmakers, as voted on

Grand Canyon Walls:
Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell, and Chris McNamara spend three weeks
rafting down the Grand Canyon, making first ascents along the way.
Produced by Big UP and Sender Films.

On Sight:
An excerpt from Alastair Lee’s new film about on sight climbing,
featuring scary routes in the UK.

An excerpt from the new film by Brad Lynch that follows Dean Potter
on his many adventures.

South Africa:
Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, and Tommy Caldwell on some of the
world’s hardest boulder problems in Rocklands, South Africa. Produced
by Big UP.

The Sharp End:
The new feature from Sender Films is all about the danger zone – run-
out routes, scary high-ball boulder problems, ice-covered alpine
walls, and all-or-nothing free solo ascents.

15th annual Utah Avalanche Center party

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

15th annual UAC partay

Latest SLCA news and events

Thursday, September 11th, 2008


We just wanted to let everyone know about a few events happening in Salt Lake City over the coming weeks:

Lone Peak Clean-up

This Saturday: Sept. 13

This is a little last minute but…come and help clean up this alpine gem. Projects include fire pit dispersal and invasive weed species (thistle) removal.

Contact Jonathan Knight at jpknight -A T- juno dot com more information.

Reel Rock Tour – Tower Theater

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7pm

The third annual Reel Rock Film Tour makes a stop at the Tower Theater. Features the latest releases from filmmakers at Sender Films and Big Up Productions.

Films this year include: The Sharp End, Dosage: South Africa, The Aerialist, On Sight and Grand Canyon Walls.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Momentum Gym and the Tower Theater. This event usually sells out so get them early….

Presented by Momentum and Petzl

For more information, go to

7th Annual HERA Climb4Life

Sept. 18-21

The 7th Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life hosted by Black Diamond and Exum Utah will take place September 18-21 in SLC. Jason Kehl, Joe Kinder, Katie Brown, Alli Rainey, Noah Bigwood, Kevin Wilkinson, Nate Gold and others will be on hand. A weekend of climbing, parties, yoga and films for a great cause.

– Don’t miss Parallel Universes, a multi-media presentation featuring three amazing climbers – Kehl, Kinder and Wirtz. Friday, Sept 19 at 7pm in the SLC Library. Cost is $10 at the door and there will be a raffle for great swag. Free entry for C4L participants.

For more information go to:

And here are some other events you’ll be hearing more about soon. Details to follow…

Oct. 9: Majka Burhardt: Vertical Ethiopia slideshow at Rowland Hall

Oct. 11: LCC Crag Clean-up. We’ve got BIG plans in Little Cottonwood and we’re going to need a lot of help! Mark your calendars!!!

Oct. 18: Black Diamond Gear Swap. SLCA will be accepting donations of used gear to sell at the Swap. All funds raised will be go to support the SLCA and area projects.

Got friends that might be interested in what the SLCA is doing? Forward them this mail and have them contact us to be put on the mailing list. They’ll get updates on access issues, crag clean-ups and other climbing-related events in the area. Check us out on Facebook, too.

Interested in getting more involved in protecting and preserving our valley’s great climbing resources? Just contact us…we’re always looking for volunteers….



Jennifer Lowe-Anker and Forget Me Not

Friday, September 5th, 2008

From an email:

Time: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Black Diamond Retail Store

The King’s English and Black Diamond present Jennifer Lowe-Anker, reading
and signing her new book on her husband, Alex Lowe, and their lives as
mountaineers, Forget Me Not.

Forget Me Not: High in the Himalaya, a world-class adventurer dies, leaving
a wife, three young sons and a best friend to cope with their grief… In
1999, well-known mountaineer, Alex Lowe, died in an avalanche on the remote
Himalayan Mountain Shishapangma, leaving his wife Jennifer alone to raise
their three children. Alex was widely considered one of the greatest modern
climbers of our time, and the world mourned his loss. Tom Brokaw interviewed
Jenni Lowe for Dateline, and Sting narrated and composed music for a tribute
film, The Endless Knot. Jenni’s account takes readers inside a woman’s heart
and mind as she navigates her shattered life and survives, ultimately
finding transformative love through loss. From the valleys of Montana to the
peaks of the Himalayas, this is the story of growing up, falling in love,
finding adventure, rejoicing in parenthood, living through heartbreak, and
believing in possibility.

The Black Diamond Store is located @
2092 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
(801) 278-0233
email: bdstore -A T- bdel com

MvM now free.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

From an email:

Momentum Video Magazine has shifted to an all-free format.

That’s right, FREE.

What does that mean to you? Free access to our entire vault of HD climbing videos.

* Footage of new bouldering areas
* Ticks of world-famous sport lines
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* Sick efforts in the alpine realm
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With a new RSS feed and daily updates from the likes of Joe Kinder, Sonnie Trotter and Jamie Emerson, MVM offers news, entertainment and video footage, not to mention dailies and outtakes from Mike Call’s latest films.

And it’s all free.

Why? Because we’re glad you like our site, and we want to keep you coming back for more. Also, because these generous sponsors have made it possible:

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