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17th Annual Utah Avalanche Center Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


  • What: Black Diamond 17th Annual Fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center
  • When: Thursday 9/16/2010, 6-10PM
  • Where: Black Diamond Equipment, 2084 East 3900 South; Salt Lake City
  • Info:

It’s time for the unofficial precursor to the ski season in the Wasatch – Black Diamond’s 17th Annual Fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center.

Join Black Diamond, Uinta Brewing Company, Redwood Creek Wines and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center for our annual pre-season fundraiser bash complete with Mexican food, beer & wine, the live tunes of Herban Empire, good people and a great cause. There will also be the legendary silent auction to support the UAC and hook you up with gear as well as grand giveaways for those who purchase an advance ticket.


Monday, September 13th, 2010

HERAHERA Climb4life!

  • When: Thursday 9/16/2010 – Sunday 9/19/2010
  • Where: Black Diamond Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding canyons
  • Info:

HERA Climb4Life Utah is an incredible weekend of hiking and climbing in beautiful Salt Lake Valley with professional athletes and guides, as well as others like you who support ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives.

The event, part of a national series that raises money for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives, roped in more than $100,000 last year! Join HERA as we bring together men, women and teens to climb, hike or run for a cure, whether you are a newcomer or old pro. You, the participants, are really the heart of the event. We need your strength to help fight ovarian cancer and save the lives of women and girls!

So far, HERA has been able to send over 85 percent of the money from Climb4Life events to scientific and community grants as well as awareness initiatives.

Mountaineering in the Middle Kingdom slideshow

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

What: Mountaineering in the Middle Kingdom by Kyle Dempster and Bruce Normand, Winners of 2010 Piolets d’Or Award

Where: Black Diamond Retail Store 2084 E 3900 S, Salt Lake City, UT.

When: Thursday July 15th, 7PM

At 7:00pm on July 15, Piolets d’Or winners Kyle Dempster and Bruce Normand will present a slide show on their climb in China’s Middle Kingdom. Dempster, Normand, and Jed Brown did the first ascent of Xuelian West (6,422m). The three men completed an alpine-style ascent of the 2,650-meter north face during a five-day round trip. Their route, the Great White Jade Heist, went at M6 WI5 5.7 R. Xuelian West is a satellite of 6,627-meter Xuelian, which has only been climbed once.

SLCA Stewardship Project, Saturday

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

SLCA Stewardship
Join us this Saturday, June 5, when the SLCA will host the third Stewardship Project for the 2010 project season. We will be meeting at the Ferguson Canyon Trailhead at 8:30am for a light breakfast and then hike into the canyon to finish up the construction of the final rock retaining walls/belay pads that we worked on last season. We will also accomplish some general trail maintenance and possibly work on other erosion issues above the belay pads.

We recommend that you bring gloves, water, snacks, a lunch, and any personal gear. If you have tools (rock bars, buckets, sledges, pick mattocks, etc.) bring them.

Please contact Jeff ( if you have any questions.

SLCA May 2010 Update

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Catch up on the latest SLCA news here.

2010 Big LePowSki

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Where:  The State Room, Brighton, Club Elevate
When:  February 25-27, 2010
What:  Film Festival, Ski Clinics, Benefit Party
Info:  Here, at


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The Big LePowSki goes BIG!

THE DUDE shows up 4 times in winter 2010!

In the last two winters The Big LePowSki Freeride Happening was such a great success that we decided to let other freeride hotspots enjoy the fame as well.

Apart from our “Homebase” Davos  there will be The Big LePowSki Freeride Happenings in La Grave (France), St. Anton (Austria) and Brighton (USA).

La Grave, February 19-21, 2010
Brighton, February 26-27, 2010
Davos, March 5-7, 2010
St. Anton, March 19-21, 2010

The program will be even bigger with special Women’s & Photography Workshops and more freeride courses for beginners. Our new sponsoring partner PIEPS is a perfect match for the avalanche rescue workshops that will be held on both days. Also, some of our sponsored worldclass Ski Athletes will take part at The Big LePowSki to give you an inside on the ski life of a pro rider.

Registration is open!

Momentum comp and movie

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

From a Facebook invite:

Host: Momentum Climbing Gym
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 4:00pm – 9:30pm
Comp Check-IN: 3:00pm
Location: Momentum, 220 west 10600 South Sandy, Utah
Description: Momentum is proud to present Pat Ament’s latest creation “Disciples of Gill.” And to celebrate, you know we HAVE to hold a bouldering comp!!!

Here’s the details: The comp will begin at 4pm, with Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open categories (and of course, a raffle). Momentum Members pay $25 (which gets you a raffle ticket and a ticket to the film premier, also). All others pay $30.

The film will begin at 8pm. Comp participants are free, all others pay $8.
Don’t miss this film. It is one of the best you’ll see on climbing: a beautiful chronicle of the golden age of American bouldering.

The film features John Gill, who indeed was/remains the greatest American boulderer. His fame has reached around the world. On the recommendation of many people, Pat Ament at last decided to digitize his original, classic 16mm footage of Gill and also his ancient footage of the amazing Jim Holloway, the only film that captures both of these two champions of bouldering when they still were in their prime. This film, central to which are these two superstars, is a priceless historical artifact. Old images come alive, restored and preserved in high definition.

Pat’s vision, however, has not been simply to preserve the critical footage but also build a new film around it. His efforts have resulted in a gorgeous, nostalgic piece that remembers the golden age of bouldering and chronicles its development and central characters. Featured are all the original, most significant pioneers of bouldering and the true disciples of Gill. Barry Bates, for example, the best California boulderer in the later 1960’s, known for his exploits in Yosemite and at Pinnacles, and known also for his quiet, genial spirit, has never until now been interviewed. His lovely insights are invaluable. Also legendary Greg Lowe, the remarkable Utah master boulderer and climber, has not until now been interviewed. He and Gill sit together and muse about time and its passing. Included are commentaries by Jim Holloway himself, Rich Goldstone, a disciple of Gill’s, and Jeff Lowe. Ament also, another partner to Gill and Colorado’s best boulderer during the golden age, provides a humble portrayal of his own bouldering exploits.

Cruxmas comp

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

What:  Cruxmas, Ode To The Desert!
When:  Friday, 12/11/09
Where:  The Front
More Information:

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2009 Cruxmas

Snowbird/UAC Freeride Avalanche Summit

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Where: Snowbird
When: December 16-18, 2009
For: Advanced/expert skiers/riders

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) are partnering to offer the first annual Freeride Avalanche Summit, Dec. 17-18. The two-day clinic targets advance and expert skiers and riders who want practical and professional instruction on avalanche awareness, safety and rescue.

The Freeride Avalanche Summit will include a unique blend of instruction that combines the expertise of industry leading avalanche forecasters with the experience and influence of local, professional athletes.

Mountainfilm on tour

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

When: Friday, October 30 7PM
Where: Brewvies, 677 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT
Ticket: $10

Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent Guide and Legendary Mountaineer Ed Viesturs will speak on Mountaineering at MountainFilm On Tour in Salt Lake City. Viesturs was the first American and 5th person in the world to summit all 14 of the world’s highest peaks without use of supplemental oxygen. He just released a new book – K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain.

MountainFilm on Tour Presents the following films:

Lito Tejada-Flores 27 Minutes – 1969
One of the first features of Mountainfilm in Telluride was Fitzroy, directed by one of the Mountainfilm festival founders Lito Tejado- Flores. This definitive climbing film tells the story of the 1968 first ascent of the The Southwest Ridge in the Patagonian Andes with Yvon Chouinard, Dick Dorworth, Chris Jones, Doug Tompkins, and Lito.

Running Down the Man
Ben Knight & Travis Rummel 22 Minutes – 2007
They said it couldn’t be done. One man’s quest to prove Baja’s Rooster fish could be tamed with a fly rod. Starring champion fly fisher Frank Smethurst, this documentary tells the story of a man who has spent almost a decade trying to pioneer a way to catch this magnificent fish by chasing it down on foot with only one chance at a perfect cast.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 12th, 2009

What: The semi-annual BD gear swap
When: Saturday October 17, 2009, 8 AM – noon
Where: BD parking lot, 3092 E 3900 S SLC, UT
Sale: October 16-18, BD Store

More information can be found at the BD website.

Event: Dual Comp Series (whoa)

What: Annual Deadpoint Comp
When: Friday October 30, 5:30 PM
Where: Front, 1450 S 400 W SLC, UT
Cost: $35/$5 off for Front members/$5 off for pre-registration

What: Dual Comp Series continues
When: Saturday October 31, 10:00 AM
Where: Momentum, 10600 S 200 W Sandy, UT
Cost: $35/$5 off for Momentum members/$5 off for pre-registration

Cost for both: $50/$5 off for members of either gym/$5 off for pre-registration
Dress: Costumes!

It’s that time of year when all the freaks come out at night!!! This year we have teamed up with Momentum and we are having a Dual Comp Series. Join us Friday, October 30 at The Front for our annual Deadpoint competition and then on Saturday, October 31 at Momentum. Festivities begin at The Front Climbing Club with check-in Friday night at 5:30pm and climbing from 6-8:30pm. Saturday wake up put on your costume and grab a monster energy drink and head down south to Momentum where the comp begins at 10am.

So, get dressed, have some fun, and pull down Friday night and Saturday and kick start your Halloween weekend. It will be a howling good time!!!

What: Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop
Who: Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center
When: Saturday, November 7th 2009, 1:00 PM
Where: The Depot, 400 W South Temple, SLC UT
Cost: $22.50

Coming off the heels of last year’s well-attended event, USAW is the venue where Utah’s snow and avalanche community can share local knowledge and history. This visionary seminar at an affordable price, taps into the vast amount of avalanche knowledge we have here in the state among our own local avalanche community.

The format will be much like a mini ISSW – presentations are 15 minutes with a 5 minute Q and A.

Upcoming Events.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Steve House slide show and book signing.

Please join Steve House for a free one-hour slide presentation through his new book, Beyond the Mountain on Wednesday, September 2, at the Black Diamond Store. Admission is free.  Steve will share stories from landmark climbs such as Slovak Direct and the Central Pillar of the Rupal Face as well as dish on several of his less-glamorous attempts at climbing, and living as a climber, over the past twenty years. Books will be available for purchase (cash or check only) from the author.

When: Wednesday, September 2, 7:00PM
Where: The Black Diamond Store
Admission: Free

HERA 8th Annual Climb4LifeSM Salt Lake

The 8th Annual HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Climb4Life hosted by Utah-based Black Diamond will be held September 17-20 in Salt Lake City. The event, part of a national series that raises money for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives, roped in more than $100,000 last year! Join HERA as we bring together men, women and teens to climb for a cure, whether you are a newcomer or old pro. You, the participants, are really the heart of the event. We need your strength to help fight ovarian cancer and save the lives of women and girls!

When: September 17 – 20, 2009
Where: Salt Lake City, UT

Black Diamond’s 16th Annual Fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center

Start: 09/17/2009 – 6:00pm
End: 09/17/2009 – 10:00pm
Location: Black Diamond Parking Lot – 2084 East 3900 South, SLC, UT 84124

The unofficial precursor to ski season along the Wasatch and the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Avalanche Center!

Join us for an evening of Mexican food, drinks, music and a silent auction to support the UAC. Event is outdoors, and will be held rain, snow or shine! You must be 21 to attend, or accompanied by an adult. We will have the recycled cotton UAC logo T shirts for sale – bring some extra cash or a check.

Please no dogs this year.

For more information call 801-365-5522.

New this year – you can get your tickets online – go to

Please see the previous SLCA post about two other dates, the SLCA Adopt-A-Crag on September 26 – rain or shine, and the AAC Craggin’ Classic October 9-11.

LCC mini-project, June 13

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


On June 13, 2009, the SLCA will be sponsoring another mini-project in LCC to tackle grafitti removal at the vandalized Beer Can Cave boulder, along with a much needed trail maintenance project on the access trail to the Syringe Boulder and some touch-up work on the Egg Trail. The main goal is to clean up the Beer Can Cave Boulder and any other graffiti around the park and ride, and get some check dams built on the access trail to mitigate the erosion.  We will be meeting at the LCC Park and Ride at 7:00 am and will go probably all day or until the main projects are completed.  We need volunteers!

Email SLCA Projects Manager Jeff Porucznik, <jeff at saltlakeclimbers dt org>  to volunteer.

Rock Canyon crag day, June 6

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

A crag work day will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 in Rock Canyon.

Work will be performed on various climber trails and on the landings at the base of some of the heavily-used climbing areas.

Work will commence at 7:00am to beat the heat; another shift will start at 9:00am. However, late-risers are welcome at anytime.

Donations of materials such as landscaping timbers, wire fencing (for gabions), fence posts, etc. would be helpful, so if you have anything, or know of someone who has unused materials they would be willing to donate please contact Jim Knight or Perin Blanchard via

Slide shows and film, April 22 7PM

Monday, April 13th, 2009

What: Climbing and Politics in Pakistan
When: Wednesday April 22nd, 7PM
Where: Black Diamond Store, 3900S 2092E, Salt Lake City, UT
Who: Kyle Dempster
Who: Andrew Burr
Who: Garrett Smith
Price: FREE!