Ogden geared up for Utah’s largest climbing festival Friday and Saturday

Ogden geared up for Utah’s largest climbing festival Friday and Saturday

OGDEN — Weber State University’s Outdoor ProgramGEAR:30, and the Front Climbing Club are geared up to host Utah’s largest rock climbing festival for the 11th year.

The Petzl Ogden Climbing Festival will happen Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, according to a WSU press release. It will include various events throughout the city, such as clinics, equipment demonstrations and a presentation by Emily Harrington, a former member of the USA Climbing Team.

The community event is focused on education and all ages and abilities are invited.

“From beginners to professionals, there is something there for everyone,” Daniel Turner, WSU Outdoor Program coordinator, said in the press release.

Harrington’s keynote presentation is planned for 7:15 p.m. Friday at Ogden Union Station, and will include food, beverages, music and raffles. Tickets can be bought online in advance for $15.

Below are some other scheduled festival events, taken verbatim from the WSU press release.

April 14, 8 a.m. to noon — Volunteers can participate in trail work and crag cleanup at the trail systems above 22nd St. and the boulder field. Participants will meet at the Saint Joseph High School Parking lot (1790 Lake St.) at 8 a.m. A light breakfast will be available for purchase, and Lucky Slice pizza will provide a free lunch noon to 1 p.m. following the cleanup. Volunteers may sign up now at volunteersignup.org/THBTM.

April 14, 1-5 p.m. — Education climbing clinics offered at the lower Ogden Boulder Field. Participants will park and check in at Saint Joseph High School. To view the variety of clinics or pre-register, visit weber.edu/ogdenclimbingfestival/education.

April 14, 6-9 p.m. — Equipment demonstrations and the Citizens Climbing Competition held at The Front Climbing Club (225 20th St.). The climbing competition, which is open for anyone to register, will run from 5-9 p.m. Attendees can purchase tickets here.

For more information, visit weber.edu/ogdenclimbingfestival.

Standard-Examiner Copy Editor Andrea Harvey can be reached at aharvey@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @andrearharvey or “like” her Facebook page at Facebook.com/AndreaHarveyJourno.

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