The ROCK Project is coming to Las Vegas! Origin is hosting the tour in collaboration with Black Diamond and The Access Fund. The ROCK Project is a two-day event featuring parties, presentations, and clinics on bouldering, sports climbing, and trad climbing taught by professional climbers. Additionally, there is a strong focus on good stewardship, which is taking care of the areas in which we climb.
Some inspiring climbers are participating this year at different tour stops throughout the country! Here’s some insight on some of your favorite climbers who will be on tour:
Hazel Findlay is a British climber known as “the best female mountaineer in Britain,” and she has been on her rock climbing journey for over 20 years. After spending some time pursuing competition climbing, she decided to stop at age 16 to focus on climbing on rock. She now focuses on her passion, trad climbing. Check out this video featuring Hazel when she stopped by Origin to discuss the ROCK Project Tour:
Known for his outrageous personality, Joe Kinder experienced his first climb at age 13 on a family vacation. He grew up with some of the country’s best climbers like Dave Graham, and became a professional climber by age 20. After graduating from Maine College of Art, Kinder decided to pursue climbing full time. He moved out to the West and has been climbing in Las Vegas, Boulder, the Southeast and Salt Lake City.
Sam Elias’ first climbing experience was at the age of 12 while he was on a camping trip in Colorado. This is when he realized that climbing was something that felt natural to him, and along with competitive alpine ski racing, climbing also became a passion. He was introduced to climbing through sport climbing, and finds comfort in knowing that climbing is an activity that helps him find a sense of "self." He is a strong advocate not only for climbing but for the outdoor industry as a whole.
Kate Rutherford is an American climber and Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassador who sees climbing as the most physically creative way to get up close and personal with the environment. She started in rural Alaska in in 1981. Rutherford finds beauty in nature and hopes to share her gift to the world and inspire others to save the world with her.
Daila Ojeda is from Gran Canaria and first fell in love with climbing at age 18. She watched a small bouldering competition in her hometown and admired how beautiful, feminine and flexible the women were. Seeing climbers who become filled with excitement when climbing and coming across beautiful landscape inspires her to climb.
Colette McInerney was introduced to climbing by her mother, but it wasn’t until she went climbing with her college friend that McInerney became hooked. As a climber, she first fell in love with the physicality of climbing and the workout itself. She then grew to love the sense of community that climbing brings to her life. She gets to meet people with her same passion, as well as travel to many places throughout the world.
Chris Schulte first started climbing in 1994 in Durango, Colorado. Schulte got into climbing because he wanted to see amazing places. He’s most proud of his determination in climbing. Schulte is now known as a world-class boulderer.
The Rock Project will feature many more climbers. The ROCK Project will be in Las Vegas from May 7-8. Click here to learn more!
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