Climbers hold second annual Trim Beardsley cleanup

Climbers and other volunteers will clean up the Beardsley Boulder Pile at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the second annual Trim Beardsley event. The cleanup will be followed by a raffle and a group climb.

The local hiking and climbing area has been historically plagued by litter and graffiti  – an issue local climbers sought to remedy at last year’s inaugural Trim Beardsley event last year in May. Seventy-five volunteers removed a significant amount of trash, though there is still much to be done for the area, including much-needed graffiti removal which will be provided by Natural Restorations this year.

The event will be held in cooperation with The City of Phoenix and REI, and with support from the Access Fund, Crafted, Natural Restorations, North Valley Baptist Church, Merrell & Backpacker Magazine, The Arizona Mountaineering Club, The American Alpine Club, Evolv, Petzl, and La Sportiva.

Volunteers can register for the event via REI’s website at

Apache Stronghold holds 4th Annual March to Save Oak Flat

Apache Stronghold has sponsored and organized the 4th Annual March to Save Oak Flat, taking place from Thursday, February 15 through Sunday, February 18. The march will start on the San Carlos Apache Reservation and end at Oak Flat.

The march’s activities are as follows:

Thursday, February 15: Beginning in the Peridot, Ariz. Bashas, follow direction signs. At 4 p.m., blessings at Old San Carlos Memorial will take place, followed by the start of the Sacred Run and March, ending for the evening at the San Carlos Tribal Admin Building.

Friday, February 16: At 8 a.m., meet at the San Carlos Tribal Admin Building to continue the Sacred Run and March. The evening’s endpoint will be near the Globe, Ariz. Dollar Tree, with possible camping available on site.

Saturday, February 17: At 8 a.m., meet at Dollar Tree for the morning prayer, then continue the Sacred Run and March, arriving in Oak Flat at 12 p.m.. Lunch and other activities will follow. Camping is available.

Sunday, February 18: A gathering and breakfast will be held at Oak Flat. Blessings will continue, closing with a Holy Ground Ceremony.

The march is a demonstration against a land trade made by Congress, which exchanged land sacred to the San Carlos Apache to foreign mining company Rio Tinto and its subsidiary Resolution Copper. The proposed mine will leave a mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep crater in place of the riparian area, which is home to indigenous artifacts, desert wildlife, and recreational activities such as hiking, birding, and rock climbing. The area lies within the Tonto National Forest and is in close proximity to Apache Leap.

For more information, visit the Apache Stronghold Facebook page , call (928) 200-7762, or email



No Man’s Land Film Festival comes to Phoenix

The No Man’s Land Film Festival is coming to Phoenix, AZ on October 21st at 7 p.m., hosted by Black Rock Bouldering Gym in collaboration with the Boulder Broads. The No Man’s Land Film Festival is an all-female adventure film festival that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect women in pursuit of the radical. Call Me Hand on Apple iOS 10.3 All genders are welcome.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Proceeds will benefit the Access Fund, a not-for-profit advocacy group that works to maintain access to climbing areas. Admission includes automatic entry into raffles for prizes from partners like Atomik Climbing Holds, FrictionLabs, REI, Evolv, Crafted Climber, and more.

The goal of this film festival is to connect like-minded individuals who are action-oriented, wish to support a shared vision of gender equality, who have a desire to experience their passions and environments through a uniquely female lens, and above all, love adventure.

Get a taste of the action with this trailer for the 2017 flagship festival, which took place in mid September:

Tickets to go on sale for Women’s Climbing Festival in Chattanooga

Flash Foxy has announced tickets for the 2017 Women’s Climbing Festival in Chattanooga will go on sale Tuesday, August 1 at 12 p.m. EST. A regular pass will cost $95 (plus a $6.22 fee). A Superwoman pass, for women who are willing and able to pay a bit more to offset costs for other participants, will cost $120 (plus a $7.59 fee). Tickets can be purchased at

The 2017 Women’s Climbing Festival in Chattanooga is a four day (November 10-13) event presented by Flash Foxy that will bring together and celebrate the growing community of women climbers, from veterans to beginners. The festival includes workshops and clinics, slide show presentations, a women in climbing panel, film screenings and more.

Two-hundred tickets were available for March’s women’s climbing festival in Bishop, CA, which covered general admission, breakfast and dinner, and some other goodies. Clinics cost an additional $50, while workshops cost an additional $20. Lodging was not provided, though some local lodging offered special deals to festival-goers.

Tickets are highly sought-after and sell out quickly. To prevent ticket scalping, Flash Foxy only allows the purchase of one ticket per person. Tickets can be purchased at

For more information, visit

Phoenix Rock Gym holds mini comp

Phoenix Rock Gym (PRG) will hold a mini bouldering comp this Tuesday, August 1 starting at 4 p.m. in the upstairs bouldering area. Competitors must have a PRG membership or purchase a day pass to participate.

The competition will be onsight format, meaning climbers have one attempt with no beta and will be scored on how far they get on the climb. The competition will consist of four sections, with four minutes on and four minutes minutes off.

The upstairs bouldering area will be closed to everyone on Monday and on Tuesday until the comp. It will reopen for non-competitors on Wednesday.

PRG hosts a mini comp nearly every month. For more information, visit