Thrash & Dangle Fest returns at Phoenix Rock Gym

Thrash & Dangle Fest has returned after a two-year hiatus and will be held at Phoenix Rock Gym on Saturday, April 21. Check-in starts at 3 p.m. and the competition will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The competition is limited to 80 competitors. Registration currently costs $70. The price increases to $80 after Tuesday, April 10.

Open category competitors will be eligible for cash prizes. Other climbers will be categorized by age and will compete for other prizes. Score will be based on four bouldering problems and one top rope route.

For more information or to register, visit

Sixth annual Beta Boulder Blast approaches

Beta Bouldering Gym will host their house bouldering competition Beta Boulder Blast 6 on Saturday, April 28. There will be giveaways, food, drinks, a raffle, and a $2,500 in cash prizes for podium winners in the open category. This competition will be the first to include Beta’s recent roof expansion.

Registration currently costs $40 for Beta members and $50 for non-members. The registration fee increases $10 on Sunday, April 8. Registration covers competition entry and a competition tee shirt. A food ticket for one entree, one side, and one drink from Wil’s Grill can be purchased for an additional $10. All proceeds go to Beta’s youth climbing team.

The competition schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. – Check-in/Registration Opens
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Youth Comp (12 and Under)
1:30 p.m. – Youth Comp Awards
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Adult Competition
5 p.m. – Food and Beverages
6 p.m. – Finals Competition
The Award Ceremony will follow Finals

For more information or to register, visit

Oak Flat prayer site vandalized

Photo by Mike Schennum

A San Carlos Apache prayer site at Oak Flat Campground was vandalized when two crosses were removed, two others damaged with an axe, and ceremonial eagle feathers were left on the ground. Arizona’s Tonto National Forest is investigating the vandalism, which Apache Stronghold believes is linked to its protest of Resolution Copper’s plans to mine the copper ore beneath Oak Flat.

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AlpenGlow Collective is an inclusive connecting force for the women’s, trans, and gender non-conforming climbing communities. Its platform aims to provide a way to find climbing partners with similar interests, schedules, and goals. The site also offers forums where you can plan climbing trips, discuss gear, and swap training tips.

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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: