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Montagne d'Argent 
1000 Route de la Montange d'Argent
La Conception, QC G0T1M0

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ACC Ottawa Climbing Committee 
ACC Ottawa 

ACC Ottawa Rockfest 2018 

Join us for Rockfest 2018 - the biggest ACC Ottawa Rock Climbing event of the season - a not-to-be-missed weekend of climbing, camping & socializing at Montagne d'Argent. During the day there'll be organized climbing events & clinics for all levels from novice to experienced. Saturday night there'll be a BBQ for all participants. Fun for everyone!

Ready to bring your indoor top-rope game to the outdoors? Thinking about breaking into multi-pitch? Trying to climb harder routes but you've plateaued?  We've got your back! This trip is appropriate for all climbers who are at a minimum comfortable belaying. Apart from all the learning opportunities, you are also welcome to climb independently. And bring the kids - family climbing is on the schedule.
Saturday features a variety of climbing events and clinics (see description below). At the end of the day we're hosting a BBQ dinner on-site for all participants – even if you were out climbing independently. You'll never have tasted burgers so scrumptious as after a full day on the rock, and you won't want to miss the fun and games we have in store. Get ready to make some great memories with your fellow climbers and to meet and socialize with ACC members you might not know (yet!) and to hear the best climbing stories of the year. You'll want to stay over Saturday night - Sunday features even more clinics and top-rope climbing.

Want to climb independently but aren't familiar with the area? Montagne d'Argent (mostly single-pitch) and nearby Lac Gervais (up to 4 pitches) feature immaculate granite sport and trad routes. If you'd like someone to show your climbing team around the crags, let us know!

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  • Registration Open to ACC Members Only (Any ACC Section)
  • Registration is mandatory for all events/clinics (including the BBQ) and must be done online and SEPARATELY for each ADULT attending. 
  • Parents & Kids Attending Family Climbing ONLY (not staying for the weekend; no BBQ) - DO NOT REGISTER; contact Family Climbing event coordinator  kkgoetze@gmail.com
  • Parents & Kids Attending Full Event - there is no event fee for kids under 18 (includes BBQ). You MUST register yourself for the event and MUST register your kids only by email  climbingcommittee@alpineclubottawa.ca  (We need to know how many kids are attending.)
  • Montagne d’Argent has a daily climbing $10 fee and a nightly camping $10 fee for ages 14+ if you’re not a member of the Laurentian Section; or you can climb and camp for free if you are a member of the Laurentian Section. If you’re staying for the weekend we suggest adding the $24 Laurentian Section option to your existing ACC membership. Click here to access the ACC Membership Page
  • Clinic and event details are listed below.  Check the timing, prerequisites, and minimum requirements BEFORE registering
  • Register early because clinics are first-come first-served and they're going to fill up fast!

Sat All Day - Family Climbing - Fee: Free

 If you're attending with young kids, we will be organizing some age-appropriate and safe climbing. You MUST register your kids by email (climbingcommittee@alpineclubottawa.ca)  Event leaders: ACC Volunteers

Sat All Day - Top-Rope Climbing - Fee: Free

Moderate top-roping (5.fun to 5.9). Open to all climbers who are comfortable belaying.  Event leaders: ACC Volunteers

Sat AM - Cleaning Anchors & Rappelling Clinic - Fee: $10

Everything you need to know to be a competent partner for a single pitch route. What do you do once you reach the top of the route? Learn how to clean an anchor and how to rappel or lower.  Open to all climbers who are comfortable belaying.  Clinic leader: Charles Laliberté

Sat AM - Slab Footwork Clinic - Fee: $10

Do you trust your feet? Good footwork is the foundation for success on rock.  Discover and review smearing and friction footwork techniques on less-than-vertical rock. We will top-rope on moderate technical friction slab routes (up to 5.9) with some fun drills to practice your newly-learned techniques. Open to all climbers who are comfortable belaying.  Clinic leaders: ACC Volunteers

Sat PM - Trad Anchor Problems - Fee: $10

Review of what makes a good anchor, followed by lots of hands-on problems that will have participants honing their trad anchors craft. Problems might include tricky spots to build anchors, or building an anchor in a particular place with a specific/limited set of gear etc. Participants should have already taken the club’s Trad course, or have relevant experience leading trad, and are expected to bring their trad rack. Clinic leader: Charles Laliberté

Sun All Day - Multi-Pitch Climbing Clinic - Fee: $20

Review the essentials of multi-pitch climbing such as: the differences from single-pitch, objective hazards, route finding, building your belay station, securing yourself, belaying the second, belaying the leader, rope management, and descending safely.  Trad and sport scenarios can be covered. Participants should be comfortable leading 5.6 single-pitch outdoor climbs (sport or trad), and have the appropriate trad or sport rack and anchor gear.   Clinic leader: Charles Laliberté

Sun All Day - Top-Rope Climbing - Fee: Free

Low-key, fun top-rope climbing (5.fun to 5.9). We will visit one or two different crags. Open to all climbers who are comfortable belaying.

Sun All Day - Advanced Clinic with Climbing Coach - Fee: $20

Are you a 5.9+ outdoor lead climber and want to break through to the next level?  Altitude Gym climbing team coach Maxime Berthiaume will analyse your technique, and give tips on endurance/resting/mental aspects/warmups/training & more.  Prerequisite: comfortable leading 5.9 at Montage d'Argent/Lac Gervais, own sport rack. 

Sun AM - Crack Climbing Clinic - Fee: $10

Many traditional routes follow natural crack systems. Practice techniques like hand and foot jams, finger locks, and lay backs. This clinic is appropriate for intermediate climbers who want to focus on the specialized technique required for climbing cracks.  Clinic leaders: ACC Volunteers

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Note: No Refunds. Substitutions Allowed - Registrant responsible for finding a replacement.

In the unlikely case that this event must be cancelled, a full refund will be issued.