Parle Vous Rendezvous?
The top rope anchor clinic, on the other hand, was very well instructed. Kate Rutherford (see cover of April’s Climbing magazine), who clearly doubted her abilities to explain, did an amazing job. She covered RENE, taught us some great knots and was just a pleasure to be around.
Instructor and guide Paul Ivaska, of the American Alpine Institute, was also an exceptional instructor. Paul was part of the Uclimb event series that was associated with the Rendezvous weekend. Ivaskal, who claimed to be from “The Nissan Frontier, the back side”, was eerily mellow, but not in that burn out white kid with dreadlocks kind of way. He was super knowledgeable, humble, and created a comfortable, positive learning environment.
Silent and a live auction, as well as food proceeds during the event, benefited The Access Fund. I was shocked to learn from Brady Robinson, Executive Director, that only an estimated 1% of climbers are members of the Access Fund. That number is shameful, and if any climber reading this can come up with a good reason NOT to be a member, please let me know.
The only down side to the Red Rock Rendezvous, is that as a loyal Backcountry.com customer, I felt a little adulterous for attending a competitor’s event. I’m still trying to scrub the guilt, and sand, from my skin.