Climb at Castle Rock's Idaho Mountain Festival

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Castle Rock is City of Rock's lesser-known neighbor with equally quality routes of sport, trad and mixed climbing.Beautiful Granite spires with rock that flashes a variety of colors and styles of climbing.All-inclusive festival with meals, live music, famous speakers, games, prizes, and informative climbing clinicsGreat place to meet new climbing partnersOnly time of year that tent camping is allowed in Castle Rock

Getting There

Coming from Salt Lake City, take the I-15 north and then I-84 west to exit 245 (Sublette). Turn left and head west toward Malta. From Malta, take Highway 77 to Conner Creek Junction, continuing straight west through the junction as the Highway becomes 77 Spur. Follow Highway 77 Spur to Almo. The visitor center and the park entrance are south of the post office and businesses downtown.

The Festival

2014 was Idaho Mountain Festival's third year, and it is quickly becoming a huge event. The festival organizers have created a vibrant tent city that exists for four days with tons of activities going on all day and night. Check out clinics for both beginners and advanced climbers, tours of the amazing bouldering in the area, and the fun games and contests with dope swag constantly being handed out. Music, yoga, food, movies, gear demos, running, bike rides are also there for you to take part in.

The festival runs the last week of September and usually last from Thursday through Sunday. In, 2014 it was Sept 25-28. Buy your tickets in advance at the Idaho Mountain Festival website. Whatever you do, don't miss the bouldering tour or the last night of the festival—insane amounts of free gear are given away.Check out the Wiki Boulder page for some info on the bouldering in the area; Mountain Project will provide some good info on the sport and trad climbing available. There's also a decent guidebook at the visitor center in Almo.

Sometime before or after the festival, be sure to get a pizza and beer at Rock City in Almo—there's great food and extremely friendly staff. There are some hot springs in town too that are a must. Some years have been a little cold so prepare accordingly.

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