Last weekend, the inaugural Idaho Mountain Festival took place in Castle Rocks State Park, near Almo, ID. During this 4-day climbing and trail running party, 175+ people were in attendance and 6 of those were our very own Liberty Mountain employees. For our crew it was only a 3-hour drive to get there. There was no way that we’d pass up this type of outdoor event.
The Idaho Mountain Festival provided all the attendees with free tent camping in a luscious grass field that surrounded the Castle Rocks Lodge. You could definitely tell where we were tenting it because we had our matching Peregrine Radama tents lined up in a row.
The staff and sponsors at the festival definitely kept our stomachs full and our mouths happy with all the free breakfasts and dinners for the all-inclusive attendees. The food was made from scratch and tasted delicious. Our Warehouse Supervisor, Todd Cordery, had this to say about the food, “The Food was really good, We had the breakfast on Saturday morning witch was super healthy, well at least it looked and tasted really good. The Tacos for dinner were even better. There is nothing better then a full day of good climbing and good food.”
Liberty Mountain was actually a high level partner with the festival through some of our core brands, e.g., Beal, Singing Rock, Cypher, Grivel, Peregrine, and Pieps. Beal, Singing Rock and Cypher were exclusive product-line sponsors while Grivel sponsored the Saturday Night Taco Bar. Peregrine and Pieps, along with the other brands, supported the many raffles with a load of great gear.
Our sponsorship meant that our employees were doing a bit of double duty at the Idaho Mountain Festival as both attendees and sponsors. Not only were we having fun, but we were also representing the brands by using the gear as we played. Having never been to Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve, Todd brought out his Beal rope, Singing Rock Harness, and Cypher draws to tackle some of the long routes, “The climbing that I did do was super fun. I got to climb some big climbs. My friends and I would just keep climbing even when we were climbing in the sun and getting sunburned. My Singing Rock harness sure did prove its comfort and I’m glad I brought enough Cypher draws for those super tall sport routes that just ate up the draws.”
Using and showing off the gear was easy, but photographing it was even harder. Nathan Smith and Mike Portanda of the Marketing Department brought their photography equipment to capture the moments and to get some great shots of our gear in action for future catalogs and ads. It’s not an easy thing to haul photography equipment, along with all the climbing equipment, to the base of the crag, but these die-hards did and got some really great images.
While they were out climbing and shooting photos, the Idaho Mountain Festival was moving along at full speed with pro-athlete workshops, live music, movies, slideshows, an adopt-a-crag, and a whole lot of chances to win awesome prizes from our brands and from other sponsors.
We all had a blast and Todd speaks for all of us when we says that, “Over all it was a fun time getting to meet new people that were super nice and that liked the same stuff that I did. There was so much to do and I felt like I only dipped my toe in the “Big-Lake-of-Fun.” You could tell that the festival staff put a lot of time into making this a fun event for everyone. I’m in for next year and I’m pretty sure that the friends I brought feel the same.”
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