24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell

I just got back from the amazing festival known as the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell.  This is without question the best climbing event I have ever been to, and it gets better with age.  Most of the charm comes from the fact that it’s small,  this year there was a 250 participant cut off, so it ‘s got a small town feeling, another reason is because it’s a partnership oriented event, you have to climb with a partner who you get along with, because you’ll be swapping leads for 24 hours straight, that’s a big part of it, finding someone you respect, that you’re compatible with, someone that you’re going to push and who’s going to push you back, having a belay slave at this event is lame, it’s about partnership in my eyes.  The third reason that I love it so much is that there is no cash prizes,  it means if you go, it’s because you really want to be there and you really love climbing rocks.  And the last reason I love it, is because the rock climbing is just so damn good.  I can’t think of anywhere else in the world where I could climb for 24 hours and not be completely slashed up.  I mean, the body takes a beating for sure, and the hands burn for days afterwards, but the soft high quality sandstone just doesn’t rip you up like most other sport climbing areas.  It’s absolutely incredible.  The event is more like a small burning man festival, and if you go next year,  bring your spirit with you.    I’ll upload some more pics later, but here’s a few teasers.  Peace.

  • Lucas

    This. Is. Awesome. !!!

  • Timbo

    Rad! Looks like you guys had a blast!

    http://mountainproject.com/v/106067586

  • That bottom photo is disturbing. Can’t wait to compete one of these days!

  • Sham

    That first photo (Rock on, titled 24HHH) is probably one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I intend to come back to it periodically for more chuckles 🙂

    Also a great summary. Short, sweet and inspiring enough to have me want to sign up for the next one. Thanks!