FALL 2018Steele, AL

Color The Crag

The Most Diverse Climbing Festival

Climbing + Diversity

What is the Color the Crag Climbing Festival?

The Color the Crag Climbing Festival is a three day festival which takes place on October 20th-22nd in Horse Pens 40 Alabama. Our mission is to celebrate diversity in the sport of rock climbing. Our mission is to increase access and exposure to historically marginalized communities by building relationships, encouraging leadership, and providing positive representation of climbing and physical activity among populations of color.

Why Color the Crag?

Our hope is that by gathering our many communities of color together we can address one of the many barriers to experiencing climbing, lack of community. By hosting an event supporting diversity, we will be directly supporting and connecting climbers of color. We will strengthen communities, increase leadership, and begin the conversation concerning other issues affecting our communities such as accessibility, public health awareness, and environmental education and advocacy.

This is the very first Color the Crag Festival and we are so psyched to welcome everyone outside and on the rock!

We have a maximum space of 250 participants so please sign up ASAP. All levels are welcome!! We want to create a safe and welcoming space for you to try something new. For some of you that may be experiencing rock climbing for the first time for other it might be crushing the gnarly slopers of the south! Please come and enjoy the boulder fields of Horse Pens 40.

3-day Weekend Pass
$85-Standard Ticket
$75-Alabama Ticket
$40-Child Ticket (10 years and under)

1-day Saturday ONLY Pass
$30-Standard Ticket
$15-Child Ticket (10 years and under)


BrownGirlsClimb is an online group which aims to promote and increase visibility of diversity in climbing by establishing a community of climbers of color, encouraging leadership opportunities for female climbers of color, and by creating inclusive opportunities to climb and explore for under-represented communities.

Brothers of Climbing

BOC is a New York based organization tackling diversity in rock climbing. “We believe there should be more inclusion, better representation, and a tighter community.”


If you would like to sponsor this event and see your company/organization logo as well as a link to your website please send an email to sponsors@colorthecrag.com.

The Fun Begins In









Title Sponsor

Featured Sponsors

Clinic & Food Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors


Tentative Schedule
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Check-In & Registration

Check in and get set up for an amazing weekend. This is the perfect time put up your tent and get everything you need.

Enjoy some home cooked food and grab a drink. Definitely a good time to grab a name tag and meet some new people. Meet your weekend buddy and your new lifetime friend.


A couple of words from the organizers, sponsors, and friends.

Mikhail & Bethany

Ssssshhh... Keep it quiet. Our neighbors are looking to get some quality sleep. Enjoy being outdoors and rest up for an action packed day!


Weekend Pass
  • 3 Days of Bouldering
  • 2 Nights of Camping
  • Access to Workshops
  • Access to Festival Events

Weekend Pass
(Alabama Resident)
  • 3 Days of Bouldering
  • 2 Nights of Camping
  • Access to Workshops
  • Access to Festival Events

Weekend Pass
(Children under 10)
  • 3 Days of Bouldering
  • 2 Nights of Camping
  • Access to Workshops
  • Access to Festival Events

Day Pass
  • 1 Day of Bouldering
  • Access to Workshops
  • Access to Festival Events


Contacts + Location

  • Horse Pens 40 - Steele, AL
  • info@colorthecrag.com

Directions to Horse Pens 40

Horse Pens 40 is pretty close to a few major cities. Atlanta seems to be the most affordable to fly into but, Birmingham is definitely the shortest drive! Once you reach the park, you’ll reach a sign:

Remember to use the Facebook page to connect with other folks who will be traveling!

From Birmingham (48 min.)

To head to HP40 from Birmingham by taking 59 North to US 231 towards Asheville. Take exit 166 and follow US 231 North, Gallant Rd. and St. Clair County 42 to HP40.

From Atlanta (2 hr. 17 min.)

Take I-20 to US 231 North/Hwy 234/Martin St N in Pell City. Take exit 158 from I-20 W. Continue on US-231 N to Gallant Rd. and St.Clair County 42 to HP40.

From Chattanooga (1 hr. 45 min.)

Take I-59 S to Steele Station Rd in Steele. Take exit 174 from I-59 S. Take Chandler Mountain Rd and St Clair County 42 to HP40.



Horse Pens 40 (HP40) located in Steele, Alabama is a privately owned property filled with large boulders! We’re excited about hosting the event here because it provides a central location for us to gather and camp.

Camping is encouraged and included in the ticket price. Camping is a great way to get to know other festival goers and a great way to get outside! We’ve included a packing list here to help you with planning for a great outdoor adventure!


The closest hotel to HP40 are located in Gadsen, Alabama about 15 minutes away.

Gadsen, AL

There are many hotels and motels located in Gadsen. If hotels are preferred for you, please check out the listing in the Gadsen area. Hampton Inn and Suites -This spot is a bit further away with about a 30 minute drive to HP40. It does offer a bit more comfort though at a bit higher price at $67-$100 per room.

Asheville, AL

American Inn and Suites -This is definitely the closest option. Located about a 13 minute drive from HP40, this option is close and pretty affordable with rooms from $57-64. Reviews are not great so just a head’s up when booking here!

Trussville, AL

Quality Inn Located about 30 minutes from HP40, this option is a close and affordable inn with rooms from $77.


Chattanooga, TN

The Crashpad This hostels is AMAZING and offers some great rates for single bunks at $35. Double bedrooms available for $100. This is a great option if you’re driving in to HP40 but it is quite a bit further away from the festival activities with about a 2 hour drive to the property.


What does the ticket pay for?

Our main goal is organizing a festival that supports the community from all levels. This means creating opportunities for current leaders in the outdoor industry to flex their skills! Our prices for the festival were based on an estimate to hire women and men in our community and local businesses from the Alabama and Atlanta area to come and share their skills with the community. Funds will also be used to support next year’s festival and future events supporting inclusive climbing events.

Beyond supporting an amazing community of climbers, guides, artists, and craftsman, you will also have access to camping, an array of workshops, swag bags, panel talks and speakers, and a weekend full of community!


Hotel and Cabin Lodging (Only Camping is included)

Climbing shoes and gear

Camping gear

Transportation - A shuttle will be provided to and from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport(ATL) to Steele, Alabama for $20.

YES! We are excited about sharing our love of climbing with everyone. We hope you feel welcomed to try something challenging! We will have an Introduction to Climbing clinic and a Kids Climbing clinic with leaders that excited to teach you new skills.

This event is open to everyone and the park will be open to the public during the festival. We kindly ask that everyone who joins us for the weekend respect the mission of the festival. We want to encourage communities of color to celebrate, grow, and commune together in the outdoors. Partners, spouses, family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Find Schedule here

Friday will start with registration and SWAG bags from our generous sponsors. We will kick-off the weekend with a fiesta dinner* and drinks to get to know one another. Finally, we will watch films featuring awesome athletes and explorers in our community.

Saturday will start with a session of early morning yoga with breakfast and coffee afterwards. This will be an event-filled day with lots of amazing clinics and talks from community leaders. In the evening, we will hear watch a festival slide show, hear from our key-note, eat a delicious southern-style meal*, and close with a raffle^.

Sunday will be the final day of the festival. We will wake up early for another yoga session and breakfast. Before we leave, we will host a stewardship project for HP40 with a raffle to finish off the weekend.

* Vegan options available

^ Saturday Raffle is for 3-day festival participants only


Intro to Climbing* with Abby Dione

If you’ve never climbed this is the clinic for you! Come learn the basics to rock climbing and staying safe with one of the pros in the industry. Find out what it takes to start climbing including body positioning, footwork, and reading routes.

Ability: Beginner; first time climbers

Available spots: 8

Leave No Trace (LNT) Clinic with Brittany Leavitt and Tammy Shakur

Leave No Trace practices are a vital part for helping keep outdoor spaces available for recreational activity. Join Brittany and Tammy to chat about important tips and tricks to take care of our environment!

Ability: All levels, everyone encouraged to attend, kid friendly

Available: 10

Youth Climbing Clinic*^with Abby Dione or Mario Stanley (afternoon)

Climbing is a great way to teach young people about teamwork, leadership, and confidence. Bring your child or teen to come learn about the basics of safe climbing outdoors.

Ability: Beginner

Ages: 8-18 years, kid friendly, caregivers required to attend

Available spots 8

Gym to Crag Clinic Joshua Reyes

Is this your first time outdoors?! Awesome, come climb with a knowledgeable local who knows the boulders like the back of his hand. Find out best practices when climbing outside and insider’s tip on how to send outside. You might get your ego crushed but you’ll have doing it!

Ability: Experience climbing indoors, be able to climb V3+

Availability spots: 6

Intro to Traditional Climbing-Ground work with Mario Stanley and High Point Expeditions

Interested in expanding your rock climbing knowledge? Join Mario Stanley, co-owner of High Point Expeditions guiding services and learn the basics of traditional climbing including gear, knots, and basic techniques to prepare you for your next step in climbing.

Ability: Intermediate climbing experience recommended but not required Pre-requisities: This clinic is geared to individuals with some climbing experience and knowledge of basic climbing terminology.

Availability: 8

Equipment: None required, bring any gear you have and want to learn more about!

Adventure Photography 101 with Carlos Romania

As a published photographer, Carlos knows what it takes to produce quality work. The focus of the clinic will be composition, use of natural/artificial lighting, and capturing the authentic feel of the outdoor lifestyle we live.

Ability: All levels

Equipment needed: Camera, lenses, camera batteries, and psych!

Optional equipment: Tripod, flash, reflectors, rope, mono-pod, remote shutter, release (wired/wireless)

Availability: 8

Slacklining 101* with Josh Greenwood

Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is fixed between two anchors. “Slacking” is a great way to improve balance, core strength, and coordination. It is also super fun and a great way to work on balance when you are climbing!

Ability: All levels

Availability: 8

The Warrior’s Way Bouldering Clinic* with Arno Ilgner

Do you give 100%?
Where is that “fall line" above which you won’t commit to risking a fall?
Can you develop the ability to commit fully above that “fall line?”
Can you learn to fall safely?
Is your ego afraid of others judging your effort?
How do you use your body to help focus your mind?
How does motivation help or hinder your effort?
These are some questions that this clinic will help you answer. Mental strength comes from focusing on things you can control. We’ll identify those things that create a powerful, intentional approach to challenges. We’ll do discussions about motivation, ego, and self worth; ground “body awareness” drills; and climbing drills.

Ability: Anyone that boulders and is interested in improving his/her mental game.

Equipment Needed: climbing shoes, chalk, bouldering pad

Availability: 12

Intermediate to Advanced Climbing Clinic* with Sam Elias

In a casual and fun atmosphere, he'll give tips and answer questions on anything that comes up in the course of the day. This includes bouldering tactics, climbing techniques, as well as responsible outdoor behaviors and practices.

Ability: Intermediate, be able to climb V5+

Availability: 8

*All activities are inherently dangerous. Individuals with back, ankle, neck, or other health concerns are advised to avoid these activities.

^Subject to cancellation or changes