October 18 - 21, 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 four day festival which takes place on October 18th-21st 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 second annual Color the Crag Festival and we are so psyched to welcome everyone outside and on the rock!

We have a maximum space of 300 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.

4-day Weekend Pass
$100-Standard Ticket
$85-Alabama Ticket
$40-Child Ticket (10 years and under)

What's Included:

  • 3 breakfast meals
  • 3 dinner meals
  • FREE clinics and workshops taught by professionals in the industry
  • Live performances
  • Speakers from the outdoor industry
  • Panel talks
  • SWAG bags
  • Raffle prizes
  • Boulders for days!

*Accessible facilities available, all abilities welcome and encouraged to attend!


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

Community Partners

Tentative Schedule


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

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

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



All volunteer positions are filled. We have reached out to all chosen volunteers. Thank you so much for your contribution.

We are excited to open a few spaces for volunteers for the 2018 Color the Crag. We are in need of 8-10 volunteers to help with logistics for the day of the event!

Volunteers will receive:

  • 1 Color the Crag Weekend Pass [meals included]
  • Swag Bag
  • Color the Crag Volunteer T-shirt

Volunteer duties will include:

  • Greeting Participants
  • General Cleaning
  • Serving Food
  • Checking Bathrooms
  • Preparing for events (panels, speakers, etc.)
  • And possibly other duties

*Travel is NOT included

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

Yes! Although certain accommodations may be limited, we will reserve what we need to make sure you feel comfortable at the festival! Please email us directly if any special accommodations are needed. We are excited to welcome you to Color the Crag!

We will have a shuttle which leaves from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 2:00pm EDT on Thursday October 18th and departs from Horse Pens 40 at 12:00 PM CDT. This shuttle meets ADA requirements and there will be a Color the Crag volunteer to greet you and provide any assistance if needed.

Cabins: We have 2 shared cabins available for participants that need ramp access or covered lodging. Please contact us ASAP if you would like to reserve a bunk. Other participants or volunteers/staff may be present in the cabin and we will do our best to make this as comfortable and safe as possible for you.

Bathrooms: An accessible bathroom and shower is located near the barn and there will be signs which clearly indicate their location.

A lower parking lot is available for select participants and volunteers. No covered parking is available. All paths are dirt or gravel and well maintained. If any assistance is needed, please email us directly or notify a staff in a red shirt who can help assist you.


Intro to Climbing

Instructor: Abby Dione, Owner of Coral Cliffs

Ability: Beginner

Capacity: 8

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.

Finger Injury Prevention

Instructor: Dr. James Lee, Lee Physical Therapy

Ability: All

Capacity: 8

Climbing puts a great deal of stress on the fingers of beginners as well as seasoned climbers. Learn about the most common finger injuries from climbing and how to improve your technique to reduce the risk of popping a ligament!

Outdoor Research Presents: Adaptive Climbing Training

Instructor: Dr. James Lee, Lee Physical Therapy

Ability: All

Capacity: 10

Have you tried to convince your non climbing “friends” to climb? It’s like pull teeth getting them to try it once! Now think about all of the people with disabilities that want to try to climb but are too embarrassed or fearful because of their disability. Give them the opportunity and see their potential unfold! This workshop will go through the basics of adaptive climbing and how we can all participate in getting more people to climb!

Slacklining with Josh Greenwood

Instructor: Josh Greenwood

Ability: All

Capacity: 8

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. Come climb with a pro!

The Rock Warrior's Way

Instructor: Laura Sabourin

Ability: Climbers of any ability would be able to engage in the activities

Capacity: 12

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.

Strategic Projecting with Nina Williams

Instructor: Nina Williams, Pro-Athlete

Ability: Intermediate / ~V5+

Capacity: 10

Strategic Projecting will revolve around the progression of choosing, working, and sending your next hard line. Clinic participants will learn how to set realistic expectations will working towards an overall dream-goal. There will be a focus on mental blocks, maintaining motivation, and the method of projecting all while keeping it fun in the process. This clinic is aimed at intermediate to advanced climbers wanting to bring it to the next level.

Brown Girls Climb Womxn’s Bouldering Clinic

Instructors: TBD

Ability: All, self identified women only

Capacity: 8

Come and join us in a low pressure space where we can relax, chat, and connect. Bring your crag snacks ladies. We’ll be moving and grooving and having a blast! This is a great opportunity to experience BGC if you’ve never been to our events.

Intro to Bouldering

Instructor: Shelma Jun, FlashFoxy

Ability: Beginner

Capacity: 8

Gym to Crag

Instructor: Josh Reyes

Ability: Beginner/Intermediate

Capacity: 8

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 fun doing it!

Intro to Trad Climbing

Instructors: Mario Stanley, TBD + Gerardo Martinez, TBD

Ability: At least 1 year of top rope or sport climbing outside

Capacity: 8

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.

Intermediate to Advanced Trad Climbing

Instructors: Mario Stanley, TBD + Gerardo Martinez, TBD

Ability: TBD

Capacity: 8

Intro to Sport Climbing

Instructor: Abby Dione, Owner of Coral Cliffs Climbing Gym

Ability: solid 5.9 on lead / V1 climbing ability

Capacity: 10

Sport Climbing in the South! is an exciting clinic that opens up a whole new world of climbing. Learn the many techniques to make the transition from lead indoors to outdoors on beautiful Southern sandstone.

If you've got the itch to experience the thrill of being on the "sharp end", this class is for you!

  • Learn how to clip quickly, safely and properly
  • Learn advanced belay skills
  • Learn how to fall safely
  • Learn how to set and clean sport anchors ** [will remove or keep depending on experience of the group]**

Improving Efficiency In Sport Climbing with Natives Outdoors

Instructor: Aaron Mike, TBD

Ability: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Photography 101: How to take Photos of Climbers

Instructor: Michael Estrada, photographer

Ability: Beginner/All;Attendees are encouraged to bring portfolios of their work for the Patagonia team to review and provide feedback. Camera or camera phone required.

Capacity: 10

Hosted by Patagonia, the goal of this clinic is to cover photography best practices for working with the outdoor industry. We’ll discuss what to think about when composing images; how to approach shooting for different brands that have differing points of view; and how to get your work in front of photo editors. We’ll end with a practical component and taking photos together, putting technical and creative techniques into action. This clinic will culminate with a photo contest for COLOR THE CRAG. The winning work will be featured in Color the Crag’s marketing materials the following year.

Quality Climbing with North Face Athlete Sam Elias

Instructor: Sam Elias, Pro-athlete

Ability: Climb v4 or harder outside

Capacity: 10

Mindfulness in Climbing

Instructor: Emily Taylor,Director of Brown Girls Climbing program and Owner of Taylor fit Solutions

Ability: Intermediate + Ages: 14+ Equipment needs: Shoes, chalk bag, yoga mat/ground pad, water bottle.

Capacity: 8

Mindfulness is training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they deepen the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of space, action, emotion and feeling. When this is achieved in climbing the relationship and effort of doing becomes one of being and an invaluable skill to possess. The positive impact of incorporating a mindfulness practice into climbing enhances the neural pathways to emotional control focus, awareness and stress regulation, technical efficiency, precision and accuracy in over-all performance.

The art of achieving mindfulness in climbing is only achieved through awareness and training focus. This clinic explores, educates and trains theories of mindfulness; shifting your mind from external distractions to internal focus. Climbers learn applicable mindful skills to improve technique, movement, strength, commitment, and performance. Safely and confidently learn creative mindful management skills to amplifying a higher consciousness to technique, movement, efficiency, breathing, strength, commitment, and improve performance and climbing enjoyment!

Fundamentals and Foundation of Climbing

Instructor: Emily Taylor,Director of Brown Girls Climbing program and Owner of Taylor fit Solutions

Ability: Beginner + Age: 10+ Equipment: chalk bag, water, journal to take notes.

Capacity: 8

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Anything worth doing well is worth learning how to do. Most climbers start their climbing exploration naturally and with little direction, figuring how moves and movements work as they go along; picking up beta from others. This approach to climbing often leads to inefficient technique and plateaus in climbing.

A solid foundation in the principles of climbing footwork and technique can strengthen any climber at any point in their climbing experience. This beyond-the-basics clinic will promote not only your knowledge and understanding of movement, it will elevate your performance to the next level with proven holistic techniques. The clinic offers an in-depth exploration of the ten target principles of fundamentals and foundation will enhance your self-reliance, climbing awareness and help you avoid the next plateau.

How to Train on a Budget with Patagonia Athlete Zahan Billmoria

Instructor: Zahan Billmoria, Pro-athlete

Ability: 5.10 and has climbed for more than 1-2 years (Said he is also open to all abilities.)

Capacity: 10

Climbing is a physical sport, and changes that we make to our bodies can result in dramatic improvement to our climbing. Most of what we need to get strong for climbing can be done with a few very simple tools like a TRX and a portable hang board. In this clinic we will explore a minimalist approach to training, using equipment you could buy for less than $150 and use anywhere from your neighborhood park, a local gym, or in your home - to get stronger for climbing. We will talk about how training works, how to incorporate a few days of regular training into your week.I will also bring some cutting edge climbing training tools like Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) and a crane scale to measure and quantify force output. Come ready to train!

Positive Masculinity Clinic with NOLS

Instructor:Justin Forrest Parks, Jorge Moreno, TBD

Prerequisites: Male -identified or masculine orientation

Capacity: 10

This seminar is for male-identified individuals and instructors who are interested in exploring positive expressions of masculinity in themselves and/or looking for ways to hold their peers to a higher standard of positive masculinity. If you’ve wondered how you can better contribute to a positive learning environment, or wondered how to inspire your male students to the same, then this is the seminar for you. This seminar will provide an intentional, relatable space for male-identified people that will allow us to share stories and learn. While many of our outdoor spaces are coincidentally all-male, we hope that the intentionality of this space will allow for a safer environment to share thoughts and feelings, and is more likely to support learning and growth.

Camping and Compass Navigation with REI


Ability: Beginner, All levels welcome

Capacity: 14 (each session)

Camp Cooking,- Heading out for a weekend getaway? Do you want to make easy and fun meals at camp but feel unsure how to cook them? Would you like tips on what to bring and how to make the most of cooking in the outdoors? Join REI for an introductory class on campsite cooking. We'd like to help you learn how to set up your camp kitchen and create easy and fun meals everyone will enjoy.

Map + Compass Navigation- Selecting and navigating a route are essential outdoor travel and survival skills. Come learn basic navigation skills using a map and compass to find your way. In this workshop you'll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. You'll learn how to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing. Maps and compasses are provided, but bring your own if you prefer.

*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