WSU Outdoor Program Sponsors Climbing Festival

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Outdoor Program, Petzl, GEAR:30 and the Front Climbing Club will present the ninth annual Ogden Climbing Festival (OCF9), April 8-9.

OCF9 is the largest climbing festival in Utah. Family friendly events are open to the public and many are free. Novice to experienced climbers of all ages and abilities can learn new rock climbing skills in a safe environment.

“The festival offers something for everybody,” said Daniel Turner, WSU’s Outdoor Program coordinator, “Beginners can participate in introductory clinics and activities. Seasoned climbers can compete, and spectators can observe and enjoy the sport.”

Keynote presenters Mike Libecki and  Alex Puccio will speak on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. Libecki, 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, has climbed in more than 50 major expeditions, including a journey to the Afghanistan Koh-i-baba Mountains. Puccio is a nine-time winner of the American Bouldering Series National Championship.

OCF9 schedule, April 9

Free educational climbing clinics and field labs

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Lower Ogden Boulder Field (park and check-in at Saint Joseph High School, 1790 Lake St. Ogden, Utah.)

  • To participate in climbing, children under 18 must bring a legal guardian to sign risk and waiver forms.

Educational climbing clinics

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Lower Ogden Boulder Field

  • Top managed belays and multi-pitch transitions
  • Top roping basic clinic
  • Yoga for climbers
  • Single pitch rock rescue
  • Advanced traditional climbing anchors
  • Children’s climbing clinic

OCF9 Citizens Bouldering Competition with pro finals

2-10:30 p.m.

Front Climbing Club, Ogden

  • All ages and abilities welcome
  • Citizens redpoint session $50
  • Open-category redpoint session $50
  • Open-category finals and after party
  • Cash prize for open category
  • Prizes and giveaways, including packs, ropes and carabineers

The OCF9 Citizens Bouldering Competition and pro finals are hosted at the Front Climbing Club. Participants can register in youth, beginner, intermediate or advanced competition categories. Those who participate in the open category will compete against some of the region’s strongest competitors for a cash purse.

For a full event schedule or to become a sponsor, visit, call 801-626-6373 or email the WSU Outdoor Program at

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Melissa Smith, administrative specialist for Public Relations
801-626-6348 •


Daniel Turner, WSU’s Outdoor Program coordinator and festival organizer
801-626-7354 •