Mark your calendars for OCF13: April 10-11, 2020

This Event Has Been Canceled

Ogden Climbing Community,
The Ogden Climbing Festival is officially canceled. The OCF is truly a labor of love and we will miss bringing the Ogden Climbing Community together this year. We look forward to next year.  Please stay posted to our web page and social media for details. 

The Outdoor Program at Weber State University, GEAR:30, and the Front Climbing Club are proud to host the  Ogden Climbing Festival. The Ogden Climbing Festival is the premier climbing event in the region. The Festival brings together climbers from all climbing disciplines to introduce them to the best of Ogden Utah.

The OCF boasts two days of incredible events from educational climbing clinics for all abilities, stewardship and service opportunities, climbing competitions and inspiring keynote speakers.  The OCF brings together climbers, educators, retailers, and top companies to carry on the rich climbing tradition of Ogden, Utah. 

 2020: Friday, April 10

-- Citizens Climbing Competition --

citizen bouldering comp

Register for the OCF13 Citizens Boulder competition, we have thousands of dollars in prizes and raffles. 

  • Gym closes at 3 p.m.
  • Check-in at 5 p.m.
  • Comp from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Dyno Comp from 9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Awards from 10 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Price $40
  • Early Bird Registration $35
  • The Front Ogden Climbing

Registration for Climbing Competition

 2020: Saturday, April 11

-- Stewardship Event: Trail Work and Crag Cleanup --

trail work

(Weather announcement: The Trail Cleanup will run rain or shine, please dress appropriately.)

Projects: We will have projects for every level of experience and ability, from heavy digging and rock work to graffiti removal and trash pick-up. Every job makes our trails and crags more beautiful, sustainable and enjoyable. 

What to wear: Volunteers must wear pants and closed-toe shoes to participate in trail work. A hat, sunglasses, and rain gear are optional but good to bring. Work gloves will be provided.

What to bring: A day pack and at least 1 liter of water per person. Sunscreen and a snack are also good to have along.

What to expect: When you arrive at St. Joseph’s, you will sign a waiver and join a project. Project teams will gather and leave the staging area by 8:30.  Each project has an experienced trail crew leader who will provide you with instructions, training, tools and supplies needed for the job. We work hard until noon, then head back to St, Joseph’s for lunch.

  • 8 a.m. -  Noon
  • 8 a.m. Meeting and staging @ Saint Joseph High School Parking Lot (1790 Lake St. Ogden, Utah  Map)
  • 8:30 a.m. Head out to trail clean-up sites
  • 12 p.m. Free lunch provided by Lucky Slice

-- Free Lunch for Participants --


  • Provided by The Lucky Slice 
  • Noon - 1 p.m.
  • Saint Joseph High School Parking Lot (1790 Lake St. Ogden, Utah)

-- Educational Climbing Clinics --


(Weather Announcement:  Don't freak out, we have a plan. Please dress appropriately for the weather on Saturday afternoon, and proceed as planned. We will announce any bad weather clinic location changes by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Watch your email, check here, or social media for updates)

  • 1 - 5 p.m.
  • 2020 clinic options/ registration will open soon. Space is limited. Be sure to register early for the best selection, clinics always fill to capacity. Day of registration is not likely. 
  • Lower Ogden Boulder Field (park and check-in at Saint Joseph High School located at 1790 Lake St. Ogden, Utah Map).
  • Check-in and meet your group at the registration table.

Register for OCF13 Clinics (Coming Soon)   

-- OCF13 Keynote Presentation --

You will not want to miss this show! Food and beverage provided, music, sponsors fair, massive raffle with thousands of dollars in swag, and incredible multimedia shows! We have limited tickets and it is anticipated that this show will sell out early. 

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Keynote Speakers 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Raffle 8:30-9 p.m.
  • Location: Ogden Monarch Building 
    25th Street, Ogden UT map


Price includes raffle ticket

* General Admission $20 at the door. Cash only




* The Monarch has an event capacity of 500 seats, please note that tickets sold at the door will be limited to first come first serve. 

Keynote: A Celebration of Ogden Climbing  

This year our keynote spotlight will shine on the history and development of rock climbing in the Ogden area. Ogden's climbing roots run deep within a rich history of exploration, passion and creativity. Even the roots of this festival itself were a continuation of a community event pioneered by our local legend Jeff Lowe. Over the years the festival has grown and has become an incredible event for getting the Ogden climbing community together once a year.  We have had countless athletes and local legends play a role in past festivals. 

This year we are hoping to truly do something unique. The climbing history of Ogden is rich and runs deep.  Each of our presenters has played a role in this incredible history and development. This year rather than inviting one keynote speaker we have invited multiple local climbers/ legends who have played a key role in Ogden climbing over the years to take 10-20 minutes and showcase aspects of Ogden climbing that inspired their passion.  ie: Classics routes or projects they developed, interactions with legends past, history, stories, comedy, photos, videos. Many have written articles or published guide books. These notable folks are coming to share with us what has gone into their labor of love.

--Mikel Vause--


Mikel Vause holds a Ph.D from Bowling Green University. He is author of numerous articles, poems short stories, and book chapters. He’s author and editor of six books including On Mountains and Mountaineers and Rock ‘n Roses Vols. I and II. His poetry collections are: I Knew It Would Come to This; At the Edge of Things; Looking for the Old Crown; The Scent of Juniper; and A Mountain Touched by Fire; and A Home to Strange Animals. In 2016 he was a Pushcart Prize nominee for his poem “What said the Thunder.”

His professional life spans nearly forty years teaching at the university level. He’s a Senior Professor at Weber State University teaching 19th Century British and American Literature, Mountaineering and Exploration Literature, and for twenty years, he taught rock climbing.

His teaching and scholarship has been recognized numerous awards and recognitions:
The Cortez Outstanding Honors Professor; Crystal Crest Master Teacher; The George and Beth Lowe Excellence in Teaching Award; The Lindquist Creative Arts Award; Two Hemingway Awards; The Utah Humanities/Weber Arts Advocate Award; The Henry Aldous Dixon Award.

He’s a member of the American Alpine Club and British Alpine Club and served as the only non-British Chair of the Boardman/Tasker Mountain Literature Award.

Vause has climbed various places in the USA, Arctic Norway, Nepal and Tibet, and extensively in Scotland, England, and Wales.

--Chris Grijalva--

Chris Grijalva was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He began rock climbing in 1990 at the age of seventeen and within a short time was not only climbing, but also establishing routes at New Mexico climbing areas, The Tunnel and Enchanted Tower, and others. In 2000, he moved to Ogden, Utah and began to establish routes at Schoolroom in Ogden, Blacksmith Fork Canyon, and Maple Canyon. In 2003, he published Utah Bouldering, a guidebook to some of Utah’s most prominent bouldering areas, which also covered the Ogden boulder field.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Weber State University, and for the past thirteen years he’s been teaching engineering at NUAMES high school. In addition, Chris has two teenage children and a dog.


--Shane Farver--

For most of his adult life, Shane Farver has taken to the outdoors to find his purpose and passion. That purpose crashed to a halt in November of 2018, when he suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of a climbing gym accident. Since then, Shane has come to understand that the lessons learned in the wilderness can indeed be applied to life’s other challenges.







 OCF13 Event Hosts

outdoor program Gear Thirty
the front climbing club


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