Gregory Mountain Products to Sponsor Red Rock Rendezvous

Nation’s largest climbing festival promotes the climbing lifestyle for a good cause
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Gregory Mountain Products,, known as the outdoor industry leader in backpack fit, comfort and technology, proudly sponsors the 2011 Red Rock Rendezvous presented by Mountain Gear.

Located just west of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is renowned as one of the nation's premiere climbing areas with world-class routes for climbers of all ability levels ranging from bouldering and limestone sport climbing to multi-pitch traditional climbs. Likewise, the festival offers clinics for climbers of all levels, including introductory courses for aspiring newbies hoping to learn the basics of the sport, while meeting prospective climbing partners.

In addition to clinics, gear demos, slideshows, music and revelry, Gregory will be onsite in the vendor arena to answer any technical questions about their award winning expedition, backpacking and day packs. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Gregory booth to get fit for a Gregory pack and enter to win one of several pack giveaways, including the new Torreâ„¢ 33, which was in part designed by pro-climber and Gregory ambassador, Joe Kinder.

One of many professional athletes teaching clinics at the upcoming festival, Kinder aided in designing the Fusion LTS line and took a prototype of the Torre 33 with him on a climbing trip to Europe to offer feedback to Gregory during the product development period. “The Gregory Torre™ 33 has become my go-to pack for basically everything from the cliff to the airport and I travel a lot,” said Kinder. “This pack has sincerely made my life so much easier!”

Kinder's Rendezvous clinic will focus on Intermediate Sport Climbing, and will cover clipping, onsights, redpoints, and different ways to work a route for optimal performance.

In addition to celebrating the climbing lifestyle, the Rendezvous benefits The Access Fund, a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment. Other beneficiaries include the American Safe Climbing Association, the American Alpine Club, Friends of Red Rocks and the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council.

“Red Rock Rendezvous has a longstanding tradition that Gregory is proud to support,” said John Pieper, North American sales and marketing director with Gregory. “As a pack company, it's an honor to give something back to the climbing community while benefiting this great cause, and we're looking forward to being part of the action.”

About Gregory Mountain Products
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2007, Gregory Packs has been the longtime leader in expedition, backpacking and daypacks. Gregory is world-renowned for setting durability, comfort and performance standard in backpacks. In recent years, Gregory won awards for its pack designs from such diverse media outlets as Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, Men's Journal, Consumers Digest and Alpinist Magazine. Responsible for many industry firsts in backpacking fit and design, the Gregory research and design team, including company founder Wayne Gregory, continues to lead the way in innovative backpack technology and performance. For more information about Gregory packs, visit www.gregorypacks.com or call 877.477.4292.

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