Boat Rock
Date: Friday, March 19 @ 07:21:32 CST
Topic: Events

Arno Ilgner, of the Warriors Way gets his copy of Ed's book autographed.
Shannon Steg talks about the history of boatrock and what it means to him.
In the largest showing for any Southeastern Climbers Coalition event to date, over 200 partiers jammed the 1150 club in downtown Atlanta for a gala event. The fundraiser to help save Boat Rock was organized by Tim Waring who was in high gear and had this event working overtime to please the crowd. The club 1150 is located in downtown Atlanta and is an old theatre with multiple large rooms and was the perfect venue for the event. A silent auction was set up early in the back room which drew a big crowd hovering over all of the gear. There were several nice items in the auction to include a PMI rope, Misty Mountain boulder pad, an alpine Lowe pack from Galyans, lots of Patagonia clothing, Orosi shades, a copy of "Stone Crusade" signed by John Sherman and a carbon fiber bike by EPX. A wild pallette of h'ordurves from Dish, Cafe Mystique and Sundown included sautéed shrimp and cheese grits were served up for the hungry group. DJ's provided a backdrop of tunes throughout the night. There were climbers from all over the metro area and several north Georgia and Tennessee climbers were spotted sipping on the complimentary Dogwood beer was served till around 8:00. Several of the SCC crew were spotted in the crowd to include Robert Smith, Pappy, and L.J.

Shannon Stegg kicked off the event with a short talk about all of the good times at Boat Rock and showed some slides of the area from the collections of Tim Waring and Mike Williams. A short video by Wes Powell followed the slide show with many action shots of climbing and a history of the area. Then, noted alpinist Ed Webster hit the stage and had the crowd ooohhing over his spectacular slides and hooting over the high altitude, puffin on a cigarette shots on the side of the mountain. He graciously signed copies of his book "Snow on the Mountain" after the show and spent time with many of his fans. Later that evening the fashion show kicked in and had the audience on their feet, shouting their approval. The grand final was a huge silent auction and raffle which raised nearly $3000.00. As the curtain closed, the event raised almost $8,000.00 after expenses which is nearly a year of mortgage payments for Boat Rock.

Thanks to all of the people who supported the event and our great sponsors: EPX, Nantahala Outdoor Center, REI, La Sportiva, Misty Mountain, John Sherman, Arc Teryx, Jagged Edge, Patagonia, Power Pawz, Metolius, Galyan's, Dish Restuarant, Prana, Sunburst Adventures, Orosi, Chaco, The Access Fund, Southern Rocks Climbing Holds, Cannondale, The Warriors Way, Paul Luna, Sundown Cafe and Club 1150.

There are still some of the silent auction items to be claimed and paid for by the highest bidder. The remaining silent auction prizes will be posted on the web later for people to claim.

Tim Waring and Brad McLeod pose for a photo before the slideshow begins
eleven50 provided the best possible facilities and atmosphere for the event.
A photo-op with the front door crew.
A shot of the crowd that gathered to watch the slideshow.
This picture doesn't even do justice to the amount of prizes donated to the event by the sponsors.
Babe magnet, Chris Watford in typical form throughout the night.

This article comes from The Southeastern Climbers Coalition

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