The Horsetooth Hang

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The 2009 Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang is a non profit Bouldering Festival held at Rotary Park in Fort Collins, Colorado on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Check out all the festival activities below to learn a little more about what's happening and how you can be a part of all the fun


    The Hang is a climbing festival, so we warmly welcome climbers from across Colorado and the nation to enjoy the world class bouldering of Horsetooth Reservoir. Whether you have been climbing for 20 years or it is your first day, the Hang is all about camaraderie and fun! We warmly welcome participants of all ages, ability and climbing preferences. Topropes will be set up on most climbs, making it a safe and fun atmosphere to challenge yourself and be social. Spectators are welcome of course and we highly recommend that you bring as many friends as possible. Don't wait until the last minute, register now.


New Formal Climbing Competition
    We have decided to keep the formal climbing competition aspect to the Hang after the great success of last year's event. If you're not into climbing comps don't worry, this element is only for people who are psyched on it. There is no pressure to compete. Anyone excited about competing will not be disappointed though. Competitors will challenge themselves against classic Horsetooth climbs and some of the Front Range's strongest climbers. Any competitor that sends the legendary unrepeated 'Meathook' will receive a bonus prize! Ready for the challenge? Sign up now.


Shoe Demos and Vendor Booths
    Some of the best shoe manufacturers will have the latest and greatest shoes for you to test out during the day. Companies include La Sportiva, Five-Ten, Scarpa, Infant Optics and Evolve. Also check out vendor booths from awesome local and national companies.


The Meathook Bounty Reward
  We are offering a $100 bounty for anyone that can catch an ascent of Jim Holloway's elusive problem Meathook during the Hang. We will also shell out $50 to anyone who can repeat Black Magic as well. Many strong climbers have sought these famous problems, but few have succeeded. Come try your luck on a stout Horsetooth classic! A ton of sick strong climbers will be there during the day, so if you don't feel like throwing yourself at the problems, there will be plenty of great sports action for your viewing pleasure.


No Dogs Please
  Our canine friends are great companions and fun to share climbing experiences with. However, due to the large number of people that will be at the Hang, please leave your dog at home for the day if you are planning on being a part of the festival. A few years ago we had an unleashed dog spend the entire day cruising around peeing on people's crash can imagine participants were not impressed. For spectators, Rotary Park and the Scoop area have leash laws that will be enforced; dogs are not allowed at the Piano Boulders climbing area.


The Afterparty!!
  The Hang afterparty has always been a rockin' good time. This year is going to be no exception. We have an excellent venue lined up, Hodis Half Note. As always we have free beer from New Belgium Brewing, free food, a wicked slideshow, and the largest gear raffle in Colorado of course! Live music will be playing after we have finished the awards, so make sure to stick around, it will be an experience you won't want to miss!


The Wicked Slideshow
    Will have tons of great slides to show of Craig Luebben's adventures around the world


The Raffle!
    Like every year, we have a ridiculous amount of gear to give away! Well over $6,000 worth of stuff will be given, thrown, or forced onto competitors and volunteers. The list is long, but most notable right now are limited edition Organic Chalk bags made with donated New Belgium canvas, PADS, including the latest models from Organic, Black Diamond, Revolution and others, SHOES from Sportiva, Five-Ten, Scarpa and Evolve. CLOTHING from Mountain Hardware, Black Diamond, PASSES from The Spot, Miramont, Inner Strength Rock Gym, Rock'n and Jam'n. Urban Climber is also generously offering yearly subscriptions to anyone who wants one for $5, so don't miss it, this is better than any sale you will ever go to!


Finding The Hang and Getting Around
  The Hang is held at two Horsetooth Reservoir climbing areas this year: Rotary Park (Including North Rotary) and The Piano Boulders, just outside of Fort Collins, Co. Event registration, vendor booths, and all competitor meetings, etc will be held at the Rotary Park parking lot. Parking at both climbing areas will be closed for the day for Hang participants, but there will be a speedy and free shuttle system to get you wherever you need to go. Limited parking will be reserved for spectators. Check out our Maps and Directions page to find out how to get to the shuttle parking area and Hodi's Half Note, our afterparty venue. Also, don't forget to pre-register to save time and money!


  Part of living in Colorado is dealing with the erratic and swiftly changing weather patterns. If a random thunderstorm appears on the day of the Hang, we reschedule the event for Saturday, October 17th, 2009. We are expecting good weather this year, but if we reschedule, we will alert participants via our e-mail lists, on public climbing forums (the FRB Message Board, Mountain Project, and, and our website.


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