Bouldering in the Lights was an event within an event. Perhaps you’ve heard of the 24 Hour of Horseshoe Hell? Long and short of it is that if you like to climb, boulder, camp, and chill, this is the spot. The Horseshoe Canyon Ranch has welcomed the event for the past seven years, and 24HHH as it is known, has gained quite the following. This year, the valley was full of tents, and the canyon walls were lit up with headlamps during the 24 hour climbing competition.
That’s right: 24 hour climbing comp. There’s a 12 hour option if that’s more your speed. And PTEC put on Bouldering in the Lights at the Idaho Boulders with Action in Solitude. We used the Sector 5 to spotlight an assortment of boulders, and there were giveaways, raffles, beverages, and music. Oh, and a couch. And refreshments. This was a leave no trace event, however – don’t worry.
Some folks just came out to camp and hang out for four days. But the majority of two-person teams come out to test themselves and find out how many routes they can climb during a 24 hour period. How do you do that? 24HHH provides some pointers here:
Princeton Tec rolled up with a three man team, prepared to grill up burgers and dogs, veggie and not, for hungry swarms of climbers; we also came prepared to shoot some photos and video.
While we may have donated product in the past, the event really was something to behold. Inspired by the welcoming community that has formed around the event, we all came home knowing that the trip to northern-Arkansas was well worth it. Thank you to Andy Chasteen for inviting Princeton Tec, for Kevin Riley for working with us to put on the bouldering event, and to all of the wonderful volunteers for committing their time and energy to putting on such a great event!