Cullowhee Rock & Rumble Fest announces winners

$500 raised for nonprofit organization

Twenty-five contestants from five colleges competed for top honors on April 25 at the 2009 Cullowhee Rock & Rumble Fest hosted by Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee program at the Campus Recreation Center’s climbing wall.

Appalachian State University’s Kensie Whitfield won the men’s advanced category. Katie Moser and Brandon Blakely, both of Western Carolina University, took first place in the women’s and men’s intermediate categories. First-time competitors Dani Bond of Georgia State University and Jacob Sinclair of WCU won the women’s and men’s recreational categories.

The event’s silent auction raised nearly $500, which was donated to the Carolina Climbers’ Coalition, an organization dedicated to preserving the natural environment, promoting safe climbing practices and preserving access to climbing areas in North and South Carolina.

Dave Denny, Base Camp Cullowhee’s climbing wall manager, thanked volunteers, sponsors and participants for making the event a success.

“At every turn, we were pleasantly surprised by the generosity of our sponsors, the dedication of our volunteers and the spirit of fun and support shown by everyone who came out to the event,” said Denny.

Base Camp Cullowhee staff and volunteers from the Western Carolina climbing team and parks and recreation management department assisted with registration and a fundraising silent auction and served as masters of ceremony, judges and medics.

WCU seniors Evan Agee and Kurt Bivins, respectively the president and vice president of the WCU climbing team, helped organized the Cullowhee Rock & Rumble Fest. They said they selected the name to both reflect the place – the Cullowhee community – and celebrate climbing culture.

For more information or to get involved with next year’s event, contact Base Camp Cullowhee at (828) 227-3466. Check out the Cullowhee Rock & Rumble Fest Web site to see the names of the many sponsors who made the silent auction and the event possible.