Outdoor Market

Outdoor Market offers a unique setting for guests to get hands-on experience with gear from top brands in the outdoor industry. Over three days, this festival offers guests the opportunity to demo bikes, trail running shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, climbing gear and more throughout the 1,300 acre facility at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. During the festival, guests can also participate in group rides, runs and paddles, as well as yoga practices and educational, participatory, and tech clinics. Opportunities to unwind from the festival’s active nature include live music, craft beer, food, and films.

As with all USNWC Festivals, Outdoor Market is open to the public and does not require tickets. Majority of the clinics and workshops are free to participate in, however a select few have spatial limitations or registration requirements. See each activity for specific details.

Gear Demos

Outdoor Market provides you with a unique opportunity to demo the latest and greatest outdoor gear.  Exhibitors will be set up throughout the facility ready for you to give a good taste of their newest products on the market. Whether you want to try out a new mountain bike, pair of climbing shoes, trail runners, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard… it can all be done at the Outdoor Market.  These opportunities are available to entry level enthusiasts and experts alike. Exhibitors include industry leaders such as Specialized, Niner, Black Diamond, Liquidlogic, Salomon, Inov-8, Strider, Hala Gear, and La Sportiva. A complete exhibitor list can be found here.

Outdoor Market Schedule

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Exhibitor Market Opens

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 2:30 pm (3 hours)
Location: Vendor Villages (Map)
Type: Bike, Run, Paddle, Climb
Outdoor Market provides you with a unique opportunity to demo the latest and greatest outdoor gear. Exhibitors will be set up throughout the facility ready for you to give a good taste of their newest products on the market. Whether you want to try out a new mountain bike, pair of climbing shoes, trail runners, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard… it can all be done at the Outdoor Market. These opportunities are available to entry level enthusiasts and experts alike.

King and Queen of Bandit - Strava Challenge

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: (All Day)
Location: Bandit Trailhead (Map)
Type: Bike
Behold USNWC’s newest trail: Bandit. Opening this weekend at Outdoor Market, Bandit is 2.4 miles long following Long Creek. Record your laps on Strava and email your ride to racedirector@usnwc.org by 5:00pm on Monday, October 22 - the fastest times for male and female categories will be heralded as the King & Queen of Bandit, and a royal prize will be gifted.

Strider Adventure Zone

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 2:30 pm (3 hours)
Location: Raft Pavilion (Map)
Type: Bike
The Strider Adventure Zone is a friendly environment that encourages both children and parents to explore a child’s ability to gain mobility on two wheels without training wheels. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the Strider Adventure Zone is especially intended for riders up to 50” tall. Bikes, including the 12” Strider Sport and Strider 14x Balance Bike, and helmets will be provided onsite.

All Levels Flow Yoga

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 4:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Lauren LaPoint
If you've never been to a Vinyasa class before, this style is designed to revitalize and restore the body, calm the mind, increase energy, and reduce stress. This is an excellent class style for students who would like to experience play and exploration. Great for all levels of yoga experience. Vinyasa yoga links breath with movement. Move or “flow” from one pose to another in sequence, on an inhale or an exhale. This class mixes vinyasa flow with deeper stretch postures.

Group Paddle on the Catawba

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Group paddle sessions are free to participate in if you have your own craft. If you wish to rent a USNWC craft, you will need a Day Pass or Single Activity Pass. Proper safety equipment (PFD) must be worn at all times.

Belay Clinic

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 4:00 pm (2 hours)
Location: Climbing Center (Map)
Type: Climb
Learn the basics of climbing in this introductory class. Participants will learn the proper gear needed for climbing, how to minimize risk, basic climbing terminology, basic climbing etiquette and USNWC policies, and the proper belay technique. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to take the Belay Test, which results in belay qualification to be used while climbing at the USNWC. Once qualified, participants will have more access to climbing areas as well as access to roped climbs and auto belays.
  • Pricing: $20/person (includes Belay Test)
  • Duration: 2 hours, including instruction and practice time
  • Age: 12+ years for the class, 14+ years for the test
  • Clothing requirements: Closed toed shoes are required
  • Please pre-register online

Evening Ride with Jill Kintner

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jill Kintner HQ (Map)
Type: Bike
Get ready for a challenging sunset ride through the USNWC Trail System with Olympic medalist and World Champion, Jill Kintner. Explore the trails like a pro as you traverse multiple trails and get ride time with a Red Bull Official Athlete. The ride sets off from the Jill Kintner HQ at 5:00pm.

Slow Flow Yoga

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 6:30 pm (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Grace Millsap

Whitewater Film Series - Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Day: Friday, October 19
Time: 6:45 pm (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Film
Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is a cult hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94. Spoken in hushed tones around campfires, Beckey’s name evokes simultaneous adulation and vitriol. He pioneered the freewheeling American “Dirtbag” lifestyle, leaving a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. A scholar and author of essential climbing guides, a polarizing figure and an inspiration to generations,this iconic mountaineer has remained shrouded in mystery until now. The Whitewater Film Series features a variety of outdoor feature-length films from across the globe. Viewers will have a chance to experience the active, outdoor lifestyle from the perspectives of those living it to the fullest. The Whitewater Film Series takes place on Friday evenings at sunset in April and October.

OUTFITTERS garage sale

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:00 am (10 hours)
Location: Conference Room E (Map)
Type: Yoga, Bike, Run, Paddle, Climb
Gear up for every season during the OUTFITTERS garage sale. The USNWC’s retail store is hosting an end of year sale with brand name items discounted 50% and up. Located in the Conference Center, check out new apparel, shoes, gear, and more for all seasons, styles, and sizes. Sale runs from 8:00am through 6:00pm, Saturday, October 20.

Used Boat Sale

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:00 am (10.5 Hours)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
One man’s used gear is another man's treasure. As we increase and improve our current fleet with new equipment, we release some of our used flatwater and whitewater boats/boards for purchase. Boat pricing will be based on condition of each specific boat/board. For more information on boats and boards, please contact the Kayak Center at 704.391.3900 ext. 195

King and Queen of Bandit - Strava Challenge

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: (All Day)
Location: Bandit Trailhead (Map)
Type: Bike
Behold USNWC’s newest trail: Bandit. Opening this weekend at Outdoor Market, Bandit is 2.4 miles long following Long Creek. Record your laps on Strava and email your ride to racedirector@usnwc.org by 5:00pm on Monday, October 22 - the fastest times for male and female categories will be heralded as the King & Queen of Bandit, and a royal prize will be gifted.

Social Road Ride

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Outfitters (Map)
Type: Bike
Bring your road bike, then buckle your chin strap, clip in and roll with us on a 31-mile self-supported ride. Group Rides are open to all skill levels and are free to participate in. A helmet must be worn at all times. View the route here.

Morning Power Flow Yoga

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 9:30 am (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Heather Jewett
A fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style flow. Students will focus on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.

Exhibitor Market Opens

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am (9 hours)
Location: Vendor Villages (Map)
Type: Bike, Run, Paddle, Climb
Outdoor Market provides you with a unique opportunity to demo the latest and greatest outdoor gear. Exhibitors will be set up throughout the facility ready for you to give a good taste of their newest products on the market. Whether you want to try out a new mountain bike, pair of climbing shoes, trail runners, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard… it can all be done at the Outdoor Market. These opportunities are available to entry level enthusiasts and experts alike.

Strider Adventure Zone

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am (8.5 Hours)
Location: Raft Pavilion (Map)
Type: Bike
The Strider Adventure Zone is a friendly environment that encourages both children and parents to explore a child’s ability to gain mobility on two wheels without training wheels. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the Strider Adventure Zone is especially intended for riders up to 50” tall. Bikes, including the 12” Strider Sport and Strider 14x Balance Bike, and helmets will be provided onsite.

Kids' Mountain Bike Group Ride with Jill Kintner

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Jill Kintner HQ (Map)
Type: Bike
Kids are in for a special treat with this ride. Jill Kintner (Red Bull Official Athlete, Olympic medalist, and World Champion) will take them on novice kid-friendly trails. A great entry-level activity for children ages 5-12; the ride is free to participate in and a helmet must be worn at all times.

Intro to Distance Trail Running Workshop

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am (1 hour)
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Run
This one hour free clinic will coach you through all the basics when it comes to trail running to make sure when you hit the trails you feel like a pro. Topics include how to navigate the rough ground terrain, how to create a realistic training plan and proper trail etiquette. This clinic will have you prepared to take on any of the USNWC’s trails. No registration or prior experience required.

Introduction to Mountain Biking Clinic

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:30 am (1 hour)
Location: BikeSource Tent (Map)
Type: Bike
Learning how to mountain bike can be overwhelming. In this informational clinic, USNWC staff will break down the barriers by discussing the differences in bikes and gear, general bike safety, and ways to connect with the biking community. No registration or prior riding experience is required. Clinics are one hour long, free to participate in, and led by USNWC staff and industry professionals.

Slicing and Dicing with Shane Benedict

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Retro is back… the moves, the boats, and the facial hair. If your idea of a good time in a kayak involves staring at the sky or linking cartwheels effortlessly together, then come out and let Liquidlogic founder Shane Benedict show you a thing or two to get some style into your paddling.

All Levels Flow Yoga

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 11:00 am (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Jason Kierce
If you've never been to a Vinyasa class before, this style is designed to revitalize and restore the body, calm the mind, increase energy, and reduce stress. This is an excellent class style for students who would like to experience play and exploration. Great for all levels of yoga experience. Vinyasa yoga links breath with movement. Move or “flow” from one pose to another in sequence, on an inhale or an exhale. This class mixes vinyasa flow with deeper stretch postures.

Energize and Stretch Workshop

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Victoria Martinez
This class incorporates both QiGong to open your energy channels and get the flow of Chi moving in your body and Yoga stretches both static and active to open and lengthen tight muscles. Beginners and all levels are welcomed.

Group Paddle on the Catawba

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Group paddle sessions are free to participate in if you have your own craft. If you wish to rent a USNWC craft, you will need a Day Pass or Single Activity Pass. Proper safety equipment (PFD) must be worn at all times.

Introduction to Rock Climbing Clinic

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 11:30 am (1 hour)
Location: Climbing Center (Map)
Type: Climb
Learn the differences in climbing disciplines, styles, necessary gear, as well as general climbing safety and etiquette in this informational clinic. No registration or prior climbing experience is required. Clinics are one hour long, free to participate in, and led by USNWC staff and industry professionals. Participants must be at least 45 pounds.

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking Clinic

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 12:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking equips new paddlers with the knowledge, techniques and skills necessary to paddle whitewater without any prior experience. Beginning with proper boat selection students will learn essential skills such as the wet exit, boat control, hydrology and downriver progression as they are introduced to the world of whitewater kayaking.

Kids' Coloring Session with Jill Kintner

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Jill Kintner HQ (Map)
Type: Bike
Enjoy some downtime as youngsters get a breather from all the action-packed festivities with some old fashion coloring of Jill Kintner illustrations. Aimed at kids ages 0-10, the coloring session will take place at 12:00pm at Jill Kintner HQ.

Live Music - The Older Brothers

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Gym to Crag - Climbing Workshop

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Climb
This workshop highlights the difficulties and differences between climbing plastic and stone, and how to make a seamless transition. Led by Mad Rock, the workshop gives tips, tricks, and hand-on experience in taking your practice to the real outdoors.

Kids’ Flatwater Kayaking Clinic

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 1:30 pm (1.5 hours)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
This kid’s specific clinic is the perfect introduction to flatwater kayaking. The first half of this clinic will teach kids an overview of kayak equipment, launching, tips on paddling and turning the kayak, and self-rescue. After the instruction, there will be guided paddle with staff aiding in technique. Registration takes place at the Kayak Center starting at 9:00 am the morning of each clinic. Guests looking to participate must have a Day Pass or Single Activity Pass; limited space is available, and clinics are first come first serve.

Lightweight Bikepacking and Route Planning Workshop

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Bike
Whether you’re out for a day-ride or a multi-day race, bikepacking and route planning is an essential part for a smooth adventure. Learn the materials, strategy, and products to make your future rides go off without hitch.

Acro Yoga

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 2:30 pm (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Jason Kierce
Acro Yoga is a partner based practice that incorporates elements of Acrobatics, Yoga and and Healing Arts. Acro teaches communication, trust, strength, confidence and community all wrapped up in a fun, full body workout. Acro yoga will begin with body position vocabulary and move into Acro basics such as Crow, Side Crow, Chin Stand, Forearm Head Stand, Forearm Stand, Tri-pod Head Stand, and Hand Stands.

Women’s Mountain Biking Skills Clinic with Jill Kintner

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 3:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: Jill Kintner HQ (Map)
Type: Bike
This guided mountain bike experience is a great opportunity for female riders looking to learn more about the sport. The focus will be on building entry level skills with room for seasoned riders to pass along knowledge. Breaks will be taken during the ride to chat about different riding techniques or terrain. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or demo one from Outdoor Market exhibitors. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and entry-level knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required. No registration required.

Live Music - Pierce Edens

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Group Trail Run with Morgan Elliott

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Inov-8 Tent (Map)
Type: Run
Led By: Inov-8
Group runs are open to all skill levels and free to participate in.

Tips and Tricks for Self-Supported Overnight Kayaking Workshop

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Paddle
It’s no surprise overnight kayaking requires planning. This workshop is essential if you’re looking to do longer trips and camp along the riverbanks. This workshop shares tips and tricks for the ‘whats’, ‘hows’, and ‘good-to-knows' for overnight kayak trips.

Slow Bike World Championship

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 4:30 pm (1 hour)
Location: Bike and Lifestyle Vendor Village (Map)
Type: Bike
Get ready to slow your roll, it’s the race many have waited for but few have heard of: the Slow Bike World Championship. Bike as slow as humanly possible in order to take the title in this short distance race. Don’t mistake speed for a lack of technique and endurance; should your foot hit the ground or a single pedal spin backwards at any point, it’s an automatic disqualification. The last person to cross the finish line is the winner.

Live Music - Rare Creatures

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Training for Your First Ultra Workshop with Morgan Elliott

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Run
Led By: Morgan Elliott

Meet and Greet with Jill Kintner

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jill Kintner HQ (Map)
Type: Bike

All Levels Flow Yoga

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 6:30 pm (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Michelle Miller
If you've never been to a Vinyasa class before, this style is designed to revitalize and restore the body, calm the mind, increase energy, and reduce stress. This is an excellent class style for students who would like to experience play and exploration. Great for all levels of yoga experience. Vinyasa yoga links breath with movement. Move or “flow” from one pose to another in sequence, on an inhale or an exhale. This class mixes vinyasa flow with deeper stretch postures.

Night Group Trail Run

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: La Sportiva Tent (Map)
Type: Run
Group runs are open to all skill levels and free to participate in. Please note that a headlamp is required for the Night Group Run.

Live Music - The Mammoths

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Live Music - Calexico

Day: Saturday, October 20
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

King and Queen of Bandit - Strava Challenge

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: (All Day)
Location: Bandit Trailhead (Map)
Type: Bike
Behold USNWC’s newest trail: Bandit. Opening this weekend at Outdoor Market, Bandit is 2.4 miles long following Long Creek. Record your laps on Strava and email your ride to racedirector@usnwc.org by 5:00pm on Monday, October 22 - the fastest times for male and female categories will be heralded as the King & Queen of Bandit, and a royal prize will be gifted.

Kayak Fishing Clinic

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 9:30 am (1 hour)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
The basics of kayaking and fishing can be complex enough on their own. This clinic will discuss how to outfit your kayak, boat selection, accessories, as well as safety laws and regulations for kayak fishing. Registration takes place at the Kayak Center starting at 9:00 am the morning of each clinic. Guests looking to participate must have a Day Pass or Single Activity Pass; limited space is available, and clinics are first come first serve.

Exhibitor Market Opens

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 10:00 am (6 hours, 30 minutes)
Location: Vendor Villages (Map)
Type: Bike, Run, Paddle, Climb
Outdoor Market provides you with a unique opportunity to demo the latest and greatest outdoor gear. Exhibitors will be set up throughout the facility ready for you to give a good taste of their newest products on the market. Whether you want to try out a new mountain bike, pair of climbing shoes, trail runners, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard… it can all be done at the Outdoor Market. These opportunities are available to entry level enthusiasts and experts alike.

Line Choice with Jill Kintner

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Jill Kintner HQ (Map)
Type: Bike
Discerning the best pathway on a trail can be the difference between being a good rider and a great rider. This clinic focuses on how to choose the line that will maintain the momentum on the trail rather than trying to keep up with the trail and dispel useful tactics and knowledge about line choice.

Strider Adventure Zone

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 10:00 am (6.5 Hours)
Location: Raft Pavilion (Map)
Type: Bike
The Strider Adventure Zone is a friendly environment that encourages both children and parents to explore a child’s ability to gain mobility on two wheels without training wheels. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the Strider Adventure Zone is especially intended for riders up to 50” tall. Bikes, including the 12” Strider Sport and Strider 14x Balance Bike, and helmets will be provided onsite.

How to Fit a Kid Carrier for Hiking and Backpacking Workshop

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Run
Led By: Deuter
Break down the barriers of adventuring with kiddos by learning the tips and tricks of packing and fitting a kid framed carrier. Make the focus of your next adventure about the wilderness, not an aching back. Join Deuter for an in-depth tutorial to keep you comfortable and efficient on the trail.

Beginner Group Trail Run

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Salomon Tent (Map)
Type: Run
Led By: Salomon
This group run led by Salomon will take runners through the USNWC trail system. With an easy pace and short mileage, this clinic is welcome to runners of all levels and is free to participate in.

Fun Flow Yoga

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 11:00 am (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Jason Kierce
Get in some quality yoga exercise through this beginner practice. The practice moves through a series of fun beginner poses while engaging participants in both a playful and mindful practice.

Mountain Bike Group Ride with Mike King

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Bike and Lifestyle Vendor Village (Map)
Type: Bike
Group Rides are open to all skill levels and are free to participate in. A helmet must be worn at all times.

Basic Rescue Technique for Whitewater Paddlers Clinic

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 11:30 am (1 hour)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Safety on the river starts with preparation. This clinic will look at rescue techniques as well as essential rescue gear including rescue PFDs, carabiners, rope bags, first aid kits, survival kits, and more. No registration required. Clinics are one hour long, free to participate in, and led by USNWC staff and industry professionals.

Kids' Trail Run with Morgan Elliott

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Inov-8 Tent (Map)
Type: Run
Led By: Morgan Elliott

"This is Home" Short Film Featuring Jill Kintner with Q&A

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Film
Exploring her local trails in the Pacific Northwest, the film follows Jill as she rides through Bellingham, Washington and reveals what makes her tick. Jill’s modesty and love for her community and bikes are something anyone can appreciate.

Climbing Technique Clinic

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Climbing Center (Map)
Type: Climb
This clinic will offer climbers of all expertise the chance to work hands on with expert climbers to improve their technique. Techniques that will be covered include back stepping, flagging, and even the coveted dyno. This will be a one hour long free clinic for climbers looking to improve their technique. Participants must be at least 45 pounds.

Lightweight Bikepacking and Route Planning Workshop

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 12:30 pm (1 hour)
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Bike
Whether you’re out for a day-ride or a multi-day race, bikepacking and route planning is an essential part for a smooth adventure. Learn the materials, strategy, and products to make your future rides go off obstacle-free.

Live Music - Gaslight Street

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Lead Climbing Clinic: Level 1

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 1:00 pm (2 hours)
Location: Climbing Center (Map)
Type: Climb
This class is the perfect way to take your climbing skills to the next level. Our professional climbing instructors will teach you the basics of lead climbing, including proper gear, climbing, clipping, falling and safety.
  • Pricing: $45/person
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age: 14+ years
  • Prerequisites: Participants must be belay-qualified and able to climb a 5.9 comfortably
  • Clothing requirements: Closed toed shoes are required
  • To register, please email snolan@usnwc.org

Intro to Freestyle Kayaking Clinic

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 1:30 pm (1 hour)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Learn how to throw loops, cartwheels, air screws and more in this Intro to Freestyle Kayaking. USNWC staff will discuss the differences in boats and necessary gear for freestyle kayaking before covering essential techniques on the water. Prior whitewater paddling experience is required. All guests must bring a PFD, helmet, skirt, and paddle, as well as wear closed toe shoes. Come prepared to be in the water. Registration takes place at the Kayak Center starting at 9:00 am the morning of each clinic. Guests looking to participate must have a Day Pass or Single Activity Pass; limited space is available, and clinics are first come first serve.

Trail Running Techniques Workshop

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: Conference Room D (Map)
Type: Run
Led By: Salomon
Open to all levels, this clinic is aimed at teaching techniques on how to move efficiently and quickly over rugged terrain. Salomon will share useful tips on avoiding rocks and stumps, trail obstacles, and reading your surroundings that will help beginners adapting to new terrain and experts wishing to increase their agility on the trail.

Introduction to Whitewater Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: Kayak Center (Map)
Type: Paddle
Led By: Hala
Whether you want to dive right in or you’ve been SUPing a handful of times, this introduction helps explore stance, stroke, board variations, proper etiquette, and safety techniques for the beginner whitewater SUPer.

All Levels Vinyasa Flow

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)
Location: South Ridge (Map)
Type: Yoga
Instructor: Sydney Duarte
Vinyasa flow is designed to revitalize and restore your body, calm the mind, increase energy, and reduce stress. This is an excellent class style for students who would like to experience play and exploration. Great for all levels of yoga experience, vinyasa yoga links breath with movement - move or “flow” from one pose to another in sequence, on an inhale or an exhale.

Live Music – The Brook & The Bluff

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Live Music – Mipso

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage (Map)
Type: Music

Exhibitor Market

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Additional Event Info

  • You are responsible for your own safety at all times and you must exercise extreme caution during your visit due to the inherently dangerous activities and elements at the USNWC.
  • Pass activities will continue to operate during Outdoor Market. Passes can be purchased online or in person.
  • The USNWC does not allow coolers or outside food and beverage. All bags are subject to search.
  • The USNWC is a smoke-free facility. This includes electronic cigarettes and vapes.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
  • Please visit our Festival & Concert FAQ for venue guidelines and additional information.
  • The USNWC does not have lodging or camping available on site. For local lodging, please visit our Accommodations page.
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