Alli Rainey spent the fall participating in and representing SCARPA at climbing events such as Rocktoberfest and the Team Clif Bar athlete summit where she got to know athletes in other sports, such as Chris Davenport. She also honed her sport-climbing skills in the Red River Gorge and played a supporting role for her climbing partner as he set up new sport routes.
It’s been a busy fall season filled with events for me, as well as my annual pilgrimage to the Red River Gorge to work on honing my still-developing steep sport-climbing skills. Autumn kicked off with participation in the local Bureau of Land Management’s National Public Lands Day trail maintenance event near our home in Wyoming. After that, along with my husband, Kevin Wilkinson, and my dog, Jedi, I embarked on the 24-hour drive to Kentucky, stopping for the night in the middle of Iowa before continuing on to arrive just in time to be a part of Rocktoberfest 2012. We taught an intermediate sport-climbing clinic, spending the day sharing our knowledge before I handed out SCARPA goodies to all the participants.