The Tour

Meet locals. Serve pancakes. Get outside. Repeat.

Pancakes & Coffee

Join us at the trailhead for a good old fashioned pancake breakfast! We’re serving up fresh coffee and high-fives and we want to meet you and yours. Stop by in the morning for a stack of light and fluffy pancakes before giveaway registrations and climbing!

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Huge Giveaways

Stay Local will be having a grand prize giveaway at the very end of the tour! You can sign up for our grand prize giveaway at our events or online. In addition, we’ll have other smaller giveaways at each event. Not to be missed!

Gear Demos

Our generous sponsors will be providing gear to outfit climbers for all of their outdoor needs! Daily vendor exhibitions will be open for those of you who would like to demo some of the latest gear from our favorite outdoor brands.

Stay Local Tour 2017 Calendar Map

An Epic Journey

Stay Local Tour is about showing our love for local friends and crags, because that’s what makes our community unique! We’re all about celebrating the outdoors and climbers who keep it local. Our one-of-a-kind small businesses are such an integral part of our community and we’d like to show our support! Stay Local will be highlighting Leave No Trace ethics in the wilderness in joint effort with friends from The Access Fund and UCO Trashtag Project

From long, multi-pitch routes in alpine settings to a lifetime of bouldering, the Wasatch Mountains has it all, and it’s all located within minutes of Salt Lake City. Come join us for grilled cheese and cold beverages to help build local awareness.

Come join us in Lander for the International Climber’s Festival this July! This year, we’ll be partnering with the Access Fund to hang out and serve you delicious, dank grilled cheese at the longest running climbing festival in the US. Beer, food, new connections and old friends, not to mention renowned limestome sport climbing–a summer festival not to be missed!

We couldn’t be more excited to Stay Local on the Front Range. We’ll be building local awareness at the crags by day and in the city by night. Can’t wait to see you there!

Come join us in town at Water Stone Outdoors for grilled cheese, perfectly chilled beverages, raffles, and lots and lots of dancing.

The Gunks is a magical place that boasts some of the best moderate traditional routes in the country, if not the world. Join us for grilled cheese sandwiches and perfectly chilled beverages to celebrate the local climbing community and help build local awareness.

Where We Are

Protecting Our Outdoor Playgrounds

We all share an important responsibility to conserve outdoor lands for future generations.

Working with Local Climbing Coalitions

150x150xaccessFund_logo-150x150.jpg.pagespeed.ic.kHo_S4_HOQLocal coalitions know their crags better than anyone. They know the challenges, the people involved, and the strategy to keep climbing areas pristine for future generations to enjoy. In conjunction with the Access Fund, the Stay Local Tour will work with local climbing coalitions across the country to learn best practices, then produce content that educates visiting climbers on how to be stellar custodians of the great outdoors. We will share this content across our social media platforms and we encourage you to share this content with your friends, as well. Like G.I. Joe says, “Knowing is half the battle.”

Taking Out the Trash With UCO Gear

UCO Trash Tag Project Stay Local TourSince 1971, UCO has been making gear to help people connect in the great outdoors. To ensure that our natural areas stay clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy for decades to come, UCO launched the #TrashTag Project. They’re encouraging fans and the general public to commit to picking up after themselves and one another in the wilderness. UCO has pledged a collective goal of picking up 10,000 pieces of trash by October 2016. We want to help them reach that goal and we need your help. For more information check out ucogear.com or the #trashtag instagram page.

An Expert Team

In Search of Locals at World Class Destinations

  • Kathy Karlo
    Expert Pancake Chef

    Kathy is a former van-dweller, climber and creator of For the Love of Climbing. Hailing from NYC, she spent a year journeying across America and exploring mountains and deserts. When she isn’t working in childcare, you can find her napping on rocks, shoving herself in wide cracks or harassing crag dogs.

  • Kevin Riley
    Extreme Barista
    Pancakes are Kevin's favorite food. He likes his pancakes served up hot with real maple syrup. No butter. No fancy toppings. Just pure joy. Kevin has been a rock climbing and outdoor enthusiast for over sixteen years. He served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. Currently, he runs the site actioninsolitude.com.

Our Tour In Numbers

Miles Traveled
Pictures Taken
People Reached
Pancakes Eaten

Event Recaps

Public Service Announcement

Blog Posts

  • May 2, 2016

    Dear friends and climbers

    Dear friends and climbers, It finally happened: the last stop on the first Stay Local Tour. Eric, Kevin, and I can’t thank you enough. We are beyond grateful to …

  • April 25, 2016

    Home is where the heart is

    It was like driving across an imaginary border between the east and west. I immediately felt the humidity in the air, rolled down the windows, and breathed a sigh of …

  • April 20, 2016

    Shelf Road: Accessibility, Diversity, and Community

    Stop number two of the Stay Local Tour brought Kevin, Eric and myself to beautiful Shelf Road, located about 10 miles away from Cañon City, Colorado. Esteemed as one of …

Stay Local Gear Giveaway

Enter to win gear from our sponsors. Must be 18 years or older and be a US resident to enter. No purchase necessary. Contest starts on June 1st, 2017 and ends November 1st, 2017. 

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