JESSfest (Sept 28) | Out There Outdoors


A Deep Creek Trailhead + Jess Roskelley Memorial Fundraiser

This fundraising occasion will enable create the Deep Creek trailhead and honor the late Jess Roskelley with free of charge rock climbing clinics, a rock climbing competitors, an outside film screening of Reel Rock 7, a silent auction, raffle, and neighborhood meals and beer. Deep Creek is the premier sport climbing crag in the Spokane location, and it was Jess’s preferred location to climb locally. In reality, Jess was married a couple of blocks away from the trailhead.

“Jess was 1 of the founding members of the Bower Climbing Coalition (BCC), and it is significant to us to do what we can for our buddy and his household,” says Alan Shepherd, fellow board member of BCC.

Jess Roskelley // Photo courtesy of The North Face

The want at the preferred Deep Creek trailhead is wonderful: there is presently just a dirt parking lot, with no bathrooms, signage, or amenities. BCC came up with the thought of creating the trailhead in Jess’s memory they strategy to set up a vault toilet, picnic shelter, and tables (exactly where people today can legally have a beer soon after climbing) and a nature stroll along the gorge that will function a tasteful and subtle memorial to Jess. The trailhead will also function numerous kiosks for groups of climbers, mountain bikers, and hikers, with maps and beneficial facts about every single activity. It will on top of that involve information on the exceptional geology, flora, and fauna of the park.

Jess climbing at Deep Creek // Photo by Jon Jonckers

The major fundraiser, JESSfest, will be come to be an annual occasion. BCC plans for the very first two years of the occasion to concentrate on fundraising for the trailhead as described above. Then, the occasion will morph into a regional climbing competitors, with proceeds going to the Jess Roskelley Memorial Fund presently getting formed by Jess’s household.  

This year’s JESSfest—the inaugural occasion held on Saturday, September 28, 2019—will have free of charge climbing clinics in the morning followed by a extremely spectator-friendly, invitational climbing competitors. The finest climbers in the Spokane location will be placing on a show, so it should really be an entertaining occasion for any outside enthusiast. Following the competitors, a pizza and beer celebration will be held at the website of the new trailhead and future occasion center. Pizza will be supplied by the neighborhood David’s Pizza, with beer from Massive Sky Brewing Co. The evening will be capped off with an outside film displaying of Reel Rock 7, a classic climbing film.

If you are unable to make this year’s JESSfest, one more fundraising occasion for the identical Deep Creek Trailhead + Jess Roskelley Memorial Fund lead to will take location on Sunday, November 3rd. BCC will show the newest Reel Rock film at the Washington Cracker Creating in downtown Spokane.

For extra facts about JESSfest, comply with BCC on Facebook or like the JESSfest Facebook Occasion.

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM—FREE Climbing Anchor Clinic with Inland Northwest Climbing Outfitters 
  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM—Top Roping at the Billy Wall with Inland Northwest Climbing Outfitters 
  • two:00 PM—Rock Climbing Competition 
  • five:30 PM—Silent Auction, Raffle, David’s Pizza and Massive Sky Brewing Beer 
  • six:30 PM—Reel Rock 7 Outside Film Screening


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