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We are bringing rock climbing to North Dakota by developing remote cliff faces and publishing a detailed climbing guidebook.
We are bringing rock climbing to North Dakota by developing remote cliff faces and publishing a detailed climbing guidebook.
78 backers pledged $3,135 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Goal:

It's time the world discovers the beauty of North Dakota rock climbing! We're partnering up with the North Dakota Department of Tourism in order to develop the state's natural climbing areas and publish the official North Dakota climbing guidebook.

Who We Are:

Behind this project is a team of passionate climbers and artists. The idea for the guidebook sparked with Dakota Walz, a climber from North Dakota, who returned to his home state to see for himself if there were any routes worth pursuing.

After finding a few local climbers who were able to share crucial beta and advice, Dakota teamed up with Matthew Eckelberg, Jasmin Menez, and Jonathan Trites to work together.

Our Project:

The guidebook will be your one-stop resource for everything you need to know to climb in North Dakota. It will contain directions for getting to crags, detailed photos of rock faces with beta for specific routes, info on best places to camp and find supplies, and which types of snakes to watch out for (namely, ones that rattle).

Additionally, we'll be using part of the funds to further develop the state's current climbing areas. These costs include the materials for trail building, route cleaning, and for placing bolts and anchors in the rock.

Funding:

For every dollar we raise, the North Dakota Department of Tourism will match our funds for up to $2,500. Thanks to their efforts, the contributions we receive will go twice the distance.

The people working on this project are doing so without any form of compensation; this is a project about which we are all very passionate about. The money we receive will be split between publishing costs, development, and the rewards for our backers.

Rewards:

We put a lot of thought and effort into choosing rewards that place the proper value on our donors' contributions. Our backers are an essential part of the team, and our rewards aim to reflect their effort.

Panorama by Matt Eckelberg, $500 reward
Panorama by Matt Eckelberg, $500 reward

 

Risks and challenges

Thankfully, most of the risks and challenges have already been overcome. We've already done our research, secured funding from the North Dakota Department of Tourism, and spent several weeks exploring and climbing in ND. All that lies ahead is the hard work of developing routes and publishing the book, challenges we are well equipped to face.

Leading the design and publishing is Jasmin Menez, an experienced graphic designer and illustrator who has worked on similar projects in the past. The other team members are also experienced, holding three degrees in various fields of design between them.

Together, there is really no doubt that the project is in capable hands.

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    The Belay Slave

    Get your name printed on the donors page of the guidebook.

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    The Top Rope Tough Guy

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    -3 full color high quality post cards depicting various climbing areas of ND
    -All previous rewards above

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    The Rawk Jawk

    Receive an early release copy of Northern Buttey: Rock Climbs of North Dakota along with a download code for a pre-screening of the film Small Walls by Jonathan Trites - the unlikely story of exploration and absolute commitment by the athletes who are making climbing in North Dakota a reality.

    Includes:
    -A copy of Northern Buttey: Rock Climbs of North Dakota
    -Download code for pre-screening of Small Walls by Jonathan Trites
    -All previous rewards above

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    The Rawk Jawk Deluxe

    Everything in the "Rawk Jawk" package PLUS have your copy of the book signed with a personal message AND an extra 30 minutes of deleted content from the film otherwise to be unreleased anytime else.

    Includes:
    -A signed copy of Northern Buttey: Rock Climbs of North Dakota with personal message
    -Download code for pre-screening of Small Walls by Jonathan Trites
    -30 minutes of bonus content from the film
    -All previous rewards above (not including Rawk Jawk)

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    The Back-up Knot

    Receive a tough book sleeve with alternative cover art to protect your new book from rattle snakes, thieves, and for when you accidentally drop it off the cliff.

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    -Book sleeve with alternate cover art
    -All previous rewards above (not including Rawk Jawk)

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    The Rodeo Clipper

    Handmade leather bound book cover with embossed alternate cover art and embossed initials of the recipient.

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    -Handmade leather bound cover
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    The Rope Gun

    Receive a 9" x 48" full color photo print of Matthew Eckelberg's complete panorama of Square Butte. This stunning, full color high definition photo is professionally composed and printed to gallery standards.

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    -Professional large format photo print
    -All previous rewards above (not including Rawk Jawk)
    -Framing not included

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    The First Ascensionist

    Receive a guided climbing tour to both Square and Sentinel Buttes AND get to climb a pre equipped first ascent AND get a photo of you climbing in the guidebook.

    Includes:
    -Opportunity to be the first person to ever climb a specific route
    -8 hours of guided single pitch climbing and/or bouldering (or as much as you can handle)
    -All gear rentals
    -Photographer
    -Transportation between crags. Initial transportation not provided.
    -All previous rewards above (not including Rawk Jawk)

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