Upcoming Community Events
USAC Sport & Speed Regionals at RJ Thornton May 13 and 14
On Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 RJ Thornton is hosting USAC Youth Sport & Speed Regional Championships for the Front Range. Registration is now closed. Please use the event info button below for the most up to date information regarding schedules and running orders.
Whether you are directly affiliated with our youth programs or not, we need your help! This is a gigantic event and we will need over 150 volunteers to make everything run smoothly. Please use the volunteer button below for more information on how you can help make these the best Regionals possible.
We have taken our youth program materials that have taken some of our kids all the way to Nationals and have redefined them to create this new offering for adults. This meetup group is geared toward newer climbers and will be led by one of our youth coaches. Typical class format will be a quick lesson followed by an application and climbing together. Topics include warming up, injury prevention, and body awareness along with other climbing skillsets. Join us at RJ Centennial Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm and at RJ Thornton Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm!
Past Community Events
Introduction to Rock Rescue Clinic at RJ Centennial
Whether you are climbing at the local crag or tackling larger objectives in the mountains, these self-sufficient rescue skills are essential for you and your climbing partner to know. On Wednesday, April 26 we explored the building blocks for self-rescue techniques such as essential hitches and knots, as well as practed belay escapes and other technical rope skills to necessary to any outdoor climber in this hands-on clinic led by Denver Mountain Guiding founder Kevin Capps. This clinic was incredibly popular, so keep your eyes peeled for another chance to learn outdoor skills from the comfort of our gym soon!
Uncharted Lines Film Screening at RJ Centennial
On Saturday, April 22,2017 RJ Centennial proudly screened the Denver area premier of the climbing film Uncharted Lines! Produced by Colorado climber Paul Robinson, the film follows Paul, Chris Sharma, Daniel Woods, and others as they travel the world and seek high quality, undiscovered bouldering areas on every continent north of the Antarctic circle. We had free beer from Lone Tree Brewing Company. Plus, every ticket came with a free entry in the raffle sponsored by Arc’teryx, Wilderness Exchange, Camp, and Kind!
Winter Wonderland Party 2016: December 17 at RJ Thornton
‘Tis (or ’twas) the season to give back to YOU, our great customers, and for us to give back to the community. On Saturday, December 17 we hosted our annual member appreciation party at RJ Thornton. We supported A Precious Gift all month long. This toy drive is organized by A Precious Child, a nonprofit serving displaced and disadvantaged families in Colorado. We were proud to donate a completely full toy bin at the end of this drive. We had a wonderful time sharing climbing, cocoa, charity, and lots of free food and beer. We’ll see you for more holiday fun next year!
True Grip: USAC Youth and Collegiate Bouldering Comp at RJ Thornton
On Saturday, October 15 RJ Thornton hosted one of our biggest events of the year, True Grip! This USAC Local Bouldering Competition featured youth sessions as well as our first USAC collegiate session. Thanks again to all our amazing sponsors for providing excellent raffle prizes: Wilderness Exchange, Mad Rock, North Face, prAna, and CAMP. Special thanks to Dos Gringos for serving delicious tacos all afternoon as well. See the results below.
Warriors Way: Falling and Commitment Clinics
Are you struggling to get over the fear of lead falls? Warrior’s Way Instructor Adam Mitchell was back at RJ Centennial Wednesday, October 19 and to RJ Thornton Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30-10:00pm to run falling and commitment clinics. In these clinics you learn to assess fall risks, how to mentally prepare for falls, and incrementally build to bigger and bigger falls to help you get beyond the limitations caused by fear. The clinic is $99 for RJ members, $119 for non-members. Participants must be lead certified at RJ before signing up. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Warriors Way clinic in the spring!
REEL ROCK 11 Denver Premier: September 17 at the Paramount Theater
Get excited all you lovers of film, adventure, and films about adventure… REEL ROCK is coming back to Denver! In it’s eleventh go-round, the Denver premier will be at the Paramount Theater on September 17. Join us at our table starting at 5:30pm and enjoy a pre-screening drink at the bar. The films begin at 7:30pm, with a raffle you won’t want to miss to follow. We hope to see you there!
Adventure Fest: Bringing the Mountains to the City
Gociety has put together an amazing day of activities and refreshment in picturesque Sculpture Park. RJ will be in the Climbing Village right next to the portable climbing wall, and we will be selling punchcards at 10% off! You must be at the event to get the sale price. Click the Adventure Fest image on the left for more details on the event, or use the button below to get tickets now!
Summer Stimulus Bouldering Comp & Party
On Saturday, August 6 RJ Centennial hosted our first Summer Stimulus Bouldering Competition, open to all ages and abilities. We had over 100 competitors all vying for the cash purse, but only the top 3 men and top 3 women finished in the money. When all was said and done, this year’s Female Champion was RJ Thornton Youth Athlete Iza Nowak and the Male Champion was Ethan Chase! Congratulations to them, and all our competitors. See the full list of results below.
Fill A Backpack for A Precious Child
We are proud to announce that we are partnering with A Precious Child to host a #FillABackpack Drive collecting backpacks and school supplies for Colorado kids in need. Please stop by either gym now through August 12 to drop off your donations and join us in helping A Precious Child with their efforts! To learn more about this program and see a list of items needed, please visit apreciouschild.org/programs/fill-a-backpack
Sport Anchors: Best Practices Clinic
Join Kevin Capps, founder of Denver Mountain Guiding, for this exciting clinic! Kevin has over 14 years of climbing experience and a deep wealth of knowledge to share. In this clinic, you will learn how to build a proper anchor for top rope or sport climbing, the most efficient, safe, and acceptable ways to clean an anchor, and how to back-up your rappel and rappel safely. Kevin will be at RJ Thornton on Wednesday, August 17 at and RJ Centennial on Wednesday, August 24 from 6:00-8:30pm both nights. Space is limited, so sign up now!
Climb Denver’s Backyard 2016: A Day of Free Clinics, Beer, and BBQ
On Saturday, July 9 RJ staff-members and Denver Mountain Guiding ran free outdoor clinics in Clear Creek Canyon followed by an after party at the American Alpine Club with free BBQ, beer, and a screening of the climbing film Meru. Clinic topics included transitioning to outdoor climbing for the first time, how to push your climbing to the next grade, a women’s specific clinic for the female crushers in our community, and more! The day was a great fun for clinic leaders and participants alike. We hope so see you out there next year!
Intro to Multi-pitch & Transitions Clinic
Kevin Capps, founder of Denver Mountain Guiding, led this exciting clinic. Kevin has over 14 years of climbing experience and showed us the ropes just in time for transitioning to multi-pitch climbing outdoors. The clinic covered how to build a proper anchor for multi-pitch climbing, how to belay your follower, transitioning from follower to leader, among other key skills for multi-pitch. We had a blast learning from such an experienced and accomplished guide who literally wrote the (guide)book on Clear Creek Canyon!
WildyX Gear Swap and RJ Punchcard Sale
On Saturday, May 21, Wilderness Exchange is hosting their semi-annual Gear Swap behind their store from 10am-4pm. Set-up is from 9-10am and open to anyone, so bring any of your gear that’s gathering dust and see if you can swap it for something new-to-you, or for a little coin. Tons of local sales reps will be there with great deals on their wares. On top of that, RJ1 Head-routesetter Jamie “G-Child” will be on hand selling RJ punchcards at a whopping 20% off (that’s 33% off a full day rate for 20-punch cards)! Come check this stellar event out, you must be present at the swap to get the punchcard sale rates. We hope to see you there!
Whips and Grips: USAC Sport Local on April 16 at RJ2 – Centennial
On Saturday, April 16, 150 climbers plus their coaches and families braved the spring blizzard to compete in our local USA Climbing Sport Competition at RJ – Centennial. Despite the damper that Colorado threw at us, the comp was a huge success. The 30 brand new competition routes that the setters put up will be up for at least the next 6 weeks, so come try your skills on the routes that challenged some of the strongest youth climbers around. Congratulations to all competitors! Thanks again to all our sponsors, Arc’teryx, Wilderness Exchange, Evolv, KIND Snacks, Concrete Coast, Hippy Tree, Whiskey Barrel Coffee, Skout Organic, Avate, and Bent Gate Mountaineering.
Falling and Commitment Clinic: April 26 at RJ2 – Centennial
Are you struggling to get over the fear of lead falls? On Tuesday, April 26 join Jes Meiris at RJ2 – Centennial for an evening of actively and intelligently confronting those fears! This clinic will allow you to practice breathing, resting, movement, and falling in small increments to help each student progress. The clinic is $99 for RJ members, $119 for non-members. Space is limited to 6 participants and fills fast, so sign up now! Participants must be lead certified at RJ before signing up.
High School Climbing League State Finals: 2016 Results
RJ Thornton was packed to the brim on Saturday, February 27 for the Colorado High School Climbing League State Final. We had an awesome day watching athletes from all over the state bring their A-games and attempt to send the hardest routes and problems they could. When the chalk settled, this year’s Varsity winners were as follows (full results below):
Female Individual Champion Laurel M.
Male Individual Champion Sebastian I.
Female Team Champions Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Male Team Champions Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Basic Aid Climbing Clinic and Slideshow: November 21 at RJ2 – Centennial
Ever wondered how people climb safely alone? Interested in learning the basics of aid climbing, which could allow you to push your climbing to the next level? In this FREE workshop, climbing guide Jes Meiris, the first woman to solo El Capitan in a single push, will demonstrate roped solo climbing techniques. Then, learn the basic skills of aid climbing which could boost or jumpstart your trad, sport, or big wall climbing career. Although we will not go into vast detail about roped solo systems, you will leave with a better sense of how the system works. You will also have the opportunity to aid climb a bolt ladder, the easiest and most common form of aid climbing, on the vertical walls of RJ with personal coaching from Jes. Space for the clinic is limited, so register now!
Join us at 7pm after the clinic when Jes will present a slideshow documenting her historic solo ascent of El Capitan. The slideshow is free, as is the beer we will have on hand from Lone Tree Brewing Company! We hope to see you all there!
Fall Bouldering League
The gym’s most popular semi-annual climbing series returns for another season the last week of October (each gym’s schedule to be determined soon). This is a great event for EVERYONE. Each week we will set 7 boulder problems for climbers from beginner to expert. Climbers will be split into teams to take on the week’s problems. The team with the most combined points at the end of the series wins.
Over the years we have had members tell us The League is a great way to learn technique, train, and meet new friends. If you have any questions or are just curious, stop in and try it out. The League is totally free and we would love to have you join us!
True Grip: October 17, 2015 at RJ1 in Thornton
RJ1 continued the annual tradition of hosting True Grip, a USA Climbing Bouldering Local Comp on October 17, 2015. As always, the comp was well attended with over 110 competitors. Team RJ defended their home turf well and cruised to a first place finish with far and away the most competitors. Full team and individual results are now posted, click the button below.
National Yoga Month Raffle – September 2015
In honor of National Yoga Month, RJ is holding a raffle with awesome prizes! Every yoga class you attend during the month of September earns you another entry in the drawing.
For more chances to win, show us your favorite poses on Facebook and Instagram, and remember to tag @rocknandjamn!
Plus, every Thursday at RJ1 and every Wednesday at RJ2 our yoga instructors will have a special class planned. Check out the Calendar or ask a staff member for the schedule.
Climb Denver’s Backyard 2015: A Day of Free Clinics, Beer, and BBQ
Back by popular demand, on July 25 join RJ staff-members and Outer Edge Performance guides for free outdoor clinics followed by an after party at the American Alpine Club with free BBQ and beer! Clinics cover everything from transitioning to outdoor climbing for the first time, to projecting outside with RJ Routesetters Jamie and Clay. Space is limited, so use the links below to reserve your spot now! If you plan to attend the after party, please register for that event in addition to any clinic(s).
The AAC is raising funds for their Live Your Dream Grant. The purpose of the Live Your Dream Grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for climbers—specifically, experiences that provide the skills and confidence to realize one’s climbing ambitions; to dream big, to grow as a climber, and to inspire others. Bring your checkbook and your generous spirit to fund an individual or small team and help them realize their climbing dreams!
This summer we are offering several workshops to help solidify your skills for climbing outdoors. Led by Tim Burke of Outer Edge Performance, workshops will cover important topics such as what to do when you drop your belay device and important knots and hitches. Space is limited. The workshops are free with gym entry. Check out the calendar (or the links below) for dates and to get registered.
– June 2:
Workshop – Dropped Your Belay Device (RJ1)
– June 24:
Workshop – Dropped Your Belay Device (RJ2)
– July 8:
Workshop – Critical Knots and Hitches (RJ1)
– July 22:
Workshop – Critical Knots and Hitches (RJ2)
Have climbing injuries held you back from progressing and meeting your climbing goals? Do you want to learn how to manage and prevent climbing injuries? Come learn about climbing specific ailments, the best methods for preventing injuries, and the treatments to get you back to your project ASAP!
The clinic will be put on by:
Matt Hagar (DPT) of
Altitude Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
Strengths of Feet (or Feats of Strength)
Please join us Saturday June 20 from 3-7pm for a customer appreciation BBQ, farewell to Tricia and Corey Carver, and a fundraiser for A Precious Child.
We are setting special climbing challenges to test your strength, flexibility, and mental fortitude. For each challenge you complete, you get a raffle ticket and those tickets give you the opportunity to win sweet swag from our awesome sponsors (see below).
Help us support A Precious Child by bringing new school supplies or cash to donate to their Fill a Backpack Program. Every year, A Precious Child fills over 7000 backpacks with school supplies for disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado. Their goal is to fill over 7600 backpacks this year. Please help us send these kids back to school with the proper supplies. They are in need of backpacks, large erasers, glue sticks, bottled glue, scissors, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, highlighters, rulers, folders, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks. Bins will be available at both locations.
Of course, we are also going to eat and drink as no party is complete without that. We are providing free food and beer with gym entry. Please join us to celebrate our climbing community and send the Carvers off in style. We will close RJ1 at 3pm so that our whole staff can enjoy the party with you.
USA Climbing Sport Climbing Competition: April 11th 2015 RJ2
The USA Climbing Sport Climbing Competition is returning for its second year at ROCK’n & JAM’n. This year’s competition will be held at RJ2 on Saturday, April 11th. The competition is one of the local competitions athletes compete in on the road to the Regional finals and potentially Divisionals and Nationals. Spaces are limited and preregistration is strongly recommended. Athletes must compete with their age category.
Winter Wonderland Party
December 6, 2014
The annual Winter Wonderland Party at RJ1 was a great success this year. In the spirit of the holidays we wanted to take the time to say thank you and give back to all our great customers.
If you missed it there was climbing oriented holiday festivities for individuals, couples, and families with special twist. For the kids the Grinch Gift Grab had to be the winner for the night. Adults were able to get in plenty of climbing, dry tooling, and a bit of pad stacking.
All of you that took a photo in the Photo Booth you can find them here:
Thank you to all that help us share the holiday spirit with children not as fortunate as us. The toy collection bin is overflowing. The toys will go to help kids in the Colorado area to have the Christmas they deserve.
ABS Local True Grip Bouldering Competition
True Grip returned for its second year at ROCK’n & JAM’n. Climbers showed up in force this year, over 200 local climbers in all! Through all the madness many personal bests were met. No matter the age or skill level everyone had a chance at being a champion for a day. Thank you to everyone that came out along with all the sponsors that donated prizes to reward the outstanding climbing done by everyone.
Step Up Your Game
“Learn About Fear and Mental Control for Sport Performance”
Once again professional climber Matt Lloyd put on a stellar show to a maximum capacity crowd. He shared the science behind fear along with tips and tricks he has used over the years to keep his mental edge under the pressure of pushing the limits of modern rock and ice climbing grades.
Thank you to The Denver Beer Company for suppling the venue and great beers as well.
Climb Denver’s Backyard: A Day of Free Clinics, Beer, and BBQ
Thank you to those who came out for the festivities, and to our event sponsors! It was a great day, but don’t take our word for it, check out reviews from some of the participants:
“All in all, I’d give the event five stars and would love to do it again if given the chance!”
“Aleya and Travis were awesome! Learned a lot about crag etiquette and safety. They also made me feel very comfortable about climbing outside. Wish we could have climbed more routes but thanks for a great learning experience!”