So, I was looking at the American Alpine Club’s web site today, and I learned that in regard to the campground they are building at the New River Gorge, they are giving front page billing to the horses pulling out logs. Very studious looking horses:
I wonder if the AAC has been made aware that we are throwing them what is probably going to be the most interesting rock climbing fundraiser ever. I can’t even tell you yet all of the reasons why it’s going to be interesting, but let’s look at the evidence that is admissible…
First, it’s being hosted by a drag queen:
Our very own, Porsche Ferrari. We didn’t even have to hire one, we already had one. See those climbing arms?
But that’s not all!
We at Homo Climbtastic were concerned that it wouldn’t take long for other climbing clubs to throw fundraisers with drag queens–they do perform for dollar bills after all–so we made sure that we got a drag queen who can wear stilts:
We really can’t risk being outdone. If I had some non-stilt-wearing drag queen, and then Tyler Wilcutt went and got a stilt wearing drag queen for Beg Borrow & Steel, I would not be amused. He may climb way harder than me, but fuck if he’s going to throw a better fundraiser. (His fundraiser pays for the permadraws I cheat up at Fosters so I encourage you to go to his too.)
So we’re taking over the Cantrell’s pub in FAYETTEVILLE, West Virginia, on SATURDAY NIGHT, JULY 28th, 2012, from 7:00pm on to 9pm (or so?) with an AUCTION to benefit the AAC campground and its two studious horses. Not only will we be auctioning climbing swag, but also Homo Climbtastic tee shirts, all to benefit the AAC. And it’s open to the Fayetteville community at large, so we’re hoping all you local residents out there will come join in on the fun. Perhaps you’re straight and looking for something entertaining to do besides hitting up the Oak Hill Dairy Queen, or you’re gay and the other 8 people on Grindr aren’t looking. Whatever the reason, you should come and hang out regardless of whether you want to bid on stuff.
And if Porsche isn’t enough to bring you out, well, A) fuck you, but B) we got more! Lots more! We also have…
Madaleine Sorkin and Lizzy Scully. Picture of Lizzy:
Madaleine, just the other day, and by just the other day I mean two fucking days ago, sent a 35 pitch 13b. Cause that’s just how she rolls when she’s prepping for a big queer climbing convention. I know that’s how I start my day: “I’m gonna go climb something that Rock & Ice is going to report on cause it’s still a month until I co-host a climbing club fundraiser with a drag queen on stilts cause that’s just how I fuckin’ roll.”
Actually, for me it’s more like, “I’m gonna tool around in my bed on Grindr for two hours and talk to guys I have absolutely no intention of meeting anywhere ever and then maybe I’ll write some contracts and file a lawsuit and take a nap.” Sometimes I play Mass Effect. Oh fuck you, I enjoy my life.
Picture of Madaleine:
Lizzy is her partner/manager/love-muffin who, if there is any parallel to every other dirtbag/non-dirtbag climbing relationship that exists in the entire universe, keeps Madaleine from turning into that little monster in the Lord of the Rings trilogy shouting “precious!” when Madaleine sees two ounces of pesto remaining in a jar in the trash that she subsequently loses in her tent because there’s so many unemptied pee-bottles everywhere that you can’t see anything. Instead, she’s probably living somewhere with running water and has no idea what state she’d be in if left to her own devices.
So, you have them.
Third, you have yet another co-host, Jim Logan:
Ok, so obviously that isn’t a picture of Logan. But it is a picture of a first ascent that Logan did that wasn’t repeated for 29 years, which, I assume, may have something to do with the fact that it’s one of those climbs where if you find out you can’t pull one of the moves halfway up, you can’t get down, so you freeze to death. I thought cute straight boys were a great source of motivation, but obviously I should be giving them guns to shoot me if I grab the draws.
That the fundraiser is in the middle of the world’s largest LGBTQ and friends climbing convention in the world, with all of its wacky participants, is just icing on the cake.
Also Nancy is hiring a famous band to play music after.
So there you have it: the most shit-awesome climbing fundraiser you have ever seen. SATURDAY NIGHT, JULY 28th, 2012, 7:00pm. At Cantrell’s pub, in Fayetteville, West Virginia.