19th Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo

Hueco Tanks is an area of low mountains in El Paso County, Texas. It is located in a high-altitude desert basin between the Franklin Mountains and the Hueco Mountains. Hueco is a Spanish word meaning hollows and refers to the many water-holding depressions in the boulders and rock faces throughout the region. Due to the unique concentration of historic artifacts, plants and wildlife, the site is under protection of Texas law. This special legal status helps mitigate the impact of the many visitors to the park. The Hueco Tanks are widely regarded as one of the best areas in the world for bouldering (rock climbing) because of its unique rock type as well as the concentration and quality of the climbing. From October through March, it is common for climbers from across Europe, Asia, and Australia to visit the park.

The Adult Bouldering Competition is on March 3rd, and Pro Athlete clinics are being offered on March 4 from 11am to 3pm.   Hueco Tanks is one of the most revered climbing areas in the US. All proceeds directly benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation's Lone Star Legacy Endowment Fund. The goal for the weekend is to raise a minimum of $5,000.

Nick-Merricks

Also legendary climbing apparel brand Gramicci will sponsor the 19th Annual Hueco Tanks Rock Rodeo Fundraiser. The event is expected to draw some 500 – 700 people, ranging from athletes and climbing enthusiasts to teachers and non-profit members. Gramicci’s ambassador climber Nick Duttle will take part in the event, both competing and speaking. Nick is renown in Heuco Tanks for the many original hard “lines” he set. Nick will be competing in the Adult Bouldering competition on March 3rd Nick’s clinic will be held on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 (11am-3pm). Participants in Nick’s clinic will learn about Hueco Tanks' rich climbing history, how to build strength, recover properly and the importance of skin maintenance. Nick will be handing out samples of Gramicci’s latest performance climbing apparel made with NPT- Natural Performance Technology ™ at his clinic.  Gramicci’s NPT hemp and organic cotton based fabric naturally produces higher levels of moisture management, breathability and body temperature regulation than both synthetics and the so-called performance cottons that are treated with chemicals This Gramicci technology is ideally suited for hot, dry climates like Hueco, and the ethos of its customers resonates with the environmental goals of the Hueco fundraiser.

See www.HuecoRockRodeo.com to learn more about the 19th Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo. And for more information about Gramicci, visit www.gramicci.com.