The 1st Annual Conservation Athlete Rendezvous, presented by Kahtoola, Inc., led by Wildlands Network and supported by Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, was held on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon—September 23-25, 2016. Brand ambassador athletes and their friends and family, were joined by event organizers, outdoor industry brand representatives, leading conservationists and other spirited supporters for a weekend of conservation advocacy training, fellowship, and outdoor exploration. We learned about the threats to the Grand Canyon’s watershed, its role as a critical wildlife corridor, and action steps we can take that will lead to permanent protection of the area through the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.

What to expect

  • The Rumble X is a camping event, please bring your own gear appropriate apparel for the two nights of camping.
  • Weather on the North Rim at this time of year can be variable. We are hoping for sunny skies, like in years past, but be prepared for cold, hot, and rain. The Southwest is a landscape of extremes.
  • Food will be provided for the event.


For a full list of our 2016 speakers, please see our speakers page here


The RumbleX is made possible by our generous sponsors.


Kahtoola, Inc is the proud presenting sponsor of the RumbleX.

Kahtoola was founded by Danny Giovale in Flagstaff, AZ in 2001 with the debut of their legendary KTS aluminum crampons. He founded Kahtoola after surviving a life-changing experience in the Dolomites of Italy during the 1990s when he and his brother climbed Campanile Basso. They have shown a commitment to non-profit organizations through their Kahtoola for the people program that gives 1% from the sale of every product to projects that work to preserve indigenous mountain cultures worldwide.


Patagonia, Inc is a contributing sponsor of the RumbleX.

At Patagonia, the protection and preservation of the environment isn’t what we do after hours. It’s the reason we’re in business and every day’s work.

Wildlands Network's RumbleX

RumbleX was born out of the continental wildways treks of Wildlands Network's co-founder and wildways conservation ambassador John Davis. Wildlands Network works to protect and connect wildlife, their habitats and movement corridors across the North American continent—for animals on the move and the ecosystems they depend upon—especially critically endangered species and apex predators like Jaguar, Mexican Wolf, Red Wolf, and Cougar.

The leading edge of conservation science and partnerships are at the heart of what we do every day. We welcome you to engage in the adventure, share, take action, #RewildYourHeart and find #RoomtoRoam with us.

Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Grand Canyon Wildlands Council works at the confluence of passion and science...we are scientists, river runners, land and wildlife professionals, teachers, outdoorspeople, artists—a band of ardent conservationists merging our talents to provide creative, collaborative, science-based solutions for conserving the full diversity of life and natural ecosystems across the Grand Canyon Ecoregion, protecting and restoring a network of wildlands.

The Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national nonprofit conservation organization with more than 500,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

The Center for Biological Diversity has earned many awards from nonprofit reviewing entities; for example, they’re top rated by GreatNonprofits, CharityWatch and Philanthropedia; they’re a member of UideStar’s exchange program and we’ve earned a “Best in America” award from Independent Charities of America.

Sierra Club Outdoors

Sierra Club Outdoors reaches across economic lines, cultures, and communities, to engage everyone -- including military and youth -- to explore and enjoy the natural world.



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