SushiFest was an event that created in 2007 when we arrived at Snow Canyon State Park in SW Utah. The final one was in 2021 in Vedauwoo, Wyoming. Below is the description I used when announcing that we’re having another get together. It’s all past tense now but I’m leaving the description unchanged.

What is was SushiFest?

It is easier to explain SushiFest by pointing out what it is not.  SushiFest is not for profit nor is it non-profit. There is no formal way to join SushiFest. There are no tickets. There is no corporate office in Hawaii. It is not a “public” event.

SushiFest is what it sounds like – a two day all you can eat sushi bender where we are camped out at a climbing area somewhere the western US. It is coordinated by Nature. As it is a private event all food is purchased prior to the event and so food contributions must be made in advance to reserve your spot at the sushi bar.  Check out the blog posts for past SushiFests to get a better idea of the fun, food and friends you’ll enjoy.


Only fish that comes from a sustainable resource is offered at the sushi bar.  Part of the goal of SushiFest is to make people more aware of how to select fish from sustainable resources. Veggies and other food items are sourced locally when possible and usually organic. If you have any homegrown veggies you’d like to contribute let me know.

How it started

SushiFest was inspired by a comment Jeff Lowe made.  Nature was posting a whole bunch of sushi photographs on the climbing forum. Jeff noted this, a comment about having a sushi get together was posted, and the rest is making history.

Who is welcome at SushiFest?

Every one is welcome to attend SushiFest.  Although most that do attend are climbers you don’t have to be to join up.

Past SushiFests

  • SushiFest IV:XX 2007 at Snow Canyon
  • Flagstaff SushiFest 2007
  • Yosemite Facelift SushiFest 2007
  • Joshua Tree SushiFest 2007
  • Arctic SushiFest 2007 at Indian Creek
  • Diablo Canyon SushiFest 2008
  • Yosemite Facelift SushiFest 2008
  • Cochise Stronghold SushiFest 2009
  • Tarbuster SushiFest 2009 at The Gordo Ranch
  • Winslow Wall SushiFest 2009
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2009
  • Indian Creek SushiFest Take 2
  • Cochise Stronghold SushiFest 2010
  • Bridwell SushiFest 2010 at The Gordo Ranch
  • Winslow Wall SushiFest 2010
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2010
  • Cochise Stronghold SushiFest 2010
  • Flagstaff SushiFest 2011 at The Peaks
  • Layton Kor SushiFest 2011 at Golden Valley
  • Cochise Stronghold SushiFest 2012
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2012
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2013
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2013
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2014
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2014
  • Shelf Road SushiFest 2015
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2015
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2015
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2016
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2016
  • Solar Eclipse SushiFest 2017 at Fremont Canyon
  • SushiFest IV:XX 2018 at Indian Creek
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2018
  • Indian Creek SushiFest 2020
  • Birthday SushiFest 2020
  • Vedauwoo SushiFest 2020