There are so many events on tap this weekend at the Teva Mountain Games that it’s hard to know where to start. Comps range from easy-going to hardcore. Athletes range from everyman to pro. Spectator events range from mountain sports to film screenings. How do you choose? Lucky for you, we’ve done this a few times. Here are our picks for the “must-sees” in each category:
BOTH — U2 cover band Under a Blood Red Sky (Thurs) & Julian “JuJu” Marley & Uprising Band on Saturday
BUD LIGHT LIME 8 BALL KAYAK (Sun) — Think NASCAR for boaters. Kayakers must sprint down a 200-meter course while dodging the dreaded “8 Ballers” – kayakers in full body armor waiting to attack and slow the racers at every opportunity.
IFSC BOULDERING WORLD CUP (Fri & Sat) – Only World Cup Bouldering event on US soil. Never won by an American male, this year Boulder, Colorado-based Daniel Woods may make history by becoming the first.
SLOPESTYLE (Sun) – 360 tailwhips and backflips on a mountain bike? You betcha! Thrills and spills guaranteed.
ANY EUKANUBA DOCKDOG COMP (all weekend) – It’s hard not to enjoy mountain dogs competing for highest, fastest & farthest. Choose from Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical and Big Air Wave comps.
TEVA MXT MUD RUN (Sat) – Easy distance for the average Joe + mud = great spectating.
STAND UP PADDLE (SUP):
FIRST ASCENT SUP SURF SPRINT (Sat) – Stand Up Paddling makes its debut at the TMG with this down river sprint. US Olympic alpine skier, Steve Nyman, is set to compete against a veteran field of surfers/SUPers.
EDDIE BAUER ADVENTURE CLINICS (all weekend) — If you are going to pick just one, go to “Intro to Mountaineering” with First Ascent guide & mountaineering legend Peter Whittaker (Sun). He is co-owner of Rainier Mountaineering, Inc., has guided over 70 expeditions on all 7 continents and is son/ nephew of climbing legends Lou & Jim Whittaker. Jim was the first American to summit Mt. Everest. Other EB clinics this weekend include Expedition Kayaking and Backcountry & Mountain Preparedness.
OUTDOOR REELS FILM SERIES (Fri) — Be inspired by “Currents of Belize”, “Dream Result”, “Hotel Charley 5: First Descent” & “Waterman is More Than a Word”.
Enjoy the games – we’ll see you out there!