A little more than a month and a half ago, we were in Vail, Colorado for the 2019 GoPro Mountain Games in beautiful Vail, Colorado. For those of you who don’t know what the GoPro Mountain Games is all about, here’s the gist:
Thousands of pro and amateur adventure athletes sign up each year and converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in 11 disciplines and more than 30 competitions including kayaking, running, slackline, DockDogs, trail running, mountain and road cycling, climbing, photography and more. All of it is capped by the big contest for who is the toughest mountain warrior of theme all in the GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge. UMC athletes compete all weekend long, racking up points based on how many events they can finish, difficulty level, and how well they place, with prize money going to the top four males and females of the weekend. The competitions are just the beginning. The event also features the GoPro Mountains of Music FREE concert series throughout the weekend. There are also a host of kids activities and events, a series of yoga sessions, food vendors, art exhibitions, and the incredible L.L.Bean Gear Town: featuring more than 130 of the outdoor industry’s top brands and including tons of giveaways and activities. The Mountain Games are a project of the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation, which has a mission to enhance quality of life in the Vail Valley through arts, athletics, and education.