Jun 10

Mountain Games or Bust!

This trip is in the top 3 trips that Kelli and I have taken since moving to Sidney!  We were invited by some friends of ours to join them in Vail for the TEVA Mountain Games.  This trip was full of hitting 45 mph on mountain bikes, watching guys tightrope over streams, grabbing as much free gear as possible from vendors, and rooting world-class climbers on as they solve “bouldering problems”.

Here is our TEVA Crew:  From left to right it goes Jim, Sheila, Tess, myself, Kelli, and Jay.  The TEVA Mountain Games were pretty stellar but couldn’t have happened without this sweet group of people to show us the ropes.

This picture was taken in the mountains above Keystone where we stayed the night before above a bar called the Snake River Saloon.  It was a nice change of pace to get away from small town Sidney, have a beer in the crisp mountain air and then stay the night in the rooms literally above the bar.  We like to call it the bar-and-bed arrangement.

The next day, we got up and took a “guided” trip way (thanks Jim and Sheila!) up into the mountains.  Here are some pictures that were taken during that leg of the trip.

This is a closer view of the mine that we stumbled across. Kelli and I thought we might purchase it for our next home… We know its a fixer upper but we will blog about it the whole way through, J/K!! 🙂

On the way back down from the mountain Jay and I rode our bikes. Kelli drove the jeep, which had 0 miles left in the gas tank, down a really bumpy mountain road for her first time.  Luckily for me I married an awesome gal that handled it like a champ!

This is me getting my helmet on.  Safety first.Once we got off the dirt part of the ride down, Jay and I decided to stay on the bikes and do the road portion.   The vehicles clocked us at 45 mphs on the steepest inclines!! That’s some pretty intense speed when you only have a walmart helmet on for protection.

Go Jay!

The next part of the trip was the actual Mountain Games in Vail. The entire event was action packed and seriously one of the coolest events we have been to.  There was always something going on around the resort which meant early mornings and late nights!

We watched the Slopestyle event first.  This is when guys ride dirt jumping mountain bikes down a course and do tricks like back flips to get the highest score. So cool to see in person!

We ended up getting to sleep around 1:00 a.m. that night and then got up at 6:30 a.m. to support Jim and another friend of ours in their Fly Fishing competition.  Here is Jeff in the first qualifying event for fly fishing. It was so fun to see our friends compete in an event.

I’ll run through the other events pretty quick but the pictures are pretty nuts.

This is slack-lining.  You might recognize it from the Super Bowl halftime show.  Its cool to watch, especially over the kayakers practicing backflips in the water below him.

Then you have 8-ball kayak racing.  Summed up- it’s sending 4 kayakers at a time down the river and whoever makes it pass the 8-ball kayakers first wins.  No rules on how you make it happen.

We were also able to watch dockdogs.  This is when dogs run a long a platform and essentially long jump into a pool to see how far they can jump.  I used this cool app I downloaded on my phone called ActionShot to take multiple pictures really quick and then mold them together to form one “action shot.”

The last event I will talk about was the World Cup Bouldering Championship.  Bouldering is climbing without a rope.  I was also informed that instead of climbing, they are solving a “bouldering problem.”  Not completely sure why its called that other than to get from point A(on the ground) to point B (top of the course) that is a “problem” and the climbers have to solve it by getting to the top.

To get around during the Mountain Games, bikes are a must.  Each of the 6 of us had a bike, so we formed our own little bike gang.  Here are Tess and Kelli posing with their sweet rides!  They each had bells and Tess even had a basket on the front. They had a blast on those cruisers and were so sad to bring them back to the rental store on Sunday.

We ended our trip with our traditional Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs as we head back down the mountains.If you ever get a chance, go up to Vail for the TEVA Mountain Games I would highly recommend it!  We have already marked the dates on our calendars for next year.  We hope to see you there!

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