August – a month to cram fun in before school starts

Over the course of summer there are many amazing events.  For some reason August seems to be the month of mega festivals.  It must be that summer is winding down.  That it’s your last chance to get out there and have one more bit of fun before school starts.  Here are just a few of our favorites happening this month:

Downieville Classic

August 4th – 7th 2016 – Downieville, CA

This is one of the most famous mountain biking competitions on the planet.  From the pure chaos of people jumping into a river for the Shimano Cast-off contest to the more organized Downieville Classic Race this will be a good time for sure.  Be sure to check out our full post found here.

Shambhala

August 5th – 8th 2016 – Nelson, BC

Shambhala - 2012 - Image Taken by Michael Kalus

Shambhala – 2012 – Image Taken by Michael Kalus

In case you’ve never heard of it, Shambhala is one the largest EDM festivals in the world! Each year this gathering is held the first week of August in the small town of Salmo at a 500-acre cattle ranch in the West Kootenay Mountains near Nelson, British Columbia. An interesting fact about this event is it is family-run and has never accepted corporate sponsorship. For its 19th year nothing has changed and they were still able to secure acts like:

  • The Gaslamp Killer
  • DJ Q
  • STWO Shades
  • Chali 2na and many more

If you enjoy great music along with views of some of the most amazing mountains you could ever see, this festival is for you. After taking in this multi-day party, be sure to head down the road a bit to spend a few days in Nelson. This funky mountain town has some of the best cuisine anywhere and great shopping as well. For additional insight on Nelson go here.

Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

August 12th – 21st, 2016 – Whistler, BC

Image Taken by Mark Teasdale

Image Taken by Mark Teasdale

Whistler is sometime considered the home of action sports! It should come as no surprise that one of the craziest mountain biking events in North America is held there. Crankworx is a 10-day multi-disciplinary mountain bike festival celebrating epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. A great time in an awesome place! What more could you ask for?  To read more about the Enduro segment please check out our post found here.

Image taken by Nic Kuiper

Image taken by Nic Kuiper

The Ed Anacker Bridger Ridge Run

August 13th, 2016 – Bozeman, MT

 

Considered one of the toughest trail races in North America and maybe the world it tests every individual that attempts it to their fullest. Held in Bozeman, Montana this race has a gain of over 6,800 vertical feet AND 9,500 foot loss.

With an exposed ridgeline this race is not for the faint of heart. To make it even more difficult the “short” way down is 19.65 miles filled with loss ground, rocks, and even boulder. This means that less intimidating route means the length of the race gets extended to over 20.55 miles. This is a serious run for any trail runner that wants to test themselves.

Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

August 20th – 21st, 2016 – Hood River, OR

2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge - Image Taken by Bill Reynolds

2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge – Image Taken by Bill Reynolds

Just down the road from Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge is known for it’s kite boarding and wind surfing due to the consistent wind funneled through.  It is also home to one of the most popular Standup Paddleboard events of the year, the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.  Located at Hood River’s Waterfront Park it features:

  • A crescent-shaped beach for the starting and staging areas
  • Great stadium style viewing area for spectators
  • Large grass area for the vendor tents, onsite restrooms, and plenty of parking
  • Best of all, it is walking distance to downtown Hood River
2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge - Image taken by Bill Reynolds

2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge – Image taken by Bill Reynolds

This is only an introduction to few events we think are interesting. Let us know of any other crazy competitions, festivals, or extravaganzas that your fellow mountain enthusiasts should know! Local Freshies will make sure to add it to our calendar and maybe even write about it!

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