Slackliners brought some next-level technical skills, throwing double backflips and more, all while finding their footing on 2-inch webbing. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
Last weekend, over 3,400 athletes and 70,000 spectators flooded the villages, trails, and rivers of Vail, Colorado to experience the 2018 GoPro Mountain Games. The one-of-a-kind event welcomed both pros and amateurs alike to go head-to-head, toe-to-toe, tire-to-tire, paddle-to-paddle (you get the gist), to compete in a wide array of mountain sports disciplines from the trails to the rivers, and everything in between. The event competitions included whitewater races on both SUP and kayak, bike races, trail runs, mud runs, climbing, slacklining, Onewheeling, dog duels and more. In lieu of climbing making its debut in the 2020 Winter Olympics, the IFSC Climbing World Cup was one of the notable highlights of the weekend, bringing the world's best climbers to push the limits of human agility on the wall. Additionally, the slackline brought energy levels off the charts as crowds watched competitors attempt never-before-done tricks on the line.
The venue, split up into five zones to organize the 35+ events, was continuously bustling with mountain enthusiasts enjoying impeccably perfect weather, music, games, dog shows and competitions. A list of pro athletes and influencers were in attendance, including the likes of Sasha DiGiulian, Chuck Patterson, Rafael Ortiz, Dane Jackson, Jacob Moon, Loki the Wolfdog and of course, Pickles the Pig. Here are just a handful of some of our favorite moments from the GoPro Mountain Games.
Pro kayaker Emily Jackson laying down some impressive tricks, which landed her first place in the Women’s Kayaking Freestyle event. Photo: Aaron Black Schmidt
SUP paddlers race down Gore Creek during the SUP Sprint Race. Photo by Aaron Black Schmidt
This was the first year that BMX competitions have been included in the GoPro Mountain Games, with this year’s race featuring rough terrain, steep inclines, and dangerous drops. Pictured above is Alex McGuinnis, who took home the gold for the BMX Enduro event. Photo: Courtesy of Dan Davis/GoPro
A dog-friendly event, the GoPro Mountain Games brought an abundance of some the cutest canine companions around. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
Ever seen a dog fly? The Dock Dog Big Air event was a hit, seeing dogs jump at record-breaking lengths with the winning jump reaching 27-feet. Photo: Courtesy of Zach Mahone/ GoPro
Competitors bolted out of the starting line to run, scoot, and crawl amongst the sludge for the fan favorite, the one and only, mud run. Photo: Courtesy of Rick Lohre/ GoPro
Micky Wilson highlines over the crowd while Playing 4 Change provided some reggae and motown tunes on Friday night at the Ford Amphitheater in front of Gore Creek. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
What. A. Show. St. Paul and the Broken Bones stole everyone’s hearts, ours included, with their soulful jams. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
Highliner Krista Van Parys highlines over the Down River SUP Sprint event. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
Two fan favorites, Pickles the Pig and The Mud Stud, share a moment post-mud run. Photo: Rick Lohr/ GoPro
Those mountains though … The Onewheel Race for the Rail competition went off on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
Crowds on crowds. A sea of people gathered round to watch the highly anticipated IFSC Climbing World Cup Finals. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
21 year-old pro USA climber Kyra Condie tackled a geometric conundrum of a bouldering challenge in the women’s finals of the IFSC Climbing World Cup. Photo: Katie Rodriguez
Total outdoor sensory overload featuring a pro slackliner highlining over paddling carnage during the 8-Ball Kayak Sprint event. Photo: Aaron Black Schmidt
For all of the info on the GoPro Mountain Games, check out their website here.
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