The Outerlocal Summer Games are right around the corner, and organizers are madly putting the final touches on what is shaping up to be an epic inaugural event.
On Saturday, July 7, all day long at the base of Snow King, participants will find fun-filled races, mountain demos, ambassador presentations, non-profit expos, free clinics, music by DJ El Jefe, food and drink, and not one but two free concerts to end the day. It's what event organizers are calling a "party for the living."
The day will begin with the Grand Opening of the Teton Boulder Park at 9:30 a.m. At 12, the park will hold its first bouldering comp as the second leg of the Games.
To help coordinate the bouldering leg at the Park, organizers reached out to a Wyoming native with a long history at the forefront of the state’s bouldering scene. Micah Rush, a Casper, Wyoming, resident, described by Climbing Magazine as “the caretaker of Fremont Canyon,” is also the co-founder of 307Bouldering, one of the only state-wide bouldering circuits in the country.
Rush is excited about the prospect of putting on The Teton Boulder Park’s first comp.
“It’s a great venue,” Rush said of the park. “And the boulders are great, too. They’re well-constructed, with really good angles. We’ll be able to set great problems on them.”
The competition format for the bouldering leg will follow the template Rush developed at 307bouldering.
All competitors will climb at the same time. They will be allowed to observe other climbers prior to their attempts.
Competitors may also discuss the problems amongst each other. Competitors must start the problem from the start holds (competitors may not work on a problem from the middle of the problem).
Competitors witness each other climb. When a competitor completes a problem, s/he must have two witnesses initial his/her scorecard.
Competitors choose which and how many of the problems they will attempt, and they get as many attempts as time permits. They will be marked off for each fall up to 10 falls. If they complete two or more problems in the category above the one they’re in they will be “bumped” up to that category.
Although competitors can climb as many problems as they want, only their top five problems will be scored.
“My goal for the comp is to make it fun for everybody,” said Rush. “From the person who has only climbed a couple of times to the expert boulderers, I want everyone to have a really good time. We’ll set really good problems, have good music and establish a great environment for the comp. It’s going to be lots of fun.”
MORE THAN $10,000 IN PRIZES!
Participants can enter one or all events, for fun or competition, as an individual or as part of a team, in pro, rec, or masters (50+) classes. Everyone who enters one or more legs of the Games will automatically be entered into the drawing for raffle prizes from Outdoor Research, Salewa, Cannondale, Mountain Hardwear and more.
All event champions will win prizes from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Marmot, Five Ten, among many others.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Event organizers have joined forces with Axis Gymnastics and the Jackson Hole Childrens' Museum to make the event fun for the whole family as well.
At 2:30 p.m., Axis Gymnastics & Sports Academy will hold the Head Over Heels Fun Clinic in the Snow King Baseball Diamond. As with all the clinics of the Summer Games, the Head over heels, which will feature handstands, cartwheels and other gymnastics skills, is free, and will focus on the next-generation athletes, ages 5-14.
At 4 p.m., the Jackson Hole Childrens’ Museum will host the Imagination Olympics, for ages 3 & up. Fun, physical, and engaging, the Imagination Olympics will feature a great soundtrack, as the newly-crowned "locals' favorite" musical act Lazy Eyes takes the stage and begins the days live music concerts.
If you haven't registered yet, don't worry: there's still time to do so (and take advantage of pre-registration prices of just $25 for one or more legs, or $50 for teams). Just go here to register: http://outerlocalsummergames.athlete360.com/
Day-of registration will be available from 7-9 a.m. at the Phil Baux Park picnic shelter. Day-of registration costs are $30 per leg for individuals, $100 for teams.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, July 6, 4-8 P.M.: Snow King Lodge Room, Snow King Center. MANDATORY participant bib pick-up. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN RELEASE WAIVERS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BIBS.
Saturday, July 7:
7-9 a.m.: Nonprofit/sponsor/food vendor set-up: Expo Promenade
7-9 a.m.: Event check-in: Phil Baux Park picnic shelter
9:30 a.m.: Teton Boulder Park grand opening
10:00 a.m.: Mountain biking start.
12:00 p.m.: Bouldering start: Teton Boulder Park.
2:00 p.m.: Running start: Start/Finish line
4:00 p.m.: Paragliding start: Start/Finish line
4:30 p.m.: JacksonHoleLive! presents a free concert in the park: Lazy Eyes. Snow King Baseball Diamond
6 p.m.: Competition finish: Start/Finish line. Dinner in the park/awards ceremony: Snow King Baseball Diamond
7-9 p.m.: JacksonHoleLive! presents a free concert in the park: Boom Chick. Snow King Baseball Diamond
See http://outerlocal.com/member-profile/the-outerlocal-summer-games for more details.