We're pretty stoked to announce that the 2013 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, just outside of Grace, Idaho. This will be part of a three-day whitewater release in the canyon from 4/26 - 4/28. Festivities will include a down-river kayak race (more details coming soon), a BBQ, live music, and a raffle. All proceeds from the event will benefit First Descents, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor adventures to young adults fighting cancer (and some who have already kicked its butt).
It's been 3 year since we last held a festival. But thanks to Pacificorp and the American Whitewater Association, scheduled whitewater releases on the Bear are a sure thing this year and in the foreseeable future.
The first festival, held in April 2010, attracted over 100 kayakers from the mountain west. We were able to raise over $2,000 in scholarship money for students at a school in Nepal. This year we're excited to be working with First Descents. First Descents has its roots in kayaking. Brad Ludden, the organizations founder, is a pro-kayaker-turned-cancer-hater. He set up First Descents to help young people defy their cancer by paddling, surfing, and climbing beyond their diagnosis. The money we raise will be used to support their programs, which are offered for free to participants.
Here's their story:
Stay tuned to this blog as well as our Facebook Page. We'll provide more details as we finalize them. Right now we're in the process of securing sponsors for the race and raffle. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, please drop us a line.
If you'd like to help out with the event or would like any additional information, please contact Bryson White [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Tyler Babcock [email@example.com].