It's go time.
The 2014 Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, just outside of Grace, Idaho. The event will include a downriver race (details below), live music, hot burgers, cold beverage, and more raffle prizes than we know what to do with. All proceeds will go to one of the finest causes we know of: First Descents, a non-profit dedicated to helping young people with cancer conquer their diagnosis through good old fashioned outdoor recreation. Last year we raised over $3,600 for the cause! Here are the deets:
What: P.A.R.T.Y. - Live music from a yet-to-be-announced band (just waiting on some final details). Burgers and grub. Beer from Snake River Brewery in Jackson Hole. Plenty of non-alcoholic options too. Raffle prizes (last year's prizes include a 5-day kayaking expedition in Ecuador). And cash prizes for the downriver race. All money spent goes to good karma for helping out First Descents.
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014. There will be a three-day release in the Canyon April 25 - 27 so come get as much as you can. You can see this year's full release schedule here.
Where: Post-paddling festivities will take place about 1 mile downriver from the Black Canyon take out on the Kackley Spring property managed by the Sagebrush-Steppe Land Trust (to whom we are extremely grateful). This is the same location we held the festival last year. Map below:
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Cost: $10 will get you your meal, beverage, and initial raffle ticket (ALL profits from the event will be donated to First Descents). Additional beverage can be obtained for a suggested donation of $3. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 a piece or 3 for $5.
Race Details: After much debate, we have decided to keep the same race format we had last year:
The race will be a whitewater sprint from the top of Boo Boo rapid (Class V) to the take out, approximately 2 miles of class IV/V whitewater. Racers will launch every 30 seconds from the top of Boo Boo and have one shot to make the best time.
The Race fee is $30. This will cover the prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as insurance and a free t-shirt. We will provide safety for racers at Boo Boo as well as additional locations down river.
The "Good Samaritan" rule is as always, in effect. If another paddler in your field of vision is in distress, minimally, you must ask if they need assistance. If none is needed you're off the hook. If it is needed and not given, disqualification will be the result. Boaters assisting others will be refunded their entry fee without forfeiting their shirt. There will be no other refunds awarded (i.e. if you get to Boo Boo and decide not to race).
Race registration will be from 9:30 - 10:30 AM and the race will begin around noon at Boo Boo. All racers will need to paddle the upper stretches of the canyon to reach the race location.
Interested in a long-boat class? Let us know on our Facebook page. If there's enough interest, we'll go for it.
Want to help out? Fire us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Definitely in need of folks to help with safety, flip burgers, sell tickets, hand out posters, design t-shirts, etc.