The 2015 Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015, just outside of Grace, Idaho. The event will include a downriver race (details below), live music by Sturgeon General, 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.
What: P.A.R.T.Y. - Live music from Sturgeon General. Burgers and grub. Beer from Snake River Brewery in Jackson Hole. Plenty of non-alcoholic options too. Raffle prizes (Including a brand spankin' new Dagger Mamba courtesy of our friends at Dagger). And cash prizes for the downriver race. All money spent goes to good karma for helping out First Descents.
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015. There will be a three-day release in the Canyon April 24 - 26 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.
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. We will provide safety for racers at Boo Boo.
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. 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.
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, etc.