Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado! A huge 4 day competition and celebration of adventure sports, with lots more going on around. Music, arts and outdoor fun taking place around the events happening on the river, on the mountains and in the village. Of course all the action was taken using GoPro Hero 4s and there was plenty of opportunity to do so.
As well as taking part in some adventure myself with some great people, there was plenty of time to sit back in the sun watching some great athletes giving their all in their sports and disciplines. From paddle boarding to bouldering. From extreme kayaking to cycling there really is something going on every minute of the games. A popular draw in the centre of the village was the slackline. What these guys, including world champions were doing on a thin bit of line was simply incredible!
Of course thanks to GoPro there was plenty to have a go at for myself.. Ziplining, always good to get the blood pumping. An ATV tour up the mountain tracks, speed in the open air. This was a great way to remind me how much I love being among the great mountains of Colorado, I cannot say enough how much I love this area. Now then, rafting was another adrenaline pumping experience indeed. The river was high from the melting snow and ice from the mountains, I was in a raft, the stand up paddle boarders were having plenty more in the water time for sure 😉 The evenings? Well there was great live music concerts for all tastes to take in on the streets. A perfect vibe.
Wandering around Vail throughout the 4 days of the games it was hard to miss the number and array of dogs and dog lovers. That would be down to one of the immensely popular events.. DockDogs! A competition where dogs run down a runway whist their owners throw a dog toy off the end, for the dogs to catch… as they long jump into the water. Great fun to watch.
All in all it was a totally memorable time over there and one thing is for sure. I cannot wait until this comes back on the calendar again for next year…