Ground UP is proud to be one of four local Grand Forks non-profits that are a part of the giveGRAND charitable challenge week, April 27-May 3rd. Your tax deductible donation during this week will be matched dollar for dollar by some of our community partners, so there isn't a better time to show your support of our mission to bring adventure to the lives of the regions youth (and adults too!). Check out the giveGRAND page for more on the charitable challenge and to donate to our organization.
It's a done deal. The race has reached its cap a full two weeks before it happens. More than 100 kids and parents will challenge themselves during the event as they navigate through the Assiniboine Forest on bike and foot and take on mystery challenges--and this time, thanks to the efforts of our guest race directors, Tara and John Kenny, I will be one of them! --Andy Magness, Ground UP adventures president.
It's been a busy 2014 so far with many school groups and birthday parties coming through. We love helping people discover the challenges and rewards of climbing, and we're glad we can be here for you.
Due to all the traffic, we've set up an online reservation system for group and birthday party reservations. Snag your date and time in three simple steps:
Good luck to our climbers climbing in Duluth today! Hope you guys have fun!
The GUP climbing team headed up to Winnipeg's Vertical Adventures climbing gym last weekend to take part in their annual climbing competition. Despite super challenging routes and the biggest youth field in the competition's history, the GUP girls managed to place 1, 2 and 3! The GUP boys didn't manage to reach the top spots but in fairness there were only two of them, they are 10, and their competition half a dozen teenagers twice their size!
Ground UP adventures third family adventure race took place last weekend despite high temperatures around 40 degrees, 20 mph winds, and constant rain. 12 family teams and 4 youth teams braved the weather to tackle the challenging and very muddy terrain. It was good "adventure racing weather" according to organizers, who also commented - "if families can play outside together in this weather, they can play outside in anything!" WDAZ covered the event as part of their weekly GR8 outdoors feature. You can see the broadcast HERE. A
Members of Ground UP adventures youth racing team, END-FAST, led by Canadian Reid Nelson (age 17) are set to challenge ENDracing's END-AR24, the midwest regional championship race in the North American Adventure Race Series on August 24th and 25th. The event marks the first time a youth team will attempt to compete in such a challenging race, unassisted by adults. Other members of the team include Rosa Grijalva (age 15) and Elizabeth Carr (age 16).
I just received word that out of 31 applications for the State of North Dakota Tourism Expansion Grant, the Red River Boat House Project was number 1! What that means is that we've now got 24K of committed funding for the project. That's enough to buy two containers and pay for the modification of one of them, and possibly do some site development. Add to that a potential fundraiser by Cabelas for the dock and hopefull involvement from a few other awesome local businesses and we're finally getting somewhere!!! So excited!