Team END-FAST (Extreme North Dakota - Future of Adventure Sports Team) competed this last weekend in the 'toughest race in North Dakota'. The contest proved even more difficult than the race directors anticipated, as dropping river levels and tricky navigation caused the first section of the race to take longer than projected. This meant teams had to negotiate the 15 miles of technical mountain bike trails in the dark, a daunting task for all racers, but especially so for 18-year old END-FAST team member Jacqueline who was mountain biking for the first time ever, and on a borrowed bike.
Andy Magness, Chair of Ground UP adventures, met this week with Randy Lieberg of JLG Architects to discuss thier possible involvement in the proposed boat house project. While it is too early to go into details, the meeting has us very excited about the possibilites and is definitely a positive step forward for the project.
It may have been less than ideal weather for some of the other folks at family fun night, but being adventurers, we at GUP weren't to be daunted. Over 20 groups made their way over to our booth to try their luck at slack-lining and then head out on our 6 point orienteering course. They braved almost constant rain and a littlebit of mud as they made their way through the course on foot to the check points, some of which required a bit of adventurous bushwhacking.
The Ski and Bike shop, Grand Fork's one and only LBS (local bike shop) has generously donated 20 compasses to Ground UP adventures! The compasses will make their debut at the Kids orienteering challenge at family fun night, in Lincoln park on July 26th. Ski and bike will also be providing Ski and bike water bottles as prizes (while supplies last) for intrepid adventurers who are able to "clear the course". See you there!
Ground UP adventures has some fun in store for area families that attend the GF parks and rec "Family Fun Night" on July 26th in Lincoln park. We'll have a booth set up where kids and families can get basic instruction in map and compass navigation and then try their hand at it by challenging a 3 or 6 point orienteering course (GUP will provide the map and compass) to win a prize. See you there!
GUP's family adventure race, scheduled to take place in and around the Grand Forks Greenway on July 23rd, will be rescheduled. The high amounts of rainfall and late spring this year has much of the greenway still under water, and although things are expected to start trying out this week, there is lots of clean-up needed before the area will be fully useable. The decision comes after deliberation with Grand Forks Greenway specialist, Kim Greendahl, and members of GUP's planning committee. The race will be rescheduled for sometime in the late summer or early fall.
The boat house proposal is on the agenda at the June 28th city council meeting in East Grand Forks. If you're in town and have an opinion, or just wish to show your support, stop on by! Meeting starts at 7 pm in the EGF city hall. Hope to see you there!
The unthinkable has happened! Jason Magness - Ground UP member, captain of Team Yogaslackers, and Northern Heights rock gym co-founder has finally gotten hitched. Joining him at the makeshift altar in the back of a hidden San Diego sea cave was pint-sized spitfire Chelsey Gribbon. The two make quite the power couple and are skipping the traditional honeymoon for a hectic schedule of adventure racing and acro and slackline yoga teaching. Congrats guys!