"Having inspirational people around me during the camp motivated me to do my best."
-- Erin Peck after the 2012 Adventure Racing Camp
16 youth aged 10-14 will be heading off to the North Shore of Lake Superior next week for Ground UP adventure's third annual adventure camp. On tap this year is lots of rugged miles on the superior hiking trail, rock climibng at Carlton peak, kayaking and SUPing on the lake, and maybe even some packrafting. Huge thanks to Altru Health Systems and the Grand Forks Parks District for providing funding for camp scholarships this year.
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.
On May 3rd, 2014, bring the kids to the Assiniboine Forest and get ready to spend two hours trekking and biking (and maybe paddling...) while trying to find checkpoints with a map and compass. This is a Family Adventure Race, which means the focus is on everyone getting involved. The best part? Adults and kids under six race free. If you haven't done any of our previous races, check out the END-FAR page, which has links to photos, video, and some information from our past races.
Why Winnipeg? Well, we thought we'd let them in on some of the fun we've been having in Grand Forks for the last few years. The race is being directed by our Canadian friends John and Tara, who promise that even Americans will be able to find their way around. Right guys?
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! More important than the results though is the teamwork and determination that they displayed, and the personal challenges they all faced and overcame (self-doubt, uncertainty, frustration, etc). We are so proud of our team! Pictures from the event can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/endracing/sets/72157637557627883/.