So when your friend asks you "Hey do you want to come to the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail this weekend and stay in a friends condo?", you have to say yes.
The GoPro Mountain Games, previously the Teva Mountain Games, is one of the largest gatherings of elite adventure and mountain sport athletes in the country and consists of World Cup level events in kayaking, slacklining, fly fishing, rock climbing, cross country mountain biking, slope style mountain biking, hunting dogs big air jump, stand up paddleboarding, and 5ks and half marathons.
I headed to Vail on Thursday and sat down to look into getting press pass. I got onto the press portion of the GPMG's website and saw that the registration was closed for passes. After a few phone calls and emails I finally got a hold of one and started shooting.
Events like this are incredible for many reasons. First off they bring the world of adventure sports into an approachable arena for the public to see why we love these crazy things so much. It's so fun to see people walking around awestruck at someone landing a huge backflip in slopestyle mountainbiking or someone walking a highline over someone playboat kayaking. And then the people you meet out there are so cool. I met a ton of awesome people and photographers that weekend including this dude, Bill Bennet, who's just a rad, down to earth photographer from SC.
I don't want to bore you with my any more of my blabbing so instead of a long winded description of the GPMGs I'm going to share my top 10 images and the stories behind them. If it's one thing I'm terrible at, it's narrowing down my photos to a small selection. But these are the ones I really like in chronological order.
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