Pinedale’s Wind River Mountain Festival is set for July 20-22 with a full slate of music, backcountry-themed workshops & demos and the now annual Surly Pika Adventure Race, which will be held on Sunday July 22.
About the Adventure
You might be asking yourself: “What the *$#% is a Surly Pika?”
Pika– noun |pi-ka| : any of various short-eared small lagomorph mammals (family Ochotonidae) of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America with relatively short hind legs-called also coney, rock rabbit. First known use: 1827.
The Surly Pika is not a triathlon or relay. It is a team-based adventure race in the front-
country of the largest mountain range in the state, the Wind River Range. Team members
(Pikas) must navigate with map and compass to track down checkpoints via bike, foot, and
boat. There are two race divisions: a six and a twelve-hour option.
The Surly Pika Adventure Race offers an opportunity for people from all over to
experience the Wind River Range and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in a unique way, within vast public land spaces outside of the Wilderness areas.
“When people find new ways to explore public lands they become more vested in the care,
upkeep, and continued protection of these special areas,” says Wind River Mountain Festival Director Laura Hattan. “By opening up the options of what outdoor recreation means to the Wind River Range and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, we are ensuring the future protection of this area for years to come. And it’s fun. Hard, but fun!”