Where do we begin?
Arne Backstrom is a household name if you have a ski household, right?
In the spirit of carrying on a legacy that Arne would be proud of, his friends and family have organized a weekend of enjoying a few of the outdoor activities that Arne loved to raise money which is used to create awareness in young people about preserving our world for the longevity of enjoying these adventures that we love. After all, our adventures and ecological impact awareness should go hand in hand, right?
On the trip report;
The Second annual Arne Backstrom Blastathon
Day One: Stand Up Paddle Board
Several Bears were in attendance, in Kayak and Paddle Board including Bud Heishman, Philpug, Trekchick, Lovebug and Noofus
Dad and son....
(points if you can guess who the dad is)
The group paddled out nearly 4 miles and joined in a circle to pause a moment and remember Arne and what he stood for.
Photo Cred: Hunter Claxton
Of course there was food and beverage after the paddle, with some great prizes, from POC, Patagonia, Oakley, Tecnica Blizzard, (so many I can't remember them all)
Bud enjoying the 'after paddle'
this weekend was pulled together by Clem, and inspired some amazing skiers to come together!
Day 2 - Bike Ride.
Shuttles were lined up to get riders to the trail head, with Varsity and JV groups to fit every need. Considering how amazing these athletes are there were a few of us who could have used a middle school class.
Thanks to Clem and Dana for having the patience and kindness to hang with the slow kids. We appreciate you!
The JV group, (minus Clem because he was taking the picture)
After the ride we fed our bellies with Chimichangas made from Arne's favorite recipe.
Sorry, no pic of the food, but it was definitely worth mentioning.....
Group shot of everyone who rode. The weekend was filled with a great vibe and a feeling of love for Arne and what he believed in.
Disclaimer: Some of these photos were taken by others and shared on the facebook wall.
There was a photographer on site for both days who will be posting an album soon.
One more shot that Michelle Parker took of Ralph Backstrom overlooking Marlette Lake on the ride Sunday.
Thanks for reading....