The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is the country’s longest-running snowboard comp, having started in 1985 as a flowy ride through a naturally-formed halfpipe that snakes down the White Salmon side of the mountain. Today, the pioneering snowboarding event is also one of the last in which pros compete alongside amateurs.
While most of us were waiting in airport security and Thanksgiving traffic, a couple hundred climbers were heading south to Indian Creek, Utah. The Creek, 40 miles south of Moab, is a crack-climbing mecca, chock-full of legendary routes for those willing to suffer.
There’s no money on the line and no barrier to entry. But it’s been called the Super Bowl of Kayaking for good reason. The raucous audience packs the tight canyon walls of what locals call the bedrock coliseum to watch.