8) The not so fun but still fun new events: Also in the new events category, thanks to our sponsor Suunto, we held the inaugural WTF Hill Royalty Challenge. For those of you who don’t know what WTF Hill is, let me explain. Initially, WTF stands for White Tree Falling, as this brutal hill begins at a small creek crossing and climbs steeply through loose footing via a grove of aspen that seems to be collapsing all around you. Once out of the aspen grove, the meaning of WTF morphs to its traditional meaning, as the hill continues to climb for another ½ mile across a hot and exposed, but beautiful ridge.
The challenge was straightforward yet painful. The first male and female to touch the Suunto banner at the top of WTF Hill won excellent Ambit 3 watches from our sponsor. Without further adieu, I give you our king and queen of WTF Hill, Brian MacPherson and Lauren Kolb!