Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival 2020
February 7-9th, 2020
The annual Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival is taking place at locations in Baker City and Anthony Lakes, Feb. 7-9th, 2020. The event is being sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and Wallowa Avalanche Center. Activities will kick-off at Lefty’s Taphouse in Baker City with the new Teton Gravity Research film Fire on the Mountain at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7th. Doors open at 6:00pm.
All the events on Saturday and Sunday are free to attend and participate in. We will be raising funds for the Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC) at the film showing on Friday night through a raffle and auction, and we want people to know that even small donations can make a big difference in helping us promote safe and informed decision-making in the backcountry.
Food and beverages including good beer by Barley Browns will by available for purchase. A special thanks goes out to this year’s local festival sponsors: Hines Meat Co, Winding Waters River Expeditions, Old West Credit Union, Blue Mountain Outfitters, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, BCA, Black Diamond, Dakine, NW Alpine, Quality Inn in Baker City, and HMK for their support.
We have received tremendous support from the community and local businesses! Here are a few of the FANTASTIC auction items that have been offered in the past:
- Shovel and probe from Black Diamond
- Puffy jacket from Black Diamond
- North Face backpacks
- Mammut Beacons from the Mountain Shop in PDX
- Great outdoor gear from Blue Mountain Outfitters of La Grande
- Gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses
- Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort lift tickets and season pass
- Black Spyder Hoodie NW Alpine
- Paul Arentsen’s world famous Ski Chair
- Winding Waters River Expeditions swag
- HMK goggles, Pusher jacket, and swag
Kip Rand Memorial Backcountry Race Registration HERE
It is important to note: All race participants must use the same backcountry gear and set-ups they start the race with. Any racer who switches out or changes equipment with other gear not worn at the beginning of the race will be disqualified.
An avalanche companion rescue clinic lead by EOU Outdoor Adventure Program Director Michael Hatch and WAC staff, will follow at 10 a.m. This clinic will focus on proper use of avalanche gear – beacon, shovel, and probe – and how to organize and carry out an effective and efficient companion rescue. At 1pm, Michael Hatch and other WAC staff will spend time in the Anthony Lakes backcountry demonstrating skills and tests useful in identifying unstable layers and their subsequent sensitivity to human triggering. Sign up for these clinics at the EOBF tent outside the main lodge. Participants MUST check-in at the EOBF tent outside the main lodge 15 minutes before the clinic.
Then, after the clinics, kick back with a cold one in the world famous Starbottle Saloon and dance to Bag of Hammers from 3-6pm. Additional raffle items will be up for grabs at Anthony Lakes on Saturday with the winners being called out during the band’s intermission.
♦ Sunday, Feb. 9th Events
On Sunday, skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to self-organize trips to the backcountry of Anthony Lakes to explore the Elkhorn Mountains in winter. OAP Director and WAC Forecaster, Michael Hatch will be leading a tour group into Angel Basin. To join him, meet at A-Lakes lodge (lower-level) at 9am w/ touring and snow safety gear.
We are pleased to offer a 15% discount on accommodations at Quality Inn in Baker City if you need a place to stay during the festival. You can reach Quality Inn at 541-423-6444 or visit register directly at http://www.qualityinn.com/ires/en-US/html/ArrivalInfo?hotel=OR294&srp=LEOU&pu=no
We are looking forward to this year’s festival and providing a fun event for local and regional backcountry recreationists!!
For more information contact Michael Hatch at 541-962-3621 or email@example.com. To learn about the Wallowa Avalanche Center visit www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org.
Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival schedule:
Friday, Feb. 7th – Lefty’s Taphouse, Baker City
7 – 9 p.m. – TGR’s new film Fire on the Mountain. Doors open at 6:00pm. Film starts promptly at 7pm.
*Event will be catered with good micro beers from Barley Browns available for purchase.
*Raffle with great winter gear prizes and recreational packages from local and national retailers.
*$5 for students with valid ID. $10 admission at the door. Kids under 12 get in free. Raffle tickets 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.
Saturday, Feb. 8th – Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort
8 a.m. – Kip Rand Memorial Backcountry Race. Arrive 15 minutes early to check-in for race at the EOBF tent located outside of the main lodge. All participants must sign a release waiver and carry avalanche safety gear. Registration is required.
10 a.m. – Avalanche Companion Rescue Clinic at Anthony Lakes. (Meet at EOBF tent outside south of the rental shop)
1 p.m. – Avalanche Basics Clinic: snow profiles and stability tests in the AL backcountry.(Meet at EOBF tent south of the rental shop)
3-6 p.m. – Live music in the afternoon at the Starbottle Saloon with Bag of Hammers
Sunday, Feb. 9th – Elkhorn Mountains
Self-organized free touring day in the Anthony Lakes backcountry. (Contact OAP Director, Michael Hatch to make bc tour arrangements)
Social Sunday – Ski tour and social media photo contest. Winner receives an OAP or WAC trucker’s hat.
On Sunday we are encouraging all participants to get out into the mountains with friends and explore the beautiful backcountry of the Elkhorns. There will be a prize for the photo (taken on Sunday, Feb. 9th) that receives the most “Likes” on the Outdoor Adventure Program Facebook page, HERE.
About the instructors:
Michael Hatch is the Outdoor Adventure Program Director and an Instructor of Health and Human Performance at Eastern Oregon University. He is a forecaster for the Wallowa Avalanche Center. Michael is an AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 Course Leader, and Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association.
Victor McNeil is the Director of the Wallowa Avalanche Center and lead forecaster. He is an AIARE Level 1 Instructor. This last year Victor gained his IFMGA certification, which is the highest guide certification available. He guides internationally for Alpine Ascents and frequents high haunts in Alaska, South America, and beyond.
Kip Rand Race Update – 1/28/19
The two winners of the men’s and women’s division respectively are Devin Calvin and Jessica Barker. Devin came in with a time of 35:53 and Jessica, 43:18. The rest of the race times are as follows:
1. Devin Calvin – 35:53 2. Mark Hauter – 38:44 3. Allan Ottman – 39:50 4. Devin Platt – 39:52
5. James Spiess – 40:18 6. Eric Griffith – 40:59 7. Joe Blatelford – 42:38 8. John Postlewaite – 43:07
9. Jessica Barker – 43:18 10. Kirsten Johnson – 44:16 11. Ron Pickens – 44:32 12. Danny O’Neal – 46:40
13. Lyra Pierotti – 50:04. 14. Colby Heideman – 50:14 15. Somer Morris – 50:23 16. Eric Rannestad – 51:46
17. Patrick Baird – 56:21. 18. Lydia Petroske – 58:38