Adventure Summits - you ride 'em!
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The idea for Adventure Summits occurred after many years of leading dual sport rides, organizing and riding in events at various rallies and rendezvous, and going on a few press junkets as a motojournalist.
Go big, pay small
Adventure Summits are a series of social riding events where sponsors help increase quality and reduce costs for the riders. These events typically occur in conjunction with other moto happenings and continue on-line throughout the year. And as they say on TV, there's an opportunity to win valuable prizes.
My hope is to grow this concept within our adventure riding community, of which I'm privileged to be a member. Volunteers are also an important part of the equation, and more is always better. Please PM me if you'd like to help out. Part of the Adventure Summits model involves returns to community organizations that help out, that is, once this sucker actually breaks even.
What's an Adventure Summit?
As you ride in an Adventure Summit, the idea is to test all your adventuring skills. As you ride in, you score points by taking detours to ride on adventurous roads and trails, camping along the way. You shoot pictures and videos, and then share stories. Eating and partying is a big part of all this. And oh yeah, there's a friendly little riding skills competition.
The whole point is more about having a great time with new and old friends than it is to win. Most riders care less about winning than they do about getting their bike dirty.
Here's what's on tap so far... more to come as pieces and parts come together.
Adventure Summit at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah May 25-28
Held in conjunction with the World Superbike and AMA races, $100 covers premium camping, showers, three catered dinners and breakfasts, riding, seminars, movies and some beer. If you go to the WSBK races, you ride your bike on the Adventure Skills track, a paved and unpaved supermoto track with a very interesting, but optional, rocky desert wash section. More info & register here. at the site.
The GS Giant's Adventure Summit, Arkansas and Missouri, July 15-22
Held in conjunction with the BMW MOA International Rally. The event starts ahead of the rally, July 15 down in ArkansasÔÇª and there are a few ADV buddies laying out some real fine routes. A few days of riding, eating, drinking later, everyone rides north to Sedalia, MO to camp, do the rally and ride the Adventure Track. More info & Register here.
The Lewis and Clark Adventure Summit, Kamiah, ID, September 7-9
Idaho ÔÇö home to places like the River of No Return Wilderness. Happy-Trail and SoundRider play host in Kamiah, which is right in the center of the action. There's great camping, world-class riding, good western food and another great adventure track to test your mettle. You can score extra points by riding to places like Hat Point and the Hess Road in Hells Canyon, the Kleinschmidt Grade, the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway, all classic motorcycle adventure rides. Registration coming soon.
Stay tuned for more events, and please, we're looking for more sponsors to show the love. If you would, please share this link with the makers of your favorite gear and suppliers of your favorite services.
And thank you to the GS Giants, whose volunteer efforts are a key part of the program.