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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tough Mudder - Whistler

Hullo bears and not-a-bears! I am reporting to you today from the ski-mecca of Whistler, BC. Today, we are off to watch Tough Mudder 2014 - a 20 km (err...12 mile?) obstacle course designed by British Special Forces. It will be an adventure! I am going as a reporter and Mama is going as a spectator - we are going to watch Mama's partner and team compete!

In case you didn't know, Whistler hosted a bunch of the 2010 Winter Olympic events - this was the ski jump! It looks beary different in the summer.

After much preparation - they are off! There are 20 obstacles... this is #2  called Blades of Glory - it looks beary challenging. But they all got over it.

And then there was Walk the Plank - where they had to jump off that platform into 15 feet of cold water. Did you know that all the participants had to sign a death waiver?

Whew... it is beary hot out in the sun - and we can't see all the obstacles - only the first three, a middle one and the last three... so now we wait...

This obstacles is called Balls to the Walls... they have to climb up ropes and get over that wall - it was beary challenging. But the purpose of the event is to finish and not be first. It is to help teammates... and if you can't do an obstacle - then that is OK too.

The last obstacle was called Electro-shock Therapy and they had to run through hanging wires which had 10,000 volts - quite shocking! We watched many people go through and lots fell in the mud and came out looking beary dirty!

But our team did it!! They all got headbands - most of them because this was their first time. People who have done it before got different headbands with x2 or x3 on it... they are known as Legionnaires!  I don't think I will be doing this anytime soon - I don't think my fur would ever come clean!

Whew... and then a drive to Vancouver where we are staying - that is the Squamish Chief in the background - where people do rock climbing - that sounds like fun!

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  1. Wow that’s one tough obstacle course. Everything seemed fun until the electro shock section – I don’t know what 10,000 volts would do to my fur???? Did you get a chance to ride up the ski lifts at Whistler? One of my roommates did it years ago (pre little fox, if you can imagine a life before me) and said it was beary cool. Are you going back for next years race????

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    1. It was beary tough! I saw pictures of some of the other obstacles and... well... they were beary hard. I don't now what 10,000 volts would do to our fur... I think we would look kind of electrified. Apparently it makes your legs go all wobbly but then... I have that problem anyhow! We didn't get to do any other fun things in Whistler because we had to drive back to Vancouver. Next year I am putting my paw down and making sure we stay up there - I think camping would be fun!

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  2. Do you get an ice cream or some other sort of snack for finishing?

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    1. Oh yes... I got a mint-chocolate-chip ice cream cone afterwards - it was beary tough sitting in the sun all day waiting for the group to finish. Mama's nose is peeling now.

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  3. You should participate next time Sandy! :) That looks like a lot of fun although I'm not sure I would ever get fully clean either. Maybe you can make your own version of a stuffie tough mudder... you know swim through a stream full of fish, search for a beehive, etc.

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    1. Oh, I don't know about that - I think I make a great cheering section! Now... my own version of a tough mudder course would be good. They had a mini-mudder course for kids but it was still kind of big for a little bear... Hmmm... I could wrap myself in cling wrap to protect my fur!

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  4. Looks like a perfect site for the next Stuffie Winter Olympics. Team Canada is always tough!

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