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Contestants Darren Beatty, left, Jessica Stone, Kathy Beatty, Jeff Lewis, Steve Lewis and Sarah Wassel were among 50 regional participants at the inaugural “Mountaineer” obstacle course event hosted by the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District. Sponsors included Sierra Pacific Industries, Les Schwab, Justin Cooke, North Fork Medical Clinic, Plumas Bank and Mountain Building Supply. Photo submitted

‘Mountaineers’ slip, slide and clamber through fun obstacles

The first-ever Central Plumas Recreation and Park District “Mountaineer” obstacle course event, held recently at Plumas Pines Golf Resort in Graeagle, was proof positive that if you build it, they will come.

With 5 miles of wildly fun obstacles and six slip-n-slides, the event was sponsored as a pilot project to test its potential success and drew about 50 contestants from across the region.

“Folks came from all over, some of them in costume,” said CPRPD General Manager James Shipp, listing entrants from Graeagle, Mineral, Portola, Quincy, Reno and more.

“We had 16 obstacles,” Shipp added. “It was a fun and beautiful day. All of the folks who crossed the finish line, finished with smiles and stories. More importantly, everyone finished!”

Participants of various ages relished the demanding course. They had walls to climb over, tires to manage and 200 feet of slip-n-slides to ride down. At the day’s end, some enjoyed a beer and many sought out nourishment from the onsite food truck, Boomerang.

Shipp said there will need to be a couple of minor changes for next year’s course, but “this year was a great success for setting the ground work for years to come.”

CPRPD extends its hearty thanks to all of the sponsors who supported the Mountaineer challenge: Sierra Pacific Industries, Les Schwab, Justin Cooke, North Fork Medical Clinic, Plumas Bank and Mountain Building Supply.

“We couldn’t have done it without you,” Shipp said.

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