CONWAY — Backyard Concept, an advocacy organization focused in outdoor recreation, announces a fall lineup of events to promote outdoor recreation in the Mount Washington Valley.

The events will be fundraisers for groups representing mountain biking, climbing and mountain rescue, and backcountry skiing, all to be held at Theater in the Wood in Intervale. The events also seek to raise awareness of the activities of each group and will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

The Leaf Peeper Bike Bash will kick-off the Backyard Concept event schedule with the annual Leaf Peeper Bike Bash on Oct. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. The White Mountains chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will be the evening’s beneficiary.

The event will raise critical funds to help support the extensive network of gravity and cross-country trails in the Mount Washington Valley and will have a variety of festivities including a potluck dinner, music, vendors, local videos, and feature the screening of Anthill Films’ 2019 movie “Return to Earth.”

The bash will also unveil the winner of a Rocky Mountain Bicycles Instinct C50, presented by Stan and Dan Sports, which is valued at nearly $5,000. During the day, a variety of mountain bikes will be available to demo at Cranmore Mountain Resort from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pete Ostroski, professional rider, local native, and White Mountain New England Mountain Bike Association ambassador, will be available for group rides and general instruction.

Tickets will be $15 for New England Mountain Bike Association members or $20 for non-members in advance or $20 for members and $25 for non-members at the door. Tickets can be purchased at bikereg.com/leafpeeper.

Bike raffle Tickets are available now at ridenoco.com/bike-raffle (you do not have to be present to win).

Three Mount Washington Valley climbers who have stood on top of the world will join together on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in a special one-of-a-kind event for the ages. The event, “Everest: ’91 to ’19,” will feature climbers Rick Wilcox, Thom Pollard and Mark Synnott, each of whom summited Everest at different times covering a period from 1991 to 2019.

The event will highlight the experiences of each climber and collectively discuss the changes in climbing during the massive growth of the sport. Beginning with Wilcox’s days pioneering the successful New England Everest Expedition in 1991 to Pollard’s quest to locate and eventually discover explorer George Mallory in 1999 and, finally, to Synnott’s experience in the “death zone” during one of the most crowded — and deadly — years on Everest, there will be plenty to discuss.

“Everest: ’91 to ’19” will benefit the Mountain Rescue Service which provides specialized technical teams comprised of world-class guides and climbers who volunteer their time and expertise in the service of hikers and climbers who need assistance, in and around the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The event will also launch The North Face concept store, a collaboration project with sponsors The North Face, Ragged Mountain Equipment and Synnott Mountain Guides, inside Ragged Mountain Equipment. A pre-event reception will be held at Ragged Mountain from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature book signings, giveaways, food and beverages, and new The North Face products.

Tickets are $20 or $100 for VIP. For more information, go to eventbrite.com/everest91to19.

Granite Backcountry Alliance will be presenting its fourth annual Backcountry Film Festival from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event is a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community.

The event includes a potluck dinner, music, vendors, beverages, raffles/auctions and the screening of a half-dozen short films perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Granite Backcountry Alliance will also be drawing a winner of a seven-day 2020 trip to Argentina courtesy of SASS Global Travel.

Granite Backcountry Alliance is a non-profit organization improving the sport of backcountry skiing by providing low-impact human-powered tree skiing opportunities to the public through the creation, improvement and maintenance of ski glades. GBA currently has established above-board projects on federal, state, municipal, land trust and private property.

For complete festival lineup and tickets, go to granitebc.org/backcountry-film-festival.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members in advance and $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

For more information, contact Tyler Ray of Backyard Concept at tyler@backyardconcept.org) or call (603) 728-7739.

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mjvande

What were you thinking??? Mountain biking and trail-building destroy wildlife habitat! Mountain biking is environmentally, socially, and medically destructive! There is no good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail!







Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996.


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