Sunday saw two big races into the Fourmile area.
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“14erFest did not cause a cancellation of any homecoming event this year,”...
They headed up the Baldwin Lake trail to build a natural barrier to keep other motorized recreators from driving too close to the alpine lake cradled by Grizzly Peak, now blanketed in fresh snow.
The inaugural 14erFest brought out 1,000 people, 750 of whom came to Buena Vista from out of town, said Earl Richmond, one of the festival organizers.
“Folks really enjoyed the great organizations, the variety of activities and the unique experience they had at the event,” Richmond said.
Sixty vehicles participated in off-roading trail rides throughout the weekend, according to Marcus Trusty, another member of the 14erFest team.
Co-coordinator Susan Wood has been a key driving force that brought the idea to fruition this weekend. “What started off as a round table discussion has turned into the inaugural shoulder season event known as the 14erFest.”
This weekend will see the first 14erFest come to Buena Vista.
The event, organizers say, is unique in the country in its efforts to appeal to a broad range of recreators, whether they take to the mountains by foot, bike or motor vehicle.
The fest got its name from mountaineering jargon for peaks 14,000 feet or more above sea level and recognizing that Chaffee County has the highest concentration of fourteeners in the country.
“We’re trying to bring all the different user groups together,” said Susan Wood, the event’s coordinator. “The whole push is to get people learning new sports and learning new skills.”
The product of the Arkansas Valley Libation Society, Vol. 1, brewed to be sold at 14erFest’s beer garden, is a blend of the Apis IV Quadrupel, a strong Belgian-style blonde ale infused with honey made by Poncha Springs brewery Elevation Beer Company, aged for several months in 250-pound whiskey barrels from Wood’s Distillery in Salida and 500-pound barrels from Buena Vista’s Deerhammer Distilling Co.