Course Description

The Course

Tough Mountain Challenge is designed by a highly trained and frighteningly creative team of individuals who spend sleepless nights imagining ways to challenge and torture the mind, body and soul. And because we limit the number of competitors and spread out the field into heats of 100, you'll find the course to be a continuous challenge from start to finish without the crowding and waiting that plague many events.

2017 Obstacles

Tough Mountain Challenge Course   Shoe Sucker

A wonderfully dirty start to a wickedly awesome adventure, and a surefire way to add ten pounds of mud to your shoes before running up the mountain. Lace 'em up tight, kids.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    Hurricane Valley

Twelve high-velocity snow guns create waves of water for you to navigate while making your way uphill. Known to cause contacts to pop out and make breathing difficult after you're already winded.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    Cage Choker

Claustrophobic? Love it or hate it, you'll need to relax your anxieties as you as you navigate your way through this one. Don't pass out in the middle, as nobody will be able to reach you.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    Bust n’ Burn

A nod to our retired thigh-burning mogul competition, you'll race across 100 feet of deep, muddy ditches under a barrage of snow guns. Try skipping peak-to-peak and risk falling into a wet muddy grave.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    the sweet spot

Four snow guns with high-powered fans concentrate their forces into a single wall you'll have to break through. The only way through this watery hell is to run at the spot where all four guns connect, put your head down, and plow ahead.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    tarzen swing

This obstacle will have you swinging on a rope over a muddy mix you may never escape from if you don't make it over.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    warrior walls

Prepare yourself for a series of walls to climb over, each becoming more and more difficult to navigate.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    O.U.T.

Over. Under. Through. And around.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    Great Wall

The last of the Warrior Walls is, you guessed it, the biggest and most difficult to pass.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course    Haug av sno

Norwegian for "pile of snow." That's right, it's July and we kept a pile of snow to help you beat the heat and cool down a bit.

Tough Mountain Challenge Course Tough Mountain Challenge Course    Muddy Bobber

Make like a bobber as you duck under water to pass below metal beams then pop up to take a breath between each one. Just don't pop up too soon and crush your skull, or swallow any dirty water.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    WTF

Your back will ache, your legs will scream, and you'll want to throw up as you push straight uphill to conquer the biggest obstacle in TMC. Remember, pain is just weakness leaving the body.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    Tree of death

The simplest obstacles sometimes pack the most punch.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    tunnel vision

Crawling, so much crawling. Does it ever end?

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    Shotgun station

A TMC tradition, feel free to take a quick, mid-course break to shotgun a beer. It may not settle your stomach, but may help with pain management. Optional and 21+.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    wall in the woods

Can't go under it, can't go through it, have to go over it. Survivor hint: if you're going to tumble off the top lean uphill to stay away from the cliff on the downhill side.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    Pond Crossing

A new year means new obstacles to deal with as you make your way across the pond. If you can't swim, grab a pfd on your way in.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    shredder mud crawl

After years of experimentation we've perfected our mud recipe to ensure you won't be able to pass too quickly, and don't forget about the razor-sharp barbed wire just above your back. Head down, and watch those ponytails.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    Snow & Steady

Slowly balance your way across snowmaking pipes over a very long and very dirty pond. Remember, mud makes everything slippery.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    Slip, slide & die

Longer, faster, and ribbed for your pleasure. This delightful obstacle is gravity-fed and deposits you into a pool with a mightly splash. Jump on and enjoy the ride.

Tought Mountain Challenge CourseTought Mountain Challenge Course    Happy ending

Finish as you started, with a quick hit of mud.