Tough Mountain Challenge is designed by a highly trained and frighteningly creative team of event master minds who spend sleepless nights imagining ways to challenge and torture the mind, body and soul. We also solicit and incorporate competitor feedback each year to make the course the best it can be. And because we limit the number of competitors and spread out the field into heats, you'll find the course to be a continuous challenge from start to finish without the crowding, backups and waiting that plague the bigger events.
Note for this year’s course: It starts muddy, finishes muddy, and has a whole lotta “Oh #^$%” in the middle.
Love us or hate us. We’re going to start your TMC adventure with a little ankle dip in a very small, but sticky mud pit. Tie those shoes on tight. There’s a dirty little devil at the bottom that tends to suck the shoes off even the most muscle bound babes! We’re still picking out Pumas from 2010.
Sprint, walk, or stumble through 12 high-powered, ass-kicking snowmaking guns. While you’ll welcome the refreshing blast of cold water, the actual velocity will surely send you off course, make you question your direction and wonder when you can take your next breath. Helpful hint: Leave the goggles home. If you have contacts, just shut your eyes.
Claustrophobic? Love it or hate it, it’s time to relax all those crazy anxiety feelings as you navigate through this obstacle. Just don’t pass out in the middle of this one—there’s no saving you here. But, when you get to the end, there’s a crazy euphoria that you will experience like no other obstacle!
Bust n’ Burn
Our once-thriving mogul event here on White Heat has changed location. Your thighs will be singing the praises of rolling hills and muddy water brought together in a design similar to wartime trenches. Even the tallest racers will have a tough time skipping tip to tip. Plan on going down and fighting to get out—much like crawling out of a wet muddy grave.
Valley of Death
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Quote Psalm 23:4 all you want. Cause Lord knows you are not going to be able to breathe or see shit for about 100 ft. Just bow your head, genuflect, and plow through this narrow but very intense Valley of Death.
The course takes a different turn this year, directing you up a gnarly trail called Ridge Run. On your way up, you will have no choice to but to climb up several walls on your journey to the Mystery Obstacle.
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Legend has it that a couple of course guinea pigs rounded the corner to the base of this section, looked up and said, “WTF?!” Now it’s your turn. Crawl up this incredibly steep pitch. Or two or three. Your body will ache all over and you will want to give up, throw up, and scream at top of your lungs. Don’t stop! We’ll have Metallica, Eminem, and Poison rooting you on! Oh, and watch out for Poison Ivy, and we’re not talking about just the band.
Picture this. You’re in jail. If you don’t escape, you will die. Just like the movie, crawl for your freedom through these extremely cold, solid steel tunnels. No end in sight, you carry on, only to find out there’s a dead end. Now what? Don’t panic, just bring your rock hammer.
Shot Gun Station
Okay, so this one’s not really an obstacle unless you can’t open your throat and toss back all the deliciousness of a cold Bud Light. This is, of course, optional. But those who have partaken in the past surely love the break. Make sure you have your free beer bracelet, ‘cause no cash, credit card, or sweet smile is getting you a beverage—only the very special bracelet. Water is available for those who prefer Coors Light.
Aren’t wet enough? Let’s try again. Submerge yourself in a very dirty, slug-infested pond while trying to avoid the metal contraptions overhead. We probably should have called this the hangover because most people end up drinking the dirty water and clocking their noggins, which sounds a lot like last night’s party! And this year we’ve added a filthy happy ending.
Barker Pond Hop
Leap Frog on steroids. Delicately skip over wooden pads across Barker Pond, until you reach The Green Monster. Our devilish pond elves have created yet another doozy. Trust me when we say you will get wet and have to swim. Can’t swim? Three choices: walk around, snag one of the life jackets, or tell the lifeguards before you begin so they can plan on pulling your ass out. (We wouldn’t suggest the last choice.)
The Shredder Mud Pit
We’ve managed to get the most perfect mud for the most sadistic experience in front of the Barker Lodge. And screw barbed wire. Razor wire is where it’s at. Why poke when you can slice? Helpful hint: Take your time, stay down on your belly (not all fours), and watch your pony tails. We are still pulling hair and spandex out of last year’s wire.
Snow & Steady
Now it is time to calm your breathing and find your inner balance as you cross over a dark, mysterious pond on snowmaking pipes. Beware of the slippery cylinder; one may have some extra lube for your pipe passing pleasure. The steadier you are, the faster you go. The more focused you are, the more likely… Wait. Is that a beaver?! Splash. Dam.
Slip, Slide, and Die
Longer, faster, and ribbed for your pleasure. We’re talking about a slip ‘n’ slide, of course. This delightful obstacle is purely gravity fed and attempts to avoid the actual sliding will be pointless. Just jump on and enjoy the ride.
Muddy Happy Ending
Just when you thought it was over. NOPE! We’re sick of cleaning you all off before the finish line with the slip ‘n’ slide. With this down and dirty happy ending, you will be full of mud for the finish. Showers (for wusses) are located at trolley stands in the parking lot.