Bailey Fest 2012 was fantastic! Thanks to all the folks who came out to the event, had a great time, and helped make the Fest a huge success. Big thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out in a multitude of ways... couldn't have done it without you. Huge thanks to the sponsors for supporting the fest... American Whitewater, Jackson Kayak, Confluence Kayak Shop, Oskar Blues Brewing, Four Corners Riversports, Golden River Sports, Colorado Kayak Supply, Ten Mile Creek Kayaks, Werner, NRS, Kokatat, Immersion Research, 5.10, Sweet, WRSI, Rack Attack, Deerhammer Distilling, Jack's Plastic Welding, Colorado Whitewater, Alpenglow Veterinary, Downstream Edge, Kayak Session, Mountainbuzz, Rivers Media, and World Kayak. I'd also like the thank Denver Water for supplying flows for the event! If you had a good time at Bailey Fest... let our sponsors know. Go to thier website (links on the sponsor page of Bailey Fest website) and send them a note on the contact form. Hearing back from you means a lot to them!
Also, send thank you notes of support to Denver Water to Dave Bennett at David.Bennett@denverwater.org
It definitely makes a difference for Denver Water to hear how much you appreciate flows.
The flows for the weekend were the best we have had for Bailey Fest... a nice cool 450-460 all weekend long.
The new camp set up was awesome. We filled the huge north meadow campground up, the new log bridge over to the party side worked great, and the power pole the landowner installed proved to be a big improvement over portable generators. Big thanks to campers for cleaning up after yourselves and taking care of the land. We earn our invitation back every year when we take care of the place.
The scene at Supermax on saturday was incredible. Probably 100 people at supermax during prime time on saturday. Buck and Mickey set up a highline over supermax that took the intensity up another notch. Incredible. Huge props to all the rafts that cleaned supermax and had good lines on Bailey. Word is 26 rafters and 8 rafts ran Bailey during the Fest. Love it!
We signed up 48 people for American Whitewater memberships, up from 38 last year. Thanks for supporting AW. We need AW more than ever as drought and increased water demand threaten numerous rivers in CO and the western US.
We probably had around 250 folks at the campground saturday night, and about 300 rolling through the fest over the course of the weekend. It was a big crowd. Props to the folks who came from New Mexico, West Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia and to the folks who made a long drive to get here. Part of the beauty of a planned release is that you can bank on it and plan out your travel. Spread the word, and hope to see you next year.
The movie night on Friday got rained out and had technical difficulties, but that didn't seem to dampen spirits. We had a keg of Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and a Keg of Mama's Little Yella Pils tapped and Whiskey from Deerhammer Distilling, and had a fun party.
Saturday was awesome. Lots of boats on the water, a fun takeout party, and the Supermax Showdown race was awesome. Thanks for having some patience as we raced the clock to get everything set up there. In the end, we had a huge field of competitors and Josh Stupka came in as the 2012 Supermax Showdown Champ. Josh won a Jackson Zen Kayak. The top 8 competitors took home paddles, drytops, pfds, gift cards etc. Everyone who entered the race got a prize.
Also, Jake Vos took home the Bailey Trash Man prize, winning a WRSI Moment Full Face helmet. Jake won the prized by spotting a old abandoned kids bike on a scree field last week, and planning to return to get it with wreches and tools. Jake took apart the bike, stuffed wheels and handlebars into his boat, and strapped the frame to outside of his stern. Impressive work Jake, and a worthy inaugural winner of the Trashman award.
Sunday, we cleaned up, and left the meadow in great shape. Bart Berger, the Bailey Fest landowner, Bailey Fest supporter, and all around great guy, was impressed with our clean up events. I also had discussions with Park County Planning and the Park County Sheriff, and they were happy with our event and gave us good marks. We have a lot of support behind us for Bailey Fest.
All in all, the fest was a big success, the flows were great, the camp spot was excellent, and a good time was had by all. Perhaps one of the best aspects of the Fest is that you get to see so many friends all in one spot. Great to see folks from Durango and Steamboat I haven't see in a while. Great to see almost the entire front range / summit / team Friday / FRFF crews too.
Check out the World Kayak Bailey Fest photo video comp link that Don put up. Its our way to have some more fun after the event, get folks involved, and crowd source quality photos and video to show folks what we do at Bailey Fest. Bailey Fest 2012 WorldKayak.com Photo and Video Contest
With that said, we have a few things we could improve upon. The landowner asked for no dogs at the Fest. We had a few folks that didn't get the memo. Lets do better next year. A fair number of folks did not pay the $20 entrance fee. Thats my fault for not having a more organized and staffed system to get folks to pay. The Fest broke even and covered costs, but we missed an opportunity to make a sizable donation to AW. We'll get it next year. If you didn't pay for the fest and want to support the fest, please send a check for $20 to Ian Foley, 1524 South Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80210.
Finally a couple of folks got injured during the event. This isn't out of line with the accident rate that normally occurs on an advanced run like Bailey, but I want to send out my sincere get well wishes to Ken, Tammy, and a gentlemen that I don't know the name of who got hurt on the water at the fest.
As a final public safety thought... at least 2 of the injuries I saw at the Fest could have potentially been minimized by good fitting helmets or a full face helmet. While its certainly hindsight for the folks who got hurt, its a good safety reminder for us all.
Thanks again for a fantastic Bailey Fest weekend. If you have any suggestions for improvement for next year, send me a note on the Bailey Fest contact form. I've already got a few ideas set in motion for making next year bigger and better.
The countdown to next year has begun... T minus 360 days and counting til Bailey Fest 2013, August 9-11, 2013. See you next year!