Alison Gannett’s Rippin Chix Ride and Dine
Another successful Rippin Chix Mountain Bike Camp, this time with the Osprey Talons showcased at my new sustainable farm demo in Paonia, Colorado. The farm is my latest attempt at walking the talk at a whole new level, which has added a significant, but rewarding load to my already full plate! All the weekend’s events were a benefit to the Save Our Snow and the Save Our Singletrack Foundations, and the farmer’s cooperative – LocalFarmsFirst.com.
The first day of the camp was held in our 1880′s cherry orchard — a luscious green setting where gals learned to conquer their fears with our baby-step learning progression of roots, rocks, bridges, bunny hopping and switchbacks. Janae Prichett, of Colorado Backcountry teamed up with me to teach this camp, and Women’s Adventure Magazine joined us and the gals.
That evening, professional chef’s Dana Zobs and Stacee Vanaernem cooked an exquisite five-course feast for 55 folks all harvested by yours truly out of our garden and orchard. I even made special treats like homemade mozzarella, sun-dried raisins, concord grape and bartlett pear juice!
After a night of camping and tent demos by Nemo in the orchard, a well rested crew set out for more adventures. On Sunday’s agenda: singletrack. So we headed across the street from the farm to the trails on Jumbo Mountain, a well-hidden gem that reminds me of riding in Fruita, if you added gnarly 1,200 year-old Juniper forests. We put our new cherry orchard skills to the test in the whoop-de-doo’s, rocks and roots on the trail.
Thanks to all our sponsors, including Osprey, for making this fundraiser happen. We look forward to this being the first of many new Rippin Chix Camps and events here on the farm, both for skiing and biking, and there are even rumours of a Rippin Dix Backcountry ski event, so stay tuned at www.alisongannett.com!