2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival - Information Packet


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Sponsorship information on the 2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival in Grace, Idaho.

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2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival - Information Packet

  1. 1. 2013%Sponsors% 2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival Benefitting First Descents ! The 2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival will be held the last week of April 2014 on the Class IV/V section of the Black Canyon of the Bear River near Grace, Idaho. The event will include a down-river race, BBQ, live music, and raffle. All proceeds from the event will be donated to First Descents, a non-profit organization helping young adults battling cancer move beyond their diagnosis and defy their cancer through kayaking, climbing, surfing, and other outdoor activities. Sponsorship and Media Information
  2. 2. Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the 2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival. We’re stoked to have you on board! The Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival is a kayaking festival, whitewater race, BBQ, and musical celebration of Southeastern Idaho’s Black Canyon of The Bear River. The event attracts hundreds of kayakers (and even a few rafters) from throughout the intermountain west, including Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. 2014 will mark the third time we’ve held this event. In 2013 we brought together over 100 paddlers and raised more than $3,600, all of which we donated to First Descents, a USA-based non-profit that helps young adults fight cancer through outdoor adventures. The event will tentatively take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 just outside of Grace, Idaho (the date is subject to change depending on the final release schedule from the dam). The Black Canyon of The Bear River is a solid Class IV whitewater run, with one Class V rapid near the end of the 7-mile stretch. The river only runs a handful of times per year due to a hydropower dam that regulates flow throughout the summer. Fortunately for boaters, the American Whitewater Association and Pacificorp Power have worked out an agreement that will secure a series of scheduled whitewater releases each spring. The sale of food, beverage, and raffle tickets are the main ways we raise money at the event. In 2013 we raffled away prizes including a new Yakima Rack, an AT Eddy kayak paddle, a Suunto Core watch, and a grand prize of a weeklong kayaking expedition package in Ecuador with Small World Adventures. We had dozens of other prizes including life jackets, sunglasses, sleeping pads, solar charging kits, safety equipment, helmets – The list goes on. Please take a look through this information package to learn more about what we’re doing and how you can get involved. Feel free to reach out at anytime to ask questions or let us know your thoughts. We look forward to working with you! Bryson White Co-director 206-504-4330 white.bryson@gmail.com Tyler Babcock Co-director 801-824-8208 babcock.tyler@gmail.com
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  4. 4. The Bear River !  This is a Class IV/V section of whitewater for advanced and expert paddlers only  The run is about 7 miles long and has no public road access for most of the stretch  The most difficult, or “crux” rapid, is Boo Boo, a Class V rapid about 5 miles in  Grace Falls, an eight-foot waterfall, is about a mile into the run and is easily visible from the highway, making it great for photos  Due to power generation demands, the river rarely has enough water to run. However, scheduled whitewater releases in the canyon began in 2008 thanks to the efforts of the American Whitewater Association and Pacificorp Power
  5. 5. ! Grace, Idaho  Great Family Fun Since 1948!   Camping available in the region  2.5 hours from Salt Lake City, UT  4.5 hours from Boise, ID  1.75 hours from Idaho Falls, ID  2.25 hours from Jackson, WY  5 hours from Bozeman, MT  Pick up a sack of seed potatoes on your way out!
  6. 6. The Festival !  First organized in 2010 after a group of friends ran the canyon and wanted to bring the paddling community together for a meaningful event  We raised over $2,000 for the Anupam Vidya Sadan school in Kathmandu, Nepal, in our first year  Money is raised through the sale of food, beverage, and raffle tickets  In 2013, we included a downriver kayak race from Boo Boo rapid to the takeout. Three miles of class IV/V whitewater.  Organized entirely by efforts of local paddlers the volunteer  The only whitewater festival (that we know of) in the Utah/Idaho area
  7. 7. First Descents First!Descents! .  First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle & surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives & connect with others doing the same.  Founded in 2001 by professional kayaker Brad Ludden. Based in Denver, Colorado  Programs are offered free of charge to participants  In 2013, First Descents offered nearly 50 program trips
  8. 8. Sponsorship ! Two ways to get involved: 1) Gear donation: • Donate gear for the raffle and swag for the event • Will receive banner placement and shout outs at the event as well as logo placement on our website 2) Title Sponsor (matching donation): • Provide gear for the raffle AND • Match each dollar we raise (up to $2,500) for a tax-deductible donation to First Descents • Will receive premium logo placement on our website, booth at the event, shout outs on our Facebook page, and shout outs from First Descents (not to mention the love and adoration of the entire First Descents community)