The Jeep World Outside Festival featured some great musical performances by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Train and Ziggy Marley. But beside the music and beyond the stage, there were some other remarkable performances by athletes at the Adventure Village.
Outside magazine is co-sponsoring the 24-city tour that made it’s 11th stop at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque on Sunday. The magazine also staged a range of outdoor-sports-related exhibits and exhibitions.
The Huck Mountain Aerial Assault Team of professional skiers and snowboarders hurled themselves off a 30-foot ski jump while performing a series of aerial maneuvers.
Over at the mountain bike course, professional demo riders executed a multitude of outrageous stunts and later taught a group of onlookers basic mountain-biking skills and tricks.
It was all part of a mobile interactive adventure activities exhibit that travels from city to city with the music tour. Concert-goers had the opportunity to learn and gain hands-on experience in such sports as whitewater kayaking, in a 20 x 40 confluence pool,; scuba diving, in a similar sized tank; and rock climbing, up a 24-foot tower, as well as mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.
And they received instruction from some of the world’s top adventure athletes. Among them were Jeff Lenosky, the current world record holder for the bunny hop (vertical leap with bike) at 45.5 inches, and Rebecca Rusch, an internationally-ranked outrigger and canoe paddler who is a member of the U.S. Women’s Whitewater Rafting team.