Legend* has it that only the most hardcore and dedicated Bristol Mountain faithful skip the Black Friday madness and head to Bristol Mountain to test their conditioning and earn their Blue Suspenders.
How can you earn your Blue Suspenders?
Register for the event and make it to the summit of Bristol Mountain via Rocket. The event will take place rain (snow?!) or shine. Whatever the condition of the trail is**, you will need to make it to the summit. Blue Suspenders are earned, not given.
Be a part of the Second Annual Blue Suspender Expedition and earn your Blue Suspenders and a custom 2018 Expedition Pin on Friday, November 23rd.
Date: Friday, November 23rd
Time: 8am (Registration), 9am (Event Start)
Price: $40 Registration
Every new participant who successfully completes the challenge will earn a pair of high-quality American Made Blue Suspenders and a custom 2018 Expedition Pin to start their collection. Each year participants who have successfully earned their Blue Suspenders in years past will be able to earn a new custom pin to add to their suspenders. Refreshments will be served at the summit of the mountain around the bonfire.
Those who already made it into the Blue Suspender Club are encouraged to wear their suspenders and pin to the event.
REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IS LIMITED
Online registration closes out at midnight on 11/22/2018 if the event is not sold out before then.
Expedition will start from the base of the mountain near the Comet Express and we will follow the same route that we did last year Lower Galaxy > Upper Galaxy > Ursa Minor. There is snow on the trail so please come prepared. There will be a path groomed down by a snowmobile to follow up the mountain. Remember, you have to EARN your suspenders.
A friendly reminder that expedition participants will need to find their own way down the mountain.
- If you have friends or family who aren't participating in the event they can drive up to the summit via South Hill Road to meet you (and watch you earn your Blue Suspenders!).
- You can walk down the mountain (Hale Bopp > Milky Way > Eclipse >Infinity) although please be advised there is also snow on this trail (there are snowmobile paths on these trails to make it easier).
- Keep your fingers crossed, it looks like you might want to think about bringing along your ski/snowboard gear. The summit center will be open prior to the event if you would like to drop off any equipment that you might need. If the mountain is open you could always hike up and then ski/ride down...
Expedition will end at the fire pit by the Summit Center where participants will sign their name in the official Blue Suspender Ledger and be awarded their Blue Suspenders (new 2018 class members) and pin (previous participants).
There will be hot chocolate and a selection of expanded refreshments at the summit as a reward for all of your hard work. Grab a drink and hang out around the fire with the other members of the Blue Suspender Class of 2018.
*Legend established 2017.
**If Bristol Mountain is open and operating and Rocket is open for skiing an equally challenging alternative route will be established (as was the case in 2017 when we climbed Lower Galaxy and Upper Galaxy to the summit).