We're taking the freshly emerging recreation & conservation partnership outside on the land.
We'll exchange with inspirational leaders, advocates, athletes and scientists
while spending time in the wild with our families and friends too.
We've started a RUMBLE... and at its heart it's about JOY!
Professional outdoor athletes have an incredible voice that echoes far beyond their immediate communities and the environments where they perform. They inspire, they motivate, and they captivate thousands. When they speak, people look and listen. Their accomplishments, and the landscapes where they excel, are viewed by thousands through traditional and social media outlets as well as film and video. Increasingly, the places where they ply their art and craft in the United States, often on public lands and critical to our nation’s wildlife, are at risk. Many of these athletes tell us they want to help protect these places and the wildness they hold, and they want to know how.
Are you ready to Rumble?
Wildlands Network, with Grand Canyon Wildlands Council and founding outdoor sponsor Kahtoola, invites brand athletes, conservationists, field experts, and advocates to the RumbleX: Bears Ears, 2018 Conservation Athlete Rendezvous. We are gathering to explore, learn, exchange across cultures and experiences, share stories, plan for action - and to seek, heal and dignify our connections to the places that sustain all of us. Dive deep into Conservation in Motion™ - outdoor recreation powered advocacy to protect wildlife corridors and our wild animals on the move.
At this year's RumbleX: Bears Ears, we are excited and honored to gather with indigenous leaders for Bears Ears, the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance, and ecological/geological experts to celebrate and explore this place—feel our feet on the ground here—and exchange stories and knowledge that will help us renew our relationships with the living world of the Colorado Plateau. Over the weekend we hope to start widening a corridor of understanding for recreationists, indigenous peoples and animals to run alongside each other, so we can take positive action together for Bears Ears and wildlife corridors.
What to expect
The Rumble X is a camping event, please bring your own gear and appropriate apparel for two nights of camping.
Weather at this time of year can be variable. We are hoping for sunny skies, but be prepared for cold, hot, and rain. The Southwest is a landscape of extremes.
Food will be provided for the event. We will do our best to accommodate diets, but you might have to provide your own if you have a special diet.
This is a family friendly event. Please feel free to bring your family, but be sure to register them as well! We are limited on space and appreciate your help staying within our participant cap.
(This is the outline, check back for updates with more details)
Friday October 12
- 2:30-4:30 - Set up your camp at the Canyonlands Needles Outpost.
- 5:30 Rumble X Welcome and camp dinner at Needles Outpost
- Opening presentation with Jasmine Felipe, Acoma - statement to the UN Permanent Forum 2018
Saturday October 13
9:00 Bears Ears NM: ecology and connectivity intro
10:00 Bears Ears NM Explorations, day long ecological and cultural exchange in the diverse landscapes of Bears Ears NM. Join the exploration/adventure of your choice: long hike, moderate hike, minimal walking.
6:30 Dinner & Room to Roam Discussion, reconnecting places, wild animals to places, and people—conservation biology, the big wild, wildlife corridors, saving nature, and how it all connects to outdoor adventure and distance running, with wildwaystrekker John Davis.
7:30 Campfire, Ed Kabotie playing flute, guitar and songs - edu-tainment on the plight of the people and lands of the Colorado Plateau
Sunday October 14
Dawn Run with Angelo Baca, Utah Diné Bikéyah
Healing Bears Ears, with Brian Monongye, Hopi Liaison and Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Ute, Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance: historical ties to running, how we run today, where we will run tomorrow - opportunities for alliances and action.
Outdoor Advocacy Inspiration, sharing inspiration from yesterday's adventures, lessons from the Bears Ears NM journey for effective advocacy. The administrative, executive, and legislative pathways to citizen action and new strategies - taking the digital space to real world conversations for dignity and change. How we protect what we love: widening the conversation.
Lunch, pack up gear.
Depart @ 2-3pm.