What?

Launched in the summer of 2016, FBC's Trail to Ale Challenge is a popular and fun, mountain and beer-filled Fernie adventure. And, while a tough day on the trails awaits, the views, glory and cold beer is worth every stroke or step.

**PLEASE NOTE: Bearing in mind the recent challenges and safety parameters surrounding COVID-19, please read the full details and rules below - on how to safely, smartly #trailtoalefernie2020**

How?

The Fernie Brewing Co. Trail to Ale Challenge, consists of bagging three peaks, on bike or foot in any order, within a 24hr period. Open to bikers, runners or hikers, you have to get to the top of Hyperventilation, Project 9 & Swine Flu, within the 24hr time limit.

Of course you have to 'prove it' with timestamped selfies, so be sure to snap a shot when you start, then at the 3 Trail to Ale on-trail signs, as well as at the Brewery upon finishing. Once the 5 pieces of photographic evidence has been shared to the Tasting Room staff, you will be rewarded with a cold beer and a #trailtoalefernie2020 sticker. The purchase of (more) salty nuts, is optional.

When?

The #trailtoalefernie2020 Challenge officially opens June 1, 2020. Until the seasons dictate otherwise (Sept/Oct), the challenge remains open - to anyone, at any time (trail conditions dependent). Challengers may start from wherever they wish, ending at the Brewery. Smart planning of course would be to ensure that finish line glory coincides with the Brewery being open – to ensure the cold, crisp, craft-brewed reward can be enjoyed on the spot. Be sure to check FBC’s current opening hours before you start, to avoid a potentially very disappointing end to one of your best days on the Fernie trails! Please also be aware that the Tasting Room is currently at reduced capacity - so you might have to be patient for your pint!

2020 Peaks

The 3 peaks you have to reach, in your order of choice, are:

  • Hyperventilation (Castle Rocks area)
  • Project 9 (Fernie Provincial Park area)
  • Swine Flu (Mt. Proctor area)  *NO DOGS ALLOWED**
Total distance is between 40-55km, depending on chosen route, and over 1,200m ascent.

2020 Rules

To make sure you get it right, and earn your beer, sticker and bragging rights. Please read the below:

  • Please follow the Fernie Trails Alliance COVID Trail Etiquette, to help keep everyone safe on the trails. In short, stay smart, stay safe and #stopthespread.
  • Please do not take this on in large groups during this time. Aside from large groups making social-distancing hard, we can't accommodate you at the Tasting Room afterwards.
  • The peaks can be accomplished in any order, but challengers must bike or run the whole way, from start to finish – if hiking, you are allowed to drive to the trail heads. 
  • Photos need to be timestamped - whether by camera or phone! And for the ease of showing to our Tasting Room staff - safe, group photos (within your bubble/family), are encouraged.
  • You may start wherever you wish, but don't forget to take a 'kick-off' photo!
  • You must finish at the Brewery.
  • All on-course photos must include all Challengers, and the Trail to Ale signs, located at the top of each trail, and on the patio railing at the Brewery.
  • Challengers must have 5 time stamped 'prove it' photos on their phones, to show to the Tasting Room staff upon completion:

  1. START - wherever you like!
  2. Peak #1
  3. Peak #2
  4. Peak #3
  5. FINISH @ Fernie Brewing Co.

Once you've finished at the Brewery, show your 5 time stamped photos to our Tasting Room staff, and you will be rewarded with a beer and a #trailtoalefernie2020 sticker! If we are busy when you finish, you may opt for an IOU on the cold beer...

Who is this suitable for?

As a tough challenge, extending over 45km and 1,200m ascent, on some of Fernie’s more advanced, single track bike trails, you need to be sure this is within your capabilities. This has never has been so important as this year, where all trail users are asked to stay in (or even below) their comfort zone. Getting lost or hurt puts an unecessary strain on our Healthcare system during this challenging time.

You must be an intermediate-expert biker, with strong single track experience and good fitness. Runners and hikers need to be experienced and prepared for a long day on the trails. We highly suggest water and food to be carried, along with bear spray.

Fernie Brewing Co. assumes no liability for individuals participating in the Trail to Ale Challenge. Participate at your own risk.  We highly recommend you do this with a friend, but if you’re going solo, always let a friend know where you’re going and when you’re expected to be back. Fernie is also in wildlife country. Be animal smart and know what to do if you encounter animals. For more information on how to stay safe, head to Wildsafe BC.

Before you go...

  • Please check the weather and trail conditions - always respect the trails and ride dirt, not mud!
  • Download Trailforks and know where you're going.
  • Purchase your Fernie Trails Pass - online from the Fernie Trails Alliance, or through your Fernie Mountain Bike Club Membership.
  • And remember, save the beers for the finish line glory only – please play smart!
  • Check our Tasting Room current hours and capacity, here.

Social Media & Strava

For further glory, challengers can share their adventure along the way, using ‪#drinkfernie #‎trailtoalefernie #ferniestoke and @ferniebrewingco. Or if going that bit harder, and simply finishing alone is not quite enough, challengers can 'prove it' on Strava, to see how they rank amongst the best of the best - search for Trail to Ale segments on Strava, to see the most popular route.

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Thanks to the below supporters of our Trail To Ale Challenge...
 

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