Sure, most of the super-epic GoPro photos you’ve seen on Instagram are taken by professional photographers and athletes at the top of their game — but not all. And the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, is proof that you don’t need to be a pro to take a stunning outdoor shot.
At the annual games, professional and amateur athletes alike gather to recreate and compete in a variety of outdoor games — some serious, some not so much — across the rivers, mountains, and valleys of Vail. Spectators, too, are more than welcome, and the three-day event includes opportunities for art, music, concerts, yoga, and everything you’d expect from a top-level summer festival. Activities for athletes of various levels range from trail runs and timed raft races to rock climbing competitions and uphill mountain bike races.
Sponsored by GoPro and the Vail Valley Foundation, the games are a chance for anyone to learn a new skill, test their current skills, or just get to know other athletes and spectators who appreciate friendly competition in the great outdoors.
Of course, since GoPro is the lead sponsor of the games, you can bet there are usually some epic photos that come out of the competition and 2022 was no exception. In addition to photos taken from athletes, media, and journalists covering the event, the GoPro Mountain Games invites content creators to spend a few days learning about GoPro camera techniques and shooting — all while watching and participating in the various events.
Oh, and if you’re wondering: next year’s games are June 8 – 11, 2023. Better practice your mud run and speed paddling.