Looking for sweat-inducing outdoor action? Check out these upcoming events, which get the Fit City stamp of approval:
Free yoga – outdoors, with fabulous views and a complimentary beer! The Hyatt Regency Austin is moving it’s free Pints & Poses class to the top floor of the hotel’s parking garage this month. Ferny Barcelo and Zuzu Perkal will lead the relaxing, smooth flow yoga class, which starts at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the hotel, 208 Barton Springs Road. Bring your own mat. For more information go here.
How about flinging axes for a good cause? Urban Axes, 812 Airport Boulevard, will host a Ladyblades fundraiser in partnership with SAFE Austin from 6:30-10 p.m. May 15. Tournament entry is $40, or pay $20 just to watch it all go down. Tickets include wine, beer and food from Laurent Perrier, Austin Eastciders and La Barbeque. For tickets, go here.
Drink beer and relax with representatives from all kinds of outdoor brands at Outdoor Project’s summer block party from 2-10 p.m. May 19 at Hops & Grain, 507 Calles Street. The all-day party will feature beer, live music, local food carts and sponsorship from Keen Footwear, Kammok, Gossamer Gear, Blipic, Patagonia, Kind Bars, Crux Climbing Center and more. The event is a fund-raiser for Explore Austin, a local non-profit organization that works to help underserved youth through leadership, mentoring and outdoor adventure. Old Salt Union and Josh Klaus Music will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information go here.
Try out cool outdoor activities like fishing and archery, learn about the state’s 73 paddling trails, and study native fish at the free Outdoor Adventures Area at Jones Brothers Park on Lake Travis in Jonestown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19-20. Fisheries biologists, state park rangers, outdoor educators and game wardens will answer questions and provide demonstrations. The event is held in conjunction with Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, a tournament held May 17-20 at Lake Travis. For more information go here.
Scramble underneath barbed wire, slosh through mud and leap over flames during the Spartan races May 19-20 at Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 County Road 114 in Burnet. Nearly 10,000 participants of all ages and skill levels are expected for the 3- to 5-mile “Spartan Sprint” and 8- to 10-mile “Spartan Super” courses. The weekend also features a 12-hour Hurricane Heat team event and a kids race course for ages 4-13. For more information go here.
Last week I added the remote Pecos River to the list. I’ll be writing about my five-day adventure down the stretch of river between Pandale and Comstock in an upcoming article, but first I wanted to share some pictures I took along the way.
Our group of five camped along the riverbank, fished for bass, shot small rapids, explored a natural spring and visited an emerald green pool inside a magical amphitheater created by Mother Nature (all with landowner permission) as we eased down the river.
Water flow was low, and we had to pull our boats over a stretch of bony fingers of rock called The Flutes, a cold front turned out last 10 miles into a blue-lipped, freezer fest of a day, and, yes, my legs were dappled with tiny black leeches at one point, but it was good.
To whet your appetite for more, I’ve attached some of my favorite pictures here. Look for a story in the Travel section of the Austin American-Statesman in the next few weeks.