Fall weather was back this weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s.  Definitely warm enough for flip flops before we start wearing boots all winter!  It was also a fantastic weekend for the first annual "Man of the Cliff" competition in Red Cliff.  For those of you not familiar with Red Cliff, it is a small town of approximately 300 people just south of Vail, Colorado.  Town residents favor snowmobiles as their preferred mode of transportation during the winter and are definitely what we would consider hard-core mountain folk.  Fitting then, that the "Man of the Cliff" competition was hosted by famous local Red Cliff restaurant Mango's over the weekend.  Events included speed chopping, hatchet throw, keg toss, archery, caber toss (or throwing a big log), hammer throw and pumpkin shot put.  Manly men and a few brave women competed over two days of competition for bragging rights and the title "Man of the Cliff" 2009.  It was everything you could dream of and more - plaid flannel shirts, steel-toed boots, manly men with beards, hilariously entertaining MC's, spectator games like corn hole and frisbee, ice cold beer and lots of great giveaways all day long.  The grand prize winner received an engraved hatchet, engraved beer mug and brand new chainsaw.  Seriously.  There should be more events like this one in the world if only for the pure entertainment factor!  I can tell you the Vail Valley definitely has some skilled mountain men.  We definitely hope this is the first in a long line of annual Man of the Cliff competitions!  All proceeds benefitted local charity First Descents. 

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