About the MAFF Gathering

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Join us this Labor Day weekend to meet and interact with world-renowned outdoor adventure athletes for an unforgettable weekend of inspirational adventure films, outdoor activities, music, and connecting with your fellow outdoor loving community.

Explore Mt. Baldy and the San Gabriel National Forest. Check out the newest and greatest outdoor gear in our Vendor Village, be awestruck and inspired as you listen to presentations from some of the best mountaineers, rock climbers, alpinists, and explorers today, and relax on the Top of the Notch deck as you listen to music, are entertained with award-winning adventure films after dark, party into the night, and camp under the stars.

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World-renowned Athletes and experts include: Sasha DiGiulian (World Champion Rock Climber – Adidas, Red Bull, and GoPro Athlete), Adrian Ballinger (Summited Mt. Everest 7 times including his 2017 “no filter” ascent of Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen – Eddie Bauer and Goal Zero Athlete), Steph Davis (Legendary Rock Climber, Wingsuit Flyer, and Author – Mammut and Evolv Sports Athlete), Libby Sauter (American Alpine Club Hall of Fame Member and The Nose of El Capitan Female Speed World Record Holder – Adidas Athlete), Matthias Mayr (World Class Freeride skier and Award-winning filmmaker – BMW, Elan Skis, and Peak Performance Athlete), Brette Harrington (World class rock climber and free soloist – Arc’Teryx and Goal Zero Athlete), Heidi Wirtz (World Class Climber and Yogi – Founder of Earth Play Retreats, and The North Face Athlete), Christine Burke (Yogi and Author – Founder of Liberation Yoga and author of “The Yoga Healer”), Dr. Melina Jampolis (Physician Nutrition Specialist – CNN Diet & Fitness Expert and Guest Host “The Doctors), Sarah Haas (Photographer – Getty Images), James Edward Mills (Photo Journalist and Author – The Joy Trip Project, National Geographic, and Outside Magazine), and more great experts. Click to see all of the 2017 Presenters and Instructors.


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Your pass includes access to all athletes, instructors, and experts for a weekend of hiking, trail running, rock climbing, yoga, acro-yoga, slackline-yoga, pilates, slacklining, mountain biking, hang gliding demos, downhill skateboarding, camping, slide shows, pro athlete and expert presentations, gear talks, health and wellness seminars, photography clinics, book signings, kids camp (5-12 years old), award-winning films after dark, live music, DJ’s, partying late into the night, socializing, and fun!


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FRIDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“In the Tracks of the First” | Directed by Matthias Mayr | Q&A with the director to follow

Austrian Freeride skiers and adventurers Matthias Haunholder and Matthias Mayr embark on a mission to ski some of the steepest walls in their home mountains, the alps. Years before both were even born, those walls were ridden by dauntless young mountaineers. Now, more than 30 years later, Hauni and Matthias meet up with their predecessors and compare conditions now and then and try to ski with the gear of the past as well as with their actual Hi Tec gear. The North Face of Zillertals highest Summit, the “Hochfeiler“ and the most famous ice climbing route in Austria, the “Pallavicini Couloir“ located at Austria’s highest mountain, “Großglockner“ are the main objectives.

“The Park” | Directed by John Dickey
The Park is a love story between a wild mountain environment and the climbers who love it. Rocky Mountain National Park sees few visitors in winter because of its heinous conditions but for a small group of climbers it is exactly what they are looking for. The Park dishes out its worst and the climbers wallow in it trying to understand why they are hear putting up with it all.

SATURDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“Safety Third” | Directed by Cedar Wright

“There’s a fine line between being bold and being a dumbass. And I think Brad did some time on both sides of the line.” Such are the words filmmaker and climber Cedar Wright uses to describe the subject of his new film. Meet Brad Gobright, 27 years old, busboy at a fine dining establishment, dirtbag, college dropout. Gobright’s diet consists of sprinkled donuts, scraps from work, glazed croissants, apple pie, and any and all junk food. And one other thing: Gobright is one of the best and boldest free solo climbers in the sport — who nobody has ever heard of. Safety Third shines the spotlight on Gobright, probably for a shorter moment than he deserves. But it doesn’t matter. His mind is elsewhere, focused on his next free solo.

“Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia” | Directed by Jim Aikman
Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia is a film about one man’s journey from the top of the world to the end of the line. Jeff helped make climbing what it is today, through technical innovation and more than a thousand first ascents, including “Metanoia” on the north face of the Eiger, where he experienced a spiritual transformation that continues to this day. Jeff’s story inspires us all, as he brings the creativity and strength that characterized his climbing career to the challenge that he faces today: his own mortality.

SUNDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“Mile for Mile” | Directed by James Q Martin

Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.

“Wainwright Record Attempt” | Directed by Alastair Lee
The unassuming and unlikely Steve Birkinshaw is one of the great fell runners. Have your mind and arteries blown as Steve attempts to break the legendary Joss Naylor’s 27 year old record by linking up all 214 Lakeland Wainwright summits in under seven days. A level of suffering breaching into the super human. Blister hell, dehydration, searing heat and tendonitis are just some of the obstacles between Steve and a place in fell running history. Essentially this is not a story about fell running but of the relentless human spirit. THE WAINWRIGHTS IN NUMBERS: 214 Lakeland summits, 320 miles, 36,000m of ascent | The equivalent of 2 marathons a day, up and down Everest 4 times.


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Instructors: Heidi Wirtz, Earth Play Retreats | Christine Burke, Liberation Yoga | Tom Grundy and Tom Widdison, YogaSlackers | Jeff Miller, Pilates | Dr. Andre Knust-Graichen, Pentjak Silat USA | Guru Hans Knust-Graichen, Pentjak Silat USA | James Brown, Wound Care
Classes: Yoga | Acro Yoga | Slackline Yoga | Pilates | Tai Chi | Meditation | Wound Care | Wilderness Awareness & Self Defense
Lectures: Nutrition for athletes with Physician Nutrition Specialist, CNN Diet and Fitness Expert, and The Doctors Guest Host, Dr. Melina Jampolis

Instructors: Sarah Haas, Getty Images Photographer & Digital Photo Editor for The Ellen DeGeneres Show | Ryan Coursey, RYCO LA | James Edward Mills, Adventure photographer and journalist for National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and author of The Adventure Gap:
Classes: Beginning Photography 101 | Practicing your beginning photography in Action | Lighting a Portrait (Indoors with pro athletes) | Photography with an iPhone | Shooting in Outdoor Light (Portraits/Nature) | Advanced techniques for Adventure Photography | Night Photography (stars and city lights)

KIDS CAMP: Friday 4pm-6pm | Saturday 9am-6pm
Camp Directors: The Stronghold Climbing Gym Summer Camp Directors, Jess and Aaron
Activities: Hiking | Rock Climbing (Artificial wall) | Slacklining | Ninja Line | Yoga | Arts & Crafts | Games | Movies
Special Presenter: Lilliana Libecki
Saturday Night Kids Films: “Education”, directed by Mike Libecki | “Wall Rats”, directed by Hans Florine

Tibetan Village Campground | Disbursed Camping on the Baldy Ridge | Car & RV camping in the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift Parking Lot | Manker Flats Campground | Lodging in the Mt. Baldy Village

**NO COOLERS ALLOWED ON THE MT BALDY SKI LIFT: Campers in the Tibetan Village and disbursed on the Baldy Ridge may not bring food or coolers due to bears and tramway congestion. Food and drinks will be available at the Top of the Notch Restaurant throughout the festival. Meal Plans are included with the purchase of the Mt. Everest or Denali passes, or will be available for purchase at check in. Food can additionally be purchased a la carte at the Top of the Notch Restaurant.

  1. Breakfast is a heart healthy continental served between 8am and 11am.
  2. Lunch is a box lunch and soft drink between 11am and 6pm. (If ordering off the menu is preferred, you may exchange your box lunch ticket for $10 towards any purchase. You would still be served your soft drink.)
  3. The diner menu is the Moonlight Hike BBQ.
  4. Alcoholic Drinks are a la carte.

Zip line rides are available only through direct reservation and purchase on the Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts website.

Mt. Baldy Moonlight Hikes | Labor Day Run to the Top Race

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