HUMM Granite Mountain Arizona 2018

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness
Granite Mountain, Arizona, - April 13-15, 2018

We are very pleased to announce the 1st HUMM in western USA, in the rugged central mountain landscapes of Arizona. A unique 2-day motorcycle orienteering / navigation challenge, the HUMM has also been described as an off-road motorcycle scavenger hunt. There is no set course, so you make your own adventure! Winning demands strategy, teamwork, riding and navigation skills and pure fun! "The best 48 hours of my life! (apologies to my wife!)"

Test your map reading and navigation skills, find hidden secrets, and enjoy fabulous riding. The trails and roads are amazing, the weather is perfect, the scenery is breath-taking, and the people are wonderful. Come along and bring your friends - if you can handle the competition!

Granite Mountain lake, Prescott, Arizona.

Granite Mountain is located near the historic town of Prescott, Arizona. Prescott has nearly 700 buildings and objects in the National Register of Historic Places, more than any other community its size in Arizona. Prescott forms part of the tri-cities, and together with Prescott Valley and the Chino Valley, the area has a population of over 100,000 – a city with all the facilities for a fantastic event, but enough of on Old West feel to provide a once in a lifetime adventure! There's a wide variety of accommodations to suit all budgets, from camping in pine forests, to RV parks by the shores of alpine lakes, to quirky boutique hotels on historic Whiskey Row. There are many restaurants, art galleries, museums and shops.

Off-road riding in Granite Mountain, Arizona.

Obviously, the off-road trails are fantastic (see one of the views above), but there's lots of other things to do! If you'd like to bring your non-riding significant other and family, the Prescott valley and Northern Arizona offer an adventure for all ages.

Possible activities include hiking, golfing, swimming, kayaking, and boating. Just a couple of hours drive north is one of the great wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon!

If you have a little extra time you can venture to the lively ghost town of Jerome, through the red rock wonders of Sedona, and up through the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the world to Flagstaff, before traveling north to the canyon.

If a picture is worth 1000 words, how much is a video worth?! Check out the official HUMM event trailer, then read on!

Thanks to Patrick Trahan, David Hodgson, Trent Schumann, Daan Stehouwer & Ashley Moule for video clips!

What is it?

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) is an off-road, competitive, motorcycle navigation challenge for teams of 2-4 bikes. For 2018, we plan events in the USA Granite Mountain in Arizona, the Appalachians in West Virginia, the Canadian Monashees in British Columbia and in the Sierras de Espana, Aragón, Spain. Events are either 2 or 3 full-days of riding, and the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-)

"The best day's riding ever!"
"Ranks among the top ten 'best fun' biking experiences!"
"The best 48 hours of my life! (apologies to wife!)

HUMM Monashees 2017 in super, natural, British Columbia.

HUMM Canadian Monashees 2017

Challenge Classes and Bike Categories

There are TWO off-road classes and TWO bike categories for dual-sports or trail bikes (must be street legal):

CHALLENGE CLASS

BIKE CATEGORY

GOT A MIXED TEAM?

MAP CLASS:
Navigate by using topographic map and compass only.

a) Single cylinder
b) Multi-cylinder

Decide in advance which one Bike Category your team will participate in.

You'll experience the combined trade-offs of each bike type.


GPS CLASS:
Navigate by using topographic map and GPS only.

a) Single cylinder
b) Multi-cylinder

The top third of each combination of Challenge Class and Bike Category receives an award (up to the top three spots).

Bikes need not be dedicated off-road specials but need to have a vague predilection for the dirt. So GS Adventure yes, Electric Glide in Blue, no. Knobbly tires a plus but by no means essential.

An unusual vehicle choice!

An unusual vehicle choice!

Patrick Trahan finding a checkpoint at HUMM Morocco.

Each team gets the same map and a checkpoint booklet on Day 1. Each checkpoint gets its own page with a clear description of its location and a map reference. Crucially, the booklet is not a roadbook. No two teams ever take the same routes, there is no course as such. So you're never following a string of riders down the same dusty course!

Rider on HUMM course in Morocco.

HUMM Monashees - Murray Barber takes a break from checkpoint wrangling!

HUMM Monashees - Murray Barber takes a break from checkpoint wrangling!

The FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

More detailed answers to your questions that have come in over the years.

HUMM Granite Mountain Event Schedule

Day Zero - April 13, 2018

  • Arrive on site at the Prescott Elks Lodge
  • Check in with event HQ. Check-in will be open from 12:00 to 17:00
  • Welcome drink before briefing
  • 18:00 - Event briefing and questions answered
  • 19:30 - Dinner in town

Day 1 and 2 - April 14-15, 2018

  • Maps and Booklets with all the check points will be handed out to you at 08:00 on Day 1! You can ride from 08:30-17:30 on Day 1 if you want, or use some time planning your route and preparing your bike. There is loads of room to do your planning.
  • Start / Finish Riding Time: 08:30-17:30 every day.
  • The score sheets are collected after each day's ride, and the team scores are posted.
  • On Day 2 at 18:00 the score sheets are collected for the final time, points totalled and the winners announced and trophies handed out at the HUMM Awards Dinner. A very congenial evening follows!
HUMM Morocco 2015 Awards Dinner.

The HUMM Event Fee includes:

  • 2 full days of 100% pure off-road adventure riding in the rugged central mountain landscapes of Arizona! No stunts, no gimmicks!
  • A "HUMM-dinger" of a chance to test your navigation strategies!
  • An exclusive HUMM technical t-shirt

HUMM Rockies synthetic, sweat-wicking t-shirt.

  • Team Map and HUMM Points Book

HUMM Rockies team map and points sheets.

  • ALL First, Second and Third place Team Members in each class get a keeper Trophy!

HUMM Trophies.

Trophies at HUMM Monashees 2017

  • One Spot satellite tracker rental for your team

HUMM team Spot trackers plus books.

  • Access to support and recovery services in case of breakdown or accident out on the trail or on the road. Our support and recovery team can provide first aid and transport to the nearest suitable facility as well as basic field repairs and motorcycle recovery. This service is provided on a 'best efforts' basis. See Registration Terms and Conditions for limitations.
  • Sunday evening Awards Dinner

Optional Bike Rentals

Rentals are available from the following companies in Phoenix or Scottsdale. From their websites, they appear to have some suitable bikes.

AZ Sport Bike Rentals - Has KLR650 and DRZ400. 15810 N. Cave Creek Rd. Suite 6 Phoenix, AZ 85032 Ph: 602-569-3070

Joy Rider Rentals - Has KTM 640 and BMW 650 X Challenge. Phoenix, AZ 85044 Telephone 480-707-2444

Arizona Motorcycle Adentures - Has WR250 Yamaha, R1200GS and GSA. Phoenix, AZ. 602.714.7449

AZ Ride - Has Africa Twin and BMW R1200GS. AZ Ride Motorcycle Rentals, 9419 E. San Salvador Dr. # 106B Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Tel: 480-970-5530


Rules of the HUMM:

  1. You must ride in a team of 2, to a maximum of 4 people, (minimum 2 bikes) so be sure to put together your team before registering as we need the names of all team members. If you cannot find someone to team with, go ahead and register for the event, note that you do not have a team partner, and we will match you with someone with a similar bike and riding skill level as best we can. Several past winners were matched up by us!
  2. Team Wilderness Wheels at HUMM Morocco 2015.

  3. Prizes will be awarded in 4 classes (subject to sufficient entrants):
    • Map Class
      • Singles
      • Multis
    • GPS Class
      • Singles
      • Multis

    Mixed off-road teams have the good and bad of each class to deal with, so can choose which class to be in.

  4. Two-up teams are ok, but there must be another vehicle in your team. We don't want solo bikes out alone.
  5. Team mates must ride together at all times! If you separate for any reason other than one bike is broken down and stopped or one rider is injured, and the other rider is going for help, you will be disqualified.
  6. No GPS allowed in the Map Class! You will be given a set of Event Map(s) and an Event Points Book. You may carry a smartphone, but are NOT allowed to use the GPS function. You may carry a GPS with map data of the area for emergency use only. It will be sealed in a tamper-proof plastic bag before you check out to ride. If the bag is opened for non-emergency purposes before returning to HUMM base, your team is disqualified. No other paper or digital map(s) of the event area other than those provided by HUMM organizers. Except for your GPS device (for emergency only), no laptops, tablets, or other digital devices that are capable of storing other map information.
  7. Special Rules for GPS Class! GPS or smart phones with GPS capabilities are allowed in this class, but we aren't supplying GPX co-ordinates, since we don't want it to be too easy. ;-) As with the MAP class, you will be given a set of Event Map(s) and an Event Points Book. No other paper or digital map(s) of the event area other than:
    a) paper maps provided by HUMM organizers, and
    b) electronic maps already loaded onto your GPS or GPS-enabled smartphone. No laptops, tablets, or similar devices.
  8. Start / Finish Time: 08:30-17:30 every day. You must check out and check in. Late returns lose points - really late returns lose lots of points! All team members must return together.
  9. Each checkpoint has a points value based on how far it is from the hotel combined with the degree of difficulty. The HUMM is all about spending several days navigating your way around the mountains and seeing as much great scenery as possible.
  10. Obtaining checkpoint info from another team is grounds for disqualification. In the event of a dispute or challenge, a photo at a checkpoint that matches the photo in the HUMM book will be required to verify the team has been to the checkpoint.

Facilities for a Fantastic Event

Staging for this event will be at the Prescott Elks Lodge. You will check-in at the lodge on April 13, teams will leave from the Lodge on both April 14 and 15, and the Awards dinner will be catered at the Elks Lodge on the evening of April 15th.

Prescott Elks Lodge, Prescott, Arizona.


National Geographic once named Prescott as one of America's best adventure towns. Arizonans have been escaping the heat of the deserts to the South for many years, making Prescott a favorite tourist destination. As such, Prescott has a fantastic range of accommodation including camping, restaurants and shopping choices.

Hotels / Motels

Prescott has lots of hotels and motels, but they are filling up fast for this weekend, so don't delay booking!

Only one mile from the Prescott Valley Elks Lodge, the Comfort Suites is an all-suite hotel that offers complimentary hot breakfast. This is the closest hotel to the staging area. Price $192 per night per their website, you may be able to find it cheaper on a booking site.

Prescott Comfort Suites, Arizona. Prescott Comfort Suites, Arizona. Prescott Comfort Suites, Arizona.

 

Other Prescott Hotels

There are convenient lodging options near the event, but if you care to venture further, downtown Prescott is only 8 miles away offering many hotels and bed & breakfasts. Additionally, there are several great camping options for you to discover.

To note, several of these hotels will accommodate up to 4 adults in the room, so if your team can share a room, you'll save quite a bit!

Hotel

Distance from Elks Lodge

Average Rate
(Booking.com)

Hampton Inn and Suites

1.1 Miles

$145

Super 8 Prescott Valley

1.7 Miles

$84

La Quinta Inn & Suites

2.8 Miles

$136

Residence Inn by Marriott Prescott

4.1 Miles

$219

Forest Villas Hotel

4.2 Miles

$118

Prescott Resort & Conference Center

6.9 Miles

$141-159

Quality Inn

7.1 Miles

$139

Rodeway Inn

8 Miles

$80

Bed & Breakfasts

All B&Bs are less than 10 miles from the Elks Lodge and have excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Prescott Pines Inn 
1-928-445-7270

Pleasant Street Inn
1-928-445-4774

Gurley Street Lodge
1-928-442-0200 

Sheldon Street Lodge
1-928-445-5554Point of Rocks Campground, Prescott, Arizona.


Camping

In addition to the campgrounds listed below, you can find excellent information about all Prescott camps on the Prescott Visitors Center page.

 

Point of Rocks Campground

8.1 Miles

 

Daily rates start at $38, weekly at $228

White Spar Campground

7.7 Miles

$10-28

Lynx Campground

6.2 miles

$18-36

Willow Lake RV Park
928-445-6311

11.1 Miles

Call for rates

 

Restaurants

Prescott and the Prescott Valley has heaps of restaurants to suit every budget. Major food chains (Denny's, Chili's, Ihop, Cracker Barrell, Sonic, Carl's Jr, Panda Express, etc) are right near the Elk's lodge, but if you want to try something local, see the list below.

Restaurant

distance from Elks Lodge & Address

Price

BackBurner Family Restaurant

Popular breakfast and lunch spot featuring an extensive menu, huge omelets and a friendly staff.
5.0 Miles, 8400 E Long Mesa Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

$

Tailgaters Sports Grille and Il Primo Pizza and Wings

Fun sports bar atmosphere with pub food done right and weekly specials. Plus, they deliver.
1.1 Miles, 7160 Pav Way, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

$$

Lonesome Valley Brewing

Craft brewery with rolled to order  pizzas, hand formed burgers, and baked daily pretzels.
1.9 Miles, 3040 N Windsong Dr #101, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

$

Jackass Bar & Grill

Casual sports bar with pool tables, shuffleboard, cold beer, food, and friendly bartenders.
2.1 Miles, 8156 E Valley Rd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

 

Peacock Room

122 E Gurley St., Prescott

$$

Bistro St. Michael

100 S. Montezuma St., Prescott

$-$$

El Gato Azul

316 W. Goodwin St., Prescott

$$

Raven Café

6.9 Miles

$-$$

Cuppers Coffee House

: 226 S Cortez St., Prescott

$

Iron Springs Café

1501 Iron Springs Road, Prescott,

$$

Taj Mahal

124 N. Montezuma St., Prescott

$$

Prescott Brewing Co.

130 W. Gurley St., Prescott

$$

Bill's PIzza

107 S Cortez St, Prescott, AZ

$$

Restaurants in Prescott proper, approximately 10-15 minute drive from the Elks Lodge

Peacock Room

Peacock Room, Prescott, Arizona.

122 E Gurley St., Prescott

$$

El Gato Azul

El Gato Azul, Prescott, Arizona. 316 W. Goodwin St., Prescott $$

I've already registered - I just want to pay!

HUMM GRANITE MOUNTAIN ARIZONA 2018 PRICING
- PER PERSON

Includes Map and Event Book for each team; Commemorative T-shirt and Support Package as above for each Rider and Pillion (Passenger); Awards Dinner included for all attendees including Non-Riders. Accommodation and all other meals not included.
All prices are in USD $.

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Rider

USD $

Pillion (Passenger)

USD $

Awards Dinner Guest

USD $

Sep 1 - Dec 31, 2017

$289

$129

$39

Jan 1, 2018 - Mar 1, 2018

$339

$149

$39

March 1 - April 1 2018

$379

$169

$39

NOTE: There is no 'On the Day' pricing - you must pre-register to enter!



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Supported by...

HUMM Granite Mountain Arizona is supported by intrepid adventurer JD Smith and Don Hood, our local partners and 'points wranglers' for this event. These guys have the local knowledge to find the fantastic off-road riding areas around Prescott.

JD and Don will also be providing the support teams at the event itself.

JD Smith in Arizona.

JD Smith

Comments about the HUMM:

"The best 48 hours of my life!"

"The trails we took were jaw droppingly beautiful. The overall location was amazing."

"Good atmosphere, shared knowledge and a great chance to develop skills old and new."

"Thanks for the event guys great work. The riding was great & it came with fantastic scenery."

"Thanks for organising the HUMM. I had such a good time and made friendships which are set to last a long time."

"You are to be congratulated on creating and running such a brilliant and unique event. Surely ranks amongst the top ten 'best fun' biking experiences I've had the pleasure to be involved in."

"Beautiful scenery, good mix of easy/challenging terrain, aircon garage for bikes/spannering, great mix of people, well organised."

"We had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves, so from us a massive thank you, and we are looking forward to next year."

"We'll be back! I can't believe all the trails and how good they are - it's just amazing! WELL worth the trip down!"

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download a poster or postcard (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your bike club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in PDF format (850 KB):

HUMM Granite Mountain Arizona 2018 Poster.

Postcard in PDF format (300 Kb):

HUMM Granite Mountain Arizona 2018 Postcard.

Postcard 4-up in PDF format (403 Kb)

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Thanks! Gracias! Danke! Merci! Obrigado!

HUMM Granite Mountain Arizona Location

Prescott Elks Lodge
6245 E 2nd St,
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314


Getting there:

Prescott Valley is located 92 miles (148 km) north of Phoenix on Interstate 17.

Approximate travel times to Prescott Valley are shown below.

Phoenix, AZ: 1 hour, 33 mins
Tucson, AZ: 3 hours, 13 mins
Las Vegas, NV: 4 hours
Los Angeles, CA: 6 hours, 32 mins
San Francisco, CA: 11 hrs, 54 mins

Information about the area

"Welcome to Prescott, Arizona!
Nestled at an elevation of 5,200' feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., Prescott's perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife.

Here you'll find many things to do including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, shopping, and a hometown feel that keep our visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.

Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world famous Whiskey Row and abundant historical landmarks. Whether you're seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife, or the history of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and cowboy forays in the most famous saloons of the Old West, check out the True West and Real Adventure. Visit Prescott, AZ."

Prescott, Arizona.

Prescott Visitors Center
117 W. Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86303
(928) 445-2000
1 (800) 266-7534

HUMM Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend the HUMM, please let us know so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Please note: Facebook posts and HUBB private messages are very apt to get missed so don't rely on them! Please reply to your confirmation e-mail from us, so it gets to the right person!

Up to 30 days before the event, we will refund all fees in full less a $50 (or €45 or £40) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Within 30 days of the event, there will be NO refunds unless we cancel. Substitutions will be allowed, but the substitute must register online, and comment that they are substituting for you, and you need to confirm it.

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