HUMM Canadian Rockies 2016

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness
Canadian Rockies - 22-24 July, 2016

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HUMM Canadian Rockies.

The HUMM Canadian Rockies is a unique 2-day, off-road motorcycle orienteering/geo-caching event near Panorama in the Canadian Rockies. Test your map reading and navigation skills, find hidden secrets and enjoy the fabulous riding. The trails and roads are amazing, the scenery is breath-taking, and the people are wonderful - so come along and bring your friends!

For those of you who would like to bring along your non-riding spouse / significant other, Panorama Resort features a wide variety of summer activities including hiking, golfing, ATV tours, white water rafting, horseback riding, fishing, yoga, tennis, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking. Panorama has a variety of pools and hot tubs at different temperatures and includes waterslides also. Of course there's a massage and spa, plus kids programs!

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 Trent Schumann, Daan Stehouwer, Patrick Trahan, David Hodgson, & 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 2016, we plan events in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, in Aragón, Spain and in Goa, India. 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!"

Each event is presented in partnership with a Horizons Unlimited Event Partner, who lay out the checkpoints.

HUMM BC 2016 will be in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia. Photo by Trent Schumann and Daan Stehouwer of Wanduro.

HUMM Canadian Rockies 2016. This picture is ON the HUMM course!
Photo by Trent Schumann and Daan Stehouwer of Wanduro.

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

1 - Singles with off-road pretensions

2 - Multis with off-road pretensions

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 Canadian Rockies - checkpoint wrangling!

The FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

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

HUMM Canadian Rockies Event Schedule

Day Zero

  • Arrive on site at the Panorama Resort Hotel
  • Check in with event HQ. Room assignment. 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

Day 1 and 2

  • 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 Canadian Rockies! No stunts, no gimmicks!
  • A "HUMM-dinger" of a chance to test your navigation strategies!
  • An exclusive HUMM technical t-shirt
  • Team Map and HUMM Points Book
  • ALL First, Second and Third place Team Members in each class get a keeper Trophy!
  • HUMM Trophies.

    Trophies at HUMM Morocco 2015

  • Certificate of completion for all finishers suitable for framing and mucho bragging rights!
  • One Spot satellite tracker rental for your team
  • 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

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: 09:00-18:00 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.

Rules of the HUMM - Canadian Rockies!Black Bear - photo from Wikipedia.

Please Note: BEAR SPRAY is MANDATORY for HUMM Canadian Rockies - at least 1 per team!

If you don't have your own, with a valid expiry date, you must purchase it. Bear spray can be purchased at a nearby Outfitters store. Price is about CDN$50 there, but can be found cheaper. Amazon Canada lists it for CDN $40 with free shipping in Canada. MEC has it for CDN $33.75, but you have to buy it in store. Canadian Tire has it for CDN $47.99, also in store only, and some useful FAQs on their website.

For USA registrants, be aware that bear spray may not be legally taken across the border.

Optional Bike Rentals

Rentals will be available in Calgary from All Season Rental Adventures Inc

3 Day rental (or more)

• 10% off
• mileage package – 300 km/day (regular 100 km/day) = 900 km for 3 days
• extra mileage: discounted rate of 0.18 per km, regular 0.25 per km.
• 50% Off helmet, jacket, glove rentals.

1 Week or more rental

• 7% off
• mileage package – 1800 for the week ( an extra 200 kms)
• extra mileage: discounted rate of 0.16 per km, regular 0.25 per km.
• All paniers on 1200's are a separate charge.
• Gloves , jacket, helmet = free

Prices (these are the prices without the discount calculation):

  • BMW-R1200-GS (panniers $40 a day) 3 day $620, weekly $1100 DamageDep: $4000, Deductible $4000
  • BMW-F800-GS (with panniers) 3 day $540, weekly $1000 DamageDep: $4000, Deductible $4000
  • BMW-G650-GS (soft luggage) 3 day $480, weekly $860 DamageDep: $3000, Deductible $3000
  • Kawasaki-KLR50e (day pack) 3 day $400, weekly $715 DamageDep: $1000, Deductible $3000

Book directly with All Season using promo code 'HUMM'.

Facilities for a Fantastic Event

Panorama Mountain Resort is located in the Kootenay Rockies, in beautiful BC, Canada, close to Banff and Calgary, Alberta. The nearest international airport is in Calgary, 3 hours away. This year-round resort features a wide variety of summer activities including hiking, golfing, ATV tours, white water rafting, horseback riding, fishing, yoga, tennis, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking.

Panorama offers one of the easiest mountain resort vacations you'll ever experience. Simply check in, ditch your transportation and step out onto the mountain. Our intimate village has a great variety of restaurants, retail therapy, pubs and cafés. There is also free access to the hot pools for all resort guests, an on-mountain massage and spa, plus a calendar full packed with events and activities.

Panorama Resort Map

Panorama Resort at sunset.

Accommodation at Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama offers a variety of accommodation choices to suit your budget. We have secured a super discount rate for rooms. We highly recommend taking a room - after riding hard all day, you will really appreciate a nice comfy bed at night! All prices are Per Night, Per Room. If you're sharing with a team mate, it's even more of a bargain!

Pine Inn - Bookings below

Panorama's Pine Inn is modest, basic, unpretentious accommodation at the centre of the resort. Pine Inn Guests receive free use of Panorama Springs Pools, fitness centre, Village Gondola.

Pine Inn bedroom at Panorama Mountain Resort.Pine Inn bathroom at Panorama Mountain Resort.
Room Amenities

Mountain view.
All rooms include a TV and phone.
Full size bathroom.
Coffee maker.
High speed internet
1 king or 2 queen beds.
Max occupancy 2 or 4.

Pine Inn, 1 queen: C$78.80 plus tax per night
Pine Inn, 2 queen: C$83.26 plus tax per night

Condos or Slopeside Condos - Bookings below

Located in the Upper Village, these slopeside condos offer direct ski-in / ski-out convenience via the Mile One Quad and Red Carpet. Guests staying in this building have direct access to the Panorama Springs Hot Pools. Upper Village amenities are only a short walk away.

Panorama Springs Lodge.Panorama Springs Lodge.

Room Amenities

Fully equipped kitchen (including a dishwasher, fridge, stove, microwave).
Comfortable living room.
Mountain view.
All units include a TV and DVD player and phone.
Full size bathroom(s).
Tea and coffee-making facilities are also provided.
Balconies (not guaranteed in studio units).
Hair dryer in unit.
Iron & ironing board.
Gas fireplace.
High speed internet (see below for more info).

Panorama Springs Lodge.Panorama Springs Lodge.

Bedding Configurations

Studio:
1 queen bed.
1 queen pull-out couch in the living room.
Maximum occupancy of 4 people.
Upper Village Studio $129 plus tax per night

1 Bedroom:
1 split king bed.
1 queen pull-out couch in the living room.
Maximum occupancy of 4 people.
Upper village 1 bedroom $156 plus tax per night

2 Bedroom:
1 split king bed in the 1st bedroom.
1 queen bed or 2 single beds in the 2nd bedroom.
1 queen pull-out couch in the living room.
Maximum occupancy of 6 people.
There are 2 full bathrooms.
Upper village 2 bedroom $223 plus tax per night

All of the above includes pool access, sauna and FREE WIFI.

Camping

Camping is available in a large gravel parking lot across the river from the main lodge, suitable for RVs, tents okay. No toilet facilities, but porta potties will be provided. Toilets and showers can be used at the resort itself, walking distance. Be aware this is not 'glamping'! We strongly advise you to enjoy the rooms, as we've arranged the best rates in the valley for you!

Camping area near Panorama Resort.

Camping per person: $15 including tax per night. Please book camping through Horizons Unlimited when you register for the HUMM.

Bookings

All accommodation (except camping) is to be booked through Panorama Resort's Reservation Line:

  • If calling from North America, please call: 1.800.663.2929, option 1 when connected.
  • If calling from outside North America, please call: 1.250.342.6941, option 1 when connected.

Please mention 'HUMM' when you book as we have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price (above).

NOTE: You CANNOT USE the HUMM Code for online bookings - you MUST call the Reservation Line above! (If there is a problem with the code, call Amy during regular business hours at 1.250.341.3031.)

Book your Meal Package (including meals for non-riders), when you book accommodation. Campers please book the Meal Package through the Panorama Reservation Line above.

Pools at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Meal Package

There are limited dining options at Panorama in the summer:

  • Picnic Cafe / Bistro - Breakfast and Lunch only. Soups and sandwiches and salads.
  • T-bar and Grill. Evenings only (no breakfast/lunch). Link to Menu (PDF).
  • Monticola Restaurant - Open 5-10 pm, closed Tues/Wed. Fresh, original, rustic fare. Link to Menu (PDF).
  • Grey's Restaurant. Evenings only (no breakfast/lunch). Fine dining. Capacity around 30 people. Often booked in advance for weddings, meetings, etc. Especially on weekends.
  • Cliffhanger Restaurant is a brand new restaurant and steakhouse with a casual, warm atmosphere and delicious main courses. It is 1 km away from resort at the Greywolf Golf Course. 8 am - 10 pm daily. Fine dining.

Panorama is also 20km away from the nearest grocery store. We have arranged a meal package for all participants to be served in our event conference room. We highly recommend that you book it when you book your room. That way you will be eating with all the rest of the gang, and not have to worry about your meals. The bagged lunch will also make your life easier. Otherwise during your day's riding you would need to plan your route to find a lunch spot, and very little of the riding will be near civilization.

Meal Prices (all taxes and gratuity included) are as follows (per day):

Breakfast: $19.82
Lunch: $19.82
Dinner: $28.50

Full Meal Plan per Day (save $8.67): $59.47

Book your Meal Package when you book accommodation (see above).

Note: Your Awards Dinner is included with your HUMM Registration fee, so you do not need dinner on Sunday night.

Summer Activities at Panorama Mountain Resort

There is no shortage of activities to keep non-riders and family occupied while the riders enjoy the HUMM! The following is taken from the Panorama website and includes links for more information.

Soak, Swim, Relax

Panorama has a variety of pools at different temperatures and includes waterslides also. The outdoor pools are the perfect place to unwind after a day on the mountain while you take in the beautiful surroundings.

Panorama Resort pools.

All Panorama lodging guests have access to the pools, slides and hot tubs with their room key card. Don't forget to try out the sauna, also located in the pool area.

Relaxation Heaven

Pure Massage, located in the heart of Panorama Mountain Resort offers a wide variety of services including massage, wraps, hot stone, body treatments and spa packages. Indulge in a day off or enjoy our services after a long day on the mountain. Pure Massage is conveniently located at the base of the mountain in the Pine Inn. 1 (250) 341-6977

Greywolf Golf Course

Epic Mountain Golf. The award-winning 18-hole Greywolf Golf Course is situated at Panorama. Considered by Golf Digest to be one of the top 10 courses in Canada, this stunning course, designed by Doug Carrick is an unforgettable experience.

Greywolf Golf Course at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Mountain Yoga

Unique and very Panorama. Enjoy elevated lunch breaks or catch the last lift to the summit and end your day with an après ski experience you won't soon forget.

Mountain Yoga at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Cross Country Bike Trails

Take in our trails by pedal power. Ease into the experience of mountain biking for the first time at Panorama or go the distance on our trails as a seasoned cross country trail rider.

Cross Country Bike Trails at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Sightseeing Chairlift Rides

Don't forget your camera. Make a lap on the Mile 1 Express with a stop at the top to enjoy the views or go for a hike. The lookout to Mt. Nelson is spectacular!

Summer chairlift at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Horseback Riding

Trot, gallop, or mosey. Let Toby Creek Trail Rides take you on a horseback adventure as your expert guide leads the way through mountain trails with amazing views and wildlife.

Horseback riding at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Tennis

Visit the Adventure Centre for a fun game of tennis. Feel free to bring your own gear and reserve a court. There are four full size tennis courts available for guest use.

Tennis at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Whitewater Rafting

Go on...get wet! Experience the thrills of whitewater rafting with Kootenay River Runners this summer! Rafting is available on a variety of rivers suited to different skill levels.

Whitewater rafting at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Mountain Bike Park

Shift happens...ride on up! Beat the crowds and discover authentic downhill mountain biking at Panorama Mountain Resort. Renowned for single track trails with natural and man-made features, wide open cruisers and expert downhill terrain.

Mountain Bike Park at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand up Paddleboarding

Explore the wetlands. Columbia River Outfitters is your outdoor adventure center for self-guided canoe, kayak and interpretive tours in the Columbia Valley. They offer a unique way to discover the lakes and rivers of this region with modern, stable recreational boats, which are easy to paddle.

Kayaking in the Columbia Valley, Panorama Mountain Resort.

Fly Fishing

Go with a guide. Catch trout in solitude from a float tube on an alpine lake, walk a quiet section of a stream stalking cutthroat and bull trout from pool to pool, or bring the whole family out for a memorable fishing trip.

Eurobungy at Panorama Mountain Resort.

EuroBungy

Grab some air! The EuroBungy is a four sided bounce apparatus that gives the experience and rush of gravity defying maneuvers while being safely tethered. Get your adrenaline pumping as you jump, flip and fly up to 25 ft in the air above the trampolines as your specialized harness ensures a controlled experience.

Activities for Kids (of all ages)

The Fun Zone

Bounce, laugh, climb and play. The FunZone includes a climbing wall, bounce castles, sightseeing chairlift rides and miniature golf. It makes for a great afternoon with your kids.

Fun Zone at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Archery

The kids will love it! Learn the fundamentals of pulling back the bow and finding your target.

PanoKids Programs

The kids are up to all kinds of fun! Let your children experience a whole new world of fun at Panorama. Take comfort knowing your children are playing in a safe environment with the PanoKids. Choose from a wide variety of programs available for all ages.

Wee Wascals Childcare

Let your children enjoy a day of fun with others their own age, whilst you take the day off to hit the slopes of Panorama. All staff are highly trained, have undergone criminal record checks, CPR/Childcare first aid training, and are dedicated to the safety and well-being of your children at all times. 1 250.341.3041



 
 

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If you have a few minutes, please download a poster (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 English in PDF format (4.7 Mb):

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Freshly-minted buzz about the HUMM Canadian Rockies

"Had a blast at the HUMM, and looking forward to next year. Thank you for bringing this awesome event to the Canadian Rockies."

"Great job on the event. Our team had a great time and will be back for sure."

"Loved participating in the HUMM event! Our ladies team enjoyed riding together for the two days. We were very pleased we didn't come in last!"

"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."

Previous HUMM events in Spain and Morocco

"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!"

HUMM Canadian Rockies Venue Location

Panorama Mountain Resort
2000 Panorama Dr,
Panorama, BC V0A 1T0
CANADA
(250) 342-6941


 

Panorama is 300 km from Calgary (nearest international airport), 850 km from Vancouver, 900 km from Seattle.

Getting there:

You can ride, or drive down in a van/whatever carrying your bikes, or fly to Calgary and rent a bike.

Note: There is no need for National park passes for the HUMM, nor to get there (if you don't stop on Highway 93 for tourist purposes, you don't need a pass).

Information about the area

Panorama Mountain Resort (Wikipedia)

"Panorama Mountain Resort is a ski and golf resort in Canada, located in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern British Columbia. Part of the Columbia Valley sub-region of the East Kootenay region, it is a popular tourist destination known for its rolling cliffs and spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains.

The ski resort is of above average size for North America, with 2,847 acres (11.52 km2) of skiable lift-served terrain. This places it somewhere in the top ten in terms of area. It also has one of the largest vertical drops in North America, at 4,019 feet (1,200 m). In terms of continuously skiable vertical drop, it is 5th behind Revelstoke, Whistler Blackcomb, Jackson Hole, and Kicking Horse.

At the bottom of the ski hill there is a resort with lodging, restaurants, retail shops, and the Panorama Springs Pools complex.

In the summer, Panorama offers excellent hiking, mountain biking, horseback trail rides and golfing."

Destination BC's guide to Things to Do at Panorama

Destination BC's 'Great Circle Tour' from Calgary (3-7 days)

In Partnership With Wanduro

Wanduro is the Event Partner for HUMM Canadian Rockies 2016.

HUMM Canadian Rockies 2016 is organized in partnership with Trent Schumann and Daan Stehouwer of Wanduro. Daan and Trent laid out the course and will be leading the support team at the event itself.

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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