HUMM (Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness) Information

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Thanks to Molly Stack, our awesome video editor, and to Ken Delathouwer, Ilija Perić, 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 2018, we plan events in the USA Granite Mountain in Arizona, the Canadian Monashees in British Columbia and the Appalachians in West Virginia. Events are 2 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!)

Riders into woods. Photo by Nick Zacker.

Choose one of FOUR challenge classes for your team to participate!

  1. MAP SINGLES - Single-cylinder bikes navigating with a compass (no GPS);
  2. MAP MULTIS: Multi-cylinder bikes navigating with a compass (no GPS);
  3. GPS SINGLES: Single-cylinder bikes navigating with a GPS or satnav;
  4. GPS MULTIS: Multi-cylinder bikes navigating with a GPS or satnav.

Does your team have a combination of singles and multis? Choose the ONE challenge class your team will ride in and experience the unique pros and cons of each bike type.

Rocks galore at HUMM Appalachians!

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.

HUMM Appalachians - Riders coming over hill.

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 at HUMM Morocco.

The FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

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

The HUMM Event Fee includes:

  • 2-3 full days of 100% pure off-road adventure riding in amazing locations! 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.
  • Awards Dinner

Event Schedule

Day Zero

  • Arrive on site at the 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 (and 3 if a 3-day event)

  • 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 the final day 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.

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.

SOUNDS LIKE FUN - I'M INTERESTED!

Mark your calendars and register now!

HUMM Granite Mountain, Apr 13-15, 2018.

HUMM Granite Mountain, Arizona
(April 13-15, 2018)

HUMM Monashees, July 28-30, 2017.

HUMM Monashees
(July 20-22, 2018)

HUMM Appalachians, Aug 11-13, 2017.

HUMM Appalachians
(Sep 14-16)

HUMM Sierras de España, May 28-31, 2017.

HUMM Sierras de España
(tbc)


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What is a HUMM?

What is included?

Typical Event Schedule

Rules of the event

 

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HUMM Granite Mountain, AZ (Apr 13-15)

HUMM Granite Mountain, Apr 13-15, 2018.


HUMM Monashees (July 20-22)

HUMM Monashees, July 20-22, 2018.

HUMM Appalachians (Sep 14-16)

HUMM Appalachians, Sep 14-16, 2018.

HUMM Sierras de España (tbc)

HUMM Sierras de España, tbc 2019.

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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!"

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.

HUMM - the most fun on 2 wheels!


"The best day's riding ever!"

Don't take our word for it - see for yourself! 2018 navigation challenge events are in Arizona, British Columbia and West Virginia.

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