The 41st annual Baldy Hill Climb is ready to take off Saturday, Sept. 28, taking hikers and climbers on a 1.86-mile ascent from the bottom of Warm Springs ski run to the 9,020-foot summit of Baldy.
Sponsors are Sturtevants, Washington Federal and Sun Valley Resort for an event conducted as a fundraiser for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF).
Besides the hill climb on the 3,140 vertical foot course, the event includes the 5.25-mile, 2,600 vertical foot Baldy Bike Hill Climb along the Cold Springs mountain bike trail.
There is also the Cheeso Double bike/hike challenge, plus a short 300 vertical-foot KinderClimb that is free for kids 11-and-younger.
SVSEF advertises it as “One Big Mountain, Five Awesome Events.”
All participants receive a t-shirt, access to the summit aid station, a ski lift ride down the hill (no download for bikes) and the post-race awards party at Baldy’s summit.
Registration closes Thursday, Sept. 26. Pre-register online at imathlete.com, or in person through Sept. 26 at Sturtevants, The Elephant’s Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports, all in Ketchum, and also Sturvevants, Hailey.
Make checks payable to SVSEF. There is no day-of-race registration. Pricing is $40 for adults, $30 youth 17-and-under, and $45/$55 for those doing the Cheeso Double.
Time schedule features:
8:30 a.m. for the start of the bike and Cheeso Double; 9:30 a.m. for KinderClimb (everyone gets a ribbon); 10 a.m. for Hill Climb hiking class; and 11 a.m. for the Hill Climb racing class. Awards at the summit are scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Bib pick-up for hikers and foot racers takes place starting at 8:30 a.m. at Warm Springs, and 7:30 a.m.at Cold Springs for mountain bikers.
Last year there were 176 participants in the Baldy Hill Climb (91 hikers, 76 racers, 9 bikers). They ranged in age from 8-78.
Race winners were Miles Fink-Debray (37:37) and Alexa Turzian (47:33). Cheeso Double mountain bike/racing winners were Eric Chizum and Brooke Hovey. Top hikers were Tait Robinson, 40, and Berkeley Canfield, 12.
Course record holders for Hill Climb racers are Miles Havlick (35:04 in 2014) and Morgan Arritola (39:53 2010).
Mountain bike standards were set by Richard Feldman (59:56, 2015) and Brooke Hovey (1.13:53, 2012). Cheeso Double records were set in 2012 by Michael Tobin (1.41:53) and Brooke Hovey (2.02:34).
The SVSEF will award $100 cash prizes to anyone setting new course records in the running, mountain bike and Cheeso Double divisions.
Cheeso Double is named for the late SVSEF ski coach Craig “Cheeso” Kjesbo.