Outdoors

Outdoor Activities in the Gear Grove

Rooster Walk has always encouraged getting outside and having fun, and is proud to combine both of them in order to give the people more opportunities to enjoy what they love. Please consider yourselves invited to explore the Gear Grove (beneath the pines at New Belgium Pine Grove Stage)! This is our haven in the woods to meet other “dirtbags,” shop gear, exchange stories, and discover new adventures around the back-country near you.

Not only will there be knowledgeable and friendly vendors, we will also have an info booth where you can learn about workshops, local hikes, events and compositions hosted during the festival.

Our goal is to give beginners an accepting place to ask questions and delve deeper, while also giving “dirtbags” of all levels the chance to network, chill, and adventure!


THURSDAY SCHEDULE

All Day: Disc Golf, sponsored by Explore Disc Golf
4pm: 
Slack-Librium: Intro to Slacking
5pm: Guided Hike

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

All Day: Disc Golf, sponsored by Explore Disc Golf
10am: 
Slack-Librium: Mindfulness in the Morning
1pm: Guided Hike
4pm: Slack-Librium: Intro to Slack
5pm: Chain of Fools: Slow Your Roll evening bike cruise

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

All Day: Disc Golf, sponsored by Explore Disc Golf
10am:
Slack-Librium: Mindfulness in the Morning
10:30am: Road Ride to/from Mountain Valley Hops Farm and Brewery
CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN/HIGH WATER LEVELS: 10:30am: Smith River Float Trip meets in the Gear Grove
1pm: Guided Hike
4pm: Slack-Librium: Slackline Fitness

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

All Day: Disc Golf, sponsored by Explore Disc Golf
9:30am
Kids One-Mile Fun Run
10am Tuff Strutter 5k and Trail Run
10am: Chain of Fools: A Fool’s Errand intermediate bike ride
CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN/HIGH WATER LEVELS: 10:30am: Smith River Float Trip meets in the Gear Grove
12pm Slack-Librium: Mindfulness in the Morning
1pm Guided Hike
4pm Slack-Librium: Slackline Yoga

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Trail Rides hosted by Chain of Fools

Friday @ 5pm “Slow Your Roll” evening cruise

Looking for a fun way to get acquainted with Pop’s Farm? Come cruise with Chain of Fools! This 1-2 mile ride will be at a very casual pace, so all riders young and old are welcome. Costumes and festive bike decorations are encouraged!

Sunday @ 12pm “A Fool’s Errand” intermediate bike ride:  For anyone looking to sweat out a little bit of Saturday night, join Chain of Fools Bicycle Repair for a lap (or more) of the Tough Strutter race course.

A limited number of bikes and helmets will be available for loan by the YMCA’s Bike Barn. See activity registration booth for reservation. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry! There will be FREE bike loans for all trail rides., courtesy of the YMCA’s Bike Barn.

Road Ride hosted by Henry County Bike Club

Saturday @ 10:30am: This will be a easy pace 21 +/- mile ride through the rolling scenic roads around Axton. There will be a rest stop just past half way at Mountain Valley Hops farm and Brewery!!!

Slacklining with Slack-Librium

Thursday & Friday @ 4pm: Intro to Slacklining: Never stepped on a slackline before? This is the workshop for you! We’ll go over all the basics and fundamentals including set up and take down of the lines, simple slackline physics, slackline philosophy, and of course an engaging introduction to the practice of slacklining itself! Come prepared to practice standing (on both feet), walking, knee balances, and sitting. Intermediate skills that we might break into include crouching, turning around, and jump mounts. We’ll have multiple Slack-Librium instructors on site to assist participants across various skill levels. Step into Slack-Librium… don’t be shy

Friday, Saturday @ 10am and Sunday @ 12pm: Mindfulness in the Morning:
 Every morning at 10:00am Slack-Librium will offer guided mindfulness practice & discussion circles. These circles are open and friendly to participants of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, and experience levels. We’ll explore different types of mindfulness practice each morning drawing upon a wide range of styles inclusive of both introspective forms of practice and social forms of mindfulness. Each exercise will be followed with a discussion and exploration of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences within a safe, comfortable, and compassionate environment.

Saturday @ 4pm: Slackline Fitness:
 Improve your balance, posture, strength, coordination, and concentration all at the same time! Our slackline fitness classes are designed to emphasize the fundamentals of slacklining while providing a workout that is both physically and mentally challenging for beginner and advanced slackliners alike. Expect to learn exercises that can be performed both on and off of the line and will help you to develop the muscles that are necessary for improving your slacklining skills.

Sunday @ 4pm: Slackline Yoga:
 Take your asana onto the line! This class is designed for slackliners and yoga practitioners of all skill levels. We’ll explore some basic and intermediate yoga poses that will help build the strength and flexibility needed to really take slacklining to the next level. We can increase the intensity of some of these poses by utilizing the slackline as an exercise prop, similar to a fitness ball. For the truly advanced practitioners, we’ll take our yoga poses onto the slackline itself, and work towards developing routine and flow on the line.
Slack-Librium instructors will offer adjustments and variations for every pose so that you can truly make the practice your own.

All Weekend: Stop by the Gear Grove any time during the weekend for personal 1-on-1 guidance from Slack-Librium instructors!

Kayak and Canoe Float hosted by Smith River Outfitters

Unfortunately, these have been cancelled due to recent rain/high water levels: Saturday & Sunday @ 11am-3pm: Paddlers will meeting the Gear Grove (upper part of the pine grove) at 10:30am, and be shuttled to and from the Smith River. Boats, paddles, safety equipment and shuttle service are provided with the ticket fee. Children under the age of 14 are required to be accompanied by an adult. *Please wear clothes you can get wet in; packing a water bottle and a snack is recommended. The cost is $45 for a single-person kayak, and $50 for a Canoe or Tandem Kayak. (That means two people can float for a single $50 ticket). There are only 12 tickets available per trip, so don’t delay in buying yours today!

The Tuff Strutter 5K Trail Run hosted by the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA

Sunday @ 10am: Start Sunday off right with a 3.1 mile run through the beautiful festival grounds of Pop’s Farm. This challenging, well-marked rugged course that begins next to the New Belgium Stage in the Pine Grove and consists of several hill climbs, followed by rushing declines, and amazing natural beauty. There will be an on-course aid-station, great race swag and delicious post-race food!  Awards will be given for the top three male and female finishers as well as to the top male and female age-group finishers. Stay the weekend or just come for the race, all are welcome!

Kids One-Mile Fun Run hosted by the Martinsville YMCA

Sunday @ 9:30am: Brand new to the roster this year, a fun one mile loop for children of ages. Although it’s not as tough as the Tuff Strutter, it will still be an exciting adventure. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Parents, you will need to sign your children up before the start of the race, and you are welcome to join them, but are not eligible for prizes in this run (Totally eligible in the Tuff Strutter though).

Guided Hikes hosted by Rooster Walk

Everyday @ 1pm: Join one of the staff on a laid back 30-45 minute hike around the property. Meeting at the entrance to the Gear Grove and leaving promptly at 1:00pm.

Disc Golf, sponsored by Explore Disc Golf

All Day: Head by the Explore Disc Golf booth in the main stage vendor row and check out a “loaner disc,” then hit the course! We’ve got a six-hole disc golf course located in the woods just past the Pine Grove Stage.

 

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