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Sierra Nevada’s “Beer Camp” is re-imagined

Pink headphones played music directly to dancing campers Saturday at Beer Camp, allowing a dance party without the music overpowering the other activities Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Zip lines, rock walls, bike dirt-tracks, and even human versions of Hungry, Hungry, Hippos and foosball, were just a few of the activities campers joined in on Saturday, at Sierra Nevada’ Brewery’s first “Beer Camp” event of its type.

Tickets sold-out to 4,000 people, nearly all of whom showed up at some point between the noon to 8 p.m. duration, according to Dave Hermann, media manager for Sierra Nevada. He said they are referring to the event as an “epic adult day camp.”

The ropes course at Beer Camp, where campers walked from wooden beams an planks suspended in air by ropes, Campers used climbing equipment to ensure their safety. Photo credit: Josh Cozine
The ropes course at Beer Camp Saturday stayed busy the entire day, as campers traversed the course. Photo credit: Josh Cozine
A zip-line sent campers screaming down over the dirt bike-track Saturday at Beer Camp. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Tickets, priced at $30, came with access to all the activities and included one free beer. Food trucks were also available for hungry campers at an additional charge.

Other activities included a dance booth where campers put on pink earphones, all linked-up to limit noise pollution, as well as a constantly-crowded for some reason game where people hit nails into logs.

A dancer at the entrance to Beer Camp Saturday, later on the dancer also performed fire-eating tricks Photo credit: Josh Cozine
A fire-eater near the entrance to Beer Camp, Saturday Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Safety was also a key concern at Beer Camp. Water stations were available at several locations, as well as “zero-waste” stations, where event staff constantly gathered recyclable and compostable materials for removal and proper sorting. A first-aid station was also available with a nearby ambulance on-call.

One of the rock walls. Beer Camp had 3 different walls open all day Saturday for campers to climb, or even race each other up to ring the bell at the top. Photo credit: Josh Cozine
Campers played large games of "human Foosball" Saturday at Beer Camp. Campers could only move slightly side-to-side and had to try to get the ball into the other teams goal. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Event staff also swarmed the exits, making sure overly-inebriated campers caught a taxi, Uber or Lyft home, or caught shuttles running throughout the day to downtown Chico or the nearby fairgrounds.

Josh Cozine can be reached at [email protected] or @joshcozine on Twitter.

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