Be the Man Of The Cliff
First things first. The upcoming Man of the Cliff festival isn’t just for men. It’s not on a cliff, either. It’s in the mountain hamlet of Red Cliff, where thousands of flannel-clad men and women will gather Sept. 28-29 to throw axes, shoot arrows, and drink lots and lots of beer.
The event revolves around a kind of mountain sports decathalon (septathalon, technically), which tests competitors’ skills in archery, axe throwing, keg tossing, wood chopping, spear throwing, hammer and caber tossing.
Entry costs $60, and includes two days of competition, a free t-shirt, and a lumberjack nickname for the weekend (past favorites: Billy Brickhouse, Chuggin’ Doug, and Testacles). All proceeds go to support the non-profit First Descents. Beer drinking by competitors is expected. Flannel is required. Learn how to register.
Man of the Cliff is only in its fourth year, but the festival weekend already boosts the population of Red Cliff by about 1,000%. Presenting sponsor Bonfire Brewing has even brewed up special libations for this year’s event – the Man of the Cliff Wood Splitter and a barrel-aged porter names “Bear Punch” (after a regular MOTC competitor).
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