An Extreme Sporting Culture as Wild as the Land Is: Wyoming
Before anything else, I'm going to stick my neck out and make this claim. Pound for pound, acre for acre, and meter for meter, Wyoming is unmatched in terms of natural biodiversity, natural beauty, and breathtaking scenery - and the sparseness of its population only ensures that it will continue to be just as beautiful as it was since the first settlers came to settle in Wyoming.
This has inculcated in its settlers, and their subsequent descendants, as well as its transplants, a sense of free-spiritedness, outdoorsmanship, and independence that transcends through their local culture - and you can see it best represented in their choices of recreation.
And boy, are they EVER spoiled for choice - there is no shortage of exciting, exhilarating, and absolutely thrilling recreational activities.
But we know you want the real deal - you're looking for a thrill more intense than the usual run, the usual triathlon, or the usual biking. Well, you've come to the right place, because you're about to get schooled on 5 of Wyoming's extreme sporting events and competitions featuring the unbridled beauty and extremes that the geography of Wyoming can offer. These events are not for the faint of heart, nor are they for the novice - it takes an experienced holidaymaker to brave it out in the wilderness of Wyoming. But you already knew that.
If you ever want to leave Colorado and visit our neighboring state, these are the attractions you need to see.
1. The Grand Teton 100 Ultramarathon: Grand Teton National Park, Teton, WY
If running is your thing, and the usual mountain run is no longer of any thrill nor difficulty for you, well, are you ever in for a treat. When the Boston marathon just can't cut it anymore, you know you have to try this one out - the Grand Teton 100 Ultramarathon.
It's a 100 mile race up close and personal, and DEEP into the Teton Mountains - yes, you may have done your 100 mile marathons with ease, but we're talking about the extremes in temperature you can get in the Teton Mountain Range - and that's not even counting the air and wind factor. It's going to be very extremely demanding, but it's going to be just as very extremely rewarding once you've conquered the peaks (over 5000 feet of vertical gain every loop!) and you've gone through 36 hours of nonstop running. Even the less demanding 50 mile event that goes along with it can get VERY extremely demanding for anybody not used to mountain conditions - be sure to get medical clearance before running.