If there was ever a person more comfortable or happy in the mountains than Chris Onufer, I have yet to meet them. Chris, a long time Aerial Tram mechanic and fixture at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, died tragically in 2012. Whether you knew Chris or not, his spirit can be felt at the Aerial Tramway and Rendezvous Mountain – enticing skiers and riders, hikers, runners and climbers to get out and explore, live every moment to the fullest, have some fun, scare yourself a bit and feel alive.
The Rendezvous Mountain Hill Climb Saturday, Aug 1st is a tribute to this mountain goat; a man who ran wild through the mountains and shared selflessly his passions, joys and experiences with all.
With an invigorated new course, the Hill Climb is “X” Extreme – and Chris, Captain X, will be there cheering everyone on. 6.1 miles almost completely on single track with over 4,100 vertical– a new record is there for the taking. I won’t be the one setting the record, but I’m ready to show up for race day, and show up for Chris, who never missed a race.