WOOOOO!!! Tepui Fest 2014 was a HUGE success and the staff here at Tepui HQ would like to say thanks to everyone who made it out this year. Without the participation of vendors such as Scott Chaney at Compact Camping Concepts and Chris Barbena from Rack-N-Road along with EVERYONE who purchased tickets we would not have been able to throw such a great party. You guys rock!
This year, we had GREAT new music on the scene. Santa Cruz local band THRIVE played a private set for everyone on Friday night and they definitely did not disappoint with their reggae fusion and stellar stage presence. Thanks to all of their members for showing up and rocking it! If you missed the set or want to support their music, you can visit their website at thrivetheband.com
Saturday was SO much fun, but we weren't gonna get through the day without and amazing breakfast from Mexxis Catering. They made really tasty meals for everyone all weekend long, and we can't thank them enough for coming out! Looking forward to having them out again next year.
With 4-wheel clinics led by the Northern California Land Rover Club taking up most of the day, folks got plenty of learning time in while also being given the chance to take off onto the trails, or stick around camp to play some horseshoes. Turns out that Team Tepui didn't get enough shoe-practice in this year, so performance was low (ahem, EVAN. Although with a new little-one in the family we can't blame him entirely)... Don't worry, though. Next year, we've got you ALL beat!
Saturday night we had a great intro to next year's Tepui Adventures from our lead guide Todd along with a cool slideshow from 2014's Adventures. We had such a blast over the last year... Thanks to everyone who came out on all of our trips!
After our super sweet raffle (people walked away with some really cool prizes) we presented the first annual "Best Setup Award". Each Tepui Staff member had representation on it and we all participated in putting it together, so it was a pretty big deal for us. The competition was pretty fierce, so a big CONGRATS to the 2014 winner, John Amoroso! We think he might have swayed the judges (mainly Dani) by baking cookies in the oven he put on his trailer, but all-in-all he really DID have a great setup.
The rest of the night was spent listening to more music (even Bernard got up on the mic for a few notes) and roasting marshmallows over the bonfire. We relaxed our way into the evening and all fell asleep to the sounds of coyotes and crickets.
Sunday we were packed up and ready to take off. We can't wait to do it again next year! Looking forward to meeting up with everyone, and seeing what adventures you've gotten yourselves into with your Tepui.
Evan, Bernard, Griffin and Dani