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Highlights from a huge weekend - here's a recap of the spirit, the sand and the smiles of last weekend's Margaret River Ultra Marathon with this superb highlights video covering both days of racing.

It was our biggest event of the year and a huge success for everyone - thanks to those who took part.

Provisional date for next year: 10-11 May 2025. Entries will open in October.

www.mrultramarathon.com.au
Video credit to : Calumn Hockey.
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Jay McGowan getting your head in there

6 days ago

"𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑡 𝑅𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑈𝑙𝑡𝑟𝑎 42𝑘𝑚 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝐵𝑅𝑈𝑇𝐼-𝐹𝑈𝐿 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦"

[BRUTI-FUL: Made up adjective to describe something that is pleasing to the senses, while at the same time feeling like it's ripping your legs off!] 😂

Jokes aside...

Thanks to the 400+ legends who went out on a limb and joined us for the inaugural 42km today. The word "epic" doesn't come close to describing how fun you made the occasion.

A huge congratulations to all competitors who crossed the line – the course was indeed TOUGH. It made a road marathon look like a walk in the park, and the female winner, Kate Baker, reckons she was no more tired after the 80km last year!.

So, pat yourself on the back, have a hot bath, have a wine (or 5)...

Heck, maybe call in sick tomorrow to heal the legs and bathe in glory!

You deserve it.

A special congratulation to the pointy end of the field:

42KM OVERALL RESULTS:

Male:
1. Ben Leeson 3:48:23
2. Daniel Colley 3:49:49
3. Joel Gray 3:51:35

Female:
1. Kate Baker 4:07:24
2. Ariarn Huston 4:29:00
3. Georgia Seed 4:41:37

GRAND SLAM RESULTS (80km yesterday & 42km today!)

Female:
1 Jennifer RITOSSA 17:50:21
2 Jacqui GOODERHAM 18:07:24
3 Lara LOUW 19:58:53

Male:
1 Alan WILLIAMS 13:25:10
2 Andrew CARRINGTON 13:38:19
3 Matt NEVES 13:48:16

FULL RESULTS HERE: bluechipresults.com.au/Results.aspx?CId=11&RId=1736&EId=5

Please enjoy this little taster of PHOTOS (many thanks to Astrid Volzke Photography). As always, there'll be many more to come in the following days.

Thanks again everyone. Can't wait to do it all again next year!
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𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑡 𝑅𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑈𝑙𝑡𝑟𝑎 42𝑘𝑚 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝐵𝑅𝑈𝑇𝐼-𝐹𝑈𝐿 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦 

[BRUTI-FUL: Made up adjective to describe something that is pleasing to the senses, while at the same time feeling like its ripping your legs off!] 😂

Jokes aside...

Thanks to the 400+ legends who went out on a limb and joined us for the inaugural 42km today. The word epic doesnt come close to describing how fun you made the occasion.

A huge congratulations to all competitors who crossed the line – the course was indeed TOUGH. It made a road marathon look like a walk in the park, and the female winner, Kate Baker, reckons she was no more tired after the 80km last year!. 

So, pat yourself on the back, have a hot bath, have a wine (or 5)...

Heck, maybe call in sick tomorrow to heal the legs and bathe in glory! 

You deserve it. 

A special congratulation to the pointy end of the field: 

42KM OVERALL RESULTS: 

Male:
1.        Ben Leeson                                     3:48:23
2.        Daniel Colley                                  3:49:49
3.        Joel Gray                                          3:51:35

Female:
1.        Kate Baker                                       4:07:24
2.        Ariarn Huston                                 4:29:00
3.        Georgia Seed                                  4:41:37

GRAND SLAM RESULTS (80km yesterday & 42km today!)

Female: 
1 Jennifer RITOSSA                             17:50:21
2 Jacqui GOODERHAM                   18:07:24
3 Lara LOUW                                    19:58:53

Male: 
1 Alan WILLIAMS                                   13:25:10
2 Andrew CARRINGTON                       13:38:19
3 Matt NEVES                                         13:48:16

FULL RESULTS HERE: https://bluechipresults.com.au/Results.aspx?CId=11&RId=1736&EId=5

Please enjoy this little taster of PHOTOS (many thanks to Astrid Volzke Photography). As always, therell be many more to come in the following days. 

Thanks again everyone. Cant wait to do it all again next year!Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Thanks Rapid Ascent Ultra Running Events your events just keep getting better! 😊 Loved the inaugural marathon this year, it was the toughest run I’ve done, sure was brutal!!😩 Thanks to everyone involved including the volunteers, who did such a fabulous job, we can’t do these events without you! 🙏 Can’t wait to see you all next year! 🤦‍♀️

What an awesome couple of days! Beautiful and Brutal - absolutely true! Thanks Sam for your great support and enthusiasm as always and for getting my dropbag out to WP4! The Volunteers did an amazing job - big thanks to Jacqui who looked after me at Rego and Aid Stations and to the other Jacqui at the Med Centre! 🙂 Huge THANK YOU to all the supporters - you guys were so AMAZING!! 🙂

Amazing event! The positivity and good vibes went such a long way. Hats off to the volunteers! Brutiful is correct..

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7 days ago

There’s no greater equaliser than an ultra marathon…

As a fly on the wall at today’s Margaret River Ultra, it’s been astounding to see how people from all walks of life have come together to conquer sand, sun and self… and achieve the unthinkable: 80km, on foot, in a single day!

From young, ripped alpha males… to elite women who can run at mind-bending speed for days on end… to middle aged men who’ve traded the work loafers for trail shoes… and 60+ year old women who have taken up ultra running post retirement…

Everyone is equal.

Everyone is welcomed with open arms.

And everyone is bloody AWESOME (just sayin’).

THANK YOU all for making this a day to remember. And congratulations - not just on your running ability, but also for being top-notch human beings.

There’s something about the running community that feels like one big happy family. It really is special. (Or maybe it just feels that way because we’re all a little bit insane!).

Anyway…

As always there’ll be plenty of photos, results and debriefs to come. But here’s a little sample of pics (many courtesy of Astrid Volzke photography).

Remember, there’s still over 2 hours of finish line action to come. So grab a wine and settle in and cheer your head off for those still to come.

Recover well legends. Can’t wait to do it tomorrow with the 42km!
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There’s no greater equaliser than an ultra marathon…

As a fly on the wall at today’s Margaret River Ultra, it’s been astounding to see how people from all walks of life have come together to conquer sand, sun and self… and achieve the unthinkable: 80km, on foot, in a single day!

From young, ripped alpha males… to elite women who can run at mind-bending speed for days on end… to middle aged men who’ve traded the work loafers for trail shoes… and 60+ year old women who have taken up ultra running post retirement… 

Everyone is equal. 

Everyone is welcomed with open arms. 

And everyone is bloody AWESOME (just sayin’). 

THANK YOU all for making this a day to remember. And congratulations - not just on your running ability, but also for being top-notch human beings. 

There’s something about the running community that feels like one big happy family. It really is special. (Or maybe it just feels that way because we’re all a little bit insane!). 

Anyway… 

As always there’ll be plenty of photos, results and debriefs to come. But here’s a little sample of pics (many courtesy of Astrid Volzke photography). 

Remember, there’s still over 2 hours of finish line action to come. So grab a wine and settle in and cheer your head off for those still to come. 

Recover well legends. Can’t wait to do it tomorrow with the 42km!Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Looks amazing! If I survive Coastal High in August, this event may just find its way onto my bucket list for next year 😝

1 week ago

The early bird gets the Aurora Australis...

The Margaret River Ultra Marathon is underway! And as the 80km solo competitors lined up on the start line in the "wee hours" of this morning, the otherworldly red haze of the Australis lit up the starting arch at Hamelin Bay.

Does it get any more special than that??

Since then, the teams in the 80km have also charged onto the course, leaving Hamelin Bay at 8am (there were some FAST looking teams – like, seriously fast... maybe even RECORD BREAKING fast??).

Now, the competitors...

How do we describe the competitors?

Here are a few words that leap to mind (feel free to put into your own sentences 😂):

Supportive, fit AF, high-on-life, fun-loving, TOUGH, the-kind-of-legends-you'd-happily-have-a-beer-with. Now lets see how they can run...

If you want to follow along, here are some useful links:

👉 LIVE RACE RESULTS: bluechipresults.com.au/live.aspx?CId=11&RId=1736

👉 PREDICTIVE TRACKING: Thanks to some nifty tech you can see an estimated position of all runners throughout the race based on their average speed across previous sections of the course. Last year these times were spookily accurate. Follow along here: bluechipresults.com.au/Track.aspx?CId=11&RId=1736&EId=1

👉 COURSE FLYOVERS: The 80km flyover is here: www.facebook.com/groups/498869351661004/posts/813271810220755/ and the 42km flyover is here: www.facebook.com/groups/498869351661004/posts/813983096816293/

Stay tuned. This is going to a goodin.
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The early bird gets the Aurora Australis...

The Margaret River Ultra Marathon is underway! And as the 80km solo competitors lined up on the start line in the wee hours of this morning, the otherworldly red haze of the Australis lit up the starting arch at Hamelin Bay. 

Does it get any more special than that??

Since then, the teams in the 80km have also charged onto the course, leaving Hamelin Bay at 8am (there were some FAST looking teams – like, seriously fast... maybe even RECORD BREAKING fast??). 

Now, the competitors...

How do we describe the competitors? 

Here are a few words that leap to mind (feel free to put into your own sentences 😂): 

Supportive, fit AF, high-on-life, fun-loving, TOUGH, the-kind-of-legends-youd-happily-have-a-beer-with. Now lets see how they can run...  

If you want to follow along, here are some useful links:

👉 LIVE RACE RESULTS: https://bluechipresults.com.au/live.aspx?CId=11&RId=1736

👉 PREDICTIVE TRACKING: Thanks to some nifty tech you can see an estimated position of all runners throughout the race based on their average speed across previous sections of the course. Last year these times were spookily accurate. Follow along here: https://bluechipresults.com.au/Track.aspx?CId=11&RId=1736&EId=1

👉 COURSE FLYOVERS: The 80km flyover is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/498869351661004/posts/813271810220755/ and the 42km flyover is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/498869351661004/posts/813983096816293/

Stay tuned. This is going to a goodin.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Hamelin, not Hamlin. I’m sorry I don’t know the Wardandi name, but that would be an appropriate inclusion too 🙏

What an event more incredible startline 🥰

Well done

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2 weeks ago

Stoked to have elite cyclist, Ella Bloor, joining us in the Red Centre for the upcoming Shimano Gravel Muster this August.

Ella is a seasoned bike racer who's been at the pointy end of the National and International bike scene for several years now (including placing 13th in the prestigious Sea Otter classic last year!).

Even better, she seems to have a knack for adventure...

In fact, there's an entire article on Velo.outsideonline.com about her time travelling around the USA (during Lifetime Grand Prix) in her "really crappy Jeep" (worth a read).

Annnnyway...

Here's what Ella has to say about the Muster:

"𝐼'𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑏𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑝𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑆ℎ𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑜 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝑎 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑒: 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑇𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦.

𝐼𝑡 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑟-𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑗𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑦 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐸𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑀𝑎𝑐𝐷𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑅𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑡 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠.

𝐼 𝑒𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑇𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑎𝑡 𝑅𝑎𝑝𝑖𝑑 𝐴𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves Ella!

Camaraderie, campfires and unique landscapes is what it's all about.

Looking forward to hearing a few tales from your adventures around the campfire.

Keen to join Ella at the Muster?

Get all the info here: bit.ly/3waZ3h4
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Stoked to have elite cyclist, Ella Bloor, joining us in the Red Centre for the upcoming Shimano Gravel Muster this August. 

Ella is a seasoned bike racer whos been at the pointy end of the National and International bike scene for several years now (including placing 13th in the prestigious Sea Otter classic last year!). 

Even better, she seems to have a knack for adventure...

In fact, theres an entire article on Velo.outsideonline.com about her time travelling around the USA (during Lifetime Grand Prix) in her really crappy Jeep (worth a read). 

Annnnyway...

Heres what Ella has to say about the Muster:

𝐼𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑏𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑝𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑆ℎ𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑜 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝑎 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑒: 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑇𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦. 

𝐼𝑡 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑟-𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑗𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑦 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐸𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑀𝑎𝑐𝐷𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑅𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑡 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠. 

𝐼 𝑒𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑇𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑎𝑡 𝑅𝑎𝑝𝑖𝑑 𝐴𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡.

Couldnt have said it better ourselves Ella! 

Camaraderie, campfires and unique landscapes is what its all about. 

Looking forward to hearing a few tales from your adventures around the campfire. 

Keen to join Ella at the Muster? 

Get all the info here: https://bit.ly/3waZ3h4

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Jeff Tippett campfires, camaraderie and unique landscapes ….. excited for our next adventure 😊😊

Great pic Ella!

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