Max Warbington's QP Campout
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Words: T. Bird
Photos: Mark Clavin and T. Bird
For the most part, we snowboarders are transients. Vagabonds whom would much rather stuff themselves into a sleeping bag in the back of a pickup truck than seek the creature comforts of five-star lodging accommodations that cost an arm and a leg. We seek adventure and revel in the unknown of an unplanned itinerary. It's an ideological difference that generally sets us apart from most of society and I, for one, wouldn't want to be anything else other than a snowboarder, through and through. This past weekend, Max Warbington and a handful of his good friends put on an event at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon that nurtured that ideology that we all hold so dear while fueling the fire of adventure via van living with the annual Quarterpipe Campout.
At the Sunrise Lodge at Bachelor sat a teepee, trucked up via trailer and plopped dead center in the parking lot, and this would serve as the unofficial HQ for the QP Campout as dozens of trucks, campers, tiny homes and unique rigs packed into the lot on Saturday to ride, camp, drink, smoke, skate and chat the day and night away in a gathering true to the original roots of the snowboard culture: Hang with friends, have a few beers, and seek out fun at any and all costs. That's exactly what happened off the hill, but a few hundred yards away, on the hill, sat a setup that any tranny enthusiasts on earth would consider a frozen wet dream. With two offset quarterpipes hugging a tombstone bank and opposing jib features shouldering the ends of the feature, the Bachelor crew pushed up a one-of-a-kind obstacle that was equal parts progressive and fun, and at high noon, emcee and famed filmmaker Jon Stark took the microphone and announced that the Quarterpipe Campout two-and-a-half hour jam session was officially underway.
To say that controlled chaos ensued would be a massive understatement, but for as chaotic as it may have been, these core contests have a way of self-governing themselves, with riders zigging and zagging on their way into the quarterpipe so as to avoid the contestants exiting the course. The action was all-time as heavy hitters like Sage Kotsenburg, Forest Bailey, Dillon Ojo and Zak Hale traded tricks with up-and-comers like Jed Sky, Cooper Whittier, Grant Giller, Jared Elston and many more. Unfortunately, current ROTY contender Mike Bogs tweaked his ankle before the event and the much-anticipated head-to-head between Bogs and Elston didn't go down, but worry not. Those two will be battling it out for seasons to come.
Sage was going ballistic on the quarter with other riders who came out of partial retirement for the Campout like JD Dennis and Merrick Joyce. Jeff Richards proved that he's still got it and he damn well never lost it. Zak Hale and Garrett Warnick were opting for gigantic straight airs and spins while Dillon Ojo, Cooper Whittier and Ted Borland were stomping combo rail tricks on the top of the wallride. Meanwhile, on the other side of the setup, Forest Bailey and Jared Elston were maxing out the tombstone box with back disasters and Andrechts, respectively. All the while, the judging panel of Blake Paul, Sam Taxwood, and Max and Gus Warbington were left scratching their heads in amazement, tasked with picking an overall standout from the madness.
When the official contest ended, another session broke out in a free-for-all, drop till your legs give out two hour ride-a-thon, and things got a little bit loose and capped off an insane day on the hill. Down in the parking lot, Max, Gus and Logan B. got the awards ready and with the entire QP Campout contingent hooting, hollering, cheering and clapping, gave away the awards as everyone got ready for an incredible night under the stars.
Huge thanks to Max Warbington and the entire crew who put this event on, as well as Mt. Bachelor for playing host to an incredible season ender to remember. Here's hoping that every year is capped off with a QP Campout and if you've never been, pack up your whip, make the trek and have a damn good time, because it's impossible not to.
The Classic G Gills Award:
Dillon Ojo's First Annual WarPig Award:
The South Shore Award:
1st Place Women:
1st Place Men: