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Fernie Brewing Co. Trail to Ale Challenge

Saturday • August 27, 2016

There's still plenty of time to conquer Fernie Brewing Company's Trail to Ale Challenge. Fernie has had plenty of spectacular days this summer. As the temperatures gradually cool, and the golden colour palette of fall sweeps through our valley - this is a magical season is a great time to get out and explore. 

A tough day on the trails awaits, however, the views, glory, cold beer and medal is worth every stroke or step. Please read the full details and rules below, on how to #trailtoalefernie...


The Fernie Brewing Co. “Trail to Ale” Challenge, consists of bagging three peaks, on bike or foot, within a 24hr period. Open to bikers, runners or hikers, you have to get to the top of Hyper Ventilation, Project 9 & Swine Flu, in any order, within the 24hr time limit.

Of course you have to 'prove it' with timestamped phone selfies next to the new Trail to Ale on-trail signage, as well as at the Brewery at both the start and the finish. Once the photographic evidence has been shared to the Tasting Room staff, you will be rewarded with a cold beer and a Trail to Ale handmade medal. The purchase of (more) salty nuts, are optional.


The challenge is open to anyone, at any time of the season, however smart planning would be to ensure that finish line glory coincides with the Brewery being open, to ensure the cold, crisp, craft-brewed reward can be enjoyed on the spot. Also, please respect wet trails and wait for a better time.


The three peaks you have to reach, in your order of choice, are:

Total distance is approximately 45km, depending on chosen route, and over 1,200m climbing. The routes are being added to TrailForks soon.


  • There are some rules to this. To make sure you get it right, and earn your beer and medal, please read the below:
  • The trails can be accomplished in any order, but challengers must bike or run the whole way, from start to finish – if hiking, you are allowed to drive to the trail heads.
  • You must START and FINISH at the Brewery.
  • All 'prove it' photos must include the Challengers, and the Trail to Ale signs, located at the top of each trail, and on the patio railing at the Brewery.
  • Challengers must have FIVE time stamped 'prove it' photos on their phones, to show to the Tasting Room staff upon completion:
  1. START @ Fernie Brewing Co.
  2. Peak #1
  3. Peak #2
  4. Peak #3
  5. FINISH @ Fernie Brewing Co.

Once you've finished at the Brewery, show your five time stamped photos to our Tasting Room staff, and you will be rewarded with a beer and a medal!


This is a tough challenge, extending over 45km of predominantly single track trails and with over 1,200m of climbing. You are taking on this challenge at your own risk, and will be on blue and black trails. You need to be an intermediate/expert biker, with strong single track experience and fitness. Runners and hikers need to be experienced and prepared for a long day on the trails. Highly suggest water and food to be carried. You should also carry a copy of the route map. And if doing this solo, please always let someone know where you're going and when you're expected back. Play smart please!


For further glory, you can share your adventure along the way, using ?#‎trailtoalefernie @ferniebrewingco. And email your pictures to our Social Media guru, to be sure to feature in our weekly update -


Or if going that bit harder, and simply finishing alone is not quite enough, challengers can 'prove it' on Strava, to see how they rank amongst the best of the best. Check out Strava to see of the fastest times to date, and make sure to pick your route between trail heads carefully and peaks in the best order to ensure the fastest route! If you don't see a Segment for the route/peak order you've done, create one!


FBC’s summer opening hours are Monday to Thursday 10AM-6PM and Friday and Saturday 10AM-8PM.


Thanks to the below supporters of our Trail To Ale Challenge...

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