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Posted on: October 11, 2017


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For Immediate Release | October 11, 2017   



Lumberjacks and Jills Wanted for the 9th Annual Event, Supporting First Descents


Avon, CO– For the past eight years, men and women have come up to the mountains for a weekend of speed chopping, spear throwing, and keg tossing. Decked head to toe in flannel and denim, Coloradoans will convene again in 2017 for a rowdy fall weekend at Man of the Cliff in Avon, Colorado.

The Town of Avon is excited to team up with this small-town event that attracts thousands of visitors annually. The event will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to First Descents, a Colorado-based non-profit that provides outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer.

“Man of the Cliff is one of the most iconic fall events in the Vail Valley, and the Town of Avon provides the perfect venue to make this event a success,” says Amanda Williams, co-organizer of the event. “We have held the event here for the past 3 years, and this event continues to grow year after year with the help of the Town of Avon.”  Man of the Cliff is an annual amateur lumberjack competition that caters more to the “weekend lumberjack” than it does to those in the profession.  Though cross cutting, axe throwing, and archery may seem far more rugged than the average Jack or Jill can handle, MOTC events are modified to fit all strength and ability levels. 

“The Town of Avon is excited to partner with Man of the Cliff again this year to host this energetic, community focused event. MOTC embodies the spirit of the Valley, and we are also thrilled to support a charity that started right here in our backyard of Vail, Colorado,” Councilmember Jake Wolf commented. “There is something truly unique about what Amanda and Adam Williams have created, and over the events’ nine year history it has spread so much good throughout Colorado and the young adult cancer community. This is a fun weekend we all can get behind and find important in our busy lives.”

This year’s Man of Cliff will be held in Nottingham Park on October 14-15, 2017. Those who have been fortunate enough to attend previously can expect more of the same burly beards, humorous outfits, relaxed atmosphere and fun-loving crowd from years past. All newcomers can expect an impressive weekend of beer, brawn, family fun and laughter amongst a breath-taking backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

About Man of the Cliff

Man of the Cliff is an annual, festival and competition located in Avon Colo., featuring outdoor activities that are modified to fit all strengths and abilities. All proceeds of the event go to non-profit, First Descents. For more information on the 2017 event, registration, attendance and camping, please visit  First Descents is grateful to the Town of Avon for generously sponsoring this event.

About First Descents

First Descents is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer. Their free programs empower participants to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. For more information on First Descents programming, or how to get involved, head to


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