Gonzales first contrived the “Picnic” in 2012—consisting of long-distance biking, swimming across a body of water toward a prominent mountain, scaling that mountain and then reversing course. But this time, he’s taking his challenge to a whole new level in Bozeman.
Half the battle is finding the right team to support the journey. David rounds up a group of brave individuals to bring the Picnic to Montana.
The group meets to plan the best route, which will start and finish at David’s front door, taking them through the most scenic and strenuous trails Bozeman has to offer.
Before dawn the group hits the road on their bikes and rides 20 miles toward Hyalite Reservoir.
David and his group cool off in a 1 mile swim in the Hyalite Reservoir toward the base of Mt. Blackmore, stopping only to gear up and dive in.
The group dries off and laces up to begin their 5.0-mile hike up Mt. Blackmore—the last leg of their journey before reversing course.
They stop to take in the scenery from the top of Mt. Blackmore, celebrating the half-way point with a picnic of their own.
The team retraces their steps, strokes and miles all the way back home—down Mt. Blackmore, through the Hyalite Reservoir and across the Bozeman Creek Trail.