Tough Mudder makes for muddy good time


Photos courtesy Northstar  ·

Boasting some of the steepest, fiercest climbs and most rugged, rocky cross-country trails in America, Mother Nature and Tough Mudder’s course design team collaborate to tumultuously test one’s threshold for pain.

Tough Mudder’s contestants will test his or her mettle on Aug. 15 and 16 for this year’s Tough Mudder on Northstar’s mountains while overcoming physically and mentally demanding obstacles that were designed by British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. (In fact, each obstacle has a rating for the strength, ability, grit and camaraderie needed to overcome each leg of the race.)

The obstacles are spread across an 11-mile course climbing 2,680 feet featuring a dozen challenges for Mudders to complete. This year also features the Legionnaire’s Course at mid-mountain, which is open to repeat Mudders only. In this ultimate Mudder challenge, contestants will need to overcome Fire In Your Hole. This stunner stands high above the course and has a drop that’s nearly vertical, through fire.

There’s still a few spots left for those wishing to put his or her body to the ultimate Tough Mudder test, but The Weekly thinks it would just as much fun to watch others take on the Mudder.


Mini Mudder

Kids ages 5 and older can tackle the Mini Tough Mudder at the Mudder Village at mid-mountain. Cash only tickets on site are $10 for one child or $15 for two or more kids for unlimited access.



Limited, onsite parking is available on both days. Onsite parking tickets are $25 for Saturday and are available by online purchase in advance only. Offsite parking is available at Boreal Ski Area for $10 online in advance or $15 on site for the 30-minute ride. All parking will be on site on Sunday for $10 online in advance and $15 on site.



Hold Your Wood
Make like a lumberjack and carry a heavy wood log


Kiss of Mud
Eat dirt while crawling commando-style under barbed wire



Sprint up a quarter-pipe coated in mud and grease



Walk the Plank
12-foot high jump into a deep, muddy water pit, then swim 40 feet



Electroshock Therapy
Run through a field of live wires strewn with hay bales & deep sinkholes


For more information or to purchase parking tickets, visit


Viewing route
All routes begin at Northstar’s mid-mountain & are marked

1st Leg
Follow Red Route (.6 miles) from the Start Line

  • Devil’s Beard
  • Pitfall

2nd Leg
Head back to Mudder Village at mid-mountain
Contestants on mountain for 30-45 minutes out of sight
Kids can tackle the Mini Mudder Course

3rd Leg
Follow the Blue Route (.5 miles)

  • Arctic Enema
  • Pyramid Scheme
  • Walk the Plank
  • Cliffhanger
  • Balls to the Walls
  • Ladder to Hell
  • Funky Monkey

4th Leg
Return to Mudder Village & follow Green Route (.3 miles)

  • Everest
  • Legionnaires’ Loop (veteran Mudders only)
  • Electroshock Therapy
  • Finish line


Katherine Hill
Katherine first moved to Tahoe in 1998 and has been in love with the Tahoe-Truckee region ever since. She has been in the journalism field for more than 25 years and has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as online publications, as an award-winning writer and editor. In the fall of 2013, Katherine became only the third owner of the 33-year-old publication, and today serves as its Publisher and Editor In Chief. Life in Tahoe is an amazing place to live, and she enjoys hiking and water sports in the summer, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding with her nephew, Anikin.