Expedition Idaho Adventure Race

7-days of continuous physical and mental challenge, almost no sleep, bad food, questionable water. Who invented this sport? 🙂

To stagger the start of Expedition Idaho, Race Director Dave Adlard, set a unique prologue.

Teams had to climb the toughest waterslide, starting over if anyone slipped.

If successful, they then took a victory laprunning the Lazy River. Backwards. 🙂

This is even tougher than it looks.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Good luck.

Race me to the Pole

Here’s a twist to the charity Adventure theme:

In April 2013, Gavin Bate will be trekking 550km from Resolute Bay in Canada to the Magnetic North Pole.

You can race him to the pole by donating to the charity Moving Mountains Trust.

Every £1 you donate equates to 25 metres of progress by Team MM! The target is £22,000. The aim is to beat Gavin to the Pole!

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Gavin’s the real deal.

He’s already climbed the Seven Summits. And is planning for the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’.

The 7 — and both Poles. 🙂

details on the official website – racemetothepole.com

Thanks Hannah.

Gear Junkies in Patagonia

What is it like to be truly remote and pushed to your physical and emotional limits in the wilderness?

This video, culled from clips taken by our race team on the go in remote Chile during the 2012 Patagonian Expedition Race, gives a solid glimpse into that question. …

read more – Gear Junkie

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… the team managed a third-place finish

… . . Coming into CP17, we were four hours behind the Japanese team, and we decided to gamble on a straight-line bushwhack through a valley in the night with only two hours of tent-less sleep. In the predawn light, just before the glacier pass at CP18, we came upon the Japanese. They were clearly surprised [they had been ahead for a while] and yet they greeted us warmly, forming a line with each one of them shaking each one of our hands, smiling, and saying “Good to see you.” It was surreal. They then shared a look and bolted. [Note: Team Eastwind, from Japan, ended up beating Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers by about 30 minutes in the 10-day race.] …

High Insanity: Patagonian Exped Race

(via The Adventure Blog)

Last Wild Race – Patagonia

I have friends packing for the annual Patagonian Expedition Race Feb. 14-22, 2012. You fly to Punta Arenas.

… I’m tempted to go as “media”.

Watch the 2011 race trailer on YouTube.

I’ve only hiked Patagonia once, tripping back and forth across the Chile / Argentina border.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

(via Kraig on Gadling.)

Waterton Triple Crown 56.2km, 16.5hr

Jill sent me a link to a site I did not know, the Experience Waterton! blog. (I’m now subscribed.)

As I’m thinking of heading down to Waterton this weekend, I was super excited to read this amazing trip report:

… On August 22nd, Shawn Elford and 2 of his friends completed the impressive and noteworthy task of hiking the entirety of the Triple Crown in one whole day! Starting at Crypt Lake, moving on to Akamina Ridge and finishing at Alderson-Carthew


Note the link to the Triple Crown in the right hand navigation. They are a sponsor of the Best Hike blog.

6am – Crypt:

Akamina Ridge:

6pm – starting Carthew-Alderson:

Completing Triple Crown in Under 24 Hours Straight!

They recommend climbing up to the ridge from Forum Lake, descending via Bennett Pass.

Expedition Idaho Race wrap-up

by site editor Rick McCharles

Race Director Dave Adlard impressed one and all with his passion and tireless effort to make the inaugural ExpID a success.

Check out his wrap-up post for results and highlights – Expedition Idaho: The FINAL Update!.

The top teams transported themselves over 500mi of rugged north Idaho and Montana. Here’s a vastly simplified map of the route.

Mostly on foot, mountain bike and paddle, Dave added dozens of other challenges. Personally I liked “build a raft” and “light a fire” (without matches).

It’s hard on the body. My friends took significant damage moving constantly for 6 days.

Andy Tucker

Jeni McNeal

… but talk about a life altering experience. Expedition Adventure Racing makes Ironman look trivial.

Winners Thule from Europe just might be the team to beat at Worlds in Tasmania.

I was responsible for the race blog and social media:

» Team Photos | Photos | Videos | Twitter

Though I’m personally not a fan of Twitter, it was our best mode of communication during this race. Multiple people logged in to our account to update from the mountains by mobile phone.

The SPOT devices were almost more trouble than they were worth, working semi-reasonably perhaps 30% of the time. Multiple points of failure: human error, SPOT failure, battery failure, weather interference. The satellite network is unreliable too, it seems.

The one time we really needed SPOT to work, it didn’t. The team needed to climb to elevation to use a mobile phone to call 911 for air evacuation after a bike fall.

My $9.50 Trakfone was far more reliable in the wild than SPOT.

Here’s my favourite photo from the week, nighttime navigation – Team Bones.