We are only 2 weeks out from the race, and it is shaping up to be the most dynamic and interesting La Pine course yet! See below for some of the recent changes, updated schedule, etc. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Sunday Oct 27 Schedule:
8:30AM: Check in opens at the La Pine State Park Day Use area. Porta-john will be available, as well as coffee. Teams picking up rental gear can do so then. Please bring cash as we will not have a card reader available.
All Gear will be staged in this vicinity, with the exception of paddling gear which will be loaded onto a truck for transport to TA 2.
9:15AM: Race Maps distribution
9:40AM: Race meeting
10:00AM: Race Start (race will start with a prologue on foot)
4:00 PM: Race cut-off, awards, and refreshments
Racers will need to purchase a $5 park pass for each car, so carpool if you can!
We are aware that it might be COLD out there, so we have alternative course plans that minimize time in the water, but they do not eliminate it. Adventure Racing is about adaptability, so please be prepared to be cold and wet at times. If you are really susceptible to this, we recommend carrying an extra dry layer (in a dry bag) on the paddling leg so that you can change once you leave the river. That said, we could get a 75 degree day and you'll be complain of heat.
Primary race maps and Passports will be printed on waterproof paper (but you should still protect them!). Supplement maps will not be waterproof.
Ropes! We have two unique rope sections for this course, neither of which require climbing skills. They will both be staffed, but we'd like you to come prepared as much as possible with the skills required.
Rappel. This will be a shortish rappel. It will be free hanging, so we'd recommend hanging your pack from your harness if it is more than 15 lbs. You'll also be managing some other "gear" during the descent, so it will be interesting. Use of a prussic/kleimheist for back-up is optional, and recommended for people that are nervous. Our staff may also opt to top-belay anyone they feel is not skilled enough to safely descend. There will be multiple ropes to help avoid bottlenecks, but no time credit will be given if a team has to wait. But if multiple teams are at the ropes, each team only gets to use one rope. Finally - the rappel is OPTIONAL, but teams will not receive credit for the CP if the choose to skip it.
Tyrolean Traverse. The Tryolean will be a fixed rope spanning the river, high enough to keep racers dry when crossing. Head should be facing toward the direction you are going, and pack/gear should be trailing behind.
Climbing Gear: Minimum per person required as follows: Contact is ASAP if you need to rent anything
2 locking carabiners
2x 60 cm loop nylon or dyneema climbing slings (sewn, or tied, prussic loop ok too)
Teams may find more ease with an extra carabiner or two, and a few more slings, as there may be some interesting challenges associated with only having the "minimum mandatory gear". If you want to use a prussic for back-up during the rappel, you will need one additional carabiner (non-locker ok)
Finally - as always, racers will be trying to solve a "mystery" throughout the race, loosely related to the pirate curses of the past few years. So come prepared for some imaginative fun as you try to discover the fate of the lost team from the 1975 "Eco-Challenge La Pine".