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2017 Wicked Winter AR & Navigation Race

Wicked Winter AR and Navigation Race - 2 events to choose from!  The Wicked Winter AR is a 5hr Adventure Race with either Fat-Tire Biking or Ski Touring, and Snowshoeing.  Don't want to hassle with a bike, or looking for a shorter adventure? The Wicked Winter 3hr Navigation Race will be a snowshoe rogaine.

 

5hr Adventure Race

This will be a fun race during the day out on the snow.  Racers will start out on Fat-TIre Bikes or Skis to the Remote Transition Area (TA), navigating by map along the way to find Checkpoints.  At the TA, they'll transition to snowshoes and trek around in the snow continuing to find Checkpoints.  After the remote snowshoe trekking section, they'll bike or ski back to the HQ for a fast and exciting finish.

There will be a single Remote Transition Area (TA) on this course. We will transport one team gear duffel bag to and from the remote TA, but you must carry your snowshoes with you. They can't be put in your TA bag.  NOTE: no hard-case bins, please use a duffel/gym bag, any size allowed. No water in TA bag.

Fit Tire & Snowshoe Rentals

We've partnered with Ride Roslyn to provide easy Fat-Tire Bike rentals to registered participants, at a discounted rate of $45 for the day. They'll be dropped-off and picked-up at the HQ. You must pre-rent them directly by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Ride Roslyn.

We'll be offering $5 Snowshoe Rentals (while supplies last), available for pick-up right at the start line. How convenient is that!  Just select during On-Line Registration.

Bike or Ski?

Here's some info to help you with your decision, and what to expect:

Course: The Bike/Ski portion will all be on forest service roads, with CPs 5-20m off the road.  The Snowshoe section will be utilize some forest service roads, but will be on mostly untracked snow.

Fat Tire Biking:  We rented fat tire bikes a couple weeks ago and tried it out on the snow-covered roads. There was about 4-6 in of new snow on top of snowmobiled trails.
- Biking on the snowmobile trails that had been traversed many times was fairly easily, but still rather slow, not fast by any means.
- Biking on a single snowmobile trail was challenging, as the front tire would easily venture outside the sled track, then plunge in the soft snow, and we'd pitch over. Then trying to get started again, while staying in the sled path, was really challenging. We walked plenty on these areas. However, most, if not all of both bike sections will be along wide packed roads with multiple snowmobile tracks, and riding should be fairly easy.
- Biking on fresh snow/off-trail was nearly impossible.

Skiing:  The terrain is probably a bit hillier than you'd get on a x-country area, but not as steep as ski resort, for obvious avalanche/safety reasons. Going in is uphill, coming out is downhill. There is also plenty of flat sections both to and from the TA. There is no groomed x-country tracks. If using AT ski gear, I'd expect that you'll be able to get a few turns in here and there on the way out, and would be able to somewhat push/coast a lot of the exit. It would also be easier getting CPs, as you wouldn't be getting off a bike, plunge stepping to get a CP, then getting back on and starting. You just ski to the CP and keep moving.

 

3hr Navigation Race

This will be a shorter course with just snowshoe travel on foot for 3 hrs, or as long as you want to be out there.  The format will be a rogaine, navigating to Checkpoints on showshoes in any order.  Racers will start directly from the HQ at the Teanaway Campground.  There will NOT be a Remote Transition Area for this course.

 

Rules and Required Gear

Find more information on our Long Adventure Race Courses page. General Rules, and Race scoring, can be found on our Rules page.  Winter Adventure Race Required and Recommended Gear

There will be post-race hot soups, food and beverages to get you warmed-up and replenished.

 

Race HQ Location

The race Start and Finish location will be at the end of the plowed W Fork Teanawy Road, past the Teanaway Campground (link to Google Map). There is limited parking, so please carpool if you can.  A Discover Pass is required to park.

 

FAQ

Here are some questions we've received, with answers:

Q. Won't CPs be super obvious and easy to find since most of the navigation is in untracked snow? Everyone will just follow the leader and the most tracked path - right?

A. That is definitely a concern, especially when we're even setting the course. Here's a few things we're trying to do to avoid making it to easy/obvious for everyone.

  • We are using Survey Ribbons, which we can set a few weeks in advance, so hopefully any tracks aren't obvious.
  • For the Snowshoe Trek portion, we are purposely having it as a Rogaine, so there isn't just one path to get the CPs.
  • Unless you're the first several teams at a checkpoint, you will see tracks where people have walked. But unless the very first person to a CP goes exactly to the CP, there will be several different tracks as people start to search around. So most likely the initial tracks leading away from a common road or trail will be common, but as you get closer to the CP, there'd be more visible tracks.
  • We're also planning the course so from the TA, there are 3-4 options for CPs all at the same distance away, so hopefully not everyone chooses the same first CP to attack, which should avoid one common path to just one CP.

Q. Why do I have to carry my snowshoes with me?  Why won't you transport them for us to the TA?

A. Due to the remoteness of the TA, we will most likely have to trek in all the gear bags on a sled. We don't have the man power to pull all the gear bags and all the snowshoes.

Q. Will these CPs be as hard to find as your normal course CPs? WIll they be ribbons again?

A. Because there shouldn't be any normal traffic in this area, the CP ribbons will be much more visible.

 

Pricing (per person)

 

3hr Nav Race

5hr Adv Race

Early Registration (by 1/29)   $50.00  $65.00
Regular Registration (ends 2/10)   $60.00  $75.00
Day-Of Registration (if spots available) $85.00 $100.00
Student Discount (24 & under)   -$15.00 -$15.00

 

5hr AR - Day of Schedule

8:30am – 9:15am Check-in, Map Handout, Bike Pickup
  Check-in your team members, sign the liability waiver and receive your passport and maps.  Be sure to check-in early so that you have time to get your gear ready and do map study before the pre-race briefing.
9:15am Pre-Race Briefing
  This is a mandatory meeting for all racers.  We will discuss details and rules of the race, and provide course notes.
10:00am Start
  Race will start at 10:00am sharp. Don’t be late.
2:00pm Post-Race Food and Drink
3:00pm Course Closure
  Completion of the course after 3:00pm will result in steep penalties, up to and possibly disqualification.

3hr Nav Race - Day of Schedule

10:00am – 10:30am Check-in, Map Handout
  Check-in your team members, sign the liability waiver and receive your passport and maps.  Be sure to check-in early so that you have time to get your gear ready and do map study before the pre-race briefing.
10:30am Pre-Race Briefing
  This is a mandatory meeting for all racers.  We will discuss details and rules of the race, and provide course notes.
11:00am Start
  Race will start at 11:00am sharp. Don’t be late.
2:00pm Course Closure, Post-Race Food and Drink
  Completion of the course after 2:00pm will result in steep penalties, up to and possibly disqualification.

Event Properties

Event Date 02-12-2017 10:00 am
Event End Date 02-12-2017 3:00 pm
Capacity 40
Registered 33
Cut off date 02-16-2017
Individual Price $60 Nav Race, $75 AR
Location
Teanaway Day-Use Area
1680-1798 W Fork Teanaway Rd Cle Elum, WA 98922 United States
Teanaway Day-Use Area
Online registration closed, but you can register day-of at the event.
$75.00 7