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Discussion: Wilderness Traverse 2019

in: Adventure Racing; General

Aug 13, 2019 9:52 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
New twist, at least for me. Normal WT paddle with 24 ish miles and a dozen portages, then sort of a half-the-usual trek to the final TA, and then a pair of mini treks off the bike, no TA/bin access after the first trek (just bins after #1 and #2).

Leg | Description | Distances | Fast - Slow Estimates (assuming daylight and good weather)

Leg #1 – Paddle & Portage 39km 6 - 10 hours
Leg #2 – Trek 16km 3.5 – 8 hours
Leg #3 – Mountain Bike 27km 1.75 – 3 hours
Leg #4 – Trek 4km 0.75 - 2 hours
Leg #5 – Mountain Bike 23km 1.5 – 2.5 hours
Leg #6 – Trek 10km 2.5 – 6 hours
Leg #7 – Mountain Bike 37km 2.5 – 5.5 hours

Should be fun!!
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Aug 13, 2019 10:33 PM # 
cortelmcm:
Aug 14, 2019 2:43 PM # 
FB:
Can't wait!!!
Aug 16, 2019 10:10 PM # 
Bash:
Unfortunately, the two volunteers who were going to share most of our social media coverage duties are not able to be at HQ next weekend. They'll still contribute remotely as they are able. Unfortunately, I'll be away at my own race, and I'd like to leave HQ extra-well-staffed in my absence. Is there anyone out there who enjoys late nights and dot watching, uses Facebook, owns a laptop, knows something about AR (no need to be an expert), can take a photo and post it online (maybe even cropped!), and likes to write? Oh, and can this mythical person also be in Dorset, Ontario on the Aug. 24-25 weekend? If so, please contact me at the email ID on my AP profile. I'd like to fill at least one empty chair and give away another one of Bob's nice race T-shirts!
Aug 24, 2019 9:25 PM # 
jackson5:
GO CIELE, KINETIC AND STOKED OATS! And just found out Grant is there... damn i'm missing the party this year!
Aug 24, 2019 10:33 PM # 
Hammer:
Mistake by the Oats?
Aug 25, 2019 12:22 AM # 
jackson5:
O trek looks straight forward... exciting to watch!
Aug 25, 2019 1:22 AM # 
Hammer:
I designed the O trek section with Bob. I had a more challenging O trek planned but lots of logging made for tough going so it was shortened. but there is still some route choice and the trails could be tricky at night. Woods are much nicer for the final trek.
Aug 25, 2019 2:04 AM # 
Abizeleth:
Anybody know when the cut-off times/locations are for teams being moved to short courses?
Aug 25, 2019 2:19 AM # 
Hammer:
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/947b50_3e26be755afa...
Aug 25, 2019 3:24 AM # 
jackson5:
swimming time
Aug 25, 2019 5:29 AM # 
Bender:
Stoked looks confused and Beowulf unfortunately went due south ...likely heard 118 and turned themselves around. Ciele navigating cleanly and looks like they’re visiting Yip at CP17 as I type. I recall the opening trek of the very first WT right in these woods. Beauty area to bush whack.
Aug 25, 2019 9:39 AM # 
abiperk:
This is the first time I’ve followed Wt closely. Love the live tracking for a short race!
Aug 25, 2019 11:16 AM # 
jackson5:
Bravo les gars!!! :) great job to my teammates on Ciele des bois and Kinetic!
Aug 26, 2019 6:16 AM # 
Bash:
A lot of great racing this year from the front to the back of the pack! Last year there were 21 DNFs compared to only 8 this year. Congratulations to the racers and a huge thank you to the volunteers - with an extra thanks to the ones who operated HQ and our race coverage. I was worried about missing the race but they did such a great job that I’ll have no qualms about planning vacations in future years, lol!

Btw Jackson5, Grant wasn’t at the race but he provides significant help behind the scenes to set up our race coverage beforehand. Our spectator experience would be hugely diminished without him.
Aug 26, 2019 11:16 AM # 
Work4justice:
It was a beautiful course and loved it all. It wasn't the same without Bash or jackson5, but I carried on...lol.

From my perspective, I think the fewer DNFs were the longer staggered course cut offs. I thought the riding was spectacular! The navigation was fun, and the paddle was beautiful. Thanks again to all!
Aug 26, 2019 3:06 PM # 
Stark RavingMad:
I'll 2nd the comments from W4J. We thought the course layout was great and accommodated various levels of teams. The paddle was just gorgeous and really stood out for me, aside from contracting Red boat fever.. seriously why were all the yokes mounted facing the rear of the canoe?? We had a blast leapfrogging with W4J and Team as well as many others. Another awesome adventure put on by Bob and Crew!
Aug 26, 2019 4:31 PM # 
Bash:
Glad your teams enjoyed it! I’m guessing that the warmer weather and more compact course also inspired more teams to make their own way to the finish line. We often have teams drop out even though they aren’t in trouble with any cut-offs.
Aug 26, 2019 4:55 PM # 
Work4justice:
Hadn't thought about that. :)
Aug 26, 2019 6:12 PM # 
simpy:
Always a great race. Congrats to all who participated. That bike was much less challenging than previous years (i'm not complaining) and the Nav was exactly what we expect. Loved the addition of an O-Section.

Was really happy to see so many American participants this year. Great to see.
Aug 27, 2019 12:35 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
Fantastic course, always such wonderful volunteers at CPs! Paddle was lovely, I literally had a nightmare last night about carrying a red boat, biking was the most fun I remember!

I loved the o section, other than it was over too soon!

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