Good Adventure Race: Big Mountain AR
I’m very pumped for the upcoming Big Mountain Adventure Race taking place on June 23 at the base of Pike’s Peak in Green Mountain Falls, CO. It’s going to be Good!
If you’ve never done an adventure race and you like being in the outdoors, I’m guessing you would love it. You work on your own or with a team to navigate your way between checkpoints on foot, on bike, on a kayak, and, for this race, even on a zip line–all while in the splendor of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Adventure races are fun, memorable, and they test your limits. That being said…
Adventure races are very physically demanding. My team of four is doing the 12-hour version, featuring 15-25 miles of trekking, 15-30 miles of mountain biking, 5-8 miles of kayaking, a 500 ft. zip line across a canyon, a mystery challenge, and lots of orienteering. The longest version of this race is 24 hours, which includes 24-43 miles of trekking, 20-50 miles of mountain biking, 8-15 miles of kayaking, the zip line, 30-40 feet of rope ascending, and a mystery challenge. Think Iron Man, only in the woods.
Adventure races are also very mentally demanding. In addition to requiring an incredible amount of physical effort, adventure races require participants to orienteer, using topographical maps and a compass, from checkpoint to checkpoint. There is no set race course, and a misread of the compass or the terrain could mean a several hour detour. 8 hours into a 12-hour race, the last thing you want is a several hour setback. Add team dynamics or the unique challenges of a solo, and the mental workout is almost as intense as the physical one.
But you’re up for it. You live in Colorado, you love adventure, and you love a challenge. Try out an adventure race! Registration for the Big Mountain AR is still open, and if that race doesn’t work for your schedule, check out the Rampart Rage in Woodland, CO on August 18th.
Below is a video from last year’s Rampart Rage to get you pumped: