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traverse details

Schedule
  • pre-race meeting in Te Anau on the Friday before the event.  Location and time TBD.
  • We'll sort out a shuttle arrangement so your vehicles are at the finish line.
  • We'll start early to maximize daylight on the sweet ridges.
  • NOTE--in the event of severe weather conditions, we will postpone the event until the following day.
Cost: $50+ pp.  This will include tracking devices, shuttle costs, and some post race grub.

Course Map: Note that the direction of travel will be decided based on the prevailing wind direction on the day of the event. 

Categories:  pairs+. No solo participants will be allowed. There's just too much wicked awesomeness to handle on your own. 

Rules: We don't like rules per se, but in this case having one rule adds to the fun. So the 'rules' for this event are as follows--navigate your way from the start to the finish, passing two virtual CPs, A and B.  Between CPs A and B, a participant will have one hour added to their elapsed time for every instance that they drop below 1200 meters in elevation, except as noted below.*

Recommended gear:
  • a GPS with spare batteries (per person)
  • a head torch with spare batteries (per person)
  • space blanket or equivalent bivvy sack (per person)
  • Personal locator beacon (per team)
  • suitable clothes (including spare insulating layer)
  • enough food for your expected duration, plus a little spare
  • basic first aid kit (including any necessary medications) 
  • firestarting gear suitable for starting damp wood (piece of bike tube, etc)
  • Tracking device (organized by fearsociety).
Risks management:  Teams are expected to look after themselves and each other on the course. We may have several virtual CPs that require participants to check in via the inReach.

There is at least one route between the start and finish that stays above 1200 meters, but participants may need to choose another route depending on the conditions and their skill levels. Participants need to honestly assess their capabilities against the actual conditions and terrain when choosing a course, and be able to adjust on the fly as necessary.

*There are three huts within a few hundred vertical meters and a couple km from the ridge. These three huts are all accessible from roughly the middle 10 km of the proposed route, and offer the best opportunity for shelter and warmth, should such an opportunity be needed.  Dropping below 1200 meters to get to these huts will not incur a time penalty in the event reckoning, as long as the participants return to the route at the same spot they left it.

Post race: Low key as always.  You'll find your car. Maybe a friendly face at the car park. And some food, probably just in a cooler. Maybe a cardboard sign congratulating you too. Hoo Ra!

Accommodation: There should be plenty of accommodation options in Te Anau.  Alternatively there may be camping near the start/finish lines.  Participants will be updated on accommodation closer to the event.

FAQs:
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