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Episode 1: Jan 12-15, 2018.  Participants: 25  Fatalities: 0  Injuries: 2  Finishers: 19  

Hot and sunny. We paid extra for it. Truly stellar weather and a stellar course. We'd like to take the credit for it but really, it's Fiordland, so the thanks really go to Mother Nature. The course was rugged and iconic with heaps of elevation gain and some wickedly good proper bush-bashing.  A couple of teams retired for various reasons but most soldiered through and had a great weekend, along with some mind-blowingly good hash browns. Our 'winners', the Greenhorns, even made history for being the first to packraft in Okaka Tarns--long may the legend live.  RESULTS   COURSE MAP   REPLAY

Episode 2: Jan 19-21, 2019.  Participants: 14  Fatalities: 0  Injuries: 0  Finishers: 10

The polar opposite of last year. We paid extra for it. Proper Fiordland rain drenched  participants and swelled creeks to immense proportions. It was cold up high.  Slopes of all sorts ran with water. The trails that weren't on the maps were awesome. The ones that were there were a wee bit slower than expected. The huts were classic, as were the rivers. And one of them was a little scary in places. Several teams got their first experience wrapping a 2 person packraft on mid-river rocks. Others had swims through tunnels of trees. No one jumped off the cliff in the Eglinton, though I can't say I blame them. All agreed that it was good training for something, though opinions varied widely as to just what that 'something'  was.  RESULTS   COURSE MAP   REPLAY