wtf details

Welcome to the details page for fearsociety's wilderness traverse of fiordland.   This page will leave plenty of stuff out. Some of it will be filled in as we get closer to the event date.  An email communication will be sent to all participants roughly a week before the race. If you have questions before then, just ask 'em. 


Cost: $50+ pp, including a tracking device. Cost will include bus transport from finish line to start line. Camping/accommodation costs are not included. We might up the cost a bit and organize a nice pre-event meal to help support local businesses, but this would only add about $20 to the cost and we promise it'd be good. We'll let you know well ahead of time if this will be the case.

Categories:  Teams of 2 minimum.  We will differentiate based on standard AR rules--all male or coed. 

Recommended gear:  Beyond the obvious of packraft kit (including suitable pfd), each team will be expected to carry 

Risks management:  There may be no volunteer presence in remote sections of the course.  Egress points will be identified during the pre-race meeting after maps are released, but these egress options may include long waits for extraction and/or walking back to civilization on more well trodden tracks. 

Travel between checkpoints will be by routes which are at the discretion of the team in most circumstances, and teams must use their own judgement at all times when making decisions about route choice, river crossings, and whether to paddle or not.  There will be non-insignificant portions of the race that involve off track travel. Weather conditions and water conditions can vary dramatically. Expect moving water up to class II-III.  

Ultimately teams must manage their own safety along the course as if they were undertaking the effort independently, and respond to any emergency involving serious injury accordingly.  A strong self-rescue ethic should be maintained by all participants. 

Post race:  Because of the vast differences in expected finishing times, no specific post-race program is planned, although teams can retire to a nearby camping ground which will serve as race HQ for rest, food, and to catch up with other teams. 

Accommodation/Camping: The Friday night  location will be announced leading up to the race. Camping fees will be the responsibility of teams and is not included in event cost.