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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

Episode 3: Jan 9-11, 2021. Participants: 37 Fatalities: 0* Injuries: 2 Finishers: 13 Lost Paddles: 2

Reasonably perfect Fiordland and a long dry spell made for good going over a tough course that included over 6500 meters of climbing all up. Also a cave. And some fun GIII/III+ rapids. And a couple of swims. And that necessitated at least one phone call to the course director at 1 am. All the ingredients of a good event I'd say. 10 teams started, but only three managed to nab all of the required checkpoints. And best of all, the finishers all arrived within an hour of each other, and on a lovely afternoon. Which means there was a finish line of sorts, with beer and cookies and applause. Awesome. RESULTS COURSE MAP REPLAY