Carbon Express Arrows
Backpack Trail Race @ The Sheep Show?
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Contributors to this thread:
NvaGvUp 24-Jul-16
NvaGvUp 24-Jul-16
BULELK1 25-Jul-16
IdyllwildArcher 25-Jul-16
Mad Trapper 25-Jul-16
NvaGvUp 25-Jul-16
Mark Watkins 25-Jul-16
NvaGvUp 25-Jul-16
Mad Trapper 25-Jul-16
Zackman 25-Jul-16
loesshillsarcher 25-Jul-16
sticksender 25-Jul-16
NvaGvUp 25-Jul-16
Glunt@work 25-Jul-16
NvaGvUp 25-Jul-16
From: NvaGvUp
24-Jul-16
Tony Mudd e-mailed me the other day asking what I thought about WSF holding a weighted backpack trail race on the first day of The Sheep Show.

I like the idea and WSF is open to it as well.

I've got a six-mile loop I do several times per week that would be perfect. If that's the course we pick, most of the race would be a loop on rocky trails with about 750' of elevation gain and 750' of elevation loss, with no significant climbs but frequently really cruddy footing.

We'd start @ 8:00 AM, so ya'll would be back at the hotel by 11:00 AM with plenty of time to clean up, have lunch, then spend the afternoon in the exhibit hall. We could even hold a lunch for the participants. (Yes, beer would be available!)

It would be a fun event, and if we get a snowstorm that morning, it would be an absolute gas!

Who'd be interested?

From: NvaGvUp
24-Jul-16
Sorry about the 'Debate Free' designation. I must have hit that button by accident. So ignore it!

From: BULELK1
25-Jul-16
Sure that would be fun.

What would the weather be that time of year?

Good luck, Robb

25-Jul-16
Cool idea. Would there be a standard pack weight? How would that work with packs? BYOP?

From: Mad Trapper
25-Jul-16
I am not going to participate as a legend by the name of FOSS will kick my butt.

From: NvaGvUp
25-Jul-16
Robb,

The average temperature for that time of the morning would be in the low-mid-twenties. But that's just the average. It could range into single digits at the low end to the upper-thirties/low forties at the high end. Personally, I think it would be a blast to do it in a snowstorm, but that's just me.

As to the details, we haven't worked on that yet. It would probably depend on the amount of interest we get. If we have a small turnout, most likely it would simply be everyone vs. everyone else. If we get enough people, we could have age classes.

Right now we're just trying to determine how much interest there is.

From: Mark Watkins
25-Jul-16
Tom, You and I can compete in our own category..."Slow but steady"....

We are guaranteed no worse than second place!

Mark

From: NvaGvUp
25-Jul-16
How about a 'Skinny Little Really Old Farts' category?

(OK, that would be self-serving.) ;^)

From: Mad Trapper
25-Jul-16
Mark if I can get Tee to carry the pack, I'm in.

From: Zackman
25-Jul-16
8am?!?! Mark and Cory will barely have enough time to eat breakfast after leaving the bar!

I think they should probably just wear the backpack around the casino all night to make sure they don't miss the start time

25-Jul-16
Interesting. I envision lots of different categories/divisions.

From: sticksender
25-Jul-16
If you're going to tear an ACL, yes I suppose January would be the optimal time frame. Allows time for surgery and recovery period prior to fall seasons.

From: NvaGvUp
25-Jul-16
I've spent a ton of time hiking those trails early in the mornings since I move here in early 2009. In my experience, you'll be more apt to trip on a rock or a root, go down and break your face, than you are to tear an ACL.

I did the former doing just that back in 2010 or thereabouts. I've yet to do the latter. ;^)

From: Glunt@work
25-Jul-16
If its public (BLM/National Forest) better check in with them. They want a dang permit for everything.

From: NvaGvUp
25-Jul-16
It's county land. The USFS abuts the trails closely, but I don't think the sections of the trails I'm asking about are on USFS land

I've been in contact with the county today. It doesn't sound like it will be a big deal and they may not even ask for us to get a permit.

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