Gear in action at Wilderness Traverse
Julbo Eyewear Dust - Pipeline
After getting through registration and gear check, Bob Miller gave us the map. It was pretty straight forward course. Three long sections - biking, trekking, paddling at night (probably at night) and then a short trek to the finish.
What a surprise it was when we got to TA1. The volunteers had some ice cream sandwiches for us. A first in AR for sure! After less then 10 minutes we were all ready to trek. Our strategy was to try to use the trail system as much as possible because that is where our team is the strongest. It worked well to get to CP4 as we managed to catch some time on the lead team but unfortunately it is not the way that the Wilderness Traverse is meant to be. Things got complicated for the rest of the trekking section. To be honest, we were a little discouraged when we arrived at CP5 and people beside little William Lake told us that we were 1.5 hours behind the first team. A quick look at the map and we took off. No time to waste, we had another 20km of trekking to do. As Bob Miller told us, the last trekking CP was not as easy as it looked on the map!
We got to TA3 around 3am. We dropped the paddles and the life jackets and we ran to the finish to a 4th place overall, 3rd coed. We were happy to get to the finish, although a bit bummed by the gap between the winners and ourselves.
We will get them next time !
Thanks to all the sponsors. Once again, it wouldn't be possible without you. Untamed New England, Clinique du pied Équilbre, THULE, Icebreaker, Nuun hydration, Rollerblade, Osprey packs, Suunto, Fruit2 energy bars, Swiftwick compression socks. Thanks also to Luis Moreira for the amazing shots. Visit Luis site at http://luismoreira.ca/. Thanks to all the volunteers and Barb Campbell and to Bob Miller for designing this course. We had a good time out there.
Congratulations to all participants and thumbs up to Pentathlon des Neiges for their victory over a solid Tecnu in 2nd place.
Wilderness Traverse race page: http://wildernesstraverse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=78
Race Live coverage page: http://www.untamedne.com/Home/live/RaceCenter.aspx?wt2013
SportIdent time splits: http://wildernesstraverse.com/files/Splits.html