Adventure racing is a unique endurance discipline that requires careful strategy. The winner is the team that reaches the most “control points”, locations set by the race director throughout the course area, and returns to the finish line under the 24-hour time cutoff. If multiple teams “clear the course,” or reach every possible control point, then the race comes down to who crosses the finish line first. [Olof] Hedberg and his Team Knifesquirrel teammates, Whitney Hedberg (Olof’s wife) and [Dispatch Radio regular] Erik Sanders, had taken an early lead in the race, which involved running, paddling, mountain-biking, open water swimming and backcountry navigation. They lost the lead when, late in the night, they decided to pursue a control point at the top of 12,296 foot Parkview Mountain.
How much adventuring can you pack into “only” a weekend? More than you would expect. Huddled together in the map room at the charming Feral Mountain Co. on Tennyson St in Northwest Denver, we chat over some tasty beers provided by our friends at Boulder Beer (as well as some from Feral neighbors Call to Arms Brewing) and talk about weekend adventures.
Gociety Director of Partnerships Jason Antin’s tries to “Beat Monday” by pushing the limits of what’s capable in the 64 hours between 5PM Friday and 9AM Monday and talks about his 4th of July “Picnic” weekend in Jackson, WY. Continuing on with the Wyoming love, Adventure Racers Erik Sanders (Team Yogaslackers) and Katie Ford Ferrington (Team Journey) gear up for the recently completed Cameco Cowboy Tough 3.5 Day Expedition Race (with their teams finishing 4th and 7th, respectively) and get us all stoked that adventure racing not only still exists, but is making a comeback. Katie also convinces (challenges? goads? dares?) the Dispatch crew into taking on her very own adventure race; the Never Summer Adventure Race being held in Grand Lake, CO August 6th-7th. Cory and Nick will be representing Team Mandragora / Spicy Boys in the 24 hour race and Russ will be taking his broken (and potentially removable at this point) toe as a teammate for the 6 hour course. All this, plus an interview with the most feral of the bunch at Feral Mountain Co., Mr. Jimmy Funkhouser on following his passions by opening a very unique small mountain shop and what his preparations for the Colorado 200 look like as a first timer.