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Adventure Racing Tidbits January 16, 2009

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff.
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Here is a quick overview of the History of Adventure Racing, that I found just tag surfing this today.  While it only really covers the big expedition events, it is a decent primmer.

Wikipedia has a much more extensive article about AR, and it even has a link to a race that I am the director of, the Gilmore Adventure Race.  Speaking of Wiki, we all know not to trust it as a reliable source right?  That is because anyone can go onto it and change info at any time…so reading from it is more like saying, “Someon told me……”  Lots of good info in Wiki, just use other sources to verify it!

Also found this article called Why I love Adventure Racing, and You Should Too! This is a re-publication of an article that world class adventure racer and all around AR stud Ian Adamson wrote a while back.

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Is PQ back pedaling? June 18, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation.
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It seems that there has been enough outrage over the aforementioned decision by PQ to allow GPS receivers that they are backpedaling it. See the PQ blog here.

Take (and view) a poll on this subject HERE.

There have been lots of rants and dissension among the ranks in the AR community over this. One of my favorites is one written by a member of Scarabs named Jason Quinn. Jason is formerly of the Silly Rabbits, and will be racing PQ with Team Bones this year. In it he says what many racers and race directors across the world are feeling. His comments are HERE.

It looks as if PQ management is feeling the pressure of the AR community.

Is PQ watering down Adventure Racing? June 18, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation.
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The Primal Quest directors sent out a message to team captains this week that could lead a watering down of what Adventure Racing is all about. It reads:

Important Message for Captains

Primal Quest Race Management has made the decision NOT to prohibit the use of GPS units in PQ Montana. This decision was made due to the fact that the course still has a great deal of snow covering trail and road markings, and we need to ensure that competitors do not wander into avalanche and cornice hazard areas.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about safety, BUT this is Adventure Racing for God’s sake! The participants know the dangers, they know how to navigate, and they know what kind of epic event the PQ is!

I am sure that I wouldn’t be able to finish the PQ, and I know I am armchair quarterbacking this, but won’t it be like a 10 day Hi-Tech or Balance Bar race if GPS receivers are used? My 4 year old grand daughter can follow the arrow on my GPSr.

My personal feeling (in case you couldn’t tell) is that Adventure Racing is about using a map and compass to navigate. Pure and simple. If you have an area on your map that racers are not allowed to go into, mark it in red crosshatch, and let that be enough. They know at any given time where they are, and where they need to go, especially at PQ!! These are the best of the best!

My Rant is done.

A Couple of Good Adventure Racing Blogs March 16, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing.
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I have a couple of new Adventure Racing entries on my blogroll from blogs I found interesting.  The first is from a team that I have watched on several multiday races like Primal Quest, it is Team Racing With Giants.  The second is called the Weekend Warriors Guide to Adventure Racing, and it has got all kinds of cool tidbits in it.

There are many, many good sources of info about Adventure Racing out there, and I am sure that some of you know of great ones that I have yet to see, so if you do, please let me know!

Primal Quest 2008 and more… March 2, 2008

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I have just added the PQ blog to my blogroll.  They just announced that Primal Quest has also decided to put on a PQ Sprint Series.  They will host two races in 2008 and 8 races in 2009.  The most exciting aspect of it from my point of view is that it will undoubtedly bring more attention to the sport of Adventure Racing.  As a racer and a race promoter, this is good news all around!