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Jan 19, 2016 9:00 PM # 
Just saw that you are doing this race! Good luck. It's an awesome place to race!
Jan 19, 2016 9:03 PM # 
So jealous - coolest race ever!
Jan 20, 2016 6:56 PM # 
Yeah ! I'm thrilled, it should be an amazing quest!

I'm going to train with the Yogas for 5 days in Oregon starting tomorrow, that will be cool as well and motivate us for the last stretch.

Any recommendations from your experience?
Jan 20, 2016 8:12 PM # 
We had a particularly brutal year... I've never been so cold for so long.. and I thrive in cooler conditions. Looks like your avg will be about 15 degrees C warmer than our race was, but just be warned that if the weather turns it can be nasty. The wind never let up, we were often wet and the temp was always cold (even some snow)

Make sure you have 100% understanding of the rules (cut-offs etc especially for paddling sections) and that they have 100% understanding of what your plans are because this race is (was) extremely remote. They should have some good translators on staff... use them.
- They didn't expect us to complete the entire big Paddle/17kmPortage(no trail)/Paddle section in one day so we had to spend an entire night (10 hrs?) huddled on a freezing beach with no gear/supplies ... and apparently that was our fault for being too fast?!?! :-)
They told us to pack a bag for the remote finish... we didn't pay enough attention (definitely our fault)... it was REMOTE and we were ill-equipped to camp out until the ferry was able to come get us... Fortunately there was a fire (1st one!!) and the volunteers had a little extra food for us :-)

After the first day we saw very few if any places to get food/shelter etc that you commonly find in other races... you will be remote!! I love that, but it's something many of us have become unaccustomed to in most races over the past 10-15 years. (Actually there was a farmhouse where an arbitrary stoppage was called before the big paddle)

Where we raced all the biking was on roads. There were no paths of any sort anywhere. Roads or nothing (the secondary roads could be very slow if it is very wet - thick clay/muck). For the most part the biking was very fast roads.

Everywhere we trekked was either climbing up/down or walking on spongy ground... lots and LOTS of trekking on spongy ground.. really sapped your energy

Expect some LONG sections. Our final trek was about 120 km (I think), took 3 days and we didn't see any sign of another human being except "1" Bruce Duncan (Helly Hansen) size 15 footprint... left foot I think... about half way through the trek?!?!

Hope this helps with the mental prep. Will be an awesome adventure!
Our year may be significantly different that what your course will offer. I spoke to Helly Hansen after they won (again) the next year and they told me it was a lot warmer and made for a lot less suffering and faster racing.

There looks to be some very solid teams this year, I hope the coverage is good. I think you have a good team for it!!

I'll be cheering for you!! (even if you are a habs fan) :-)
Jan 22, 2016 4:18 PM # 
Thanks for the infos FB! yeah I expect long sections and remotness like never before!

Hopefully we can fight with Godzone, Merrell and East wind for the top spots!

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