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Two-person teams compete in a 30+ hour challenge. Finishers cover more than 40 miles of spectacular terrain, encountering obstacle courses and physical and mental challenges along the way. It is an unforgettable adventure and a monumental test of fitness.

See photos and results from the 2013 Northern California Endeavor Team Challenge

 

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Event Specifics

The Endeavor Team Challenge is comprised of five challenges. Each team receives points based on their performance in each challenge. The team that finishes with the most points wins.

The Endeavor Team Challenge starts at 6:00 AM on Saturday morning. The event closes at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon, followed by an Awards Ceremony at 3 PM. All activities will conclude by 5 PM on Sunday.

Challenge 1: The Crucible Footmarch:

crucibleWhat: 15-20+ mile (undisclosed distance) foot movement carrying equipment over serious elevation gains.
Why: Before you can fight the battle, you must get there. Simple, grueling, familiar to those who have served - the footmarch is a test of mental grit, cardiovascular fitness, and endurance. As its name suggests, the Crucible will break those who are not prepared and will strengthen the resolve of those who are up for the challenge. 

Challenge 2: Competitor Field:

obstacleWhat: Five separate events designed to test the full spectrum of competitor ability. These may include military-style obstacle courses, rock climbing, swimming, running, problem solving, and feats of strength.
Why: The competitor field is designed to celebrate our Competitors. It provides an opportunity for Competitors to showcase their physical and mental ability in a broad spectrum of events. Families and friends are encouraged to come, watch, and cheer for their Teams.

Challenge 3: Night Navigation

nightWhat: Teams venture into the National Forest and navigate at night with a map and a compass to locate as many points as possible in a 6 hour period.
Why: Partly a test of skill with a map and compass (only basic skills required), but more so a test of mental discipline and physical determination.  Those with cool heads and gas in their tank after a long day will prevail.

Challenge 4: The Final Run

mohican-runWhat: 10+ mile run with interspersed challenges.
Why: Competitors must overcome exhaustion and rally for the culminating event. They use the skills they picked up in training for the event and on competitor field to overcome obstacles and complete the run. (obstacles are terrain dependent: past obstacles included kayaking and rappelling)

 

Bonus Event: The Battle Drill

bonusWhat: At an undisclosed time and location Teams will compete in a specially designed fitness test, the details of which will be revealed to competitors prior to the date of the event.
Why: This event tests Competitors’ ability to train for and perform a known physical challenge. It provides some balance to the intentional ambiguity of the other events.

Read more about the details of the Battle Drill for the 2013 Endeavor Team Challenge.

 

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A Monumental Test of Fitness

Fitness is the ability to perform under stress. The Endeavor Team Challenge tests fitness by providing competitors with a vast array of thoughtfully designed physical and mental challenges.  Our courses are inspired by the challenges faced by US Army Rangers and Special Operations soldiers in training and selections.  They combine natural and man-made obstacles with thoughtful fitness programming.  The result is a monumental test of fitness that allows competitors to get outdoors and have an unforgettable adventure.

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Who is Qualified to Compete?

We have designed the course to reward a wide range of competitor skill levels.  Teams that are more experienced in the required skills can maximize their scores by choosing more difficult routes.  Competitors with only a basic knowledge of the required skills should be fully capable of completing and winning the event if they perform well in other areas.  Read more.

What makes the Endeavor Team Challenge different? »

Preparation

The Endeavor Team Challenge requires physical and mental preparation and basic familiarity of a few required skills. Competitors must be able to perform the minimal fitness and skill requirements for their event in order to compete.

Physical Training

Competitors ColorWe suggest that competitors base their individual training programs on their own needs and abilities. However we recognize that the Endeavor Team Challenge is unique amongst fitness events and many people may not know where to start.

In order to help competitors design their program and find inspiration, we have a blog where previous competitors and our fitness advisors can share their thoughts on how to train for this event.  Please contact us if you would like to contribute. Physical Training.

 

 

Skills Training

Skills TrainingIn order to complete the event competitors must demonstrate their proficiency with a few basic mountaineering and survival skills. These skills vary by event. We provide videos on our site to familiarize competitors with the skills, but also suggest that they seek out further instruction in areas that they are weak in before the competition.  Skills Training.

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Northern California, 2014 Endeavor Team Challenge

A 30+ hour event that spans over 40 miles and broken into 4 sub components: Crucible Road March: 15+ mile (undisclosed distance) movement with pack in the Stanislaus National Forest. Competitor Field: a 5 sub-event, spectator friendly event based in and around the town of Bear Valley, includes obstacle Learn More »


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Be a part of the endeavor team

Be a part of the action.  See it all first hand.  Get the t-shirt to prove it, and celebrate with our finishers.

We are currently recruiting volunteers and staff to help out during the competition.  Find more information here.

Want your product to be available to our competitors or awarded to the winners? We are looking to build relationships with sponsors and outfitters.  Please contact us if you are interested.

 

Non-Profit Partners:

 

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We are proud supporters of Team Red, White & Blue. Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.  We donate a portion of our profits to the organization and we  encourage participants to use this event as an opportunity to raise money for Team RWB or your non-profit of choice.

 

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We work closely with the National Forest Service to host the event.  A good portion of  the event takes place in the National Forest, and we coordinate with the Forest Service to minimize any potential environmental impact, while maximizing the experience of our competitors.  Additionally, a significant portion of our revenues goes to supporting the Forest Service.

 

Sponsors:

 

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We are proud to have Mountain Hardwear as a sponsor for the 2014 Endeavor Team Challenge. Our team loves their gear, and both our companies share a belief in boldness and finding meaning in shared suffering.

 

 


button.volunteer button.be-a-partner

Be a part of the endeavor team

Be a part of the action.  See it all first hand.  Get the t-shirt to prove it, and celebrate with our finishers.

We are currently recruiting volunteers and staff to help out during the competition.  Find more information here.

Want your product to be available to our competitors or awarded to the winners? We are looking to build relationships with sponsors and outfitters.  Please contact us if you are interested.