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Sep 9

2017 Endeavor Team Challenge

-96 Days


Check In Time:   5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. 9/8/2017
Race Start Time:   5:00 A.M. 9/9/2017


Bear Valley, CA, 95233
September 9, 2017


A 30+ hour event that spans over 40 miles and broken into 4 sub components:

  1. Crucible Road March: 15+ mile (undisclosed distance) movement with pack in the Stanislaus National Forest.
  2. Competitor Field: a 5 sub-event, spectator friendly event based in and around the town of Bear Valley, includes an obstacle course, rock climbing, strength event, day orienteering and the teamwork reaction course.
  3. Night Navigation: move through the Stanislaus National Forest with only a map and a compass.
  4. The Final Run:  a 10+ mile (undisclosed distance) run without pack through the Stanislaus National Forest, with some bonus events along the way.
  • Bonus Event: The Battle Drill - at an undisclosed time and location competitors complete a known fitness challenge (details of which are released to competitors prior to the event). 



Price: The price per competitor ranges from $499 to $749 depending on how early competitors sign up for the event.  The price increases as less expensive pricing tiers sell out.


Required Equipment

Competitors are required to bring the following equipment.  It is their responsibility to ensure that it is in good working order prior to arriving at the event.  Competitors must carry everything they use during the event and cannot receive any materials including food from spectators or other teams  Water refills are provided throughout the event.

Required Gear:

  • Back pack - 40L recommended
  • Water Containers - total of 3 liters minimum
  • Food
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Watch
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Rain Gear/ Outer shell
  • Sleeping Bag or equivalent
  • Clothing for both hot and cold weather (t-shirt, long sleeve shirt/cold-weather top, long pants, etc.)
  • Footwear of choice (hiking boots, trekking shoes, etc.)
  • Knife or Multi-tool with Knife

Recommended Gear:

  • First Aid Supplies (bandages, cream, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Hat
  • Shorts
  • Eye Protection/ Sunglasses
  • Extra Food
  • Extra Socks
  • Extra Shirts
  • Extra cold-Weather Gear
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent
  • Camera
  • Extra Batteries

Prohibited Gear:

  • Any Device with GPS or Equivalent Functionality 
  • Cell Phones or equivalent technology. Each team will be provided a device to carry so we can locate you throughout the event.
  • Alcohol, Guns, or Illegal Drugs

In order to compete you must agree to allow the Event Staff to inspect your gear at anytime to ensure you have the proper equipment and no prohibited items.


Minimum Skill and Physical Requirements

Skill Requirements

1. Climb a 12ft rope and descend under control.

2. Put on a rappelling harness and helmet and make proper adjustments (instruction and training available online and some retraining is available at the event). 

3. Tie the following knots (knot instructional videos):

  • bowline
  • square 
  • figure-eight
  • re-traced figure eight

4. Hook-up to a ATC belay device and execute a safe and controlled rappel (instruction and training will be available online and at the event).

5.  Navigate between points on a map during the day and night with a map and a compass (map reading videos, navigation instructional videos).

6. Put on a life vest and make proper adjustments.

7. Paddle a Canoe and Kayak (beginner level skill is all that is required).

8. Waterproof your gear and build a poncho raft or other device to transport your gear across a lake or stream.  (link to instructional video)

*We believe that the average athlete should be able to learn these skills quickly with some help from the videos and posts on the Skill Training Page.  However, we cannot guarantee that this instruction will be sufficient for all competitors.  Please seek expert training before the event if necessary.  We will provide some training at the event, but your proficiency with these tasks is your own responsibility.

Minimum Physical Requirements

These requirements provide a benchmark for the  physical ability necessary to complete the challenge safely and maintain the necessary flow through each event.  You should be comfortable completing the tasks below before arriving at the event.  If it is determined that you are unable to complete these tasks you and your teammate may be removed from the course.  Learn more about who should compete in the Endeavor Team Challenge.

1. Run 6 miles in under an hour.

2. Swim 50 meters fully clothed, unassisted.

3. Carry a person of equal bodyweight on your back 50 meters.

4. Hike 12 miles carrying a 35 lb backpack in under 4 hours.


Detailed Timeline of Events

Competitors will assemble at 5:00 AM on Saturday, September 9th, for a 6:00 AM start. The final event will close around 12:00 PM on Sunday, followed by the Awards Ceremony. All activities will conclude by 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 10th.

Saturday Morning - The Crucible Footmarch/Late Competitor Check-in:
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 3.55.33 PM6:00 AM Start: 15-20+ miles (undisclosed distance), carrying all of your supplies for the event including food and water (water resupply is provided throughout the event); move on foot, summit mountains, and cross streams and lakes to arrive at Competitor Field where you will be officially welcomed to the event.

Saturday Afternoon - Competitor Field:

DSC_533611:00 AM Start (approximate): Invite your friends and family to Competitor Field to watch your team compete in physical and mental challenges, obstacle course, teamwork reaction course, rock-climbing, and rappelling.

Saturday Night - Night Orienteering / Navigation:

night8:00 PM Start (approximate): Venture into the forest with a map and compass. Navigate to multiple locations to finish.  If you move fast, you may have enough time for some sleep.

Sunday morning - The Lone Survivors Run:

mohican-run5:00 AM Start:  The final event, a 10+ mile (undisclosed distance) run.  Run to the finish line and encounter a few obstacles along the way.

Bonus Event: The Battle Drill

DSC_6162At an undisclosed time and location Teams will compete in a fitness challenge.  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.

Directions, Lodging, and area info - Click Here

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This event takes place on National Forest Service land, and will operate under a special use permit in the Stanislaus National Forest.