Time to start getting excited/scared/sign-up/think of excuses to wimp out. below are some notes about the course after my google maps work today, as posted on the facebook site.
regarding END-SPAR: Well, i just finished planning the course! there will be some tweaks as i actually go out in the field, but i'm super psyched already. 10 mandatory CP's and 15 optional ones, similar to past races. Lots of epic nastyness in store for everyone.
A few things to note -
1) you will be able to complete the mandatory points with very little if any technical biking (which is good... because the trails might be a huge mess), but for those aiming to get all the optiona CP's you'll be riding some trails.
2) You are going to get wet if you want to go fast. And it will probably happen within the first 15 minutes of the race. know how to stay warm and prepare accordingly (changes of clothes, etc).
3). Although the packrafting section is optional, there is another new section this year - the 'river walk' section. teams going for the optional CP's in this section will need to have pfd's so even if you're planning on skipping the packraft section you might want to scare up some lifejackets.
4). There will be three optional challenges offered at one of the TA's, each worth one CP. here are some hints - practice building a fire, read about camping with bears, start lifting weights.
5). Practice, practice, practice navigation! Or pay one of our veteran teams so they'll let you follow them. or better yet, pay them to teach you how to navigate. Beer might serve as a substitute for actual payment.
6) Depending on how things go, we might extend the scope of the race allowing for 7-8 hours of racing instead of 6 so more teams can have more fun.
Scared yet? (;