Competitors will need a wide range of skills to compete in the Bushwhack. Below are some of the possible skills that you will be tested on, but more information will be sent out in team e-mails once you have signed up. In addition, Pack Rat will be hosting training opportunities to learn and practice skills that you may not be familiar with.
The Brewha Bushwhack is not a race in the traditional sense. What you know, is more important than how fast you are. This is not a beat-down obstacle race - while there are physical challenges that will test endurance, the goal is to push the limit of the teams' diversity of skill, and what can be accomplished together. A well-rounded team proves valuable. Teams are encouraged to work together as needed to solve problems. You make your own path, and go at your own pace. Plan your route of travel and complete checkpoints in whatever order seems best to you. Finishing first helps you in no way, as you will race for points, not time.
The gear requirements are small. In many cases you will be relying on primitive technology or woodlore skills. You’ll use little more than a knife, para-cord, duct tape, and a fire steel to complete the challenges as you navigate. Your most important tool is your brain, and best asset your team. At the end of it all, there will be some great beer waiting for you, Bar-B-Q, live music and an awards ceremony where we’ll swap stories of the day and compare scars.
Event Date: April 6th, 2019
Registration: The price will increase the longer you wait!
We recommend that all teams plan to arrive at Byrd's Adventure Center on Friday, April 5th (the evening before), where they can camp out for free. This will ensure that everyone is present for the mandatory pre-race meeting the following morning. If you are unable to show up until Saturday morning, have your ducks in a row and be ready to go.
-5pm Packet Pick up begins as well as a possible last minute training opportunity with our special guests. You won't want to miss this!
- 8-8:30am Late Passport Pick up
- 9:00 am Pre Bushwack meeting
- 10:00 am The event begins!
- 5:00 pm The Bushwack is over
- Dinner, awards, and more to follow!
It will be up to you to determine the most efficient (or most fun) route of travel for the day. Hint: part of your team's strategy may involve choosing a route that avoids other teams in order to prevent bottlenecks or giving away skills. The course can be completed in any order, but all checkpoints must be located to get the maximum number of points. Finding the checkpoint alone will be worth points. Additional points can then be earned by completing the tasks efficiently and/or without assistance. Team members should work together to accomplish each task. Many CP’s will be have event staff present to answer questions or provide help if needed. The nature of each task will remain a surprise until you arrive.
Every team must consist of three or four people. This is not only for safety reasons, but also because many of the challenges you face will require teamwork in order to complete that challenge. We recommend that all team members sign up at once to avoid any confusion.
Every team MUST plan to arrive at the finish by 5 p.m. There may be a point penalty for arriving late. Safety is a primary concern of the event staff, and we will assume that any team late to finish is lost. We will have staff members on site to keep a count of participants, however you will be traveling through some very rugged terrain at times and it is very import to understand how to use a map and compass.
Kids are welcome to attend but we ask that they are at least 12 years old to participate, and a parent or guardian must be on their team and with them at all times. The leader of each team must be over 21 years of age. Everyone that plans to attend the afterparty must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID with them to drink beer. Dogs are welcome at the Brewha Bushwhack, provided that they are on a leash and their owners take full responsibility for them. Bring your dog at your own risk. Byrd's Adventure Center has several of its own dogs that roam the property, and while they're friendly, they do tend to want to meet new dog friends, and if those friends are locked in a vehicle, the dogs at Byrd's have been known to try to "break in."
There will be a mandatory gear list for everyone. The list will be short, however it will not be finalized until we are closer to the race date. Additional information regarding equipment will also be sent to registered teams via email as information becomes available. Here is an example of items you will most likely need:
- Extra clothing in day bag
- Bush Knife (4" Mora or similar is a great)
- 2 water bottles (1L)
- Fire steel (or other non flame producing ignition source)
- Emergency space blanket
- 50ft of Para Cord
- 1:24k UTM reader
- Map case
- Work gloves