Untamed New England: Personal and Team Gear Bins

Untamed New England does not allow support crews; instead, the race organization will stage gear for racers at specific locations along the course. Summary • Teams will leave gear bins with race management for staging around the race course. • The race allows 1 x 35 pound (15.8 kilogram) bin per racer that will be staged at a few Transition Areas around the race course • The race allows 1 x 40 pound (18 kilogram) bin per team that will be staged before and after paddling sections (so we often refer to this as the “paddle bin”) • The race allows 1 x 40 pound (18 kilogram) bin per team that will be staged at one specific, remote, location along the… Read More →

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Packrafting at Untamed New England – Part 2

By Grant Killian Having covered the topic of “what kind of packrafts” and “where can you get them” a month ago, for the next part of our Untamed New England packrafting manifestolet’s dissect one of the race sections from the 2012 expedition course. This section involved a signficant amount of packrafting and strategy and will serve as a great example for racers in the 2014 event to learn from. Refer to this map and put yourself in the shoes of an adventure race team who is at the Transition Area marked as a red cirle “CP 12” at the East edge of the map. The brown lines show reliable trails. The rest of the map is standard USGS topographic style… Read More →

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Picking The Right Packraft For Untamed New England 2014

By Grant Killian While the mountains of Maine are remote and beautiful, and navigating through the back-country race course is typically *the crux* of any Untamed Adventure event, the packrafting discipline in Untamed New England always seems to be one of the first topics of conversation when discussing the race. So let’s discuss it. What kind of packraft? Where do you get packrafts? How many for our team? What about the other gear? What technique? What has the packrafting looked like in previous races? Let’s take a stab at addressing each of these questions over a series of posts here at Explore.Compete.Live. and establish an authoritative packraft manifesto for the Untamed New England expedition adventure race . . . First… Read More →

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Final Preparations Before 24-Hour Adventure Race

By Grant Killian Here’s a few thoughts about last minute preparations for 24-hours of Untamed New England, but it would easily apply to most any adventure race. You’ve probably worked hard building your fitness for the race, but with the race just a week or so away it’s time to take your foot off the gas. Think of the final stretch before a big event as the “downhill” section of any race, so you’ll want to coast into race day arriving sufficiently rested and injury free. In practice, this “downhill” phase means different things for different people. Generally avoid intense training outings for at least the final week leading up to your race. Probably 2 weeks out is a better… Read More →

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Interview with Untamed New England’s Grant Killian on 2014 Race

We jumped at the chance to pick the brain of the Untamed New England adventure race ring leader, Grant Killian. After hearing several rumors, we wanted to learn anything and everything about plans for the next expedition race. To say we came away satisfied and excited is an understatement. What’s the latest with the Untamed New England adventure race? As you may know, we’re ramping up for shorter 24-hour and 6-hour adventure races to run the weekend of June 22nd in Maine. The host location is the Sugarloaf Resort. It’s going to be a spectacular showcase for the Western Maine mountains and our race courses will include elements edited out of our 2012 expedition race course due to time; if… Read More →

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