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High Profile Adventure Camp
posted Monday, January 26, 2009 by Yak @ 4:24 PM - 0 comments

High Profile Adventure Racing L.L.C. presents the 3rd annual adventure camp in Mount Carroll, Illinois at the scenic and historic YMCA Camp Benson. The camp will give aspiring first timers to experienced adventurers the skills and knowledge needed to participate and excel in adventure races.

The camp will be held from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5, 2009.

The focus of the camp will be on fixed rope skills and navigation. Participants will be given instruction on safety, equipment, knots, rappelling, ascending, and traversing on fixed ropes and on rock climbing techniques.

Instruction is primarily in the field with rappels and ascents of over 100' high and traverses of over 300' long on area cliffs.

Friday night, Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning seminars will include presentations on topics such as orienteering, day and night land navigation, backcountry survival, adventure race strategies, lessons learned, foot care, and cyclocross!

A highlight of the camp will be a 3 hour sprint adventure race on Sunday featuring an orienteering Rogaine course, cyclocross race, caving and multiple fixed ropes.

The cost of the camp includes two full days of instruction, Friday night seminars, Friday and Saturday night lodging at Camp Benson, a Saturday night meal, a Sunday morning breakfast, insurance, a sprint adventure race, a voucher for $25.00 off the 2009 Thunder Rolls Adventure Race and a certificate of attendance.

Active Endeavors will have all the required rope gear for sale at the camp. The High Profile Adventure Camp staff are all experienced adventure racers, bicycle racers. Each is highly skilled with backgrounds and expertise in the topics and disciplines presented.

The camp is presented by Gerry Voelliger, Director of the Thunder Rolls Adventure Race and Captain of Team Orthopaedic Specialists.

Sponsors of the camp include Zanfel, Salomon, Merrell, Eco-lips, NRS, SUUNTO, Coffee Hound Coffee House, Healthy Habits Bicycles and Nutrition, ENViROMARK, Active Endeavors, and Orthopaedic Specialists P.C.

The camp is sanctioned by the United States Adventure Racing Association, and is one of a few camps held nationwide in 2009 and by far the least expensive!!

Adventure Racing Icon and World Champion, Robyn Benincasa, Captain of Team Merrell Zanfel Adventure is attending the camp! She will be presenting her highly acclaimed program on "The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy", the Athena Project, and will be racing in the Sprint Race on Sunday. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with, talk to, learn from, and race alongside of one of the greatest women adventure racers and endurance athletes in history! Her appearance is sponsored by ZANFEL.

Registration is limited so sign up today at http://www.thethunderrolls.org/camp.

For more information contact gerryv@teamhighprofile.com.

Untamed New England joins the Adventure Racing World Series
posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by Yak @ 10:41 AM - 0 comments

After an award winning debut edition last Summer, the Untamed New England Adventure Race joins with premiere races from around the planet in the Adventure Racing World Series.

The Untamed New England Adventure Race returns to New Hampshire in July 2009, this time as the only American race in the prestigious global Series. Podium finishers at Untamed New England will battle for over $10,000 in prizes and qualify for the World Championship race being held in Portugal in December 2009.

"We're excited by the opportunities this opens for our race, for the New England region, for the American and Canadian teams who deserve a World Championship Qualifier on their own home turf, and for the environmental causes we promote;" observed Untamed New England Director Grant Killian.

9 races around the globe, including adventure hubs such as New Zealand and South Africa, host races as part of the AR World Series. In all of the races, teams compete non-stop for days of biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering, and other challenges. With this announcement, New England adds its name to this list of adventure destinations and participants in Untamed New England will explore the wilderness terrain of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

"We have been keen for some time to establish a North American event in the ARWorld Series and with the Untamed New England winning the 'Race of the Year' award from the New England Adventure Race Association it was an obvious choice. The race has demonstrated an ongoing environmental commitment, and all the race reports show that this event has a great respect for their clients, the racers." stated Geoff Hunt, Executive Director of the AR World Series. "The event also completes the geographical balance for the ARWorld Series and will enable the American teams to qualify on their own soil for the ARWorld Championship."

"I have raced in the New England area and am familiar with the landscape and history and look forward to revisiting this wild corner of the USA."

The inaugural Untamed New England Adventure Race saw teams compete in a wide range of disciplines across the challenging New England terrain. The course covered 200 miles and involved trail running, mountain biking, orienteering, rope and mountaineering activities, canoeing, conservation projects, and kayaking. Untamed New England is the most challenging event of its kind in the Northeast.

The Untamed New England Adventure Race runs July 9th to 12th and will be hosted by the Balsams Grand Resort in historic Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. "The elegance of the Balsams combines with the outdoor ethos of the racers to exemplify the 'Grand Resorts - Grand Adventures' motto for our region" commented Peter Riviere, Director of the Coos Economic Development Corp in Northern New Hampshire, "This is one way the new generation experiences the outdoors, and our communities welcome their energy."

For more about the Adventure Racing World Series, visit http://www.ARWorldSeries.com.

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Jeep World of Adventure Sports to air coverage of the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge
posted Friday, January 16, 2009 by Yak @ 12:58 PM - 0 comments

36 teams from all over the world converged on the surreal landscape of Abu Dhabi to compete in the 2008 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge. They would cover over 361 kilometers before it was over, racing along a course that would not only test their capacity for physical and mental endurance but also take them on a journey of discovery, as they kayaked, biked and trekked across some of Arabia's most remarkable and treasured natural attractions.

Don't miss the opening episode of NBC's Jeep World of Adventure Sports featuring the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challegne on January 18th at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

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From Helen to Dahlonega through Hiawassee
posted Monday, January 5, 2009 by Yak @ 1:13 PM - 0 comments

In 2007 Checkpoint Zero produced the first edition of it's namesake event, the Checkpoint Zero Adventure Race, in Helen, GA. Nearly 200 racers attended, eager to experience a race with ties to the exceedingly popular North Georgia Adventure Race that came before it. Competition among the more veteran racers gunning for a piece of the $6000 prize purse was fierce. For the rest of the field the race was all about finishing.

Although the course was challenging...in terms of distance, elevation change and navigation...rules allowing teams to skip checkpoints and be ranked officially as long as they reach the Finish in under 30 hours meant that a majority of less experienced teams were able to complete the race which was lauded as a smashing success.

Building on the momentum out of that first race, Checkpoint Zero set out to create an all new course in 2008 that would accomplish the same goal...challenge the top teams without excluding those racing just to finish.

Despite mother nature's protests, an even larger field of just over 200 racers set out by boat from the Georgia State Fairgrounds in Hiawassee under threatening skies.

The dark clouds proved to be more than just an ominous portent...they brought snow, wind and rain that covered the course in slush and ice and chilled racers, support crews and staff members to the bone.

A large percentage of the field dropped out after dark on Saturday night as the temperatures plummeted. Of the teams that continued racing despite the harsh conditions just one, Eastern Mountain Sports, managed to clear the entire course and reach the finish by 2:00 PM on Sunday to claim first place.

The 46 other teams that finished officially were able to do so by strategically skipping checkpoints. Once again conscientious course design delivered an experience that tops teams called "gut wrenching" while others described their race as "wicked awesome".

It's 2009 and it's nearly time for another Checkpoint Zero Adventure Race. This year we're heading to Dahlonega, GA for yet another new course designed by Tony Berwald and staffed by team Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8.

The formula is the same. We're combining intelligent course design, an experienced staff and race rules that cater to all levels of racer to create an exceptional experience for all who attend.

Registration is open through January 31st.

For more information visit the official race website at http://www.checkpointzero.com/czar.