Looking to get outdoors, on your own schedule, for a challenge where you control the difficulty? Then the Catamount Winter Adventure is for you!
At GMARA, we try to design our races so new teams can participate, have fun, and make it to dinner. To be honest though, “The Bitter Pill” and “The Frigid Infliction” aren’t exactly a walk in the park. Most GMARA events are 8-12 hours of competitive endurance racing, including trekking, biking, paddling, swimming, rock climbing, skiing and snowshoeing. It can be hard to know whether you’re up for a challenge like that! Even our “Test Your Nettle” events still require real gear, planning, and only take place at a set time.
That’s where these bite-size adventures come in. You sign up and receive maps via email before the event starts. You’ll have at least a week to drop in when convenient and take on as much of the challenge as you want to. You’ll get outdoors, improve your navigation skills, and experience a new area, or an area in a new way. Low-pressure outdoor adventure fun!
- This isn’t a race against other teams; It’s your team vs. the outdoors. Heck, there may not even be another team out there at the same time you are.
- No set start time! The orienteering flags will be hung in the woods with care, and you’ll drop in when convenient to tackle the challenge.
GMARA will be handling course design and registration for the Catamount Winter Adventure at the Catamount Community Forest in Williston, Vermont. You can arrive for your adventure anytime from February 6th-14th. There will be two sections available: one on skis and one on snowshoes. You can do either or both – we recommend both! Each section will have plenty of checkpoints, and you’ll decide how many to get, in whatever order you like. We’re excited to sponsor Catamount to help hold this adventure in the winter for the first time.
Teams attempting to capture all the points will likely take 3-6 hours, depending on your navigation & conditioning. For new teams or those just looking for a nice day out, feel free to get a subset that is appealing. For those that don’t want to ski, you can feel just get the snowshoe points, and vice-versa. Coming for just an hour is perfectly acceptable – it’s all about what works for you.
Here’s how it works:
- You’ll register on the GMARA website. You’ll need to fill out the Catamount waiver to participate.
- Shortly before the event officially opens, you’ll receive an email with map(s) and instructions. You’ll print those out.
- Head to Catamount at any time from February 6th-14th to participate.
- You’ll use the map to navigate to orienteering flags in the forest.
- Send us a picture of your results.
- Feel successful about what you’ve achieved!
A few notes:
- If coming from outside of Vermont, you must follow the Vermont cross-state policy recommendations.
- Respect the rules at Catamount! The ski trails are for skiing only. If there happens to be no snow, we will convert to a foot section, but hopefully that won’t be an option.
- Please keep your team size small. If more than four people, break up into two teams.
- Bring masks and put them on if you’re near other people. You won’t even need to touch the checkpoint markers; you’ll just record a number onto your result sheet.
- Respect anyone you meet on the trail. Some Catamount trails are on private land; assume anyone you meet may be one of those land owners.
- Dogs are not permitted at Catamount. We know you love Sparky, but he’ll need to sit this one out.
Good news! There’s very little required gear for this event. Here’s a helpful list for what to bring:
- Your maps and instructions. You’ll receive these via email and print them out ahead of time (No printer? We can help!) We suggest you have them in a ziplock bag or map case to protect them from the elements.
- A compass. You could try to navigate just using the trail system, but we recommend you learn how to use a compass for this event.
- Something to write with. A pen, pencil, or fine-tip sharpie should all work well enough.
- A mask. Please wear it when near other Catamount property users.
- A whistle. If anything goes wrong, this will help others find you.
- Skis and/or snowshoes, depending on the portions of the course you are exploring.
- Water. Food. Camera. Anything to make your day more enjoyable.
UpdatesHere's the latest news about this race:
|1||Open||Snow Otter||Alec Duling|
|2||Open||Boundless Beaumiers||Amy Beaumier, Andrew Beaumier, John Beaumier, Lauren Beaumier|
|3||Open||Free-range CHICKens||Brittani Barone, Jessica Cassotis, Carly Farmer, Ashley Farmer|
Totals: 61 racers
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