You’ve sat and listened to your friend’s stories, grimaced at their scrapes and bruises, oohed and ahhed over their race photos, and watched the dots long enough. It’s time to come to the adventure racing side. The AR Immersion is for anyone wanting to gain experience and explore the amazing sport of Adventure Racing. Immerse yourself in adventure—it’s the proven path to success and it’s going to be fun as heck.
At the AR Immersion, you will learn the foundations of adventure racing, which include navigation, mountain biking, paddling, and trekking (and sometimes ropes), by doing those things with people who live and breathe it. This 4-day/3-night camp is geared toward those wanting to get into the sport for the first time but is also useful for those ready to try a 24-hour AR.
During the Immersion, you will develop and learn the different skills to prepare for the final activity of the week, the Tenderfoot AR, where you will compete against fellow AR Immersion participants and put your newfound skills to the test.
With adventure racing, it’s common for a participant to be great at one discipline (say, mountain biking), decent at another (like trekking or trail running), and almost terrible at another (like, paddling or navigation). After the AR Immersion you’ll be armed with the knowledge and confidence to take on an Adventure Race that lasts up to 24 hours. And like doing it!
The retreat includes: Lodging and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner); 8-10 instructed activity sessions, mini adventure race, shirt, hat, buff, nutritional products, compass, plotting template, and access to laundry facilities.
Items to bring: Small backpack with hydration system or water bottle, outdoor recreation clothing, and appropriate shoes. Participants will need a bike and biking gear. Rental bikes are available.
All activities will be instructed by veteran adventure athletes pulling knowledge from more than 100 different adventure races as athletes and race directors. The organizers and instructors have managed the world's top-tiered races from United States Adventure Racing Association Nationals to the Adventure Racing World Championship. The camp will have group and one-on-one training session to help you learn about adventure racing and improve your skills as an outdoor adventurer.