Rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are a real and present danger. You should always be aware of where you are putting your hands and feet, especially in rocky areas. In the event of any snake bite, immediate evacuation will be necessary.
Other Wildlife. You will be traveling through remote areas that are the native habitat for bears, mountain lions, moose, elk, and other large wild animals. These animals are usually timid and will disappear out of sight as you travel through their territory but in some cases they can stand their ground and attack. Be constantly aware of your surroundings; you do not startle a wild animal.
Eating and drinking. During the race you will constantly hear us reminding you about rehydration and nutrition. Expect high temperatures and very dry conditions on some sections. We have ensured that water refilling options are available. These may be through potable water sources or water that will need purification. We expect most of our medical incidents to be heat and dehydration related. It is up to you to make sure that these incidents are few and far between.
High winds. During July the winds are expected to die down somewhat. They generally blow west to east and can at times gust up to 80 miles per hour. This becomes a concern when riding on open roads, paddling on open water, and being on exposed ridges and in wooded areas. We do have alternate routes planned in the event that we determine high winds create conditions that are too dangerous for open-water paddle sections. Once again it is something that you need to be aware of when planning routes and when you are racing.
Lights. You need to ensure that your lighting system is bright and highly visible both from the front and rear and is capable of running for up to 12 hours. Rev3 Adventure will provide a charging station to charge batteries at the end-of-day transition. More information will be available closer to the race. Bike helmets must have reflective tape on the back, and your packs should have some form of reflective material or tape on it to make it as visible as possible at night. These requirements/items are part of the mandatory gear list.