A Wet and Wild 2017 Mountain Designs GeoQuest
The heavens opened for the 2017 Mountain Designs GeoQuest, but it wasn't stopping anyone. Determined competitors stormed the beach, ready to take on the gruelling 48-hour race. Summoning all their strength, they pushed through rain and thunder with their sights set on a finish line that felt like it was worlds away.
This year's course was merciless. Competitors battled challenging conditions to complete kayaking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking and navigation challenges. On the final leg, a creek crossing drained the last traces of energy from the mentally and physically exhausted teams.
There were thrills and spills as the determined adventure racers took on rough surf, tricky terrain and muddy trails. Despite the rough conditions, competitors managed a smile as they worked together to conquer each leg.
Just after midnight on Sunday, Team Thunderbolt AR emerged from the darkness. Dirty, drenched and exhausted they claimed a well-earned victory – the 2017 Mountain Designs GeoQuest champions.
To get through this punishing race, competitors armed themselves with strength, fitness, endurance and gear designed for rough and tough conditions. Kim Beckinsale, from the Mountain Designs Wild Women adventure racing team, gave a run-down of the essential gear they used for the race.
Sleep deprived, battered and drained, all teams made it across the line – from experienced GeoQuest racers to first timers. Congratulations to everyone who competed!
GeoQuest has been enticing adventurous spirits since it began in 2002. Our founder, Rick White, resonated with the race and as a result Mountain Designs has been proudly sponsoring the event from the beginning. We can't wait to support the race for the 17th year running in 2018.
A pack with side pockets is great for carrying snacks, compass and other essentials you might need during the race. Comfortable, ergonomic shoulder padding is also crucial, as it helps prevent shoulder pain and straining.
Kim and her team took the Mountain Designs Pro-Elite Gore-Tex® Jacket. The key features included the waterproof and windproof fabric, a long hem at the back to help stop mud from flicking up during the running and mountain biking sections and the ability to pack it down small to fit into a pack when not in use.
A warm, lightweight base layer is a staple for GeoQuest. Kim and her team took the Super Dry base layers which were warm, quick drying and provided comfortable, free movement. This base layer is perfect for an event like GeoQuest.
With creek crossings and heavy rain, a dry sack was crucial. Wild Women used a Mountain Designs Ultralight Dry Sack to keep their thermal gear dry and protected. They also put their dry sack inside another one for extra protection during creek crossings.