Length of Challenge: Up to 10 Hours
Disciplines and Distances: (You can choose as much or as little as you want to get as many points as you can.These are based on total distance including propoints.)
Trekking - 5-10 miles
Single and Double-track Mountain Biking - 15-20 miles
Kayaking - 4-6 miles
Competitive Period: July 4th to October 31st, 2020
Washington's Washout is stage two of a two-part "stage race" style challenge called the Redoubt Raid. The intent of this adventure is to set up a campsite at Newport News Park, drive to the Harwood's Mill parking lot and do Stage 1 (UnCivilThighzed) for up to 10 hours, get back to camp for the night and do stage 2 (Washington's Washout) the next day for up to 10 hours. However, feel free to complete this stage only. The complete course will take participants through many Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields and encampments.
Stage 2 - Washington's Washout
This challenge begins in Newport News Park, home to tons of Revolutionary war history. The paddle/trek orienteering section will take participants to many acres of unexplored woods sprinkled with checkpoints of unique trees and hidden redoubts, some up to 20 ft tall. The bike section leaves Newport News Park and enters the Yorktown Battlefield Colonial National Historical Park. The first stop is General George Washington's Camp where you can fill your water bottle from a natural spring he used to hydrate his headquarters. From there you will pass through the French camps and eventually the main battlefields. Navigate through historic Yorktown and stop by Yorktown Pub for a quick bite and drink before heading to the secret (mostly) and challenging singletrack mountain bike trails of Wormley Pond. Participants will be pleasantly surprised by the course design, only possible because it was literally the Race Director's (Chip Dodd) childhood stomping grounds.
This Virtual Adventure Challenge is up to 10 hours of legit navigation, transitions and physical exertion specifically designed to give options for athletes new to Adventure Racing (AR) as well as the most experienced racers. Our course design has three types of virtual checkpoints. Enduro points are designed for athletes who want an adventure challenge without tough navigation. All Enduro points are on trails and no bush/bikewhacking required. Adventure points are for the typical adventure racer who is comfortable going off trail for checkpoints but is still learning advanced navigational skills. Pro points are designed to challenge the most experienced navigators that are comfortable with putting in the extra miles, plotting their own points, choosing which points to give up and using advanced ar tools such as pace counting, bike computers and UTM plotters.
For information pertinent to all of our VACs, it's important to go here to learn all the details about the challenge concept, rules, mandatory gear, scoring, etc.
thisABILITY Adventures does not supply any equipment for our VACs including boats. We recommend a flatwater kayak for both stages of The Redoubt Raid. A boating permit is required for this stage and can be purchased at the Newport News Park Office. The fee to launch a private boat is $5/day and is not included in the challenge registration price. For more information about Newport News Park, click here.