The Alpine Quest course will take you on an unforgettable journey through the alpine wilderness. You will paddle, trek and ride through the high plains landscapes, home to unique, cold climate-adapted plants and animals.
The course will consist of kayaking, mountain biking and trekking sections with some other activities!
The route is determined by control points marked on a map. It is up to the teams to choose an exact route between checkpoints. You will need to find control points, using topographical maps and satellite images marked on the maps provided, as you complete each leg or discipline. In transition areas, you will change disciplines and will have access to the pre-packed gear and food.
The exact course is kept secret until the evening prior to the race, while the logistics planner with an indication of time and the order of the legs and disciplines, will be released one week prior to the race, leaving you with time to plan your packing and strategy.
The first team to successfully navigate all of the checkpoints and cross the finish line with all four (Expedition) or two (Explore) team members, will be the winners.
Teams will be provided with topographic maps of various scales, with marked control points.
It will be your team’s choice which route is the best to take. Sometimes, the best route might be threading your way through the thick bush, other times, it may be to follow tracks which allow you to move faster, but may be longer in distance.
Expedition course teams will receive two full sets of maps, while Explore teams will receive one. The maps will be waterproof, but dry bags are still advised for the paddling sections.
All teams will receive the course map at the same time and will have just a few hours to plan their strategy and routes between checkpoints!
Navigation skills are a key component of a successful finish, and if you are not confident with your map-reading skills, you should definitely attend an Adventure Junkie training day, and/or Peak Adventure Training week, and practice at orienteering, or rogaining events.
The course will consist of two stages: Prologue (Day 1), and the main course (Day 2).
The Day 1 prologue course will have a “clover leaf” style layout, starting and finishing on the Mountain. The main course (Day 2), will be a near-linear, epic journey from a remote location, back to HQ.
Teams will be transported by bus to the start line.
Race organizers will transport Expedition course gear (including bikes) between transition areas, as you swap from one discipline to another. One week prior to the race, the logistic planner will be sent to all teams, where you will find out details of which legs, in which order you will complete them and at which points of the course you will have access to certain gear.
Explore course will have relatively simple logistics, with one or two ‘centres’ where teams will be able to drop gear prior to the race start and access this gear during the race. The start and finish of the race will be at race HQ.
Teams will navigate their way on walking paths (Explore) with the sections of complete off-road (Expedition) - through the high plains, in creeks, rocks, and bush. For the Expedition course, this will be a significant section of the race.
MTB sections will consist of all types of terrain, including minor bitumen, rough 4wd and a significant number of single tracks of MTB parks. Explore course will be less demanding, with some easier single tracks, while Expedition teams are expected to have a good level of riding skill, to be able to progress through these sections efficiently.
Explore course will have only a flat water paddle section on the lake, while Expedition course will have a white water leg with up to grade 2+ rapids. White water skills are essential for this event.
If you are a novice team, we suggest you start on the Explore course, but for the truly adventurous, you can still join the Expedition course if you wish! It will test and push you, possibly to limits you didn’t know existed. Some first-time teams will not manage to finish the course, but plenty of first-time teams are still likely to manage it.
Are you up for an amazing alpine challenge?