A challenge fit for an adventurer
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | August 15, 2017
Are you a real outdoor person who enjoys testing your limits?
Then you might want to sign up for this Sunday’s Adventure Challenge, one of several special events leading up to the 15th annual Hike Haliburton Festival. There are prizes up for grabs and it’s free to enter.
The challenge will see teams of two or three embark on a 2.5-km paddle followed by 4.5 km of hiking and expedition challenges. It will all take place at the Frost Centre trails and St. Nora’s Lake in Algonquin Highlands.
“They will paddle across the lake, pitch a tent and take it down, and they basically race around these hiking trails,” explained coordinator Corina Mansfield.
Each team will use a route card and map to navigate the course. Some of the challenges include filtering water and starting a fire with a flint and striker.
“It’s all stuff you would normally do in an expedition when you’re camping,” said Mansfield.
The concept was developed three years ago but wasn’t launched until last year. There were four teams and it was held during the Labour Day long weekend. About $500 in prizes were distributed.
“It worked really, really well,” she said.
Participants must arrive at the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails office at 8:30 a.m. The race starts at 9:15 a.m. and takes two to three hours to finish, said Mansfield.
It’s a great experience for families, but Mansfield is challenging local camps, fire departments and businesses to sign up.
Space is limited to 10 teams. The minimum age is 13 and anyone under 16 must be on a team with an adult.
Sign up as soon as possible by calling Mansfield at 705-448-9888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.