Adventure World Magazine is always a great source of info on adventure racing, endurance sports, and just about anything else adventure related. The site is hosting the two videos from Primal Quest Badlands, which went down in South Dakota way back in August. I was lucky enough to be a part of the proceedings, but for those who weren’t, these first two episodes will give you an idea of what long distance adventure racing is all about.
In the first video, the teams are at the starting line just before dawn. The PQ got underway when two cowboys, on horseback no less, shot off their guns in the air, signaling the start of the 600 mile long, 10 day race. First up for the teams, was a 26 mile marathon across the open range.
The second video shows the teams discussing strategy and navigation methods, and gives us a glimpse of the amazing cave system that all of the teams had the opportunity to explore in the early part of the race. The large, underground caverns were the site of an orienteering course that at times confounded and confused teams.