Welcome to the Fall 2010 Adrenaline Alert!
I stink at writing newsletters. Seriously, is there anybody out there who wants to take on this responsibility so I can run around more in the mountains or spend more time with our soon-to-be-born baby daughter? Untamed Adventure is active via Facebook, Twitter, our blog, and taking the time to craft these "quarterly" newsletters never seems to fit in. So cut me some slack as I file this, our first "quarterly" newsletter of 2010 . . . with just a couple months to go in the year. To make this worth the wait, I have a review of our successful two events thus far and then turn attention to the future -- we've had many questions about our 2011 plan. I must also share the compelling year our sponsored Untamed New England racing team has had around the world!
If you're near Switzerland mark Saturday 27 November on your calendar as we're showcasing the Züri Oberland in our one-day "enduro orienteering" event named the Zürcher Berserker; I'm expecting some snowy and icy conditions up high, which will make the strategy and route selection even more challenging. If you're far from Switzerland, enjoy the rest of the year and make sure you have an updated passport for 2011 as there is something big in the works in Switzerland for next year! Untamed Switzerland Alpine Stage Race 2010
It was a spectacular 3-days of sunshine, snowy mountains, and breathtaking views as our 3rd edition of the Untamed Switzerland stage race explored the Swiss/Italian border region of the Engadine valley this April. Previous participants have called our Untamed Switzerland stage race "the most fulfilling race experience ever" and, while we don't pretend to deliver that every time to every racer, we take pride in knowing that this 2010 race was an unforgetable combination of scenic beauty, cultural history, and staggering mountain ascents.
For some racers, the highlight this year was sliding down the historic Bernina Pass using their map-case as a snow sled; for others, the castle at Scuol and the sunshine on the Swiss Dolomites was the best memory. Regardless, Sweden's Staffan Källbäck literally ran away to a solo victory over the 3-stages and proved the fastest navigator/runner/snow traverser. 2nd place went to USA's Team IRule (Mark Lattanzi and Sara Dallman) and 3rd place to the Pilatus Aircraft team (Patrick Willcock and Daniel Geiser) of Switzerland. Thanks to Marmot, Teko Socks, Aarn packs, and all our other sponsors for making this event such a success! View photos from this race at our Flickr site (Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3).
The 2010 Untamed New England
"We didn't believe your pre-race hype about how challenging the course would be -- we figured it was just like any other race. Boy, were we wrong. You promised remote and rough, and you DELIVERED. There aren't many races like this in the world!"That Danish team raced to 2nd place and a free trip to the AR World Championships, but first place went to the Canadians of GUATS Adventure (and they also earned a free trip to the AR World Championships with their victory). Third place went to the Americans of Team Granite. This event also added miles of new trail and bog-bridging that racers cleared during their race conservation projects, and contributed 150 cans of food to a barren food pantry in Northern New Hampshire. The Untamed New England race, in it's 3rd edition this year, just keeps getting better! View full results and photos from this race at our race website www.UntamedNE.com.
Our November 2010 Event in Switzerland
Untamed New England Race Team
"It was a humbling and exciting time racing against the fastest teams in the world -- man those Euro teams are fast! It was a gorgeous tour of Spain and a great life experience."Look for more from Team Untamed New England in 2011 and keep an eye out for an "Untamed Adventure" team racing (with me, Grant trench foot Killian, on it!) at the AR World Series race in Ecuador early next year.
Read more about Untamed New England's race in Spain on Pete's Attackpoint race report.