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Janée’s Latest Race Report

Janée’s Latest Race Report

Janée filed this report as she prepared last minute details for her adventure race this weekend.

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A lot of time and energy has gone into preparing for those 24 long and grueling hours!  The race begins at 8:00 AM this morning and will end at 8:00 AM tomorrow.

Because I have some final race preparations to complete before the race begins, I have reduced the last several weeks since my first post into a series of bullet points:

  • I spent one weekend in Ohiopyle biking and running the same trails that I will be hitting this weekend. Lessons learned: #1: Wear high socks on race day to protect from the stinging nettle JUNGLES that I will be facing. #2: Blackberry thickets are everywhere in Ohiopyle, and can either be an excellent PMA-booster or the bane of my existence. #3: Master the art of clipless pedals before attempting to bike from town to the top of Sugarloaf.
  • While in Ohiopyle, a Copperhead struck at me and missed me by less than a half-inch. I can’t think of a sensation more terrifying than feeling the wind of a flying venomous snake against your ankle.
  • I spent a ridiculous amount of time in REI deciding which kind of energy gels/bars I wanted. I settled on Honey Stinger and PROBAR products, as their ingredient lists didn’t require me to use my chemistry background to understand what I would be consuming.
  • I met with Erik over coffee and we discussed how to use the highly controversial, yet race-required snakebite kit. We also went over the first aid kit supplies and had a refresher on some basic first aid. I hold a Wilderness First Responder certification, but after a year of little to no use, it was great to cover these skills and protocols again.
  • I purchased gear.
  • A lot of gear.
  • Erik and I went over plotting UTM coordinates, shooting bearings, and dead reckoning one last time. We also reviewed nighttime and long distance navigation tips. These skills will be vital this weekend!
  • I added some scars to my collection while mountain biking in Frick Park.
  • I reviewed how to rappel safely and not end up like this guy.
  • I checked, rechecked, and checked my gear list again. It’s all there.

I’m ready.

Check back after the 12th to see if I made it out of the woods alive!

See you outside,

Janée

Erik Kulick leaning aginst wall with True North badge on blue shirt

About the Author

Erik is the founder of True North Wilderness Survival School. He is a police officer, EMS provider, a Wilderness EMT, and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has been featured in national and international media, including CNN, the Associated Press, and Backpacker. To learn more about Erik, visit him on LinkedIn and be sure to follow him on Facebook.

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