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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/03/2009 13:15:54 MST Print View

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Le Parcour de Wild Race Report

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/03/2009 15:32:56 MST Print View

Awesome. I'm both glad and yet somewhat disappointed I couldn't attend.

Edited by simplespirit on 11/03/2009 15:33:27 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/03/2009 15:59:51 MST Print View

The hike and the trail sounds like a huge challenge!!
How many people participated in the hike?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/03/2009 16:39:23 MST Print View


It started at around 12 and was down to 4 (2 teams of 2) by the event start. Dave and Kevin were the only 2 to complete the trek. The other group consisting of Sam Haroldson and Matt Lutz was forced to abandon their route for various reasons including weather and nav challenges.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/03/2009 17:08:42 MST Print View

Hey Chris, Are you interested in next year? I know its a year away but I am very interested in trying the coarse next October. Sounds and feels very challenging--- Time will tell...Does any body know why Sam and Matt bailed out?I mean more details?

Edited by Creachen on 11/03/2009 17:10:17 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Cool on 11/03/2009 17:09:43 MST Print View

Awesome trip report, I like your writing style. I was hoping you guys would do an article or at least post a trip report. Just curious about the food how much was not enough Dave?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/03/2009 17:13:31 MST Print View


As of right now, I'd definitely be up for a run at it next year but it's too far out to say 100%. Maybe Sam or Matt will come along and offer more detail on their route.

Edited by simplespirit on 11/03/2009 17:14:01 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Le Parcour de Wild on 11/03/2009 17:17:26 MST Print View

5 star EPIC!

And, I might add, a very well done report. It conveyed a very real sense of what you guys were up against and how you dealt with the challenges.

Edited by ouzel on 11/03/2009 21:15:09 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Le Parcour de Wild on 11/03/2009 17:43:49 MST Print View

This highlighted one of the bare facts of traveling in such difficult conditions: good gear is only a prerequisite. Fitness, experience, and confidence are as important as any piece of gear.


Thanks for the very nice trip report.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
thanks on 11/03/2009 20:42:06 MST Print View

Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it with Kevin, and going over the photos/memories last week. As for the joy of the trip itself, I'm still trying to get a handle on that myself.

I'll not speak for Sam and Matt, but I will say that the route Kevin engineered paid unforeseen dividends on the first two days. The wind was cold at 1000 up at the pass when my wife dropped us off. The CDT goes up just to the left of the sign you can see in the picture of us and our packs. Between the cold, wind, snow, and especially the projected low that night, I was really happy to be heading down into protected vallys post haste.

Camp that night was tough enough. It was perfectly tolerable, even pleasing, but the cold combined with the first night shakedown made camp chores take forever. My having to use a rock to chop a hole through 2-3" of ice to get water out of the lake didn't help.

Edited by ksawchuk on 11/03/2009 20:56:46 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
bonus on 11/03/2009 20:43:05 MST Print View

And we're already plotting for next year. It was such a cool time of year to be out there.

Barbara Wheelright
(barbarachenault) - F
two cents worth on 11/03/2009 20:52:20 MST Print View

I am Dave's mom. Isn't he awesome? I love him.


Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: two cents worth on 11/03/2009 20:58:11 MST Print View

I think Dave is awesome and I spent a week in a tent with him--have you ever done that? Any mom signed up on the BPL forums has to pretty cool too!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Great on 11/03/2009 23:02:24 MST Print View

Great article!

I'd love to see the gear lists Kevin and Dave used.

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: Great on 11/03/2009 23:23:23 MST Print View

Here's my list which includes my stuff and my part of group gear. It's from a spreadsheet that doesn't translate to this format well:
With snowshoes skin out weight was about 19 pounds, carried weight about 15 (when carrying the snowshoes) and with food and water I probably started with 36# skin out.

You can try to link to the Google Spreadsheet:

Type Model Weight (oz)
shoes or boots Salomon XT Wings 27.6
socks, 1st pair Smartwool ankle 1.8
socks, 2nd pair Smartwool ankle 1.8
snowshoes NorthernLitesrace 30
gaiters Dirty Girl 1.1
primary torso base layey Ibexultralight 5.5
trekking pants REI Thaw 7

rain jacket Patagonia Specter 6.5
shell pants GoLyte Reed 6.2
warm hat/balaclava OR beanie 2
warm gloves/mittens Lowe heavy liner 1.5

Tent Group
Sleeping bag Nunatak Custom + balaclava 26
Bivy sack BMW Nano 5
insulated jacket Patagonia Puff 11
insulated pants BMW Cocoon 6
Vapor Barrier clothing Homemade 5.5
torso pad Torso foam 2
three-quarter pad Ridgerest cutdown 6

backpack GoLite Pinnacle 27
dry bag for insulated gearPacific Designs50L 6

sighting compass Sunnuto M2 1.4
Maps Custom print and overview map 4 Group
GPS Garmin Foretrex 101 3.4
Pen/Pencil one pen 0.2
0.5mm mechanical pencil n/a
waterproof map case included with map
LED flashlight Zebra light plus camp light 4.4 with two spare batteries for zebra light

water bottle Nalgene 1L x2, additional 2L 5.5 should have had insulated covers
water treatment Klearwater 30ml 2.2 repackaged in plastic
eating utensil BMW longhandled Ti 0.4
Food Protection included in food weight

trekking pole(s) REI Kids summit 13
whistle ACR 0.2
First aid kit 3
sunglasses Oakley radar path (spare lens) 1.2
bear spray UDAP 12

mitt shells BPL Vapor mitt 3.5
underwear Nike Pro 2.5
torso layer PatagoniaHoody R1 11.8
hat with brim Montrail baseball cap 1.5
waterproof socks REI Gore-tex 3.3

personal hygiene items All of that stuff! 3
tiny knife Ringer #2 1.7
camera Panasonic FX580 6
rope 75' 3mm cord 4.9
river shoes Homemade 1.7
Satellite Phone Iridium 9555 10

Stove Trail Designs Caldera Cone--Tri-Ti 2.5
Pot BPL 1100 ti 4
Fire Starting Kit Lots of Stuff 4
Fuel Esbit for two nights 2.5

Edited by ksawchuk on 11/03/2009 23:28:04 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
hehe on 11/03/2009 23:35:00 MST Print View

Thanks mom! She's the one that got me started on all this stuff, I've been backpacking since age 3.

Gear list, with commentary but without most weights, is here:

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Thanks on 11/03/2009 23:52:56 MST Print View

Thanks for posting up the gear lists.....interesting for sure to see those after reading the article.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/04/2009 05:53:30 MST Print View

awesome write-up, thanks guys!!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/04/2009 07:47:06 MST Print View

Should it be Parkour? Why put a French name on an American race? Yuk...

Of course it's a nice write-up...

Edited by jshann on 11/04/2009 07:47:36 MST.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Le Parcour de Wild Race Report on 11/04/2009 08:34:10 MST Print View

Matt and I shot some video while we were out there. I'll edit that together and share it with everyone.

Brief: He and I had picked a route that was to mimic the Continental Divide Trail. As the race grew closer the snow began to fall and I began to have my doubts about our ability to travel and navigate a high-divide route through lots of snow.

My concerns were realized almost immediately when we arrived at our trailhead to find we needed to put snowshoes on immediately. We got about a 1/2 mile off course on both the first and second day and realized going 100+ miles was not going to be safe so opted to turn it into a three day snowshoeing trip instead.