Here’s a sneak peek of the 2017 Primal Quest Teams! Stay tuned as we release team photos and bios!
|Team Name||Country||Team Captain|
|GODZone Adventure||New Zealand||Warren Bates|
|Rusty Bottom Runaways||USA||Brian Chontosh|
|Adventure Medical Kits||USA||Kyle Peter|
|West Coast Express||Canada||Niki Jacques|
|Trainology Fitness||USA||John Porter|
|More Cowbell||USA||Jason Wolfe|
|Tall Dude and Dirt Skirt Sistas||USA||Melaine Whitchelo|
|What the Spork?||New Zealand||Nicole Ranger|
|Summit AR Commie Bar||USA/Canada||Jonathan Gamm|
|Dingle AR||Ireland||Noel O’Leary|
|NYARA Sweden||USA/Sweden||Olof Hedberg|
|Samlan Painted Wolf||South Africa||Mark Collins|
|10 Million Metres||UK||Alex Flynn|
Team Journey represents a deep and diverse roster of experienced athletes. As part of a larger team they are sending experienced expedition racers: Fletcher and Ian, as well as expedition newbies: Melissa and Steve to Primal Quest.
This mix of teammates has completed 12 expeditions and often finds themselves on the podium including Fletcher who was part of the 3rd place team at PQ Tahoe in 2015! Team Journey is excited for Primal Quest 2017 – Squamish as they feel it’s the best place for them to race as they love the mountains. “With a strong navigator and solid team strategy we look forward to the challenges that BC will bring.” As the top adventure racing team from the Mountain West of the United States, Team Journey is excited to race Primal Quest 2017!
Team Bones Adventure Racing is the definition of resiliency in adventure racing.
Racing together, internationally, since 2001 we have competed in many of the worlds top adventure races, including all 7 Primal Quests! Racing in everything from New Zealand’s Southern Traverse to Eco Challenge Fiji we love the sport. Having placed 2nd at PQ Tahoe, we are hungry for the win this year. Primal Quest races are renown for their difficulty and distance taking teams to their absolute limits and then asking them for more. Team Bones relishes this challenge and we feel our years of experience will help us persevere in the harsh mountains of British Columbia.
Tall Dude and Dirt Skirt Sistas
Tall Dude & Dirt Skirt Sistas brings their midwestern roots to the rough and tumble Sunshine Coast. Their team captain and, PQ veteran, Melaine sets the tone with her tagline of “Where the mind goes, the body will follow”. They bring other PQ veterans Mickey and Dan along with PQ newbie Cathy to the start line. Don’t let Cathy’s lack of PQ experience fool you though, she brings several years of endurance racing along for the ride. With the goal of finishing the race, their tight knit friendship and prior experience will help keep things light, but competitive. They embody the “Wisdom of the turtle and the spirit of the rabbit” Whether it’s Dan’s top notch navigation skills or Mickey’s silly motivational speeches be on the lookout for the Tall Dude & Dirt Skirt Sistas!
Team West Coast Express
Team West Coast Express are “PQ” newbies and a local team to boot! With plenty of racing and backcountry experience under their belt, they are excited to tackle an expedition length race in their backyard. Having grown up playing in the wilds around British Columbia, this local team is just hoping to keep up with the pack. When racing their close bonds help them overcome situations that may break other teams. From Niki and Jordy’s experience with local trails to Don’s encyclopedic knowledge of well… everything, this team is sure to show us the advantage of being local.
Team Vignette brings a love of the outdoors to this year’s Primal Quest.
Racing as 2’s and 3’s in the past, this is their first time racing together as a team. They will be on the lookout for great adventures, solving problems, laughing with (and sometimes at) each other, and accomplishing great things together. Although they have lived in many places, they currently hail from Texas and Colorado. They bring a rich PQ history with them, as individual team members have raced in every PQ! They look forward to racing together as a set of 4 and thankfully they’ll have plenty to talk about as they get to know each other during the long days and nights in the BC wilderness!
Team Whoops! comprises four misfits that came together at AA (Athletes Anonymous). After quickly bonding over their addiction, Jan “Mo” Trojanowski, Mark “Curly” Campbell, Peter “Larry“ Wieninger and our secret weapon “Insert Girl Name Here” (wouldn’t be a secret if we told you her name) decided PQ would help them get their fix. The team members come from all across Canada: from Vancouver to Calgary and Dartmouth to Girlsville. Although this is not their first Primal Quest, they are still convinced it is an elaborate virtual reality video game. It has been a while since they have been together, but with recent restraining orders being lifted, they look forward to a refreshing new start. They have high expectations (i.e. finishing top 100) and feel with their unique skill sets, anything is possible. Their accomplishments in many high profile races speak volumes of their capabilities: first place in the National Hide & Seek Competition, South Eastern – North side of Dartmouth Pub Crawl Champions and Central Canadian White Rabbit Provincial Finalists.
Team What the Spork?
What the Spork! hails from New Zealand, where there is only three degrees of separation between any two kiwis… and even less in the adventure racing world!
Bringing together PQ newbies Nicole Ranger, Glen Warner, Hedley Meacheam, and Destry Harte, they look to bring their love of adventure sports to the wilds of British Columbia. With 11 expedition races spanning across the globe, this team has the experience to compete. They feel it is their duty as New Zealand adventure racers to make this look as simple as possible, with a good amount of banter with other teams (whether they are in the mood for it or not!).
Although they have to deal with training during the Southern Hemisphere winter, they plan to show up at the start line ready to race in September. And of course they look forward to the copious amounts of beer and pies at the finish line.