This FAQ is intended to field most obvious questions concerning Primal Quest.
If you have specific questions please feel free to contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation is key so plan ahead and give yourself and your team enough advance preparation as possible.
Who Does This?
Here is what is amazing about Primal Quest. We have elite teams that are steeped in experience and skills that race alongside ‘ordinary’ athletes.
This event goes beyond just a simple test of strength of body but tests your fortitude of mind and spirit. This is a huge factor and some would argue is the biggest challenge – overcoming preconceived limitations in your mind to let your body and spirit soar.
No doubt it takes commitment in training, planning and preparation well in advance. We work to inspire and motivate healthy outdoor activity at levels of skill.
It will be first come first served with $1500 deposits being processed right away once registration opens. The deposit is non-refundable and the team spot may not be transferred so please be discriminate in signing up.
Yes, only one person, the team captain is required to register a team. You will be required to define the other 3 team members by final payment – May 1st, 2017 You may not transfer this spot to another team but you may transfer team captain title and responsibilities.
The deposit of $1500 is due at the time of registration, this secures your team entry. The second payment of $2000 is due no later than December 1st, 2016, the third payment of $2000 is due no later than March 1st, 2017 and the entry fee balance of $4000 is due by May 1st, 2017
Ideally your teammates are also your training partners. Luckily in todays’ tech culture we are not confined to being in the same place to train alongside others. There are many successful topnotch teams that utilize Strava or the like to share and track their training alongside their teammates. Plus, there are numerous online coaches and training apps that may also provide great motivation.
Plus, there are few great AR specific training camps that are great for getting specific skills training (ie ropes, orienteering etc). Visit: http://www.thethunderrolls.org/camp.html
In our world of opportunity and busy lives you will have to make training a priority. Every racer has work commitments and families to attend to. We encourage you to strive towards a healthy balance of training and the rest of life. This is an opportunity to spend time in the outdoors, almost every day, learning and listening to your own heart. Literally and figuratively offering yourself an opportunity to evolve and make your life all the more fulfilling to not only you but positively affect all those around you.
This course is designed after the origins of Expedition Adventure Racing. There will be long hard sections that rely heavily on your collective team strategy and navigation to manage the diverse challenges that you will experience. We have intentionally laid out the few CPs and few TAs so that your backcountry experience is completely immersive.
Race disciplines include: Mountain Biking, Trekking/Trail Running, River Rafting, Lake/Sea Kayaking, Ascending/Rappeling, Glacier Mountaineering
This is going to be yet another amazing and unique event as the course features the some of the best and most challenging terrain in Canada. This area is steeped in history and culture and we are working to integrate some unique and very interesting elements into this remarkable course.
We will be taking you to back-country places that you are considerably iconic and which will likely become very endearing to you as you will be struck with awe at the magnificence of the terrain. Learn more about why we chose British Columbia for our 2017 race by visiting our “Why BC” page.
Although we do not encourage participants to underestimate the tremendous commitment to train and prepare for this event, we do encourage regular folks to be inspired to become a participant, make the commitment, do the training and preparation and come out and experience this amazing sport.
The amazing thing about our sport is that you don’t have to be a professional athlete to take part. What you do need is to be committed and dedicated to training up front. Build up your endurance. Besides the dedication of time, energy and equipment you’ll need to hone specific skills (ie ropes and paddling). You can go to the gym to get the basics or attend a weekend outdoor clinics but definitely work on your comfort in using Ascenders/Passing Knots and Rappelling. Paddling and get comfortable with self-rescues and efficient technique.
The course is designed so that most teams that have trained and prepared for this event, manage their pace, sleep and food can finish the event in the allotted time. The weather is always a factor as well as the ability to navigate. There is no doubt that this will be challenging both mentally and physically and requires team cooperation and back-country experience.
Currently, the time to complete the course is 10 days. The first course cutoff is planned for day 4 so this gives teams ample time to manage their pace accordingly. We are NOT designing the course to intentionally cut short your race. We understand the investment of time, money and energy and want you to experience as much of this amazing course as possible.
We are working closely with sponsors to offer unique and amazing prizing. We are steering clear of raw dollars but will be offering great cash incentives (ie Free GODZone New Zealand Entry) for the top finisher.
Yes. We are very proud of our media coverage history. Ranging from CBS, ABC, OLN, ESPN to now Outside TV. We work hard to create an authentic peak into this amazing feat of human endurance and share the rewards of epic experiences.
Navigation and route choice will still be essential. Plus, there will be navigation/orienteering sections within the course that will be navigationally demanding and decision-making skills will definitely be required. To build your skills in orienteering and navigation it is great to do orienteering and rogaine events to practice and develop up your navigation proficiency.
We do require that everyone takes these preparations seriously and equips themselves with the required skills. There will be a hardcore review of your skills at check-in as we take this seriously and so should you.
A 4-person suite will be provided to the team as accommodation one night prior and one night at the end of the event. If your team finishes early there should be openings available (as it is midweek) for your team to stay though to the awards evening (Sept 15th, 2017).
Standard bike and gear boxes will be required to better insure that your equipment gear is transported efficiently. There will be weight limits and size limits. The race organizers will certainly respect and take care of your gear but will not accept responsibility for lost or damages gear so insurance is recommended if there is concern.
Though we would love to pay our volunteers unfortunately that is not the case. We will cover most costs during the event but travel to and from and extraneous costs are beyond our economic ability at this time.