How do you measure
success? Based on the outcome obviously.
Frozen Beaver was born while last year’s 12 ROGAINE was happening, we were
bored and hungry and we ate at the lodge. While eating at the lodge we decided
this lodge was much nicer than Tar Hollow shelter. So we proceeded to ask for
the manager, Chef Eric spoke with us and would love to have us up. So, there
began our newest event. So this would be the first level of success.
on to course design, someone stuck a lake right in the middle of the race
course which will consume a bunch of time and really distract from finding
those CP's. Should we use the forest or just the park? We chose park only after
factoring in the lake, possible weather, winter conditions of racers, mud,
snow, ice, swamps. Sounds like a horror movie. Knowing the quality of navigators
coming we upped the quantity of CP's to 35 instead of a mere 25 that is
typical. This changed the entire course strategy. Racers really enjoyed short
treks and quick attacks. Second Success!!
Hope is an hour for us to travel and have always camped in a tent. Getting old
and soft we went with the cottage. Luxury for us this year!! And our wives came
along to make it an enjoyable family trip. Plus the added bonus of volunteers.
Yea, we win again. Success! (Thanks wives)
eagerly began arriving before 8 am like little eager beavers. Promptly at 8 sign
in began in the warm banquet room of the lodge. Yes, we win again, much better
than the shelter. Racers also enjoyed the warm space to plan out the routes and
meet up with friends. Everyone checked in, planned the routes and attended the
pre-race briefing at 9:45 am. The whistle blew at 10:00 am and off they go to
locate all those CP's. Being in the lodge with Wifi we were able to send out
some start line pictures for the world to follow and the Wifi gave us something
to do all day!! We win! Yes, success!!
make our customary driving laps around the park looking for quitters and racers
needing help the weather was getting nice and warm and sunny. After several
weeks of cold the warm was very welcome. Those people from up north were really
happy to see the sun and the ground but were getting very steamy hot. The
weather was a success!!
for the ultimate success, can someone clear the course, will everyone make it
back, will time management be a factor, did someone fall in the lake, and was
there an angry beaver attack? Nope, it's all good! The course was cleared by a
few but not without their most intense effort ever on one of our courses. When
Hail to the Chimp, The Hillbillies, Running with Samson +1 and Benton all come
back completely beat down, dehydrated and somewhat smiling and no regrets are satisfying.
They were successful and so was our course that proved to punish them.
to the BIG buffet of pulled pork, veggies, beans, rolls, vegetarian option and
BEER to top off a awesome day in the woods. This is where the big smiles roll
out! While cards are getting tallied everyone enjoyed the best food ever served
at one of our events. Thanks to the Lake Hope Lodge and staff! Success!!
top three teams and top three solo's received a machete as the award. These
seemed to bring out the inner pirate in some. Be sure to look at the pics. What
a wonderful day to spend in the woods looking for CP's.
beavers were harmed while making this ROGAINE.