Pack Rat Outdoor Center and Fossil Cove Brewing Co. are teaming up to bring you the second annual Brewha BushWhack!If spending a day with your friends hiking, paddling, and practicing camping and survival skills, followed by enjoying a couple of tasty craft brews sounds like fun to you, you’re in the right place! The Brewha Bushwhack is a single-day event in which you and your team will have six hours to navigate your way to a series of checkpoints, where you will complete various outdoor tasks for points. Unlike a traditional adventure race, the Brewha Bushwhack is not time-based, meaning there is no advantage to finishing first. You will “race” for points, not for time.
Where & When
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How Points WorkIt will be up to you to determine the most efficient (or most fun) route of travel for the day. Hint: part of your team's strategy may involve choosing a route that avoids other teams in order to prevent bottlenecks or giving away skills. The course can be completed in any order, but all checkpoints must be located to get the maximum number of points. Finding the checkpoint alone will be worth points. Additional points can then be earned by completing the tasks efficiently and/or without assistance. Team members should work together to accomplish each task. Many CP’s will be have event staff present to answer questions or provide help if needed. The nature of each task will remain a surprise until you arrive, but below are some ideas of the skills you will need:
Skills will include:
- Fire building (lighters and matches are not allowed)
- Climbing skills (not technical rock climbing)
- Knowledge of local trees/plants
- Knot tying
- Primitive Traps And more!
ScheduleWe recommend that all teams plan to arrive at Byrd's Adventure Center on Friday, April 1st, where they can camp out for free. This will ensure that everyone is present for the mandatory pre-race meeting the following morning.
Friday afternoon: 7-8pm Passport Pick up
- 8-8:30am Late Passport Pick up
- 9:00 am Pre Bushwack meeting
- 10:00 am The event begins!
- 4:00 pm The Bushwack is over
- 6:00 pm The Brewha begins!
More DetailsOne topographical map, in 1:24,000 scale, will be provided to each team the morning of the race. However, each team will decide between two map options for navigating their way through the Brewha Bushwhack course: The Pre-Plotted Map or the UTM Map.
Pre-plotted maps will already have each checkpoint included on them, and teams who choose this option will use their knowledge of topographical lines, cardinal directions, and land features to narrow down the checkpoints' exact locations and the most logical way of arriving to them.
UTM Maps will not include pre-plotted checkpoints. Instead, we will provide teams who choose this option with the UTM coordinates for the checkpoints, which they will then have to plot themselves before navigating to them. This option will confer an automatic point advantage, as it takes a little more time and effort. Each team must decide whether they think choosing the UTM Map will offer a strategic advantage to them based on their experience, or if it will take too much time and not be worth it.
Form a Team
*Important*Every team MUST plan to arrive at the finish by 5 p.m. There may be a point penalty for arriving late. Safety is a primary concern of the event staff, and we will assume that any team late to finish is lost. We will have staff members on site to keep a count of participants, however you will be traveling through some very rugged terrain at times and it is very import to understand how to use a map and compass.
Kids are welcome to attend but we ask that they are at least 12 years old to participate, and a parent or guardian must be on their team and with them at all times. The leader of each team must be over 21 years of age. Everyone that plans to attend the afterparty must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID with them to drink beer.
Dogs are welcome at the Brewha Bushwhack, provided that they are on a leash and their owners take full responsibility for them. Bring your dog at your own risk. Byrd's Adventure Center has several of its own dogs that roam the property, and while they're friendly, they do tend to want to meet new dog friends, and if those friends are locked in a vehicle, the dogs at Byrd's have been known to try to "break in."
Bring your gearThere is a mandatory gear list for everyone. You WILL need these things along the way to complete the tasks. These should be things that most folks can round up without too much trouble, but let us know if you need help.
- Extra clothing layer in dry bag
- Water bottle (1L)
- Fire starter
- Emergency space blanket
- 20+ft of Para Cord
- Folding hand saw
- Duck tape
- Metal pot with bail (2 quart)
- 1:24k UTM reader
- 8x10 poly tarp
- Map case
- Work gloves
Come By - or - call in
Registration will open on 1/15 for teams that raced in 2015. Open registration will start on 1/20.
REGISTRATION MUST BE DONE AT Pack Rat Outdoor Center. We will need a name and phone number for each team member (who is not a dependent), in addition to a t-shirt size. Each team will also need to designate a team leader with an active e-mail account which we will use to send out any pertinent updates as the date of the event approaches. Finally, we encourage every team to come up with a team name (default team names will be the last name of the team leader).
You may either stop by, or call in to register.
*THERE IS NO ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT AND THERE WILL BE NO DAY-OF REGISTRATION AT THE EVENT.*
*CANCELLATION POLICY: Registrants who cannot make it to the event for whatever reason will not be able to receive a refund due to the difficulty in planning for an event like this. However, they will still be entitled to their race packets which include a T-shirt, stainless pint glass, and other swag. Substitutions may be allowed on a limited, case by case basis and must be approved by the director. We appreciate your support (and hope you can be there!).
Spots are limited.
Pack Rat Outdoor Center
209 West Sunbridge,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 479-521-6340