The Bushwhack

Race Details

Where and When

2018-04-07 Byrd's Adventure Center The registration fee will increase the longer you wait! January: $85. February: $95. March: $105. (per person)

How Points Work

It 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:

Necessary Skills

  • Navigation (map & compass only-no gps)
  • Fire building (fire steel and primitive methods)
  • Climbing skills (not technical rock climbing)
  • Knowledge of local trees/plants and animal tracks and more
  • Knot tying
  • Fishing
  • Canoe/kayaking
  • Primitive Traps
  • Hauling Systems (mechanical advantage)
    And more!


We recommend that all teams plan to arrive at Byrd's Adventure Center on Friday, April 6th, 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:
-5pm Packet Pick up begins as well as a last minute training opportunity with our special guests Dave Canterbury and Donny Dust. You won't want to miss this!

  • 8-8:30am Late Passport Pick up
  • 9:00 am Pre Bushwack meeting
  • 10:00 am The event begins!
  • 5:00 pm The Bushwack is over
  • Dinner, awards, and more to follow!

More Details

One 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.

Attendees must compete in teams of 3 to 4 people. Many of the tasks will require team work to complete.


Form a Team

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 Gear

There 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.
This list is subject to change as the race develops. Registered teams will be kept up-to-date from the race director.
As in years past, there will be a paddling challenge as long as the river is at a safe level. We highly recommend bringing your own boats for this section so you don't have to wait for a boat. More info will be provided as it becomes available.

Gear List:


  • Daypack
  • Extra clothing layer in dry bag
  • bush knife (4" Mora or similar is a great choice)
  • 2 Water bottles (1L)
  • Fire steel (or other non flame producing ignition source)
  • Emergency space blanket
  • 50ft of Para Cord
  • Compass
  • Shemagh


  • 1:24k UTM reader
  • Map case
  • Work gloves