Teton Ogre Adventure Race: photos of an epic 26.5 hours

Grit (Amy's Blog)Amy Hatch

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

Ummm ... I’m addicted. It’s only been five days since I crossed the finish line of my first 24-hour adventure race. Yet, when an offer hit my e-mail inbox this morning to do another one in August, I jumped at it. Without hesitation.

There’s something so epic about going all day and all night, winding your way through the mountains on foot, bike and boat. There’s something so fulfilling about sharing that experience with your team mates. And something so intriguing about navigating entirely with map and compass – often, in the dead of a moonless night.

Yes, I bonked hard. At 5 am. After we’d been moving for 21 hours. And with 7 hours more to go. Because the Teton Ogre was actually a 28-hour race, not a 24-hour race. Yes, my team mates had to force M&Ms, Cheez-Its and salt tabs into me and tow me halfway up a steep mountain. And yes, I started to lose feeling in my limbs.

But, I revived. I snapped out of that bonk as quickly as I fell into it. And what I remember in its wake is flowing single track, stunning views of the Tetons, hilarious conversations, the childlike joy of going on a treasure hunt, and the hot Ramen noodles that appeared in the middle of the backcountry at hour 25, after I had spent the entire night dreaming of chicken broth. (Chicken broth seems to be a theme.)

Race Directors Abby Broughton and Jason Popilsky know how to put on a fabulous race. They had every detail covered and devised a truly fun, challenging course. I highly recommend the Teton Ogre Adventure Race. If 24 hours sounds daunting, check out their 8-hour race.

Enjoy these photos and see you out there next year!

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

The big reveal of maps

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

Two tricks to AR: good fuel and good map work

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

Bushwacking with your bikes ... typical AR.  Later we ascended a rocky spine with them. 

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

This was our special friend named Avo. He didn't fare too well. 

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

Nice way to spend the afternoon. 

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

Goodbye sunlight. Bring on the night. 

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

Checkpoint and moon

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

A photo finish, for second place

Teton Ogre Adventure Race

My team mates all zonkered out

 

Grit (amy's blog)

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