Teri Smith's Article
"AR Training Camps" to get more info before choosing an AR training
Odyssey Adventure Racing Academy (OARA)
This training camp
brought together an amazing group of both experienced racers and complete new
athletes, and put them through the time of their lives. Don Mann has composed
a great group of experienced instructors who are really dedicated to every person
learning and experiencing as much as possible. After completing the first four
days of the camp you will have essentially completed a four-day stage race of
day and night navigation, mountain biking, trail running, whitewater kayaking,
river swimming, canoeing, rappelling and ascending. During the last two days of
the camp, Academy students form teams and put their knowledge into practice by
racing together in the two-day Endorphin Fix adventure race. This camp will jump-start
and advance any athletes (or even non-athlete's) achievements in adventure racing.
description of the course: "Aspiring adventure athletes interested in being
a part of this fast-growing sport, and experienced racers who want to become more
proficient, will learn necessary outdoor skills at the Odyssey Adventure Racing
camp held at beautiful Camp Washington Carver. Those skills include orienteering,
whitewater paddling and swimming, mountain biking, and fixed ropes skills (ascending,
rappelling and traversing)."
By Team SOLE (aka Team Epinephrine)
E-Camp is quite focused toward racing-specific
training. It doesn't mean Expert Racing, it just means racers who are seeking
to gain the competitive edge. E-Camp isn't for everyone, it's hard, it takes mental
fortitude and a bit more than the average level of fitness. ALL levels of racers
interested in learning to be fast in a real race atmosphere are encouraged to
attend. The camp starts on a Friday late afternoon with discussion, dinner and
quick clinics on navigation, paddling, biking, teamwork, packing, gear and nutrition.
Then teams are put together and the couse that lays ahead is shared with the teams.
Instructors at the camp train teams to prepare maps and pack gear. More
info on E-Camp
Note: Here at ARchronicles.com we strive to give unbiased opinions within
our articles, but it is based on either our firsthand experience or through interviews
with other adventure racers. We know there are other training camps out there,
but we have not had a chance to experience them. If other training camps would
like to offer an invitation, ARchronicles.com would send a reviewer to the camp
and write-up a review.