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Obstacle etiquette

March 28, 2010 AdventureLisa 1

In the final 50 meters of a sprint race, is it ok to overtake a team on a novelty obstacle course? This is a question that came out at a recent sprint race when two equally strong and competitive teams reached the inflatable obstacle course, the one slightly ahead of the other.

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Misplaced controls: hunt or go?

March 15, 2010 AdventureLisa 1

Occasionally teams encounter misplaced or missing controls at races; they get to where the control should be, but find that it isn’t there. What to do? Stay and hunt for it or continue on the course and speak to the race organiser later? I’m in favour of the latter. Go. Continue with the race.

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What to expect at races

February 25, 2010 AdventureLisa 0

Your entry is in for your first event and now you’re nipping, not sure what to expect when you arrive at the race venue. Fear no more! These are the basics…

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What to eat during races

February 25, 2010 AdventureLisa 2

What you eat during races all depends on a) the duration of the race and b) your personal preferences. The golden rule of race food is to pack food you like, can get down and keep down; and avoid too many sweeties and sweetened foods.

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How do I learn to navigate?

January 14, 2010 AdventureLisa 1

Orienteering is the most convenient and best way to train navigational skills. And it is far better to spend R40 to learn from mistakes at an orienteering event than to spend R1000 at an adventure race and compromise your team’s success through poor navigation.

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What headlamp to buy?

December 20, 2009 AdventureLisa 1

You’ve got a few options in the headlight range with Black Diamond, Petzl and Princeton Tec being the main brands available in SA. Nicholas Mulder highlights a few considerations you need to make for AR… that it is as waterproof as possible; it needs to get you through a heavy downpour.

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What trail shoes to buy?

December 20, 2009 AdventureLisa 0

My shoe philosopy echoes that of Mark Collins, who said, “Every human being is different and when it comes to shoes. One type or make will definitely not fit or suit everybody. For this reason I would be very hesitant recommending any one shoe.