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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2014 Update

The 2014 Alaska Wilderness Classic is set to begin in just a few days.  If you plan to participate you should have already been preparing for the last six months.  Luc Mehl is doing a great job organizing and you should contact him if you plan to take part due to some slight administrative changes. 

It's important to emphasize again that the Classic is dangerous.  If you participate, you must know how to self-rescue.  Self-rescue does not mean that you know how to dial a sat phone for a rescue.  Self-rescue means that you know how to stabilize serious injuries enough so that you can walk (or crawl) dozens of miles to a possible fly-out zone.  You are on your own and you have to take care of yourself.  Most people will never acquire the experience necessary to run a Classic.  In fact, if you're reading this blog, you probably shouldn't even consider doing it. 

If you have any question as to the type of skill-set necessary to complete a Classic, read a post I wrote a while ago.  It is still relevant.  Reality Check

If you are participating this year, good luck and be safe!


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    1. Rob Kehrer died in the Tana River, first death in the history of the Classic. Nine of 25 participants have finished as of now (day 9). Not a good day for the Classic.

      http://www.adn.com/content/competitor-dies-grueling-alaska-backcountry-race

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