SAC Competitor Information - 2020

Posted By: Zak Smith on August 30, 2020

This the pre-match competitor information for the 2020 SAC. It comprises two parts, (I) administrative “pre-work” to do before arriving and bring to check-in (primarily due to covid), and (II) additional match-related information competitors (similar to prior years).


There are some mandatory “To Do” items for ALL COMPETITORS. Go to this link and follow those instructions


1. SPOTS- The following change is being made due to some changes on the SPOT system side. Please turn your SPOT on on Thursday the 3rd for a few hours in the afternoon, prior to check-in, with TRACK MODE on. This is so that we can verify good tracking data is coming in. Then at check-in, we can make sure everyone is still GTG. Friday morning, make sure they are powered on and TRACKING MODE ON by 6:30 AM. Teams with non-tracking SPOTS will not be allowed to leave on land-nav missions.

The SPOT tracker links is here: 2020 SPOT TRACKER

2. CHECK-IN LOCATION. Check-in and match HQ will be at Travis’s house, 646 Wagonhound Rd. This driveway is opposite the 646 sign that says “Travis Brayden”.

3. PARKING: For check-in, you may drive down to the house to check-in. For the race on Friday morning, you must park at the end of driveway on the SE corner of where his driveway meets Wagonhound. Please make sure your vehicles are fully out of both the driveway and the road.

4. Check-in will be available 5-7pm THURSDAY ONLY. Check-in is required prior to 7:00 PM THURSDAY if you want to race. All competitors and guests on-site must sign waivers (bring pre-signed).

5. Please bring a few sheets of paper and a pen appropriate for making field sketches or reports. Some type of waterproof or water resistant paper is recommended (rite in the rain, revlar, terraslate, etc), but not required.

6. You need to have tested your water purification devices and processes before you show up. A significant portion of “available water” on this course will be from natural sources. Think “expedition style” as opposed to water tanks everywhere. There is a lot of natural water on the course and you will need to be able to use it.

7. There is no place to check zero or sight in once on site. Show up ready to shoot for score.

8. NO FIRES. The requirement for the “signal flares” is waived. You cannot make any fire, not even stoves, jetboils, etc. Everything is too dry. The place will go up due to any flame source. MRE heaters used as-intended are OK.

9. At check-in, you will get a race packet that outlines the procedures and scoring. Read how scoring works. There will be an opportunity to have questions answered Thursday before 7pm and Friday morning at muster. Bring your firearms to check-in for TECH INSPECTION. Firearms must be cold/unloaded.

10. Muster at 8:00 AM Friday, ready to race. (All firearms to be “cold.”) The Muster Line will be in open area by Travis’s house.

11. Remember, you will need to bring a check or cash for $100 (exact change please) for your radio deposit. This will be returned when you turn in your (working) radio. Radio deposits will be exchanged for radios upon race end, or before awards on Sunday. Please note that if you quit the race early, you may have to wait until staff is available, or until awards Sunday, for the exchange.

12. Awards will be at the check-in location at 10:00 AM Sunday.

13. The Spot Tracker URL is at the top of this message. No points will be displayed with timestamps before Friday at 0630.


15. The core staff will be heading up Tues AM. Once we are on-site, communications are very difficult. I will check my email about twice a day.

16. You will be issued a 1:24000 map for the race course. At check-in, you will need to copy DANGER and/or NOGO boundaries from a master map we have posted.

17. Personal climbing gear is strongly recommended. This comprises a helmet, a few UIAA-rated locking carabiners, a tube-style belay device, and a helmet. We have “some” loaners, but if you have this requirement you might be delayed. You may stash all this gear in your CACHE bag.

18. You need to know how to safely belay your partner using devices from #17.

If we have any additional competitor notes, they will be published in the same manner as this notice.