It's an Adventure Race.
You and your partner will undergo tests involving: land navigation; practical shooting with long-range rifle, carbine, and pistols; fieldcraft; problem solving; and other related tasks.
Two-man teams will be required to navigate at least 25 miles on foot to complete the course.
Along the way, there will be a series of tasks to accomplish to gain
additional points. These tasks may include: shooting problems with
long-range rifle, carbine, and pistols; problem-solving; physical
challenges; fieldcraft; communication; target recognition; memory; and
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The objective for a team is to acquire the most points while limiting the number of point penalties incurred. The team with the most points will win. Teams must carry all the gear they use to complete land navigation and all tasks, though it may be abandoned at any time. Teams must carry one long-range rifle, one carbine, and two pistols for the entire course. Refer to the Required Gear List for items required for all teams/competitors. All other gear is left to the discretion of the team based on the task briefing. This information will be posted to this web site far in advance of the match date.
For 2016, we are keeping the SAC in Douglas WY; however, we have negotiated access to additional neighboring properties. Thus, the vast majority of the land nav problems for 2016 will be on property that no SAC competitor has ever set foot on.
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 6, 2016
Congratulations to all competitors who attempted the 2016 Darrin Fink Memorial Sniper Adventure Challenge. Just showing up to the SAC shows an exceptional level of commitment. Finishing the SAC is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates a level of skill, wits, and fitness that very few people on the planet strive to, let alone achieve.
Our goal is to create and run the best events. Please email us with feedback on how you think we can make our future events better.
Thanks to the landowners, Travis, Dana, the State of Wyoming, and Lyndon Fink (and Darrin, in spirit). They own this awesome venue and are kind enough to let us run events here.
Thanks to the main staff, Jimmy, Casey. These guys take on responsibility for major parts of match setup and operations.
Thanks to the RO’s: Stan, Sutherland, Zach, Brett, Scot, Rocky, Nick, Murph, Jason, Mario, Ned, Vernon, Keith, Darin T., Ed, Cheryl, Ron, Bill, Chris, Nico, and the crew from Focuss Group Special thanks to Scot for bringing a big crew and doing a fantastic job on Comms.
Thanks to the medical staff: Dr. Bruce, Kyle, Dr. Keith, Chris, and Nick. The SAC could not happen without having you on-hand ready to handle medical issues. You do a great job.
Thanks to our sponsors- TBAC, AA Target, Alexander Arms, Burris, Con-X, Focuss, Hill People Gear, La Sportiva, Machinegun Tours, US Optics, Badger Ordnance, XS Sights, Hornady, 303 Arms, AttackPak, Bison Tactical, Lapua, Sierra, Tactical Medical Solutions, The Tactical Medic, VTAC, ZEV. We will follow up with some SPOT analysis data within the next week.
Thanks to Austin Angus (AA Targets) for building us Darrin’s memorial plaque. Thanks to Travis Wills for hosting the BBQ.
The SAC Staff
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 5, 2016
Thanks to everyone for a great SAC this year. Staff is just returning home and we’ll get results and other information online as soon as we can.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 31, 2016
Here’s an update on CD’s Memorial BBQ & Shoot honoring Darrin Fink. It is open to any shooters or friends of Darrin who want to come.
We will start the Memorial BBQ at Noon Sunday, with food starting on the grill at that time.
At about 2-4 PM, we will open the “DRM” Rifle Stages for open (supervised) shooting. If you plan to shoot some DRM stages, please don’t consume alcohol until after you’ve finished shooting and are back at the BBQ area.
From 4pm onward, it’s refreshment time.
We’ll have the BBQ at the SAC HQ, which will be at Travis’s place.
See you this weekend.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 29, 2016
Here are some last-minute notes for SAC competitors:
1. 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.
2. There is no place to check zero or sight in once on site. Show up ready to shoot for score.
3. 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 and get a wrist band.
4. 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.
5. Muster at 8:00 AM Friday, ready to race. (All firearms to be “cold.”)
6. The parking location will be at 646 Wagon Hound Rd, Douglas Wy. Park on the south side of Wagon Hound Rd right across from the Wills Ranch sign (it says “Travis & Brayden”), on the E and W side of the driveway. Once the event begins you will not be permitted access to your vehicles until you finish or quit.
7. For check-in on Thursday ONLY, you may drive up to the check-in area. It is the yard surrounded by the houses and barns. 461220 4721283
8. 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 ONLY on Sunday prior to awards.
9. No team will be allowed to start the race without a SPOT registered with us and functioning in TRACK mode as of Friday morning 8:00 AM. Teams without a working spot will not be permitted to continue on any land nav Missions.
10. On Friday, turn on your SPOT trackers and activate TRACK mode at 7:30 AM. This will give us plenty of time to get a few points from all teams’ SPOTS to ensure everyone is tracking.
11. In a few days, we will post the public SPOT TRACKER URL. This is the live map your fans at home can watch. No points will be displayed with timestamps before Friday at 0700.
12. We will have match T-shirts available for $20 cash (please bring exact change) at check-in, first come first serve on available sizes.
13. BIPODS WILL BE PERMITTED ON CARBINES.
15. The core staff will be heading up to Douglas Wed AM. Once we are on-site, communications are very difficult. I will check my email and voicemail about twice a day and do my best to get back to you.
16. SPOT issues will be VERY difficult to resolve once on-site. PLEASE MAKE SURE WE HAVE YOUR TEAM ONLINE.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 25, 2016
The SLEEP INN in Douglas has a “CD Match Rate” of $79 + tax for any remaining matches in Douglas this year.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 22, 2016
We are heartbroken to convey the news of Darrin Fink’s passing. Darrin was a dear friend of all of us here at CD and his death diminishes the shooting community as a whole. His generosity was unmatched. We considered him a brother.
Darrin loved the concept and challenges of the SAC and the upcoming SAC will be renamed to the “DARRIN FINK MEMORIAL SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE.”
CD will be holding a Memorial BBQ for Darrin on Sunday Sept 4th, starting just after noon. This is right after the SAC awards and is open to any shooters or friends of Darrin who want to come and share memories. We will be grilling and will have refreshments, but please bring anything special you’d like to. Overnight camping will be available on an ad-hoc basis if anyone wants to crash for the night and drive home safely on Monday.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been arranged by the family. We will follow up to this post when more information is available.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 10, 2016
ACTION REQUIRED FOR SAC PARTICIPANTS – DUE BY AUGUST 22
Like last year, we are going to use live SPOT tracking of competitors during the Sniper Adventure Challenge for safety, logistics, and spectators.
In order for this to work, we need a link to each team’s “Shared Page” from the SPOT site. Here are the instructions:
Note: only send us the URL after the SPOT has been on and the footprint button/light flashing for 1-2 hours
TEAM: Smith / Sanchez
CONFIRMATION CODE: 1324
SEND TO firstname.lastname@example.org
These steps will allow us to get everyone’s SPOTs into our tracking system and tested prior to the event so we don’t have last minute technical difficulties.
SPOT II/Gen2 or SPOT III/Gen3 recommended. You need to be able to activate “TRACK MODE” via a button on the device (the “Footprint” icon). Other models may not work well or be compatible with our tracking system. A SPOT that requires another device (such as a phone for bluetooth) is NOT RECOMMENDED. NOT RECOMMENDED: SPOT Trace, SPOT Global Phone, SPOT Connect, SPOT HUG.
REMINDER – TEAMS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DEPART THE RACE WITHOUT A TRACKING SPOT. “I.T.” PROBLEMS WILL BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SOLVE ONCE ON SITE
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 3, 2016
The entirety of the SAC “should” be contained within the rectangle defined by a NW corner at 454000 4727000 and a SE corner at 469000 4714000
Posted By: Zak Smith on April 30, 2016
I recently got these questions from a 2016 competitor,
What is the average distance between waypoints and what scale map will you be using? Thanks for the help.
The map scale is still not finalized due to expansion of the target area
Posted By: Zak Smith on April 7, 2016
Our favorite pen flare, Tru-Flare, seems to be extremely hard to find, and it’s possible the company is out of business (their website has been down for some time).
If you cannot find another pen-style aerial flare to satisfy the required gear list, we are going to permit the substitution of an aerial marine or other style flare system as long it will achieve an altitude of at least 200 feet and have a burn time of at least 4 seconds.
Posted By: Zak Smith on February 19, 2016
We are pleased to announce that La Sportiva is the OFFICIAL FOOTWEAR Sponsor of the 2016 COMPETITION DYNAMICS season!
La Sportiva, with US operations based in Boulder, Colorado, is a global manufacturer of premier outdoor gear and is best known for their world-class mountaineering, hiking, and trail-running footwear. Their Nepal EVO boot is probably the most-recognized modern mountaineering boot in the world and you’d be hard pressed to find a Crossfit Gym around the country in which there aren’t a few people wearing their Crosslites.
Speaking personally, I have been spending my own money on La Sportiva mountaineering boots and trail-running shoes since the late 2000’s. They are simply my “go-to” footwear for active endeavors.
La Sportiva will be sponsoring our prize tables throughout the 2016 season as well as offering a very special discount package for 2016 COMPETITION DYNAMICS Range Officers.
The objective is to obtain the most points while completing the course or within the time limit. The match packet that you get during check-in will detail the point values for completing different parts of the course and what conditions must be "met" in order to receive points. Likewise, it will detail the penalties for skipping or otherwise failing to follow the briefing and meet the objectives. In general, the way to obtain the most points will be to achieve the mandartory checkpoints in order without skipping any; to do well at the shooting stages and challenges; and to achieve as many of the bonus checkpoints as you can.
These items are mandatory. There are no optional items on this list. Failure to comply will result in disqualification and removal from the course. Inspections can occur at anytime during the race. You may bring any additional items that are not prohibited by the rules. This list is not intended to name everything that will ensure success.
You may bring anything additional allowed by the rules to be placed in your military duffel bag to be cached at a predetermined resupply point along the course; however, the items in the mandatory gear list must be on your person or personal gear at all times. It would be a good idea to plan to pack additional water, food, and additional personal care items in the resupply duffel.
There are inherent risks in adventure racing and any shooting activity. It is ultimately each team's and individual's responsibility to provide for their own safety. It is your responsibility to come prepared both mentally and physically, and with the right gear, to survive.