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 30-60+ 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
The SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE is dedicated to the memory of DARRIN FINK, our good friend and fellow shooter.OFFICIAL TARGETRY SYSTEM SPONSOR - AA TARGETS
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.
The 2017 SAC will be held on private ranch lands totaling over 850 square miles.
The location is north of Medicine Bow and south of Casper, WY.
The specific HQ and check-in location will be posted prior to the event.
NO COMPETITOR MAY SCOUT OR PRE-RUN THE RACE PROPERTIES PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
Doing so will be a match DQ for unsportsmanlike conduct with no refund.
(The only exception is any sanctioned event at the venue during which the competitor stays in the appropriate event areas only.)
The closest cities for lodging are MEDECINE BOW and CASPER, WY. The commute from either of those to the match HQ will be about 45 minutes.
A very limited amount of lodging is available, "Guest Ranch" style through the Q-Creek Ranch lodge. The price
will be $400 per room (one room per team). Supper Thursday and Saturday nights, Breakfast Friday and Sunday is included. This is being
administered by Tad Anderson. Please contact him for additional details, availability, or to book.
This is being run entirely by Q-Creek; it is mentioned here only as a courtesy.
Local camping is available at Prior Flat Campground, per local regulations.
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 12, 2017
The top-3 teams all did 48-54 miles in 29-33 hours. Here’s the initial number crunch based on SPOT data, which should be considered an estimate only since SPOT data transmissions are not consistent.
2 Murphy Daniel 52.27 miles in 32.9 hours 1.59 mph
38 Way James 48.21 miles in 31.9 hours 1.51 mph
33 Frantz Leland 54.59 miles in 29.1 hours 1.88 mph
15 Barton Hilmisson 38.17 miles in 31.2 hours 1.22 mph
24 Oler Brown 40.41 miles in 33.0 hours 1.23 mph
11 Dodd Dodd 39.02 miles in 31.7 hours 1.23 mph
41 Kulin Opjorden 42.28 miles in 31.0 hours 1.36 mph
31 Wilson Haizlip 27.51 miles in 31.7 hours 0.87 mph
4 Locke Trout 37.43 miles in 31.2 hours 1.20 mph
1 Hillbo Caspers 34.55 miles in 32.1 hours 1.08 mph
17 Cole Fry 34.51 miles in 30.1 hours 1.15 mph
9 Meyer Standridge 34.22 miles in 29.6 hours 1.16 mph
40 Cross McConnaughey 31.37 miles in 31.4 hours 1.00 mph
36 Shay DiRezza 34.98 miles in 31.0 hours 1.13 mph
13 Brown Looney 34.51 miles in 32.5 hours 1.06 mph
10 Kajko Detweiler 23.68 miles in 31.7 hours 0.75 mph
25 Wright Morrow 35.13 miles in 29.0 hours 1.21 mph
14 Millette Marion 36.64 miles in 33.8 hours 1.08 mph
27 Bernardoni Keeler 32.04 miles in 23.0 hours 1.39 mph
30 Anderson Ong 27.57 miles in 29.8 hours 0.93 mph
23 Way Way 25.06 miles in 25.8 hours 0.97 mph
18 Wymer DeBonis 19.56 miles in 26.9 hours 0.73 mph
32 Wyatt Kodysh 22.05 miles in 27.7 hours 0.80 mph
6 O'Keefe Steven 21.07 miles in 29.2 hours 0.72 mph
16 Maley Campbell 26.89 miles in 28.8 hours 0.93 mph
12 Gregan Sullivan 13.35 miles in 21.6 hours 0.62 mph
20 Griffiths Gulick 13.96 miles in 14.0 hours 0.99 mph
26 Cisper Higgs 14.40 miles in 12.0 hours 1.20 mph
Teams that are missing had gaps in the SPOT data.
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 11, 2017
We congratulate all the competitors of the 2017 SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE. This was the largest SAC ever, with 42 teams starting. The most impressive part is that ALL 42 teams returned to base under their own power. We also had almost half of the field qualify for SAC Finisher patches. GREAT JOB! We couldn’t be more impressed by the caliber of teams at this year’s SAC. 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.
1. DANIEL / MURPHY
2. WAY / JAMES
3. FRANTZ / LELAND
4. FULLER / STEINBACH
5. BARTON / HILMISSON
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 our new venue, the Q Creek Ranch, and our liaison, Tad Anderson.
Thanks to the main staff, Jimmy and Collin. These guys take on responsibility for major parts of match setup and operations.
Thanks to our Medical staff: Dr. Bruce, Chris, Cheryl, Ken. You do great work!
Thanks to the RO’s: Clay, Scott, Nick, Rocky, Mark, Lorna, Mark, Justin, Tyler, Vernon, Yves, Chris, Alex, Vic, Andy, Ed, Pete, Dylan, Tad, and Stan.
Thanks to our sponsors- TBAC, AA Targets, Armageddon Gear, CZ-USA, Daniel Defense, Falkor Defense, MGTS, Mile High Shooting, Badger Ordnance, Bison Tactical, La Sportiva, Swagger Bipods, US Optics, ZEV, 303 Arms, AttackPAK, Kifaru International, Hill People Gear, Lapua, Nosler, Q Creek, Sierra, The Tactical Medic.
We will follow up with some SPOT analysis data within the next week.
I hope to be able to post some SPOT analysis in the next about week.
The SAC Staff
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 4, 2017
Make sure we have your SPOT data registered with us AND that you have enabled TRACK mode for at least an hour. No team whose SPOT is not tracking will be permitted to do the land nav mission.
As of now the following teams are not “SPOT complete”: 2271 (no points); 5441 (no track); 5892 (no track); 6328 (not submitted); 8013 (no points); 8181 (no points); 8452 (not submitted); 9256 (not submitted)
If you plug “Shirley Basin Leo Loop, Hanna, WY” into Google maps, it’ll take you pretty much right to the Q Creek HQ. The UTM coords of the HQ are approx 13T 374250 4674100.
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.
On Friday morning, make sure your SPOT is on and tracking by 7:00 AM so that we can verify everyone is online before race start.
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.
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.
There is no place to check zero or sight in once on site. Show up ready to shoot for score.
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.
Muster at 8:00 AM Friday, ready to race. (All firearms to be “cold.”)
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.
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.
BIPODS WILL BE PERMITTED ON CARBINES.
The core staff will be heading up 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.
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 2, 2017
We had an email question from a team, Q: “Would you prefer if we brought climbing harnesses and helmets? Also, will we be required to carry them throughout the event if we do?” A: It’s up to you. Our one size fits all units are Trango Cosmic harnesses and Camp Usa “Armor” helmets. We will let you stash them at the climbing complex area, for subsequent use, once you get there the first time.
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 1, 2017
There have been some questions about the rope/cordage required for 2017.
The 100′ of rope/cord capable of 100 lbs should be thought of as haul line. You may use “550” cord as long as you are willing to trust it to haul approx 100 lbs of your gear.
The 30′ of cord with a strength at least 10 kN may be static line. It is typically either 7 mm poly/nylon cord or 5.5 mm with a dyneema/spectra core.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 28, 2017
ACTION REQUIRED FOR SAC PARTICIPANTS – DUE BY THURSDAY AUG 31st
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:
A password is NOT required, but if you have one, send us the password also.
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 16, 2017
Countdown to SAC– GO!
Here at Competition Dynamics, we’ve been working on the route and challenges for our brand new SAC venue! It’s pretty exciting. Right now we are doing prep for the Burris Optics Team Challenge coming up in about a week, and will be out of touch until it’s done.
During the week of Aug 28th, we’ll send out an email with instructions to send us your SPOT ID’s (please wait), and any other last minute SAC information.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 10, 2017
We will have technical rock climbing and related tasks at SAC 2017. You may bring your own harnesses, helmets, etc, if you wish, but we will have serviceable “one size fits most” equipment available on the relevant stages. Please note that we have replaced the tubular nylon on the gear list with several different items.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 10, 2017
Posted By: Zak Smith on February 24, 2017
The 2017 SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE will be held on private ranch lands totaling over 850 square miles, north of Medicine Bow and south of Casper, about 80 miles south-west of the ’16 site.
We are very excited for the opportunity to move the SAC to new venue! Although we loved running the SAC at our Douglas shooting site, we’ve “used it up” with regard to land nav problems. Dealing with the unknown is a key part of the concept of the SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE. This new site will give us practically limitless options for land-nav and also offers new sets of geographic features and microterrain to deal with. Up until this point, the largest SAC site was the Felix Canyon Ranch (2013). This new site encompasses almost four times more area.
A very limited amount of lodging will be available on-site through the Q-Creek lodge. Public camping is available on BLM nearby. Hotel lodging is available in Casper and Medicine Bow.
Additional details are posted on the SAC web site, 2017 SAC. Registration is open now.
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.