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.
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 2019 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 9, 2019
Congratulations to all SAC competitors! Great job on a very tough race.
2019 SAC RESULTS
TOP 5 TEAMS:
1. Way Smith
2. Dodd Dodd
3. Devereaux Siplon
4. Halling Maginn
5. Wax Spencer
Here is the SPOT plot for the race, SPOT 2019.
Thank you to the staff and RO’s who made the race possible:
Assistant Match Directors: Jimmy and Collin
Medical Staff: Doc Bruce, Chris, Teresa, Jasmine, and Leela.
RO’s and general staff: Steve, Dave, Doug, Luke, Aaron, Chris, Ken, Shawn, Stan, Alex, Mark, John, Griffin, Yves, Derek, John, and Justin.
The photographer was Oleg Volk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped!
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 2, 2019
FINAL SAC COMPETITOR NOTES
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. We are still missing a couple teams’ data. I am not going to track you down, this is your responsibility. If you do NOT see your team name on the tracking web page, we do not have you SPOT 2019
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 6:30 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. Bring your firearms to check-in for TECH INSPECTION. Firearms must be cold/unloaded.
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 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.
Awards will be at the check-in location at 10:00 AM Sunday.
The Spot Tracker URL is at the top of this message. No points will be displayed with timestamps before Friday at 0600.
REMINDER: BIPODS PERMITTED ON CARBINES. HANDGUNS NO OPTICS.
The core staff will be heading up Tues 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.
If we have any additional competitor notes, they will be published in the same manner as this notice.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 30, 2019
The following teams have not submitted SPOT data. Please refer to the other post about how to do this. This is due by Friday. No team without an online spot will be allowed to start land nav. 3607, 7416, 8337, 9028
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 26, 2019
The following teams have submitted SPOT info but do not have any TRACK messages, so please follow that part of the instructions: 2551, 3176, 5842, 7492
The following teams have not submitted SPOT data. Please refer to the other post about how to do this. This is due by Friday. No team without an online spot will be allowed to start land nav. 1133, 2670, 3607, 4144, 6892, 7331, 7416, 7487, 7599, 8337, 9028
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 23, 2019
We have modified the “carry carbine/pistol ammo in magazines” rule for 2019. This is the new rule for 2019:
For the carbine and pistols, each of these weapons must have at least 3 magazines loaded at all times (unless depleted of the rest of your ammo at the end of the event). At least one loaded magazine for each must be accessible without digging into the rucksack.
There is no requirement that “rifle” ammo be stored in magazines.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 21, 2019
Please note the following items are STRONGLY SUGGESTED: climbing harness, climbing/bump helmet, a few locking carabiners, misc “personal climbing gear items.” They are on the gear list as “mandatory”; however, they are only “STRONGLY SUGGESTED” that you bring them if you want to attempt the matching challenge(s) and you want to avoid delays involved in waiting for “shared” equipment. We will have a very limited number of “loaner” harnesses and helmets. You will not be required to carry these on your person: We will have you put them in a truck that will run them to the relevant challenge area(s); and a bag for your team’s climbing gear is recommended. Each team member should know how to safely operate a tube/ATC style belay device in all its modes. Munter hitch (HMS, Italian Hitch) belays and Figure-8 devices will not be allowed. Gri-Gri, Cinch/Vergo, or similar devices are not allowed. Just bring an ATC.
We will have a lot more shooting at the 2019 SAC, especially on day 1. As such, the following “MINIMUM” round counts are recommended: precision rifle 80; carbine 120; pistol (each) 80. You are free to bring more ammunition as re-engagement on some targets will be permitted.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 13, 2019
The 2018 SAC maps will be 1:30,000 scale. Coordinates will be provided in UTM and the datum is NAD83/WGS84. The bounding box is 13T 0372000 4678000 / 0397000 4662000
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 13, 2019
ACTION REQUIRED FOR SAC PARTICIPANTS – DUE BY FRIDAY AUG 30th
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 email@example.com
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, SPOT X.
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
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.