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.
We are back in DOUGLAS, WY. We will be based at the WILLS RANCH again. For 2020 we have access to a new set of ranches that give us new territory to navigate over vs. the boundaries we had in 2014-2016.
Posted By: Zak Smith on September 7, 2020
Hey, could who-ever picked up the “Dodd Precision Weaponry Knives” at SAC please contact him so he can go over care and warranty and so forth with you? Gary@doddprecisionweaponryllc.com
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).
I. ADMINISTRATIVE PRE-WORK AND COVID NOTES
There are some mandatory “To Do” items for ALL COMPETITORS. Go to this link and follow those instructions
II. COMPETITOR INFORMATION
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.
14. REMINDER: BIPODS PERMITTED ON CARBINES. HANDGUNS NO OPTICS.
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.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 22, 2020
ACTION REQUIRED FOR SAC PARTICIPANTS – DUE BY FRIDAY AUG 28TH
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 email after the SPOT has been on and the footprint button/light flashing for 1-2 hours
TEAM: Smith / Sanchez
CONFIRMATION CODE: 1324
XML ID: Your XML Feed ID: 01Mxu7bdPjdMxqUkUDN93I6QuABFHfjAB
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
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 17, 2020
Here is the link to the actual map for SAC 2020
LINK TO MYTOPO FOR SAC 2020
Click the “Print Proof View a preview of your printed map” button there for a version you can view online.
This is for reference/study only. We will be providing you a full-size hard-copy version of this map at check-in.
Posted By: Zak Smith on August 10, 2020
This is a reminder that GPS-enabled devices including but not limited to fitness watches, smart watches, are NOT allowed at the SAC.
Posted By: Zak Smith on July 14, 2020
The 2020 SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE is a GO!
For match information, CLICK HERE FOR MATCH INFO
Registration is open and slots are available. For online registration, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
The 2020 SAC will take place Sept 3-6, with the actual race taking place the 4th-5th.
The SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE (SAC) is an 36-hour ADVENTURE RACE that involves 30-60 miles of land navigation; practical shooting with long-range rifle, carbine, and pistols; fieldcraft; physical and mental problem solving; and other related tasks. For 2020 we are back at our DOUGLAS WY location. Centered on the WILLS RANCH, just under Sheep Mountain, this year we have access to new additional adjoining properties for novel land nav problems. Winning the SAC involves earning the most points during the race period– and generally doing more work, hitting more land nav points, completing more challenges, and making good strategic choices is how you gain the most points.
COVID19 NOTES: At this time there are no State of Wyoming COVID19 restrictions that affect an outdoor event of this nature. People with COVID19 symptoms or who are at special risk to respiratory illness should not come.
CALL FOR PROCTORS / RANGE OFFICERS. We are also making a call for SAC Range offices, challenge proctors, and other help. The SAC is a unique volunteer opportunity due to the nature of the event. We need RO’s on Thursday for briefing/training, and then we’ll all be mostly on-duty from Friday AM until the end of race, with some break periods. Please email us for more info.
Posted By: Zak Smith on March 28, 2020
5/19/2020 UPDATE — ALL MATCHES ARE “ON” — WITH A FEW PROCEDURAL CHANGES.
— ORIGINAL POST —
Here is the impact of the COVID19 situation to the 2020 Competition Dynamics season (all four matches):
1. No matches are cancelled or rescheduled “YET.” We will not run a match if the COVID19 situation has not substantially resolved and the “stay at home” orders that are present in many states (including our home state) have been lifted.
2. We will make a final determination for each match NO LATER THAN one month before the match would occur.
3. If a match cannot take place at its normally-scheduled dates, we will attempt to reschedule later in the year, depending on the public health outlook and all other schedule considerations. IE, we will try to reschedule a match if we think it can work.
4. Processing of all registrations is suspended (effective 3-4 weeks ago). That means we will not approve/accept registrations, accept checks, deposit checks already sent, etc until some resolution is in place.
5. We will hold or destroy, at your request, all checks that have been sent/received and NOT YET DEPOSITED. Of those that we logged in but had not yet deposited, I have downgraded your online registration to “SLOT GRANTED”.
6. Of those who sent checks that were deposited and are marked as “CONFIRMED/PAID”, you have several options:
a) wait to see what happens; OR
b) have us write you a check, now or if/when we have to cancel; OR
c) in the case that a match is ultimately cancelled, we can roll your registration into any future CD event (eg, 2021 season)
We are happy to do any of those, or make other reasonable arrangements.
I would ask that you consider option (c) because it would help us cover fixed, sunk losses for 2020, such as insurance, that we can absorb through 2021. If this is the case, we will leave your “CONFIRMED/PAID” registration in place in the 2020 match database and use that as a key to future credit.
Please do not send a request for a refund check UNLESS you can confirm you’re still marked as “CONFIRMED/PAID” — AND — your bank shows the check has cleared. I have been holding checks for the last about 3-4 weeks as the situation has gotten hotter.
Please send refund requests with your name, match name (SS, BOTC, SAC, TS), and registration number.
Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact us.
– Zak & Jimmy
Posted By: Zak Smith on January 31, 2020
The 2020 SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE Registration is open! After a good run at the Q-Creek, we have moved the SAC back to DOUGLAS, WY. Still based at the WILLS RANCH, we now have access to a new set of neighboring ranches so we get to land-nav over a lot of new terrain.
Match info and registration at this link: 2020 SAC WEB PAGE.
For those of you not crazy enough to compete in the SAC, please consider acting as match staff. RO’ing the SAC is one of the funnest “staff” activities based on the low density of arrivals (you aren’t just cranking through shooters all day), along with the “adventure style” experience and getting to do a lot of different stuff. Please send us email if you’re interested. CD RO Info
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.