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Back in May, we were introduced to the sport of adventure racing. Fletcher Hamel, captain of AR team Torti/Aquabound, defined it as “a team multisport event in which teams travel together by foot, bike and boat over an unmarked course using only a map and compass to navigate between required control points to the finish line”. Fletcher and his team just recently competed in the Gold Rush Mother Lode, taking 10th place overall. The four-day expedition race took place on Sept. 19-22 and was held in the Sierra Nevada region of central California. Fletcher’s elite team (finalized a mere three weeks before the event) hiked, ran, orienteered, mountain biked, paddled and roped their way through mountains, high desert, alpine lakes and old growth forest. Chelsea Luttral, who acted as lead navigator for the team, recounts their experience:   “Pre Race” We had 2 days to get to know each other before the race start.  And we got along great!  We really enjoyed each others’ company.  Whew!  We all had about the same measure of ridiculousness necessary to tackle something as ridiculous as a 4 day race.  Check.  We’re all a little crazy. A good start.   Starting Line: Run &...

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