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As plans for future adventure races are being developed, it’s nice to have feedback from racers to take into consideration. The Impossible Panther is no different. If you raced in this race, or supported a team, or volunteered, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about the experience.

For racers, I’m especially interested in knowing what you think about the modified rogaine format used on the longer courses. Do you like that better than a fixed route course?

What about the length of the courses: 4+, 8 and 12 hours? The number of entries was evenly split between the three lengths, like at last year’s Gold Nugget AR, so it’s hard to tell from the registration numbers if racers want something longer, or shorter.

Your feedback will help make the next race better! Clear your calendar for October 6th and come race the 2nd Annual Gold Nugget AR!



Has one of your teammates written a race report for the 2007 Impossible Panther AR? Maybe you have? As an adventure racer, I love reading race reports from other teams. If you’re willing to share your report, or pass on a link to where one is posted online, or just leave a few comments here about your experience, please do.


Don Childrey

Bushwhack Adventures

Several volunteers took pictures at the race.



Race results are now posted:

Sport course: ~4 hour (pdf)

Challenge course: 8 hour (pdf)

Long course: 12 hour (pdf)

Passport scoring details (xls)

I’ve been doing a little fieldwork on the courses recently and I’m happy to announce that there will be a few nice scenic spots for you to enjoy.* The picture below is one of them. You don’t often find a vista of 5-10 miles like this in central NC. (Sorry Sport class, but this particular vista will only be an option for the 8 and 12 hour teams. You’ll have other vistas to enjoy!)


* The “enjoy” part is highly dependent on how much training you did prior to the race, how much wind you’re sucking at the time, the weather conditions, whether you’re able to talk your teammates into punching the CP in your passport, and whether your team even chooses to search for this CP.

Leave comments here indicating that you are In Search Of teammates or teams to race with for the 2007 Impossible Panther AR. Don’t forget to include contact info.

Good luck!

(Originally posted March 9, 2007)

There was a typo in the Mandatory Gear list. It listed a “Type II PFD” instead of the more common “Type III PFD”. A Type III PFD is what we are requiring for the Impossible Panther AR, and no, sitting on it doesn’t count. 🙂

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(Originally posted February 1, 2007)

Watercraft will be provided for teams on the Sport course. Teams on the Challenge and Long courses will be allowed to provide their own canoes or kayaks, or they can arrange for rentals locally through God’s Country Outfitters (call Christian at 704-985-3020 for details and to make reservations).

No penalties will be assessed for the use of kayaks vs canoes. The course will likely involve lots of getting in and out of the boats, which is faster in a canoe. There will be some portaging required. The potential for damage to fiberglass and kevlar boats on the water will be great enough to encourage caution. In the end we think these conditions and factors will average out the difference in speed between boat types. If your team is bringing it’s own boat(s), instructions for where to drop them off before the race will be provided close to race day. Rentals through GCO will be delivered for you. GCO is offering boat shuttle services back to the finish area for teams who bring their own boats. The price for this shuttle service is $10 per boat, payable to GCO.

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Welcome to GoBushwhack’s Impossible Panther AR blog. Updates from the Race Director will be posted here. Participants and potential participants can reply with questions and comments. If the answers aren’t too revealing, they’ll be posted here as well.

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