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Fall 2017 - TBD *Last WEEKEND IN OCTOBER Ideal*


New Format. New Challenges.

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Fall 2017 - TBD *Last WEEKEND IN OCTOBER Ideal*


New Format. New Challenges.

Thriving in our element and pushing yours;
Welcome to the adventure.

 

 

The Overland Challenge Series: A set of competitive events designed to provide adventure above all else. Fight man, machine, and nature in a set of challenges that will push your comfort zone.
 

Next Adventure coming October 2017.

 

 
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Fall 2017


Fall 2017


Quick info:
Dates - April 20th-23rd
Start Location: Winslow, AR
Ending Location: Winslow, AR

25% of team shave DNF'd over the last four events!
10 Team, 30 people minimum for event to run.

The Overland Challenge Series is coming to the Ozark National Forest for the sixth time, further improved and developed to provide an adventure for every experience level. 

The Ozark Overland Challenge takes place in the Ozark National Forest. The National Forest envelops most of the northwest section quadrant of Arkansas. To the north you have the Buffalo River - Our nations first National River - and Mark Twain National Forest. To the south, the Arkansas River Valley, Ouachita National Forest and Hot Springs National Park. The western side of the National Forest is bordered by the Boston Mountains and several State Parks. The Eastern side will lead you to Wooly Hollow State Park and eventually the Mississippi River Basin (after lots of farm land!). The Ozarks have a rich history, apparent with a stop at any rural cemetery or homestead. 

This event is, once again, free! Many thanks to the wonderful support of our volunteers!

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Requirements and Rules


Requirements and Rules


Requirements are listed below.

Team Entry

Minimum:

Two vehicles, Two people.

*MOTOS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPETE!*

 

Maximum:

Three vehicles, Six people.

*We have a limit of 60 persons for the event due to permitting reasons and want to have a diverse set of teams to compete*
 

Example:

Two Vehicles with three people each. Good.

One vehicle with seven people. Bad.

Three vehicles with two people each. Good.

Three vehicles with three people each. Bad.

 

****People means anyone and everyone. Children, driver, passenger, navigator and even your weird friend Bob.****

****Failure to abide by this is immediate disqualification.****


Vehicle (Every vehicle entered)

BOTH front AND rear FRAME mounted recovery points are required. *If you are concerned on your recovery points, email jayston@overlandchallengeseries.com*

Operating four wheel drive system.

Full size spare tire.

Tagged, insured, highway legal and highway operable.

Vehicle in reliable condition.

Failure to meet these simple requirements will lead to immediate disqualification.

Recommended:

31" M/T tire with reasonable tread depth OR 31" A/T tires and a rear differential locker.

Extended breathers.

Limb risers.

Team (As a team)

Required:
1x working winch.
1x pulley block rated for winch.
1x tree strap.
1x recovery strap.
Recommended:
2x working winch.
2x pulley block rated for winches.
2x tree strap.
2x recovery strap.

Personal (For competitors)
Required:
Camping (A method to sleep, whether it be hammock, tent, or in your rig).
Eating (A method of sustaining yourself and your dependents).
Hydration (A method of providing drinkable water to yourself and your dependents).
Hygiene.
Good luck charms.

Rules:

Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace principles will be followed, any team found to stray from these for non-emergency purposes will be disqualified.
All State, Local, and Federal laws are to be followed (I.E. No alcohol and operating a motor vehicle, fire bans, highway legal vehicles, chainsaws, etc.)
No alcoholic beverages near obstacle course!!!!!!!!!!
 

All odometer/speedometer issues must be declared at the meeting on November 5th. No questions.
If an Official intervenes in a challenge, stop immediately.
Mistreatment of Officials will result in immediate disqualification and removal from premise.

Recovery services provided ONLY at the discretion of an Official during day light hours.
 

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Itinerary


Itinerary


Tentative Itinerary: *TBD*

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Checkpoints and scoring


Checkpoints and scoring


The event is still mileage based – we will take the mileage readings from two of the vehicles on your team at the first checkpoint and the finish line, average the two and the shortest mileage team grabs the win. We still have the 'optional' checkpoints and the mileage bonuses are similar to last Spring. This Fall the twist is bigger... better... and more challenging.

*Making changes from Fall 16 feedback. More miles, more checkpoints, more headaches, more petrol.*
 

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Challenge Tasks


Challenge Tasks


A short overview of the current list of tasks taking place at the OCS. Only five will be present at the Spring 2017 event. These are 100% optional and not required to participate or win the event.

Vehicle Operating Tasks:

Balance Beam: A vehicle sized teeter-totter. Teams will have 5 minutes per vehicle to balance on the teeter-totter. All vehicles entered in the team are required to partake in this unless they exceed the maximum wheel base of a 120".  

Bridge Building: Teams will have 30 minutes to repair a bridge utilizing their winch or straps. For the bridge to be considered a "pass" an OCS Official must drive across it without failure.

Marshaling: Teams will be allowed 5 minutes per vehicle to complete an obstacle course with the driver blindfolded and the co-driver marshaling (spotting, guiding, etc) the driver through. Obstacle course will be low risk. Co-drivers are required to ensure a 10 meter standoff for spectators.

Off-road driving: Teams will have to complete a difficult route off-road.

Disabled vehicle race: Teams will have 20 minutes to diagnose and repair a disabled vehicle. The disabled vehicle will be provided by OCS.


Team Work Tasks:

Equipment Zipline: Teams are required to rig a vehicle part to a zipline and haul it across a ravine in 20 minutes. This task has special safety requirements and any breach of them will result in immediate disqualification from the event. 

Rope work: Teams will have 10 minutes to complete the knots listed below.
Bowline
Alpine Butterfly
Prusik
Truckers Hitch
Figure 8 Follow Through
Recovery Test: Teams will have 30 minutes to complete a diagram of a winching technique AND use a primitive recovery method to free a mired vehicle. 

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Standby


Standby


The Standby class is a solution to a problem we've had in the past. The standby class will have three teams, within regular team rules. If a team does not show, the first standby can fulfill their spot, so on and so forth. This class will be present at the mandatory meeting on Thursday, November 5th.

If all teams show and the standby is not needed, they will get a .kml or .gpx file with a two day overland trip pre-made for their enjoyment. It will end at the same place the normal event ends and the standby class will have a chance to run through the challenge tasks as well. The standby class is not technically part of the OCS event until they fill in for a team.

Sign up!


The sign up form can be found by following the 'Register' link at the top of the page.

Sign up!


The sign up form can be found by following the 'Register' link at the top of the page.