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Raid the Rib 2018

A little mud, a few hills and a lot of fun! The Sisters joined in on the fun and participated in Don’t Get Losts Raid the Rib on Sunday. The event was held on the Niagara escarpment down near Niagara-on-the-Lake based out of Niagara College, a perfect venue for this event.

Course is mapped out and we are ready to go!

This was the first time we were able to participate as a team of two in a Raid. That meant we only had to look after one another throughout the run.

Maps in hand and compasses security tucked away in our packs off we went. This year there were 4 controls you could find in any order that were not worth points called the spine and a number of ribs off the spine that were full of points to find. We planned our route and stuck to it. Picking off the spine controls along with some of the ribs.

Screaming Tunnel, and mud!

It sounds easy but we were running up and down the escarpment, through mud (lots of mud), rocks, boulders and brush. Up and down cliffs and through more than a few streams that flow off the escarpment. It was a blast! We found every control we had planned to find and even the bonus controls.

Looking for the control

After scrapping off the mud we enjoyed the barbecue and salads and Glenis even won some of the draw prizes! A great day! Bring on the next event – Storm the Trent!

Listening to last minute instructions and the Winner is! (of the draw prize)

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We’re Back!

Last year was a bit of a bust for the Sisters but we are recovered, home, healthy and ready to go this year.

We’ve been planning our season and our training for this year. We are excited to get started with Raid the Rib in two weeks down near Niagara on the Lake.

Now that the weather has finally decided to cooperated we got some miles in on the bike today!

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Raid the Hammer 2015

The Blister Sister and the Bandage met up again to run Raid the Hammer put on by Don’t Get Lost. We had a great run on a beautiful November Sunday!

blister sisters and the bandage

Blister Sisters and the Bandage

The race took place in the Dundas area, just outside of Hamilton. I actually recognized where we would be running from the maps handed out, we ran in the same area a few years ago. Luck for us this area was also our team member Jean’s (the bandage) old stomping ground so we had the advantage of knowing which way was up on the map!

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We did really well, we weren’t last, we found all the controls and we defiantly had more than a few laughs. Isn’t that what running with friends is all about!


I’ve posted a few of our photos here and there are more great photos on the Don’t Get Lost Facebook page.

the team

the team

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Happy Days – Storm the Trent!

We had a crazy great time at Storm the Trent this past weekend. You can’t beat that feeling of choking up a lung as you peddle like mad up a rocky, rutted ATV trail! We ended up doing just over 50K of running, cycling and paddling on Saturday. Hot, dusty and a ton of fun, everyone should try this race! Have a look at our slideshow.

The Blister Sisters!

The Blister Sisters!

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The Blister Sisters and the Band Aid at Raid the Rib!

We have been waiting three and a half long, cold months for our first event. It was worth the running in the brain numbing cold to be ready for it.

Yesterday the Blister Sisters and the Band Aid ran the Raid the Rib Adventure Race. To do this event we needed a team of three so we enlisted our good friend Jean to be our “Band Aid”. Jean runs like a gazelle over the trails but this is the second time she has joined our team so we must be doing ok to keep up with her. We had so much fun, we just laugh the entire time.

Blister Sisters and the Band Aid

Blister Sisters and the Band Aid

 

The event was held at Rock Ridge Ranch on the escarpment near Milton Ontario. This location was great, the escarpment terrain offers a lot of navigational challenges from rocky ground to cliffs and creeks, nothing about is it flat and rolling. Besides the spring thaw with mud and flooding, at the ranch location, you are also dealing with horse trails that twist and double back so there wasn’t an easy route to any control.

The Don’t Get Lost organization hosts great events always with little twists thrown in to even out the field. The Rib Raid was a scramble so every team could plan their own route. There was no set course, which is just what we like, if we couldn’t find something we could just move on. This time it was mandatory to head back to the start midway through the race and each member of the team had to do an individual navigation challenge.

The morning started out on time for us, but Jean was a little late arriving at the Ranch. She was driving in from another direction than us. She got behind a Don’t Get Lost car and decided it would be easy just to follow it to the Ranch. Unfortunately it didn’t come directly to the ranch, so she was just a little lost (Get it – Don’t Get Lost! LOL) and little late arriving.

This left us a little less time to come up with our plan of attack, but we managed to pull it together and we felt we were good to go at least for an hour or so. This was a 4 hour event so we were going to have to plan on the run as well.

All was good until the start when the entire field took off running in the opposite direction than we wanted to go! We sort of stood there dumb struck and then trotted off to follow them, having no idea where we were going. Then our brains kicked in and we hauled butt in the opposite direction to find our first control. Now we were in charge of our plan again. The first and second controls were right were we thought they should be. We over shot our third control and got a little turned around. I even had to pull out the compass to see which way was north, I hardly ever do that. (We really need to take a navigation course). After some bush whacking, we ended up on a double track trail not really knowing where we were on the map, but three heads together, we took a good guess and we were right. We found more controls before heading back for the individual challenge.

found one

Oh Yea! Found one!

 

Now it was supposed to be 10 degrees C with some sun, but in reality it was windy and cold, I froze waiting at the individual challenge, luckily none of us took too long to find our controls and off we went with an hour to go to finish the race.

Now we were in those twisty horse trails I mention. They just seem to go in circles and they looked the same. The land is treed and rocky with a few outcrops and bogs. Tough going, we eventually, after a spectacular fall by Glenis, decided we had better figure out how to find our way back to the finish.

Needless to say we didn’t win, but we didn’t set out to win, just to have a great time together. We would defiantly recommend this event and any of the Don’t Get lost events to anyone interested in trail running with a twist of navigation thrown in.

After a nice barbeque (we even stayed for the awards) we gave Jean a hug and set November 8th, Raid the Hammer, for our next team adventure.

The sisters now have a month to figure out how to mountain bike again before our next race at Storm the Trent! I guess we better get our bikes out now! Oh yea and that canoe!

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#happydays Icebreaker Adventure Run

The Sisters competed in Don’t Get Lost’s Icebreaker Adventure Run down at Chedoke Golf Club in Hamilton this weekend. This event is the end of year event for the ARK group (Adventure Running Kids) as well as a warm up for the Snowshoe Raid in January. The turnout was great, lots of kids and adults participating. We both say we wish we would have known about this sport when our kids were young, we would have been out there with them.

We are ready to go!

We are ready to go!

Chedoke Golf club is a rolling little place at the base of the escarpment, so there were actually two levels to this event. We chose not to climb the escarpment and just find the controls along the base of the escarpment and around the golf course. That didn’t mean we didn’t get some great bushwhacking in or climbing, but we did get some nice running in across the golf course. With a few slips and falls we still managed to collect 430 pts that put us finishing right in the middle of our division.

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Giant’s Rib Raid

What a perfect day for a tromp through the woods with friends. The sun shone, and apparently the wind blew, although we didn’t really feel it sheltered in the trees. Spring flowers were blooming and the orienteering began.

The Blister Sisters and the Bandage

Our team of 3 for the race

The Giant’s Rib Raid is put on by Don’t Get Lost and is a 22-26 Km orienteering trail race on the Niagara Escarpment. This year’s race started near Kilbride Ontario. It involves a lot of technical running and a compass so you “don’t get lost!” We love running the Bruce Trail. The race started at Kelso Conservation Area and proceeded through Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area, Crawford Lake Conservation Area and wound its way down to Kilbride. Of course we didn’t know any of this until we picked up our maps the day of the race.

Here we are meeting another team in the race at a CP.

Here we are meeting another team in the race at a CP.

 

We had to add to our team name include our 3rd teammate (the rules call for teams of three) so the Blister Sisters and the Bandage took off running.

 

We did great on the first 6 CP’s (check points) but CP 7 gave us a run for the money, we were so close, but we just couldn’t find it. After deciding that we really need to do a navigation course and learn how to use our trusty compass with a map, we bushwhacked on to CP 8 & 9 only to find out that CP 7 was also CP 10. Well, we found CP 10, no problem!

Brook's Cascadia Shoes

Brook’s Cascadia! Love them!

 

More bushwhacking ensued to try to stomp our way out of the bush. The ice storm of the fall of 2013 did a lot of damage to the bush and I don’t think I found 2 square meters that didn’t have a downed tree or a cord of branches on it.

 

Deep Dark CP

Check points were everywhere. Too much fun!

Time was running short so we ran the trails through Crawford Lake, until we saw the beautiful carvings that are near the lake. Picture taking took a few minutes off our time. The next part of the trail was particularly rocky and beautiful, by then we were really behind so our non-competitive spirit took advantage of us and we chose to just enjoy the rest of the race.

Next year we’ll be back and perhaps have a handle on the whole compass thing.

 

Awesome trail running and climbing!

Awesome trail running and climbing!

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