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Desert Winds Expedition Adventure Race

September 14, 2010

… after a full year of training for this event, Dave Adlard will be captaining “Team Adventure Sports Week” in the Elite category of the “Desert Winds Expedition Adventure Race” beginning September 19.

Dave and his three female teammates; Dr. Jeni McNeal from Eastern Washington University, Soledad Cristiano from Argentina, and Cynthia Miranda of Carlsbad California, will be traversing nearly 300 non-stop miles across the brutal Mojave desert on foot, mountain bike, canoe, rappeling/climbing, pack rafts and orienteering, carrying their own gear, food and water in what could be the most challenging and demanding event on earth this year… 50% of the teams are expected to not finish the race, which is expected to take the teams between 90 and 120 hours to complete.

This link will allow you to follow the teams virtually live via SPOT messenger GPS. Our team number is ‘8’.

The basic schedule of the race is as follows:

Saturday, Sept 18: Pre-race meeting in Boulder City, Nv
Sunday, Sept 19: Prologue race and skills evaluation, 0600 hrs
Race start!! 2100 hrs (9 pm)
Thursday, Sept 23: First teams expected in: 0900 hrs
Friday, Sept 24: Race cutoff 1400 hrs

We hope that you will follow our progress and send as many prayers and good thoughts as possible, as we attempt what may be the most difficult challenge of our racing careers.

Please pass this info on to any others who may be interested, and we look forward to sharing the results with you after the conclusion of the race!

Thanks for your support and friendship!

Dave Adlard;
Team Adventure Sports Week


cycling Adlards to Lakeview

August 11, 2010

A fun training ride.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Dave climbed Rainier

May 15, 2010

Here’s his (lengthy) Mt Ranier trip report from this past weekend:

If I live to be 100, I may never see a better day to climb, especially on the fickle Mt. Rainier.

I had been looking forward to this weekend for a while – everyone normally “do stuff with” was out of town, and so i had noted this date on my calendar as a possibility for getting over and doing a “real” mountain. I had had no luck finding a climbing partner, and so, with a little bit of trepidation, I made the 6.5 hour drive toward Rainier on my own, with ever increasing clouds as I got closer.

Once at the Paradise visitor’s center/trailhead, I was amazed at how deserted it was… normally, on weekends and in the summer, this place is packed, but the climbing/hiking season didn’t actually open until the next day. …

Read more…

Adventure Sports Week – June 4-13, 2010

April 29, 2010

details and registration is available at

What do rollercoasters, a great rappel, fantastic scenery, a first class event and “10-24-1” have in common?

“10 days, 2 races, 1 big party” is our motto, and what a party it’s shaping up to be!

Hosted at beautiful Farragut State Park in Bayview, Idaho (just north of Coeur d Alene), ASW 2010 is promising to be one of the top festivals in the USA this year.

Adventure Sports Week 2009

Adventure Racing:

Featured in a full-episode documentary by Outdoor Idaho, The Crux and the Crucible, acclaimed as one of the most enjoyable and fun adventure races in 2009 is back with even more exciting challenges, including a great rappel, world-class single track, and even a rollercoaster will greet the racers over 3 days of amazing racing, June 11- 13.

This year, racers can choose to compete in one, two, or even three stages over three days:

The Midnight Ramble will begin at 6:00 pm on friday evening, and will take the racers over the mountains and lakes of north Idaho into the wee hours.

The Crux will start Saturday morning, and will be one of the most memorable days of racing ever… rappelling, rollercoasters and a couple of mountain to negotiate along the way.

Saturday evening, we will have our famous “June Moon” party before the racers hit the trails bright and early Sunday morning for the amazing Crucible, with a breathtaking kayak, awesome trekking and a challenging orienteering leg.

We will also feature a super fun “Sprint” adventure race – the new “C&C Adventure Challenge,” which will be a shorter, frenetic event for racers of every ability.

The Crux and the Crucible is a USARA National qualifier, and racers can earn points for the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Series.

Adventure races are only the begining for ASW 2010:


We are very proud to announce that XTERRA Farragut will be back on the acclaimed XTERRA course of 2009’s Northwest Cup event.

We are also excited to welcome the Bayview Triathlon into our schedule of events! This Olympic and Sprint distance road triathlon will take place over one of the most scenic courses anywhere. We will also have a Kid’s triathlon as part of the festivities.


For the runners, we have 7 different distances, including the popular Beaches to Boulders 5k, 12k and 10 mile fun runs, and the already-famous Deepwater trail 1/2 marathon, marathon, 50k and 50 mile ultra runs. The races follow the beautiful shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille before heading up the hills into the forests of Farragut.


The Mad Dash is back! The 4 and 8 hour mountain bike race was acclaimed as one of the most fun events on the circuit last season, and we’ve made some changes to make it even better! Solo and teams of 2 or 3 are welcome for this great day of racing!

New this year, the Great North Woods Summer Cyclo-cross will be a fast, wild cyclo-cross event, complete with ramps, mud, fire pits, and some even wilder challenges!


The ANTI-Freeze 1.2 and 2 mile distance swims are back.


The “Paddle the Pond” 8 mile kayak or canoe race returns for solo paddlers, or teams of 2.

ASW is an event for the whole family, with camping, social celebrations and other activities for the whole family, as well as great awards, swag and giveaways.

More details and registration is available at

first ASW 2009 photos

February 25, 2010

Just posted the first of my photos.

Todd and Dave starting a race

Todd and Dave starting a race

I’ll be adding to this flickr photos set – Adventure Sports Week 2009

Adventure Sports Week 2009 PRESS

February 25, 2010

A few articles:

The race course at Farragut State Park in Athol, Idaho is beautiful. Between the cool clear waters of Lake Pend Oreille (read: cold) and the loamy, fast singletrack in the trees, this venue really showcases the beauty of nature in the Northwest. …

Racergirl Melanie McQuaid 3 Time Xterra World Champion – XTERRA NW Cup – Farragut Equals Four

This extravaganza that comes just a couple of weeks before Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, kicked off today with the Gauntlet. A short course Triathlon …

Bay Views – Adventure Sports Week

… The venue at Farragut State Park was unanimously approved as being one of the prettiest, most pristine, and incredibly beautiful places on earth …

1 Dan Hugo 23 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:25:32 100 $1,800
2 Nico Lebrun 35 Digne, France 2:29:38 90 $1,250
3 Seth Wealing 30 Boulder, Colorado 2:31:20 82 $800

1 Melanie McQuaid 35 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:51:10 100 $1,800
2 Danelle Kabush 34 Canmore, Alberta, Canada 2:52:50 90 $1,250
3 Christine Jeffrey 36 Guelph, Ontario, Canada 2:55:46 82 $800

XterraPlanet – Dan Hugo finally gets his, Melanie McQuaid stays perfect at XTERRA Northwest Cup in Idaho

video – Adventure Sports Week 2009

February 25, 2010

I put together a 2.5min video with a few clips from the 25 races at Adventure Sports Week 2009.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.