EXCLUSIVE! Race Report: 2009 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member


    Locale: Montana
    Bill Fornshell
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Texas

    What more can I say but that this was really great.

    I enjoyed reading this "Race Report" more than anything on this site in a very long time.


    Greg Mihalik


    Locale: Colorado

    Thanks Andrew!

    "We all know better than to do this race."

    It is astounding that you can beat yourselves up to this extent and still have a great attitudes.

    Flipping twice in ice water. Sustained 50 mph winds. No sleep. Failing body parts. And being to laugh about being nearly hypothermic. "Here, let me get a close-up of you shivering."

    In addition to the skill and stamina I greatly admire the will and the spirit.

    Way To Go !

    Devin Montgomery
    BPL Member


    Locale: one snowball away from big trouble

    Confirmed: you're one bad dude, Andy!

    Aaron Sorensen
    BPL Member


    Locale: South of Forester Pass

    That was some excelent video you gave us.
    Congradulations on your victory.
    Just finishing seemed to be a victory in itself, but what a job keeping up with Bobby and Chris for the first time participating in it.

    Carol Crooker
    BPL Member


    Locale: Desert Southwest, USA

    Great report and video!
    Congrats on your win!

    Hiker 816
    BPL Member


    Locale: Denver

    Nice report! Looks like fun. Well, not entirely fun, but maybe partly fun.

    The shot of Chris' tendonitis afflicted ankle looks a lot like the beginning stages of trench foot to me.

    W I S N E R !


    That was very cool, looks like a blast.
    Thanks for the video.

    Dondo .
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado Rockies

    Wow, that's intense, Andy. I think I'm beginning to understand the saying it doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

    George Matthews
    BPL Member


    One of the best reports ever – fantastic!


    Misfit Mystic


    Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"

    I have to agree with something you intimated in your opening paragraphs: this is a REAL wilderness adventure race. Everything else seems like a tame publicity stunt in comparison.

    Congrats on your win! Even though most of the world will never hear of it, who cares; they wouldn't understand anyway. For those of us who do understand, it's a remarkable achievement. Thanks for inspiring us; IMO you're one of the most remarkable athletes in the world.

    Brad Groves
    BPL Member


    Locale: Michigan

    Just wanted to add my words of "moral support:" This was a really fun read and video–Thanks! Although I hate running, I'm almost intrigued enough to give some things like this a try… so like others have said, inspirational. And I know that the following comparison might be, um, unexpected, it reminds me of something I heard regarding rally racing: In most motorsports you change tires before they're worn out. In rally racing, if your tire blows you just keep driving… even if it means burning through your wheel. (An American racer drove something like 5 miles dragging on his rim.) There's racing, and then there's racing "for real."

    Good stuff!

    Mark Maritz
    BPL Member


    Locale: Rural Eastern Cape

    Andy: Thanks for a fantastic article. I continuously look out for your pieces..

    As a South African it is great to read and be inspired by all BPL work on the site. Keep going – even small bits of news are appreciated.


    Michael Popov


    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Wow! This is some great report, it's great showing that there are races like that – for no prize, but personal growth.

    "Let me do a close-up of you shivering…" LOL!

    You guys rock!

    Roman Dial


    Locale: packrafting NZ

    Forrest McCarthy and I did a slightly higher route.

    here's a vid of that race for us.

    Alternative flavor…..


    alternative gear list

    plus some tips

    and results of other finishers.

    Greg Mihalik


    Locale: Colorado

    Thank you Roman, especially for the lessons learned.

    Awesome Job!
    And I do like the soundtrack.

    john Tier


    Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA


    Congrats to you and the team your joined…. I really enjoyed your report…. Thanks for lugging the video camera too…. Nice wrap up to a great race and report.


    Dan Healy


    Locale: Queensland

    Bloody Hell! That is a tough race… and here I am worried about a little 24hr mtb bike race?! Great job with the vid cam!

    Dondo .
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado Rockies

    Great editing and soundtrack choice, Roman. It really conveys the intensity of the race. Now where do you get the pill that makes you lighter? ;-)

    greg degler


    Locale: West

    even though you appear to be somewhat busy


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