After the New Orleans movie show, Yates drove back Friday and picked his two oldest daughters up at school and joined with their good friends the Smith’s from Asheville. The group traveled north to Buchanan, VA, to participate in the Odyssey Adventure Race on Saturday, October 16.
The two families received a “Hall Pass” from the rest of their crew to create two teams; “Hall Pass One” included Annie Pharr(14), Brooke Smith(14) and Ellison Smith(dad), and “Hall Pass Two” included Matt Smith(12), Lucy Pharr(12) and Yates.
Matt, a veteran Falling Creek camper, will be returning to Main camp for his fourth summer. He also participated in the big HUCK paddling trip that Falling Creek offers just after Main camp.
Yates was glad to see Michael Egues at the race. His sons, Jack and Michael have been coming to Falling Creek Camp for 6 and 7 years. Michael was part of the “On Your Left” team that competed in the 24-hour Adventure Race.
You can see more info on the Odyssey Adventure Racing web site.
The teams are given maps and coordinates at the start of the race. Each group has to work together to plot these coordinates on the maps and then find checkpoints out in the wilderness by following the directions on how to get there.
It involves whitewater canoeing, trekking and mountain biking. Many times bushwhacking is required to find the remote points.
There are mandatory checkpoints that all teams must find to remain official and there are several optional ones to give teams incentive to decide whether they can acquire them, gain more points, and still return in time to the finish before the cut-off.
All teams finished their race and Annie, Brooke and Ellison (“Team Hall Pass One”) finished 1st in the 3-person co-ed division and 3rd overall with 31 teams competing. Yates, Lucy and Matt (“Hall Pass Two”) finshed 4th in the Co-ed 3-person team division. This is quite impressive given that there is no consideration for age and it was Brooke, Annie, Matt and Lucy’s first ever adventure race. Needless to say, the two dads were very proud of their families!