Dark Zone 51: Eastern Mountain Wilderness Challenge Winners Earl Blanchard & Michael Dickey – Packrafts, Eight Year Old Socks, and Victory


The Eastern Mountain Wilderness Challenge, the brainchild of Eric Caravella of Packrafting Adventures, was held for the first time this past August in New York State’s Adirondack Park. A wilderness area larger than the State of Massachusetts, the Adirondacks offer a true backcountry experience for the teams that took on this 30-hour, four-checkpoint race. That’s right. No bins. No TA’s. Nothing. Just a set of maps and an expansive wilderness.

Follow this link to see the race maps and the route choices of each of the teams:


Those maps will come in handy while listening to this episode.

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