The Gauntlet starts in:
The Gauntlet, in many ways, is the heart and soul of Florida Finders Fest. Every Finders Fest has hosted a Gauntlet and for many, it is their primary activity during the event. It is a fun, adventurous get lost in the woods semi-competitive event fun, for all ages. Here’s how it works…
We place a series of caches along a beautiful trail in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. From the starting point, teams will be given a list of target co-ordinates and scavenger hunt items to find along the trail. Along the way they should find all the placed caches (which will be activated after the event). There is also a list of “Targets” to find to earn “Bonus Points”. These are scavenger hunt type items. Some are existing features and some will be planted just for the event. In addition, there are a number of special items placed at points along the trail. They are numbered. Each team draws a number unique to their team and locates and retrieves the special items bearing that number for additional Bonus points.
It’s golf style scoring – the lower the score the better. The amount of time it takes to complete The Gauntlet is your Base Score. To that Penalty Points will be added for any caches DNF’d. From that total, we subtract the Bonus Points. The lowest score wins!
Florida Finders Fest 2016 Gauntlet Winners
Teams must be 4 to 6 participants. While this race is designed to be fun for all ages. We highly recommend having at least 4 adults on your team. The trail has many spots where it is possible to take a wrong turn. If a team has to focus all its attention on staying on the trail they will likely miss a lot of targets. And vice versa. Therefore, there is an advantage to having a larger team allowing delegation of attention.
There are a limited number of team slots available. We are capping this years race at 10 teams. Form full teams and sign up early. If you are looking for additional teammates, we suggest reaching out and posting on our Facebook Page.
What to Bring – Each team will need a GPS and a Digital Camera. A clip board may be handy as there will be some reading and writing involved. Walking/poking sticks will be a big help. Water, bug spray, and snacks are a good idea as well.
There will be an Oasis stop along the way, usually located about half way through the hike. Water, fruit, and snack bars will be available for replenishment. If for any reason to need a bail out, the Oasis Host will be able to contact a ride to get you back to camp. This is the only bail out spot along the hike.
Trail Conditions – The trail is mostly firm and dry. There will be little if any bushwhacking involved.
Time/Distance – The total distance will be approximately 5 to 7 miles but that is still being finalized.
Weather – We are having regular discussions with TPTB (i.e. we are praying) for good weather, but we plan to go rain or shine. I mean, after all, we’ll be back at base camp warm and dry regardless. Besides, weather should be viewed as part of the adventure.
Starting Coordinates – They will be provided to teams as they start, beginning at 8AM on Saturday October 21st. Please check the whiteboard Friday night for your teams starting time.
Prizes – There will be 3 VERY large ammo cans stuffed full of highly sought after boodle for the teams with the three fastest times. There WILL be geocoins involved!
Log Your Geocaches – geocaches hidden as part of the gauntlet race will be published after the event so participants can log their finds.