Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers in Raid The North Extreme Video

It has been 10 days since we staggered across the wilderness of British Columbia in the weeklong Raid The North Extreme. This is not enough time that our bodies have recovered — we are missing many toenails, our bruises are still raw — but at least now our heads are starting to get straight. We’ve been thinking back, sorting gear, treating our bodies to yoga and food and beer as we recover. The race was epic, no doubt. But it was also plagued with organizational issues, lost gear, abandoned checkpoints, and utter miscommunication throughout. (We wrote a bit about our trials in the race and our frustrations last week in the post “Finished: RTNX Post-Race Report”; a full race report and run-down of the event is still to come.) The official race results are still not up, amazingly. But for now, we’ve pieced together this short video from clips captured in the field. With scenes ranging from jagged peaks to a dilapidated outhouse where we ate soggy brownies to survive, we hope this video provides a peek into the RTNX experience, highs and lows all the same. —Jason Magness

—See more videos from Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers on our “Team Video Page” here. And follow Jason Magness and Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers this year on the newly-launched team micro-site.

Posted by UpNorthica - 08/10/2011 11:49 AM

I’ve got no right to say this, but it looked like a blast!

Posted by ar fan - 08/10/2011 12:47 PM

awesome video, keep’em coming after reading your intial post and finding this article posted below from a volunteer side really explains what actually happaned logistic wise I commend you and your team for finishing what looks to be very extreme adventure.

Posted by Julie Ardoin - 08/10/2011 02:58 PM

Hilarious first descent. In this race, I wish you wouldn’t look to the rankings as a measure of your teams performance. the first two teams are the only ones that will be content, every other team will have a grievance. I was so impressed with your team and how strong you raced all week and stayed together as a team taking care of one another and you have to admit that the ladies totally rocked and maintained a positive disposition when others would have long quit. Your team was always considered a leader in the race and most teams believe you finished as a leader…despite the rankings. Good Luck in Idaho and the Gold Rush. Julie, a new Yoga Sacker fan.

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 08/10/2011 08:43 PM

Jason looks miserable (but still so loving the experience!) while sniffing those brownies in the outhouse. Classic AR stuff there! And the subtle look on Chelsey’s face (in her eyes) when she’s side-hilling with her bike. . . that’s really key, too. It’s subtle, and you might need to know her (I have raced much with her myself), but she is just utterly exhausted, pissed, yet gung-ho and exhilarated all at the same time. Such a rare combination, but one most anyone who’s raced in a multi-day event can probably relate to. Awesome inside peek here as to what this crazy sport is like!

Posted by Mike Brown - 08/11/2011 12:40 PM

Fantastic video! So great to capture some of those incredible/heinous sections from the race — thanks for sharing! Love the alder first descents, the sleep in the outhouse, the various bloody bits. You guys rocked it all the way to the end and were top-notch! Well done! – Mike, Team Wild Rose

Posted by jason - 08/11/2011 06:41 PM

Been great to read the comments, and laugh re-watching the video. Know that all the racers out there has similar stories and adventures, and I too was impressed by our two women. Much of the time Daniel and I were behind them – wondering what they were talking about up ahead….It certainly was an adventure….
Chels has Giardia now, so she is remembering the race all over again!

Posted by Sean Verret - 09/24/2011 09:17 AM

Hey, our dog never signed away his rights to be in your video… Great stuff guys, great video.

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