Day one was a shake down day to get the teams used to working together and to give them an idea of the challenges that would present themselves over the next four days.
The teams were quickly bonding and making new friendships. Participants shared stories of the day’s adventures and discussed what to expect for the next day over drinks, dinner and the evening's warm crackling campfire.
Steep climbs, narrow rocky washed out trail sections and stunning mountain vistas summarize this section along the New Brunswick Expedition Challenge. This region is best known for Mount Carleton Provincial Park and the Christmas Mountains. But these trails, as beautiful as they are, don’t come without a price to pay. Punctured tires, broken shocks, cracked radiators and other trail carnage was the result. It was a vehicle repair night for many of the rigs.
Nick and I had scouted a location near the end of the event that was more suitable than the northern town of Dalhousie, which was the original destination. We found a beautiful pebble river with clear water and a beach large enough to fit all the vehicles. While we waited for the participants to finish their way points for the day, we stopped for a refreshing plunge in the cold stream and reflected on the event as it drew to an end. We were already exploring ideas for the next New Brunswick Challenge, NBX 2018.
Thank You to Wild Coast Tents, Backroad Mapbooks, CORE Outfitters, 4 Wheel Parts, Trailsoffroad.com, OutHEREadventure.com, Explore The North, Outdoor Junkie, Arrowhead Coffee Company, Overland Xplorers and Gaia GPS.
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