2013 Klondike Derby
"Strike 3: Too Many Neighbors"
The third annual Klondike Derby for Venturing was held January 25-27 at Latimer High Adventure Reservation. The weekend began with a cold, wet and foggy day on Friday to a warmer, muddy day on Sunday. Over 160 participants and staff smiled, cheered and worked hard throughout the course event until the bitter end. This year’s derby was under the direction of Kurt Kowalski. Special thanks go to Kurt and his staff for making this a great event.
The Klondike Derby started on Saturday morning with sled inspections followed by a sled race. After the race, each team started the 3.5 mile course, stopping along the way for competitions of Fire Building, Shooting Sports, Hatchet Throwing, First Aid, Compass and Stretcher Carry, to name a few. On Sunday, the course continued for another 2.5 miles back to base camp with additional competitions. The final competition was ferrying the sled and team across Lake Joe Long by canoe and kayak.
At each town along the course, the sled teams were awarded Gold Nuggets for best greeting, best looking sled, best team spirit, best teamwork, and fastest time. The winners were:
|First Place||Coalition Crew||129 Gold Nuggets|
|Second Place||Triton||127 Gold Nuggets|
|Third Place||Flaming Toasters||125 Gold Nuggets|
|Third Place||Clurichaun||125 Gold Nuggets|
Crews participating included Crew 1, Crew 87, Crew 170, Crew 171, Crew 263, Crew 284, Crew 290, Crew 360, Crew 365, Crew 536 and Ship 851. Plans are already underway for the fourth annual Klondike Derby. You don’t want to miss the adventure.