Next Race is Sat 20th Jan 2018 - Entry now open - entries limited to 100
The EM's Power Cookies "James" High Country 100 is a R18+ Open Range event - there are no age group categories.
The High Country 100 must be completed to qualify for entry to the Great Southern Alps Mountain Miler coming 2019...
Please note - this is a full on "adventure mountain-run" with multiple river crossings, an average altitude of 850m (highest point just over 1300m) and several short sections with no physical track on the ground e.g. across "the racecourse" and down "the bums rush". This is not suitable for first timers & competitors should be confident of completing this race in under 16.5 hours. If using the stampede times as a guide please note the 50km of the stampede is the harder half.
Race start 5am - race briefing 4:45. Runners will start the 100 km run with an immediate gradual climb all the way to the top of Fowlers Pass. From the top of Fowlers (4.5km) there is a sharp drop following a zigzag track down into a tributary of the Stanley River. Following the creek down runners will soon cross the Stanley for the first of 11 times! At around the 12 km mark runners will follow the hill line around to the right heading toward Lake Guyon and the 1st aid station.
From the head of the lake runners follow the 4x4 track around the lake and across the outlet stream and down into the Waiau Valley. Crossing the Waiau river, where they will pick up the MTB course, travelling down the valley, around the point to the right to head up the Ada valley and onto the 100km MTB loop.
Upon completing the Ada loop, runners then follow the track down the Waiau flat and up into the Henry valley and the next aid station. From the Aid station, the course heads over to and across the Henry river, following the track up onto the ZigZag track. Here runners follow the left fork back down toward the new swing bridge and back onto the cycleway track. From here runners follow the cycleway back up the Waiau and back into Lake Guyon where they pick up the Stampede course again, and the next aid station. NB AT THIS POINT YOU MAY BE ASSESED BY THE MEDIC BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO CONTINUE!
Continuing down the Stanley River for another 12 – 15km runners will experience several more river crossings and a couple of minor climbs/descents before a big climb out of the Stanley up onto “The Racecourse”, after traversing “The Racecourse” runners will deviate from the 50km Stampede and veer right to follow the horse track out onto the Edwards 4x4 track and the last major aid station - just below Charlie’s Saddle at about the 68km mark.
From here runners will follow the 4x4 track up the Edwards valley (crossing the river 3 times) where (at around the 78km mark) they will have one last short-sharp climb up into Peter’s Valley from where they will have an overall descent via Peters Valley, into the transition area to start the multisport run lap.
NB You must start this loop before 7:30pm with course closure at 10pm
Leaving the transition runners will travel around below the St James Homestead to cross the Clarence River, from here they will run up the river valley following the old transmission tower access tracks up to the Edwards gate.
Here runners will re-cross the Clarence River and enter the Edwards Valley. They will follow the 4x4 track over into the head of Peter’s Valley where they will follow the stock track back to the finish at the St James Homestead.
When we say Come run with the wild things we mean it - there is every chance of seeing Chamois, red deer, wild pigs and many different bird species including if you're really lucky Kea and falcons.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - 100km
GPS TRACKING - Compulsory Spot GPS trackers (http://www.spotnz.com/spotG3.html) are INCLUDED in your entry fee - These are live trackers so all your mates can watch your progress online at home.
Race Start - Race briefing will be at 4:50am with the race start at 5am (you'll need a headlamp/light for the first 30-60 min) - all competitors must attend the briefing.
Competitors can expect very hot conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be marshal stations at various points including five aid stations - with EM's goodies, R-Line, water, banana's, sunscreen & crampstop) but this is remote country so all competitors will need to be self-sufficient – all rivers & creeks should be ok to drink from directly.
Aid Station Distances - Aid stations will be located at approximately the 13km (Lake Guyon), 30km (Henry), 46km (Lake Guyon), 66km Charlies Saddle), 76km (Bull Gully mini), 83km (transition) and 93km (Bull Gully mini) marks.
Optional gear/bag drops (by prior arrangement with The Yeti) can be made to the main aid stations at Lake Guyon, Henry or Charlies Saddle - bags must be dropped off at registration ON FRIDAY NIGHT
All competitors will be required to carry a minimum amount of safety/emergency gear (CLICK HERE)– it can go from hot sun to heavy snow in a matter of hours even in the height of summer. By preference race organisers require all competitors to use hydration packs rather than water bottles – these are too often lost/dropped from bikes and left on the track. As with any littering any competitor caught dropping rubbish will be intantly disqualified