GOLD Rush 30 Hour Adventure Challenge

Weekend of August 1st-2nd 2015 


The major event in the 2015 Gold Rush calendar was the Gold Rush 30 hour event. Teams started with a paddle on Spicer reservoir followed by a spectacular trek over bare granite and high altitude terrain around Uttica and Union reservoirs and then into the canyon of the Stanislaus River. The canyon led down to a deep pool where CP 10 marked the start of the flagged route to the climb site. A scrambling, rope protected traverse led to a sharp ridge from where a 250 ft rappell dropped teams onto gnarly talus of huge boulders. Teams made their way to the bridge over the Stan rivwer where dedicated volunteers accepted their climbing gear to lighten the loads for the tough descent of the Stan River canyon. Many teams remarked (complained) about how tough the rocky brushy terrain was. Jamie of 'And Loving It' fell in a 10 foot 'rock crevasse' hidden beneath the manzanita. Amazingly , all the teams made it to TA2 to pick up bikes. Unfortunately, Stephanie Briggs of Team 'Recalculating...' had to stop with an injured knee. Her teammates continued. Teams picked up bikes at TA2 and headed through a maze of forest roads  toward the town of Arnold. Many of the route choices involved rocky narrow trails that rarely see a vehicle. Water was sparsely available and teams had to plan ahead. Sadly Jen Andrews took a fall after just 2 miles and her team 'Astra' had to bail to the main road, Hwy 4, to find help for her. All other teams continued through the night and early morning hours of Sunday until they reached the town of Arnold to attempt the single track biking of 'Arnold Rim trail'. The first team to the finish line was 'And Loving It... ' but their early arrival was only possible by skipping check points. The remaining teams finished through the late morning and early afternoon. Team 'Recalculating...' scraped in just 1 minute before the cutoff and before incurring penalties for exceeding that cut off.  'Nor Cal Adventure Racing' arrived mid pack but had visited the most checkpoints and scored a win with their strong performance. 

Team 'And Loving It' Race Report

If you read this far you are a committed Adventure Racer and need to put next years Gold Rush events on your calendar!

Gold Rush 30 Hour Challenge . August 1st-2nd 2015
Place Number Team Name Name Team Captain  Time #CPs Missed   Missed CP's
1st 123 NorCal Adventure Racing Tim Kuenster Tim Kuenster 27hrs  29 min 2  15A,B
Mike DeFillipo
Jacqueline Wollman
Mark Henderson
2nd 121 Strong Machine Cliff White Cliff White 29hrs 04min 9  15A,B
Kate White 18, 18A, C, D, 22A,B,C
Starker White
Luke White
3rd 126 Irken Invaders Geoffrey Budd Geoffrey Budd 29hrs 27min 13  15A,B
Gabrielle Halberg 18A,B,C,D, 20, 21, 22, 22A,B,C, 23
Sean Noble
Joe Ethier
4th 122 Team Irvine James Hutchcraft James Hutchcraft 29hrs 12min 14 15A,B
William Bingham 18A,B,C,D, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22A,B,C, 23
Matthew McLaughlin
Nathan Ridlon
5th 124 And Loving It! Nicholas Giori Nicholas Giori 26hrs 30min 17 15, 15A,B
Kathy Giori 17, 18, 18A,B,C,D, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22A,B,C, 23
Jamie Ceglarz
6th 125 Recalculating... Ivan Lopez Ivan Lopez 30hrs 14 min 10 7, 8, 15A,B
Kyle Halliday Incomplete 18A, 21, 22, 22A,B,C
Stephanie Briggs
7th 127 Astra Vito Rubino Vito Rubino DNF Reached TA2
Palas Policroniades
Jennifer Andrews

 30 hour Tshirt final for website

Eventbrite - Gold Rush 30 Hour Adventure Challenge


Come and join us for a fun event that you can complete in a weekend. Check in on Friday evening in Avery (20 miles above Angels camp on hwy 4), California. Race from 7am Saturday until the cut-off at 4pm Sunday. Then kick back for the post race meal..

Check-in, start and finish at Avery California.

Four and Three person teams. Hiking, Orienteering, mountain biking and paddling. Boats included in the entry fee. Course designed to be a challenge for the top teams but with options designed to let all teams have a chance at finishing.

No crews. We provide the boats. Big ropes section.

Great facilities around Arnold and Avery to keep friends and family entertained while you race. Or send them to us as volunteers!

Camping is available at the registration location. We hope you will join us there. Motels are available in Arnold and the surrounding area.or there are other campgrounds nearby.


The event is located on and under Special Use Permit from the Stanislaus National Forest.
“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender”



Friday evening: Check-in 6pm.
If you don’t make it to check-in between 6 and 7pm, we will work with you to get check-in later in the evening. But if you come too late you will miss dinner, briefing and lose maps time!
Friday evening: Dinner: 7pm.
Friday evening: Race Briefing 8pm.
Friday evening: Maps handed out 9pm
Saturday:  Start 7am
Sunday: Cut off 4pm.
Sunday: Post race barbecue and awards 3pm.
Sunday afternoon. Head Home!