What is the Gila Challenge?
Pronounced ‘HEE-luh’, the Gila Challenge is a vehicle (preferably Land Rover but open to all makes) and team based obstacle/scavenger competition designed to be family-friendly, with the focus on fun. AZLRO decided to change the format of their annual Arizona Land Rover Rally to try something new.
What to expect
Early on the Saturday morning, after a short debriefing, each team will be given a sealed envelope containing instructions and information. The instructions detail a series of points-earning challenges. Challenges will range in type and difficulty, and can be performed in any order (or omitted) at each teams' discretion. Each objective will be worth points upon completion, and the number of points will depend on the difficulty, type, and other factors. Challenges differ from tasks like photographing team members with their team medallions at checkpoints, to collecting a waypoint marker and returning it to Challenge headquarters, with other point scoring opportunities in-between.
Travel will be both on and off-road. Some challenges will be shrouded in mystery and will require sharp wits to achieve maximum points. Others might seem simple at first glance. Each team will have to find the right balance between time, distance, difficulty, and point value to try to maximise their opportunities to emerge as the victors of the Gila Challenge.
A GPS enabled smart-phone with camera, or a GPS unit and a digital camera, is considered essential equipment for a team. Photo/GPS data will be used by organisers to verify challenge points.
The entry fee is $50 for AZLRO members and $80 for non-members. To register and find out the latest news for the event visit azlro.org