Adventuring on the agenda

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

(L-R) Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Raimund Winkler, Commander Cliff Kyle, RAN, Executive Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Gary Holgate, RAN and Commander Steve Arney, RAN, will be participating in the Mountain Designs GeoQuest, which will be held over the Queens Birthday long weekend in the Myall Coast region, NSW. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)
(L-R) Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Raimund Winkler, Commander Cliff Kyle, RAN, Executive Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Gary Holgate, RAN and Commander Steve Arney, RAN, will be participating in the Mountain Designs GeoQuest, which will be held over the Queens Birthday long weekend in the Myall Coast region, NSW.

For many, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is a time for recreation and relaxation.

For members of the Navy Adventure Racing Association (NARA), though, it is a time when “your body will be totally exhausted, your brain will be begging you to stop and you’ll have had little or no sleep for 48 hours. Then, if you are one of the lucky teams, you will crawl across the finish line.”

This promise from the organisers of the GeoQuest 48-hour adventure race has all the makings of a fantastic weekend for NARA members Commanders Steve Arney, Gary Holgate and Cliff Kyle and Chief Petty Officer Raimund Winkler.

The event involves endurance racing in trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and roping, with some mystery challenges thrown in. 

Teams of four must navigate their way through more than 200 arduous kilometres of a course that is only revealed to them the evening before the race. 

Commander Holgate said his team of extreme sports enthusiasts were ready for their first shot at this distance, having stepped up from sprint events to the longer races. He said what made adventure racing so different from other multisports formats was the emphasis on teamwork. 

“I think our Navy training gives us an edge when it comes to discipline, innovation and a never-give-up attitude.”