Hillary Challenge – Final and 6hr AR Series

The Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge – Final

The Genesis Energy Secondary Schools Hillary Challenge is without a doubt the toughest adventure competition for high school students. The 14th annual challenge to find the top Secondary School Outdoor Adventure Team in New Zealand will take place on 12-16 May 2014. The 5 day Hillary Challenge is held each year at OPC Tongariro, and is only open to a total of 12 teams, each consisting of 8 students from Year 12 or 13. Competition is intense, and not only is a high level of physical and mental fitness is required, but the ability to work together under stress in a small team. The teams will be scored on their skill, speed and endurance during a 5-day series of outdoor adventure challenges, including a 2-day rogaine style wilderness expedition and a multisport race on the final day. In true adventure racing tradition, the exact details of all challenges will be kept secret until the event.

Here are the results from the 2014 final. Well done everyone!

Final  HC Score sheet 2014-page-001

Check out our Facebook page for coverage and photos of the action.

Here is some coverage of past finals

From the 2009 final courtesy of Sportzvibes - http://www.sportzvibes.com/vibes?requesturl=http://www.maxyourmedia.com/Hillary/HillaryChallenge2009v2.flv (check in the Adventure Racing section)

From the 2012 final (final day) courtesy of The Erin Simpson Show - Two parts starting at minute 4.59 and 15.15http://tvnz.co.nz/the-erin-simpson-show/s4-ep66-video-4912132 

The Hillary Challenge 6hour Adventure Race Series

The Genesis Energy Secondary Schools Hillary Challenge is the ultimate inter-schools event for senior students. Each year we search the country for the very best teams to compete in this awesome 5-day adventure competition in the heart of the North Islands mountains, rivers, lakes and bush.

In order to make to make it into the 2015 final your team must first gain a top placing in one of the three Hillary Challenge 6hr Adventure Race Series events in North Island x 2  and South Island (Christchurch) in 2014. From each of these two events between 2 and 4 teams (based on numbers entered) from the Mixed Premier category will advance through to the national final.

What will the 6hr race involve?

Well this is Adventure Racing so you will need to be prepared for anything. Typically there will be a bit of running/trekking, mountain biking (not too technical!) and orienteering as the base of the event. Each team will need to bring 8 mountain bikes that are in good working order, particularly the brakes, plus helmets and a basic bike repair kit.

To add to the mix there will be other fun challenges and problem solving tasks on both land and water. Some of these will involve the whole team while others might only require a few team members. All 8 team members will be required to stay together (within 50m) at all times, unless a race marshal says otherwise and you will be trying to score points by finding checkpoints and completing the additional challenges. There will also be some sections that are timed, with these times being converted to points to add to your overall total. The team with the highest overall score will win.

At the end of the race you will understandably be a little tired and hungry, so we will provide the pizza for you to munch on at the finish line (included in your entry fee) and also some cool spot prizes that we will draw out at the prizegiving.

Places are strictly limited to 30 teams per event and will be taken on a first in, first served basis. After the limit is reached a waitlist system will operate.

Who are the events for?

The events are designed for all levels of experience. You don’t have to be super fit and serious, but you do need to have a sense of adventure and a ‘give it a go’ attitude. In traditional adventure racing style the course route is not disclosed until the day of the race and you only find out the location of the event briefing one week before race day!

Only students in years 11-13 may take part and the 2014 series will open up more team categories to provide the opportunity for more schools/students to join in on the fun and take up the challenge. Teams of 8 represent their school(s) in one of four categories – All Girls, All Boys, Mixed and Mixed Premier (4 girls/4boys). A maximum of two schools may join together to form a team (this includes single gender and co-ed schools joining together) and no prior experience is necessary. The mixed premier category must have a 50/50 gender split in the team i.e. 4 girls and 4 boys and a maximum of two team members may be from year 13. Only teams that enter the Mixed Premier category will be eligible for a place in the following years Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge national final.

How much will it cost?

Entry fees for the series events are only $550 per team of 8, if you take advantage of the early-bird entry fee and enter before 6 June.  After this date the normal entry fee of $600 per team will apply.  Schools may enter one teams initially and may possibly have more if the 30 team places are not filled. Please email events@opc.org.nz if you would like to enter more than one team and we will advise you if this is possible on 7 June.

2014 Hillary Challenge 6hr Adventure Race Series Dates

North Island 29 June (Wellington Region) 

North Island 27 July (Auckland region)

South Island 3 Aug (Christchurch)