Nick, Scott, and all the other people associated with HPG,
Thank you for supporting this event. As a competitor, having the necessary manpower and backside support for the challenges to run smoothly and efficiently is nice. The particular flavors and knowledge of those individuals are what makes this event special.
A couple of my observations for this year:
- This years format change changed up the dynamic of land nav points and time vs challenge scores. After thinking about it for a few days, I think I like it because it fundamentally requires a mix of skill on the challenges and speed on the land nav portion to do well. Although, from my perspective, the allotted time needs to be decreased or the number of points/challenges increased so that there is more than just challenge scores that separate teams.
- This event provides basic challenges that apply fundamental skills. If we trained solely on the tasks required to be successful this year, we would be competent in a wide array of pertinent skills. I believe that this event provides great opportunities to apply land nav, general shooting fundamentals, some peripheral skills (knots, climbing, communication etc...), and overall drive and grit. The extreme range of experience and knowledge base between teams is a concern. When talking nutrition and water, I don't think that you can apply the same set of instructions and assumptions to all. I believe this event is a great opportunity to really test what one's basic long range shooting, land navigation, and extended foot movement skills are. From that perspective, I would like to see a division that encourages less experienced involvement while still challenging more experienced competitors.
- Regardless of talent or skill, this event is challenging and requires focus and commitment towards a goal over a period of time. It is a tough event, but I feel that given the right amount of effort, a lot of people would find it beneficial and fulfilling. As a military person, this event provides a great opportunity to really appreciate the necessity of fundamentals. Technology, talent, and excessive gear don't mean a lot in this competition.
After all that, my final comment is that it is good to see the diversity in people participating in the event. I saw young, old, fat, skinny, long hair, and short hair. If you like land nav, shooting, and walking with a pack; you will be ok in this event.
If anyone has questions or concerns about participating in this event please hit me up. I have no affiliation with the Sniper Adventure Challenge or HPG, but I will give you my take on what will make it a beneficial experience.
Thanks again to HPG, who once again provided significant contributions to making this event successful.