Bone Frog Challenge 2014

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This is the 2014 Bone Frog Challenge at Berkshire East in Charlemont May 17, 2014. I stayed just under 3 hours and took 550 pictures, these 117 are the ones I like best. Quite an enjoyable experience, even the music and the portable sound system were good. These are all thumbnails linked to bigger pictures and should wrap to fit the width of your web browser. If you see my alt tags (dscn numbers) try reloading the page because they do all work.

First some general and crowd pictures. The parking lot was pretty full beween runners and spectators. The people participating here actually footed the bill for the whole thing, being a spectator was free. Most looked like they were enjoying themselves, there were hundreds of them.

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The object of this was to just to get over it. I think an experienced high jumper who'd practiced on this could possibly take it at a run, but the practicing would probably be painful. That 2nd log is about 4 feet off the ground, the 3rd is maybe 8.

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A mud bath. The object here was to crawl under the boards (3 of them) in the water. Some people chose not to do this and walked around. I don't think Berkshire East has public showers so if you did this you were wet and muddy for hours. Many people already were wet and muddy before they got this far, muddy faces were the norm. Or maybe the object was to have a wet teeshirt contest.

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Rolling logs, an adaptation of an old lumberjack stunt. There were pins keeping the logs from rolling away, they could turn just enough to throw you off. The secret was to do a "duck walk", keep your feet on either side of the center of gravity of the log, and walk fast. People who hesitated often didn't make it.

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The rope climb was just before the horizontal ladders.

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Horizontal ladders were the last obstacle on the course. The rope climb was on the left side of this.

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Under the horizontal ladders was a safety net to catch people who didn't make it across. It got visited a lot. I'd start following someone across the ladders with the camera then try to follow them down to the net if they dropped. Sometimes I got a picture of an empty ladder.

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I heard a rumor that the entire course took 4 hours to run, so what I'm seeing here is a tiny part of it at the end. Runners would go through the starting gate and jog off out of sight into the woods. Meanwhile more runners kept coming down out of the woods. Since I didn't know anybody I couldn't really tell how long any given individual was out of sight in the woods.

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I'd go again, at least once. It would be more meaningful if I actually knew someone who was participating. I'll be 60 before next year's, so I'm not doing it. I went alone, didn't see anybody I knew, didn't talk to anybody, came home alone.

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