We owe a big thanks to Altra, Rudy Project, and XX2i Optics for providing great shoes, helmets, and eye protection. Special thanks to Chelsea & James Luttrall for creating Journey Racing and coordinating the sponsorship.
Throughout the trekking at night a wide variety of large spiders were out on the trail to cheer us on. Two checkpoints later, we once again had to find a trail that was not in the location shown on the map and was only marked by a cairn in a saddle where it was not entirely clear there was a trail junction. We noted there was in fact a trail leading away from the cairn in the correct direction, but we also went back 100 meters to verify that there wasn't a trail at the location indicated on the map. We decided to take the trail by the cairn and within minutes were joined from the right by Columbia who had apparently been bushwhacking through the forest. We found this checkpoint, unfortunately Columbia was in such close proximity they quickly realized we had secured the CP and they followed quickly behind. This would be the last time we saw Columbia.