Border Patrol Challenge
Border Patrol Challenge Start and Finish times:
Begin on Winter solstice 2023 at 10:27 PM EST on Thursday, December 21.
Finish before Spring Equinox 2024 at 11:06 PM EST on Tuesday, March 19.
You are required to wear at least 200 square inches of orange during hunting season in RI. When is hunting season? It’s easier to tell you when it isn’t. Wear orange. Yellow, green, and pink are not orange, and you can probably get away with those colors in other states. RI is very specific about what they want you to wear. It has to be solid blaze orange (no mesh, no apricot).
Border Patrol Challenge routes
All routes need to be done as one continuous activity (Strava is preferred, but Garmin and other apps work too). We recommend using a backup tracking source (ex: watch + phone app = two devices recording your route) because sometimes one device fails mid activity.
You must change the settings on your activity to public before sharing them, or we won’t be able to see them. There are two people reviewing your activity, and it might take them several days to get to it because they both have full-time jobs and other obligations. Please be patient. They will look to see that you completed the route without deviating. The only time that a deviation is okay is if you return to where you deviated from and then continue on your way. For example, you miss a turn and go one mile in the wrong direction (it happens) - retrace your route back to the wrong turn and resume the route correctly. No, you can’t use a bicycle, car, etc. Foot travel only.
Some of the routes combine a few different trails this year, and some are unmarked. Please bring a device that can help with route correction. You can bring a map and compass if you choose, but you will save time by having the route ready to follow on either Strava or on your watch.