How can we make the most of our visit? What are other ways we can bond and experience the outdoors? These are question we often get. Low ropes is usually our answer, is a good way to bond and be outside. Then we wondered what should we do with the groups that come here every year, have experienced the low ropes course but want to have a unique team-building experience, then it clicked….Adventure race/ beer tasting combo.
First group to try: UVA, otolaryngology, this group has participated in our low ropes plenty of times, looking for a different team-building experience, they were the first ones to try the race. The day they got here we divide them in groups told them the rules and started our first Eagle Race!
Both teams made their flags and got their first clue. Challenges like climbing up the rock wall, going through the low ropes course, running around to seek next clues and getting a selfie at the Bluff were all part of the race. Two teams, two courses, different challenges made the race exciting and a team bonding experience.
The course layout as well as the team participants each with their own skills made the experience unique. For example, one of the groups didn’t read the clue all the way and ended up on the other extreme of the property trying to find a clue that was never there. Others chose a leader to complete a task or decided as a team how to complete a challenge. By the end both teams were very close to the finish line but one of the teams took the wrong shortcut and the team that was last ended up winning the whole Eagle Race!
Hugs, laughs and a good time was the overall experience. Everybody was happy and wanted to do the race again. One of the participants mentioned how different and exciting this experience was and how he felt closer to his teammates, just by going through this course and doing something out of the ordinary. Others mention good anecdotes and laughed about their own team’s experiences like getting lost but keeping morale up to finish the course. Flags were raised, and a final debrief was done.
The race was great, but the beer tasting was even better. After all, you need to hydrate and get those calories back. Six beers, appetizers, a main course and a dessert was all part of the beer tasting night. Each beer paired up with the meal left all our participants ready to take a nap.
Thank you to UVA otolaryngology to be part of this race and stay at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. If you are reading this blog and would like to do something similar at Wilderness Adventure, please contact us and ask about the Eagle Race and Beer Tasting combo. Hope to see you soon!
Written by Ruby Fernandez Bryant
Pictures by Amy Craig