Event: RECON G6 Challenge The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Location: Blue Lakes, CA
Date: September 17, 2011
Words & Photos: Matthew Soileau
When John A. Thompson responded to an ad in the Sacramento Union: “People Lost to the World – Uncle Sam Needs a Mail Carrier,” he had no idea he was to become a living legend. A crowd formed in Placerville for his first mail run in January, 1856. Few had faith that he would make it over the 7,500 foot passes on his homemade 10 foot long, 25 pound oak skis, and a 100 pound sack of medicine, emergency supplies, clothing, books, tools, pots and pans, and letters containing much anticipated news. But one optimistic voice in the crowd called out: “Good luck, Snowshoe Thompson” and he set out to become a legendary postman and father of California skiing. Two to four times a month for twenty winters, regardless of weather, Snowshoe Thompson set out at the appointed hour. The Genoa postmaster S.A. Kinsey said: “Most remarkable man I ever knew, that Snowshoe Thompson. He must be made of iron. Besides, he never thinks of himself, but he’d give his last breath for anyone else – even a total stranger.” www.snowshoethompson.org
The lives of Parker and Thompson parallel in many ways. Both were born in the East and answered the call of the West, both have supplied waiting crowds with what they have been waiting for, and both men thought more of others than themselves.
Thanks to the spirit of Snowshoe Thompson, Brian Parker was inspired to hold a G6 Challenge in the backyard of the Sierra Legend at picturesque Blue Lakes, CA.
Parker must be doing something right with the G6 Challenge because over 40 drivers and their families made an over two hour drive just to come attempt to conquer the terrain. Upon arrival, drivers were greeted with some of the most beautiful and varying terrains I have ever witnessed. At 8,000 feet above sea level, there was sand, silt, rocks, mud, water, roots, bushes, and just about any terrain you could imagine. This was the perfect location for a G6 Scale Challenge.
At the driver’s meeting, participants were informed of some special challenges for this event. One challenge was the sling shot. After navigating a quick 50 trail markers, drivers had to stop and hit the target with some kibble. Another special challenge was the scavenger hunt. Drivers were encouraged to slow down and do a little sightseeing. Drivers that spotted any ‘critters’ on the trail could pick them up and carry them back to G-Central for a time bonus. The last special challenge was the ‘gold nugget gathering.’ Drivers that bought a scale bag could collect gold nuggets on course and also receive time bonuses. There was one challenge that was left a secret. You have to have the ‘Spirit of the Snowshoe Thompson’ to collect the bonus for this challenge.
Could you hit this target with a slingshot after G-jogging 50 trail markers?
If you have not checked out a RECON G6 Challenge, you owe it to yourself to do so. You will not be disappointed. All scale lovers who have attended have left after experiencing the time of their lives. So, shine up your SCX10 or Wraith and be on the lookout for the one nearest you.
Make sure to perform your monthly PM’s [Preventative Maintinace] and be ready for the next adventure: http://reconcrawlers.com