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Ultimate Trail Master

Introduction:
The idea behind developing Ultimate Trail Master (UTM) was to try stimulate interest in 4x4'íng whilst also recognising those who are active & who achieve more than the average Off Road user.

ANYONE who abides by the rules of the competition & participates in the spirit in which the competition is run, is welcome to participate.

Ultimate Trail Master
There are FOUR challenges in which participants can partake:
  1. Dos Sete Diablos (The 7 Devils)
  2. Cinco Extremos (5 Extreme Challenges)
  3. Cinquenta Desafios (50 Challenges)
  4. Cento e Um Desafios (101 Challenges)
101 Events (Trails/Trips/Challenges)
You can enter anyone of them, you can even enter two, or all three.


Here are the details of each:


I. Dos Sete Diablos
(The Seven Devils Challenge)

The challenge involves completing 7 trails/obstacles within 24 months.
A competitor must successfully complete any 7 of the 10 listed trails/obstacles:

  1. WC - Atlantis Dunes (Under guidance of a FAC member)
  2. Lesotho - Baboons Pass
  3. FS - Moolman's Hoek's Horse Guided Trail
  4. NW - Koos se klim at Moegatle ...up and down, not the detour up
  5. NW - Briekmerk (Up & Rt at top only) @ Att Se Gat
  6. LP - A Giyani River Trip (Molototsi, Klien Letaba, Letaba)
  7. MP - HellsHoogte @ 3 Provinces
  8. EC - Brakkeduine – The entire trail incl the figure 8 loop @ the end
  9. NC - Lang Duin (at least 1/2 way *) @ Waterford
  10. NC/Namibia - Road to Hell Pass

A board has been erected at Lang Duin in due course to mark the point you must reach on the dune.

Rules:
  1. You must complete all 7 challenges within 24 months of completing the 1st one.
  2. Only Challenges done after 1 January 2017 qualify.
  3. You must submit proof (photos or video etc.) within 7 days of completion
  4. Vehicle Specifications:
  • No restrictions to vehicle mods, but the vehicle must be road legal, licensed & registered.
  • The vehicle must be owned by the competitor
  • Different vehicles may be used, providing the competitor can prove they owned the vehicle at the time.
  • The vehicle must be driven to the challenge, not taken on a flatbed or trailer or towed.


How it Works:
  • Complete the first of the challenges above.
  • Complete the online registration form on www.4x4actiongroup.co.za, go see Events on the Forum.
  • ay the Registration Fee of R177.77 using your name, followed by DSD (Dos Sete Diablos) as the reference.
  • Submit your evidence & documentation to [madmannydefreitas@yebo.co.za (drop the mad)].
  • The competitor will then be sent a Competitor Number.
  • After each successive obstacle is successfully completed, proof must be submitted, within 7 days.
  • Once all 7 are completed, it will be announced & a Certificate will be issued. Prizes:
All successful competitors (all those who successfully complete 7 of the listed challenges within 24 months will receive a gel domed sticker & a certificate “Conquistador Dos Sete Diablos”



II. Cinco Extremos
(5 Extreme Challenges)

The Extreme challenge requires competitors to complete the 5 Extreme challenges below:
  1. NW - The Complete Briekmerk (Up, then Left & all the way down)
  2. FS - Rhino Challenge @ Berakah (this will be an organised event)
  3. NW - God Se Pad @ Moegatle (Guided only)
  4. LP - Superman @ Rust De Winter (This is a guided Trail)
  5. MP - Carnage Canyon

Rules:
  1. You must complete all 5 challenges within 24 months of completing the 1st one.
  2. Only Challenges done after 1 January 2017 qualify.
  3. You must submit proof (photos or video etc.) within 7 days of completion.
  4. Vehicle Specifications:
  • No restrictions to vehicle mods, but the vehicle must be road legal, licensed & registered.
  • The vehicle must be owned by the competitor
  • Different vehicles may be used, providing the competitor can prove they owned the vehicle at the time.
  • The vehicle must be driven to the challenge, not taken on a flatbed or trailer or towed.


How it Works:
  1. Complete the first of the challenges above.
  2. Complete the online registration form on www.4x4actiongroup.co.za, go see Events on the Forum.
  3. ay the Registration Fee of R155.55 using your name, followed by CX (Cinco Extremos) as the reference.
  4. Submit your evidence & documentation to [madmannydefreitas@yebo.co.za (drop the mad)].
  5. The competitor will then be sent a Competitor Number.
  6. After each successive obstacle is successfully completed, proof must be submitted, within 7 days.
  7. Once all 5 are completed, it will be announced & a Certificate will be issued.



III. Cinquenta Desafios
(50 Trails Challenge)

The 50 Trails Challenge is simple, you must just have completed 50 Trails or Overlanding trips, where you were the principle driver, at any time in your lifetime.

Please Note: You can only list a place (venue) ONCE, no matter how many times you have done it.
Between Hennops, De Wildt, Moegatle & Att Se Gat I have over 25 visits. But those will only count as 4 'venues'.

If you did the Richtersveld 6 times - it only counts ONCE (one venue).

WARNING: I will pick 3 or 4 of the 50 & ask you to prove you were there. Inconclusively.

Trails:
What Trails Qualify:
Any 4x4 Trail like; De Wildt, Hennops, Atlantis Dunes, Brakkeduine etc.
A Venue can only count ONCE: So if you went to, say Base4 as part of a fun day, then for an AAWDC event & then to compete in RFAD & then as a competitor in a competition & then for training - you can only count it ONCE.
Overlanding:
How does scoring of Overlanding Trips work?
Any Overlanding trip in Southern Africa; Richtersveld, Kalagadi, Zambia, Namibia etc (* see below) counts.
Note: The competitor must have been the principle driver, in his/her own vehicle & accommodation must have been (largely) camping (Ground Tent, TTT or RTT).

i). National Overlanding (within SA Borders):
If you do a camping trip to, say, the Richtersveld, you count the trip, providing you camped for 3 or more nights.
If you stayed in a chalet on 2 nights & stayed in your RTT on the 3rd night, it does NOT count - that's glamping.

ii). Cross Border Overlanding (leaving SA/your Home country):
A trip to Botswana in a tour group using hired vehicles & staying in pre-erected tented camps & cabins does not qualify.
You score Cross Border Overlanding like this;
You count each international border you cross, outbound, counts (once), you can count camping in a country as long as you camped for 3 or more nights.
Example;
18. Botswana/Namibia Trip. June 2017 - SA/Botswana border
19. Botswana/Namibia Trip. June 2017 - 3 nights camping @ Nata
20. Botswana/Namibia Trip. June 2017 - Botswana/Namibia border crossing
21. Botswana/Namibia Trip. June 2017 - Camping in Namibia at Naukluft, Etosha & Caprivi
You CANNOT however count the border crossings on the return leg, as you've already counted them.
However, if you returned via the Namibia/SA border (which you didn't do on the outbound route), then you can count it.
Example;
22. Botswana/Namibia Trip. June 2017 - Namibia/SA border crossing.

iii).Passes:
If you did a trip including passes you may count the passes.
Example;
10. Passes Tour 2016: SA/Lesotho border crossing
11. Passes Tour 2016: Sani Pass
12. Passes Tour 2016: Qacha's Nek
13. Passes Tour 2016: Ongeluks Nek
If you camped for three or more nights on that tour, you can count it.
Example;
14. Passes Tour 2016: Camping in Lesotho, Himeville & 2 nights in Rhodes.

Please note, that an Camping on an Overlanding trip only counts if you camp for 3 or more nights & camping on that trip only counts once - no matter how many nights (over 3) you camped.

Note: If you do a difficult (4x4 Pass) on an Overlanding trip (like Akkedis Pass in the Richtersveld, Baboons Pass in Lesotho, Van Zyls on a Nam tour, Road to Hell on the Namaqua Eco Route etc.) you may count that pass IN ADDITION to the other Credits for that Overlanding Trip...

How it Works:
  1. Complete the online registration form on www.4x4actiongroup.co.za, go see Events on the Forum.
  2. Pay the Registration Fee of R55.55 using your name, followed by 50 (Cinquecento) as the reference.
  3. Submit your evidence & documentation [madmannydefreitas@yebo.co.za (drop the mad)].
  4. The competitor will then be sent a Competitor Number.
  5. Once 50 are completed, it will be announced & a Certificate will be issued.



IV. Cento e Um Desafios
101 Events (Trails/Trips/Challenges)

The 101 Events Challenge is simple, you must complete 101 Events (Trails/Trips/Challenges), where you were the principle driver, at any time in your lifetime.

Please Note: You can only list a place ONCE, no matter how many times you have done it.
Between Hennops, De Wildt, Moegatle & Att Se Gat I have over 25 visits. But those will only count as 4 'venues'.

The rest of the rules are EXACTLY the same as for Cinquenta Desafios

How it Works:
  1. Complete the online registration form on www.4x4actiongroup.co.za, go see Events on the Forum.
  2. Pay the Registration Fee of 101.00 using your name, followed by 101 (Cento e Um) as the reference.
  3. Submit your evidence & documentation [madmannydefreitas@yebo.co.za (drop the mad)].
  4. The competitor will then be sent a Competitor Number.
  5. Once 101 are completed, it will be announced & a Certificate will be issued.