About a year ago a friend of mine told me he was going to go do an event called a “GoRuck“. I asked what was involved. He said that he and a bunch of others were going to put 50 pounds of bricks in their packs and then go get yelled at by a bunch of Special forces guys and run all over the city. I told him that was the dumbest idea for an event I’d ever heard of. Six hours later I was signed up. 2 days later I showed up. Since that black day in my history, I have gone on to do 3 GoRuck Challenges, a 2-day GoRuck “CIA-style” Trek event, 2 different GoRuck scavenger style events, a summer BBQ, a Christmas party, and a number of non-profit / volunteer events with some of the most awesome people I have ever met. I have not worked this hard, trained this hard, or laughed this hard in a long time.
On June 21st 2013 I decided to repay the favor others have done for me by shadowing and photographing Class 662 as they covered 18 miles of this beautiful city in about 13 hours with between 50-100 pounds of weight on their backs. Here are a few of the photos from their night tour of San Francisco.
If you are looking to meet a group of amazing people who like to play outside, be on teams, support each other, work hard, and put a smile on their face in challenging situations, I’d highly recommend that you sign up for a GoRuck Challenge. Once you get past the Challenge you’re eligible to do their “Capstone events” such as Heavy (24 hours of training), Beached (4 days of maritime operations), Ascent / Navigator (4 days of land navigation and mountain-traverses), and Trek (spy games). You can look up upcoming dates for Challenges here.