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Sat, Apr 13


Pisgah National Forest, NC

Operation FAN DANCE

20 lbs. 16 +/- miles. 9 hours.

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Operation FAN DANCE
Operation FAN DANCE

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2024, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Pisgah National Forest, NC, 3647 Little East Fork Rd, Canton, NC 28716, USA

About the Event

Operation FAN DANCE

Distance: 16 +/- miles

Brief Start Time: Saturday 13th April 2024 at 0730 hrs

Event Start Time: Saturday 13th April 2024 at 0800 hrs

Start Location: Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead, NC

Event Finish Time: Saturday 13th April 2024 at 1700 hrs

Finish Location: Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead, NC


Operation FAN DANCE takes place in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina. Comprising over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah National Forest is a land of high peaks, cascading waterfalls, heavily forested slopes, and hundreds of miles of trails.


Candidates must complete the 16 +/- mile route in under 9 hours to PASS and under 7 hours to earn the GBF Op FAN DANCE Dog Tag.


Candidates will meet at the Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead parking area.

At 0730 hrs, GBF Staff will give an event brief before answering any questions and releasing the candidates to begin the route at 0800 hrs.

Service Support

- Mapping. GBF events use the AllTrails app for navigation. To download the route from AllTrails, you will need to sign up for a membership. GBF suggests candidates have a paper map, compass, and GPS too.

- Route. Ensure you download the route for offline use.

Operation FAN DANCE route is HERE. This is the route candidates will follow, including the summits at Shining Rock (6001 ft) and Cold Mountain (5968 ft).

- Weight. Candidates must carry a minimum of 20 lbs (without food and water) in a backpack. Weight vests or sandbags are not permitted.

- Equipment.

This list is mandatory.

This list is optional:

- Dress. Candidates' dress will be a personal choice. Wet weather and cold weather gear is recommended in case of inclement weather conditions.

- Checkpoints. There are no checkpoints on this route.

- Water. There will be bottled water at the start / finish point. Candidates should carry enough water to last the route distance +3 miles, in case they get lost.

- Rations. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 x energy bars and 0.5 litres of water as emergency rations.

- Medical. A personal medical kit is required by every candidate. GBF Staff must be made aware of any medical conditions prior to starting the event.

- Transport. Transport to and from the event will be at candidates own arrangement.

Command and Signal

GBF HQ: 941-993-9432

Numbers - Maximum number of candidates 40. Minimum number of candidates 10.

Refunds - Refunds will be in the form of a GBF voucher for future events. Refunds within 30 days of an event will not be possible.


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