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Sat, Mar 15


Pisgah National Forest, NC

Operation FAN DANCE

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

Operation FAN DANCE
Operation FAN DANCE

Time & Location

Mar 15, 2025, 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

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

About the Event

Operation FAN DANCE

March 15, 2025 | Pisgah National Forest, NC, USA

Distance: 16 +/- miles

Weight: 20 lbs dry

Elevation: 3,996 +/- elevation gain

Brief Start Time: Saturday, March 15, 2025 at 0730 hrs

Event Start Time: Saturday, March 15, 2025 at 0800 hrs

Start Location: Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead, NC

Event Finish Time: Saturday, March 15, 2025 at 1800 hrs

Finish Location: Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead, NC


Operation FAN DANCE is a demanding 16-mile trek in the Pisgah National Forest, featuring nearly 4,000 feet of elevation gain. As our second most challenging event in this location, it promises to be one of the most rewarding. Candidates will face a grueling climb up Cold Mountain near the tail end of the route, an experience that will leave a lasting impression and a profound sense of accomplishment.


Candidates must carry 20 lbs (dry weight) and complete the 16 +/- mile route in under 9 hours to pass and under 7 hours to earn the GBF Operation FAN DANCE Dog Tag.


Candidates will meet at the Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead. At 0730 hours, GBF Staff will give an event brief before answering any questions and releasing the candidates to begin the route at 0800 hours.

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 map for offline use. Cell service is not guaranteed. The route for Operation FAN DANCE is here.

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


Mandatory Equipment

Strongly Recommended

Dress. Candidates' dress will be a personal choice.

Checkpoints. There are no checkpoints on this route.

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

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

Medical. Every candidate requires a personal medical kit. GBF Staff must be made aware of any medical conditions before starting the event.

Transportation. Transport to and from the event will be at the candidate's arrangement.

Command and Signal. GBF HQ: 941-993-9432

The Fine Print

Numbers. Maximum number of candidates 30. Minimum number of candidates 10.

Refunds. Refunds will be in the form of a GBF voucher to use towards future events. Refunds must be requested 30 days before the event start date.

Event Changes. Slight changes to any event including, but not limited to route changes, brief times, start locations, and other details are under the discretion of GBF Staff.


  • Operation FAN DANCE

    Tax: +$6.65 Tax



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