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Sat, Jan 11


San Diego


One Route. Three Weight Options.


Time & Location

Jan 11, 2025, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

San Diego, Visitor Center Loop Trailhead, San Diego, CA 92120, USA

About the Event


January 11, 2025 | San Diego, California, USA

Distance: 11 +/- miles

Weight: 10 / 25 / 50 lbs dry

Elevation: 2,602 +/- elevation gain

Brief Start Time: Saturday, January 11, 2025 at 0800 hrs

Event Start Time: Saturday, January 11, 2025 at 0830 hrs

Start Location: Visitor Center Loop Trailhead

Event Finish Time: Saturday, January 01, 2025 at 1500 hrs

Finish Location: Visitor Center Loop Trailhead


Rucking through the Mission Mountains in San Diego is a demanding adventure that combines the beauty of Southern California's rugged landscapes with the intense challenge of carrying a heavy backpack. Operation PACKHORSE tests physical endurance, mental toughness, and navigation skills with three different weight choices (10, 25, 50 lb) over this 11-mile course.


PACK HORSE LIGHT. Candidates must carry 10 lbs (dry weight) and complete the 11 +/- mile route in under 3 hours to pass and under 2 hours to earn the GBF Operation PACKHORSE LIGHT Dog Tag.

PACK HORSE. Candidates must carry 25 lbs (dry weight) and complete the 9 +/- mile route in under 4 hours to pass and under 3 hours to earn the GBF Operation PACKHORSE Dog Tag.

PACK HORSE HEAVY. Candidates must carry 50 lbs (dry weight) and complete the 9 +/- mile route in under 5 hours to pass and under 4 hours to earn the GBF Operation PACKHORSE HEAVY Dog Tag.


Candidates will meet at the Visitor Center Loop Trailhead in San Diego. At 0800 hours, GBF Staff will give an event brief before answering any questions and releasing the candidates to begin the route at 0830 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 PACKHORSE is here.

Weight. Candidates must carry a minimum of 10 / 25 / 50 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 10. Minimum number of candidates 25.

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 PACKHORSE

    Tax: +$5.25 Tax

    Tax: +$5.25 Tax

    Tax: +$5.25 Tax



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