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Sat, May 06


Pisgah National Forest, NC

Operation PILGRIM

20 lbs. 11 +/- miles. 8 hours.

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Operation PILGRIM
Operation PILGRIM

Time & Location

May 06, 2023, 8:30 AM

Pisgah National Forest, NC, 18082 US-276, Canton, NC 28716, USA

About the Event

Operation PILGRIM

Distance: 11 +/- miles

Event Brief Time: Sat 6 May 23 at 0830hrs (Please do not arrive before 0800)

FUP (Forming Up Point) Location: Shining Rock Trail Head, NC

Event Finish Time: Sat 6 May 23 at 1700hrs

Finish Location: Shining Rock Trail Head, NC

Operation STIRLING Series

This route is Route Two (2) in Operation STIRLING.


The Area of Operations (AO) for Operation PILGRIM is the Pisgah National Forest in 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 will have 8 hours to complete the 11 +/- mile course. Operation PILGRIM is a test of endurance, fitness, and mental strength.


Candidates must complete the 11 +/- mile route in under 8 hours to PASS and under 6 hours to earn the GBF Op PILGRIM Dog Tag.


Candidates will meet at the Shining Rock Trail Head. At 0830hrs, GBF Staff will give an event brief before checking candidates maps and kit. Candidates are advised to carry paper maps (waterproofed), in addition to their smartphone, for navigation. Each candidate must carry 20 lbs plus water and food. Once GBF Staff are happy with the candidate's kit, they will be released to begin the route.

Candidates should be self-sufficient for the route.

Candidates finishing in under 6 hours will receive the highly sought-after 'GBF Operation PILGRIM’ dog tags.

Service Support

- Mapping. You can navigate this route easily from the AllTrails app on your Smartphone. GBF suggests candidates have a paper map, compass, and GPS for redundancy. To download the route from AllTrails, you will need to sign up for a membership.

- Route. Operation PILGRIM.

- Dress. Candidates' dress will be a personal choice but they are reminded this is a self-supported, rural event with little provision for support. Wet weather gear is advised in case of inclement weather conditions.

- Equipment.

This list is mandatory:

This list is recommended:

  • Maps (waterproofed)
  • GPS
  • Blister kit
  • MRE(s)

- Replen. There will be no food or water replenishments for candidates along the route. Candidates should carry enough food and water to last the duration of the 11 +/- miles.

- Rations. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 x high energy bars as emergency rations. It is the candidates' own decision if they wish to take extra food with them.

- Water. Candidates must carry a minimum of 3 litres of water and be self-sustained for the whole route. The use of hydration bladders is encouraged.

- 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. If any GBF staff deems a candidate is medically unfit to continue, they may be withdrawn from the event for their own safety.

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

Command and Signal

GBF HQ - 9419939432

Weight - candidate’s backpacks must weigh 20 lbs without water and food.

Numbers - Maximum number of candidates 60. Minimum number of candidates 10.

Cost - $115

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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