WHAT IS PACK FOR THE PLATTE?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a wildland firefighter? It takes both educational and physical training. Wildland firefighters combat active fires and work to prevent future fires from starting. Personal health, physical fitness, and work capacity all work towards making conditions safer for firefighters and the people they protect. Ask your local fire management office for more information.  A range of federal, state and local agencies and organizations depend on these highly skilled firefighters to be at the ready for deployments during fire season and for forestry projects developed to prevent wildfire. The work is always strenuous and fitness is essential. An important element of becoming a wildland firefighter is passing the Work Capacity Test. The test was developed by a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and evaluates stamina and endurance. These are the three testing levels:

  •       Pack Test -Arduous – 3 miles, 45lbs, in 45 minutes
  •       Field Test – Moderate – 2 miles, 25lbs, 30 minutes
  •       Walk Test – Light – 1 mile, no weight, 16 minutes

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) has a Wildfire Suppression Program with our own wildland firefighting team. Our team works locally and deploys nationally when called. To support this invaluable resource, CUSP is hosting Pack for the Platte (P4P), an annual fundraiser using the Pack Test as a fun and challenging event that engages firefighters and outdoor enthusiasts alike while raising money for a great cause. P4P is an opportunity for the public to learn about wildland firefighting from the firefighters themselves. It is a venue for wildland firefighters to take their monitored Pack Test and for individuals and teams to test their endurance and stamina.

P4P is a community event. Many firefighters and regional departments are participating and teams (a minimum of 4 people per team) are encouraged to sign up for friendly competitions. Booths/tables will be set up to provide information and on-site activities for kids and vendors will have food for purchase.

EVENT INFORMATION

Sunday, May 7, 2017

New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Baptist Road Trailhead

Monument, CO

7:30 am —   Registration Begins
8:45 am —   Registration Closes for FF  – remains open for public until 10:45a
9:00 am —   P4P Pack for the Platte Pack Test Starts – Firefighters

  • Heat 1 – Arduous Test – 3 miles, 45lbs, 45 minutes
  • Heat 2 – Field Test  – 2 miles with 25lbs, 30 minutes
  • Heat 3 -Walk Test – 1 mile, no weight, 16 minutes

 

11:00 am — P4P Pack for the Platte Pack Test Starts – Public

  • Heat 1 – Arduous Test – 3 miles, 45lbs, 45 minutes (with or without weight)
  • Heat 2 – Field Test  – 2 miles with 25lbs, 30 minutes (with or without weight)
  • Heat 3 – Walk Test – 1 mile, no weight, 16 minutes

1:00 pm  – Award Ceremony

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Pack for the Platte? Pack for the Platte is a unique challenge and different kind of fundraiser benefiting Coalition for the Upper South Platte’s Wildfire Suppression Program. P4P is a community event meant to raise awareness about wild land firefighting and the importance of wildfire mitigation.

As a firefighter, who already takes my Pack Test for free, why would I pay to take it here? Why suffer alone when you can suffer group agony with friends and family? This is a Pack Test for a cause – to support your comrades in the Upper South Platte Watershed! It is also an opportunity to represent your department and bring greater awareness to wildland firefighting while providing the opportunity to recruit more volunteers.

Who is Coalition for the Upper South Platte? Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has a vision of a healthy watershed; now and in the future. The 1,662,580-acre watershed provides ~ 75% of residential and commercial water to Colorado’s central Front Range. Learn more about our mission, history, and work at CUSP.ws.

What is a Pack Test? The Pack Test, known formally as the Work Capacity Test, is a physical test which wildland firefighters are required to take annually, evaluating levels of stamina & endurance. This intentionally challenging test is used to qualify individuals for 3 levels of firefighting duty known as Arduous, Moderate, and Light. The Pack Test may be given as part of the S-130/S-190 basic wildland firefighter course.

Where can I find more information about training for the Pack for the Platte? The U.S. Forest Service provides training information here.

What are the Categories?

  •       Pack Test -Arduous – 3 miles, 45lbs, in 45 minutes
  •       Field Test – Moderate – 2 miles, 25lbs, 30 minutes
  •       Walk Test – Light – 1 mile, no weight, 16 minutes

Where is the event being held? New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Baptist Road Trailhead in Monument, Colorado. Find directions and a map here.

Who may participate? P4P is a community event open to all participants who are able to at least complete the Walk Test (Light – 1 mile, no weight in 16 minutes). This includes casual joggers/walkers and extreme sports enthusiasts alike. Many firefighters and regional departments are participating and teams (a minimum of 4 people per team) are encouraged to sign up for friendly competitions.

Are pets allowed? While the venue welcomes leashed pets, bringing them to such a busy event is discouraged. If you bring your leashed pet, please make sure they are not on the trail while participants are using it and that you are prepared to properly dispose of your pet’s waste.

How do I register? Individuals & teams may register on the registration page. To register as a team, 4 or more participants are required. Individuals within a group register individually, while providing your team name on the registration page.

 When does event registration close? Online registration closes on May 1st, 2017. We encourage early registration to ensure you receive the correct t-shirt size. Day-of registration is available onsite for an extra $5 fee.

What do I get with my registration? A welcome packet  with “goodies” and an exclusive “I survived”  t-shirt. Water and snacks are also provided.

 When and where do I pick up my event bib and packet? Both will be provided at our registration table from 7:45am to 11:00am, depending on which category you’re racing in. See race category times above.

 Will there be food available? There will be food for purchase from local food vendors. Water & snacks are provided for participants. 

 I would like to volunteer. What opportunities are available? If I volunteer, do I get a free registration? We have many volunteer opportunities available! Contact Rachel@cusp.ws to inquire about planning needs, as well as volunteering the day of.  In fairness to ALL registrants who are also eligible for prizes, volunteers DO NOT get a free registration.

 

Thank you to our sponsors – Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Mine, Vectra Bank, and Denver Water

 

With support from Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting, Gearonimo Sports, Canyon Enterprises, Polar Bottle, and The Supply Cache

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