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“A unique getaway weekend”

Green Mountain Adventure Challenge
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed September 13, 2013

We are avid hikers and geocachers, so when we saw this pop up on Living Social, we jumped on it right away. A weekend away AND a treasure hunt? Cool!
Everything takes place in the town of West Dover, VT, a town known for Mount Snow, and not much else...until now. The GMAC is a brilliantly constructed marketing plan to put West Dover and its' many amenities on the map. There are several options for places to stay, from rustic lodges to elegant inns. Dining is just as diverse, from burgers and beer to five star cuisine, all within a few miles.
The GMAC itself takes you to many of the most remote regions of West Dover, with baffling clues and trails that lead seemingly to nowhere. But along the way, you meet other adventurers and local people who are willing to give you a hint or at least try to point you in the right direction. At the end of our GMAC adventure we were hot, tired, dirty and sore...and as we drove home we both agreed that we can't wait to sign up for next year's challenge.

A couple of things that would have me rating the GMAC as "Excellent" instead of "Very good":

1. As another reviewer mentioned, there are no checkpoints and there is no protocol for adventurers who may experience an emergency. Weather systems move fast in the valley, making the current radar images deceiving. As a result, we got stuck a few miles out on a trail in a violent thunderstorm with lightning strikes just feet away from us. In the future, perhaps the organizers can use a smartphone app such as "Share My GPS" so that adventurers can communicate their exact location if they run into an emergency situation.
2. The most frustrating part of the challenge was the amount of time we spent in the car. Not only was it a bummer to be stuck in the car (usually going in the wrong direction), but we used a lot of gas. That's not very "green" for the Green Mountains.
3. We were provided with water bottles and we made good use of them, but for the amount of hours spent on certain legs of the challenge, I would suggest having water purification tablets handy to make sure challengers can rehydrate out on the trail, or at least strongly suggest that adventurers have them in their gear. A water bottle with a wider top that fits ice cubes would be great, too.
4. The hiking trails are lovely, but I would have liked to see some water sports in the challenge also, like kayaking or rafting. Maybe next year?

Overall, this was truly a unique weekend getaway that we will be talking about for a long time. And we can't wait to return to West Dover and do it again next summer. Thanks!

Thank SWCTmom
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I had a terrific time over Labor Day weekend. The puzzles were interesting and the right level of challenging. We learned a lot about the area and saw parts of the Green Mountains that we never would have otherwise. We found the community and participating inns and restaurants to be incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful.

We are quite active and fit and found the hikes to be challenging, but not impossible. I do agree with another reviewer that at least a moderate fitness level is probably required. We are both a little sore after the weekend of hiking.

Overall, I think this challenge is incredibly well-planned and thought out. It's a brilliant way to bring summer business to this sleepy little ski town. We have participated in other adventure races, such as the Great Urban Race, and found this to be equally well executed. We fully intend to participate next year.

2  Thank smkarl
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This was our first GMAC and It was a great time. We will be participating again next year for sure! The town of Dover and the folks involved with coordinating the challenge, were great!

1  Thank Susan P
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

This was a great combination of puzzling and hiking. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it quite a bit, and are hoping to come up again next year!

1  Thank Melissa H
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Loved the ADVENTURE...it is physically and mentally challenging! It is also a bit addicting. We did finish to the 380 points within 28 hours but failed to find the bonus...having to head home (2 hours away) to get the kids, we decided to wake up early and drive back....just to find the last part of the puzzle....wish us luck! And much thanks ot the Dover Inn...very accomodating!
Will do this every year!!!

Thank Erin C
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