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Tour of Idaho Challenge Point Rules

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Everyone is welcome to use the information on this website in any manner they please. Most of you reading this will be a lot happier if you quit reading right here and do just that. Go ride and have fun. But for those of you who want to participate in the "Tour of Idaho," best of luck and welcome to the best motorcycle adventure community in the world. Here's how it works.

Tour of Idaho participants must attempt the route in small groups (no more than three) without
any support. No friends, family members, significant others or erstwhile Tour riding partners anywhere close to the route, no help with navigation or anything else via any else via phone call or any other form of communication. Tour riders have nine trail days to finish but are allowed (and very strongly advised) to take a day off in Pocatello. No other off days are allowed1.

No support is a core principle of the Tour.
You are not permitted to ship anything to a location along the route or prearrange fuel drops. You may not prearrange any assistance whatsoever. You must either carry everything that you intend to use with you or purchase it along the way. Put simply, no outside help and no supply drops. If another team is on the route at the same time as your team you should take care to minimize any interaction. Overlapping tracks will invite scrutiny.

Tour participants are expected to ride all of the trails along the current route using only our 2018 tracks and maps that they, themselves, have used to create a route. Participants are required to provide beacon links for live tracking and to submit a gps route file within 72 hours of finishing the ride. Each day contains a minimum of two challenge points. All challenge points must be verified with a selfie (or other type of photograph that places you at the spot) posted to our 2018 Facebook group with the hashtag #tourofIdaho. This should be done as soon as possible but definitely no later than the evening after they were taken unless a data connection is not possible (which can happen in a few places).

Most days have an optional challenge section (not the same as challenge points, which are not optional). Soloists are required to complete only one of the challenge sections. Groups must complete a number of challenge sections equal to the number of riders in the group (up to three - the largest group size allowed). Once you choose to begin a challenge section you must either complete it or turn around and back track to the original route then continue as if you'd not attempted the challenge section. No bailing out in the middle of a challenge section unless along a route designated for that purpose.

Under no circumstances should any Tour rider use a trail that is marked closed. If a trail is closed (for fire, erosion or any other reason) it is not required to complete the Tour. The only expectation is that you rejoin the Tour route as soon as possible and do not use a detour merely to gain an advantage that would not be possible on the normal route. We grant exceptions to the "ride 'em all" rule for fires. In some seasons large sections of the Tour are unfortunately closed due to fire. In that event it's just not possible to finish. Riding a closed trail, for any reason, is a very likely DNF. Not being able to find a trail, or not being able to properly interpret a trail sign, is not the same as a closed trail. You'll get penalized for skipping open trails for any reason (including being lost or confused).

Any significant deviation from the published Tour route or the practices outlined above is considered a DNF (soloists have a bit more leeway than teams, but not much). 
Lake Channel
Tour of Idaho checklist: Tour participants must 1) join the Tour of Idaho Facebook group, 2) join the 2018 Facebook Riders group, 3) consent to individual beacon tracking (the Garmin/DeLorme InReach SE is highly recommended) and 4) must submit their complete track log for inspection within 72 hours of finishing the route.  

For challenge point purposes a team is a group of up to three riders who begin the Tour together and share resources (including lodging). A soloist is a rider who begins the Tour alone and does not share any resources, including lodging, with another individual rider or not. In the event (not uncommon) that a rider begins the Tour as a member of a team but becomes a de facto soloist due to partners abandoning the Tour, that rider may follow the challenge point rules for soloists beginning two trail days later - provided that their partners completely retire from the Tour (waiting at the finish is permitted). For example: Two riders begin the Tour as a team. One rider drops out after day one. The remaining rider becomes a soloist beginning trail day three and may take advantage of soloist options from that point forward - provided that they do not interact with or benefit from the efforts of the retired rider before Sundance. 

The challenge points for each day are listed below. Refer to the maps, photos in the detailed route description and waypoint files for locations and coordinates. We'll show you how they tally at the end of the list.
Kane Creek
Day One (5 CPs)

Utah/Idaho border (near 1DIDUT)
Weston Peak Rockslide (1DROCKSLIDE)
Robber's Roost at the Portneuf Crest (1DRR)
Inkom Pass (1D66)
Flagpole (1DFLAGPOLE)
Day Two (6 CPs)

Scout Mountain (2DSM)
Deep Creek Crest (2DDC)
Sublett Range Crest (2DSR)
Desert Dune (2DASFD)
Lake Channel Entrance (2D128, 2D129)
Big Southern Butte (2DBSB)
Day Three (5 CPs)

Beverland Pass (3D8)
Stewart Canyon/Corral Creek (near 3D44)
Wildhorse LO (3D56)
Burnt Aspen/Kane Creek (near 3D61)
Paradise Peak (pass near 3D96)

Wildhorse LO
Day Four (6 CPs)

Grand Prize Gulch/West Fork Pass (4D5)
Castle/Merriam view (near 4D10)
Little Boulder/Big Boulder Pass (4D12)
Railroad Ridge - Tour high point (near 4D19)
Thompson/Cinnabar Meadow (near 4D35)
Ramshorn (4DRM)
Day Five (6 CPs)

Twin Peaks Lookout (5D8)
Morgan Creek/Eddy Creek view (near 5D13)
Furnace Creek View (between 5D19 and 5D20)
Van Horn Peak View/Don't go straight (between 5D22 and 5D23)
Alder Creek View (below 5D23)
Taylor Mountain Pass (between 5D31 and 5D32)
Taylor Mountain Summit - Optional (44053.106'N 114012.959'W)

Day Six (5 CPs)

Blue Nose Lookout (6D6) or Ulysses Lookout (6C2)
Nez Perce Pass (6D26)
Salmon Mountain Lookout - Optional (6DSMLO)
Burnt Knob Lookout (6DBKLO)
Red River view (6D37)
Anderson Butte (between 6D79 and 6D80)
Blue Nose
Day Seven (4 CPs)

Walde Lookout - you must climb up to the lookout (7D12) 
Fish Butte (7D25)
Castle Creek Lookout (7D44)
Scurvy Lookout (7D55)

Day Eight (4 CPs)

Lunde Ridge Switchback (near 8D7) 
Quartz Creek View (near 8D30)
Cliff Lake View (between 8D41 and 8D42)
Ryan Hotel (with Donna) 
Cliff Lake
Day Nine (2 CPs)

Hoodoo Mountain (near 9D54) 
Sundance Lookout (near 9D73)
There are 45 challenge points along the nine days of the Tour (including two optional bonus CPs at Taylor Mountain and Salmon Mountain that you have to hike to). These may be either augmented or abated by any of the following:
  • Deviation from Tour route (-1 for each significant infraction).*
  • Solo (+2).
  • No pre-ride (+1). This means none of the trails, transfer sections or anything else. If you had dinner at Pickles once 20 years ago you are not eligible. If you've been to Idaho on a motorcycle you are probably not eligible. This is for true Idaho newbies.
  • Using any electronic device to ask for assistance in navigation (-1 each infraction)**
  • Pre-arranged support or support from a retired rider - DNF
  • Chase vehicle anywhere along the route - DNF***
  • Caching gas, water, oil, filters, tires, clothes or any other supplies along the way - DNF****
  • Misrepresenting your effort - DNF
  • Rest day other than Pocatello - DNF
  • Riding a marked closed trail - potential DNF*****
* A significant infraction is anything that indicates an inability to follow or ride the described route. This may be a variation of as few as a few yards in some places but generally a variation of 1/2 of a mile or more from the described route.

** You may use your cell phone or beacon to send status messages and upload challenge point photos but not to ask for navigation or physical help (including recovering lost items) - with the exception of communicating with the designated Tour coordinator. You may, of course, communicate with family and friends at any time as long as the purpose of that communication is to check in and not to solicit assistance of any kind.

*** Shuttle to the beginning of the Tour and shuttle from the end are excepted from this rule. 

**** Scrounging for the same supplies is not only allowed but encouraged. You are allowed and encouraged to contact Pocatello Power Sports in advance for any motorcycle needs - tires, oil, service, etc. 

***** Ignorance doesn't count, but there may be other mitigating circumstances we'll consider. 

Each summer portions of the Tour are closed by fire or other calamities and this provides an opportunity for you to do something that you ought to be doing anyway - interacting with people who help make the Tour possible. The following supplemental points may be substituted for those unavailable due to trails being closed by fire or other official reasons. The maximum number of points earned from this list may not exceed the points unavailable due to closures. These points must be collected along the way (not before or after your Tour). Note that the bulk of these points are only available during the optional day off in Pocatello.
If you followed all of the Tour requirements and accumulate 42 challenge points in the process you are considered a finisher. Massive respect! In that event you will be awarded a finisher number at the end of the season.

1 - In the event of an emergency bivouac, i.e., an unplanned overnight stop due to a mechanical issue, trail issue (such as washouts or excessive sawing), all that is required is for the rider or team to resume travel as soon as possible and make every attempt to resume the Tour intervals. Just being tired probably doesn't count, and an emergency bivouac cannot be used to gain any advantage over others who maintain the required intervals.
Van Horn

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