August 7, 2022 – USA: The tenth Weekly Challenge of the Nomad Overland Virtual Adventure Rally is the last one, and it steps back and takes a look at some key wilderness skills, emergency survival and natural navigation. It tests competitors’ understanding of their outdoor surroundings and their ability to “read” nature’s signs.
During the course of the Rally most of the Teams have evolved their skills of observation and deepened their relationship to the environment they are journeying through. This final Weekly Challenge pushes them to not just observe but to use what they see to maintain their situational awareness as they travel through the wilderness. It also reminds them to prioritize properly during a potential emergency via a series of bushcraft and survival scenario questions.
The Weekly Challenges are one of the four pillars of the Nomad Overland Virtual Adventure Rally and competitors can earn up to 100 points each week for completing the Challenge questions online. The Challenges also provide a way for all the teams to stay engaged over the whole ten weeks, even when they are not out exploring on Overland Stages. Each Week’s Challenge focuses on a different aspect of overland travel or outdoor skills — sometimes the competitors will have to do something offline in order to answer the questions and other times they just need to respond to multiple choice knowledge-checks. The teams are always free to research answers or find tutorials to help them complete the tasks prior to submitting their Challenges and once each Challenge “closes” they can consult the “correct” answers and explanations — turning it into a defacto learning opportunity.