Date: April 10
Assemble a team and prepare for Pack Rat’s biggest event of the year!
Your crew will navigate to hidden checkpoints along the Mulberry River valley, completing a variety of outdoor challenges along the way.
Build fire. Paddle a canoe. Tie knots. Climb. Rappel. Identify local plants & animal tracks. A team with varied skillsets is a must.
What is the Brewha Bushwhack?
The Brewha Bushwhack is not a race in the traditional sense. We call it a team-based adventure challenge: What you know is more important than how fast you are. While there are physical challenges that will test your endurance, the goal is to push the limit of the teams' diversity of skills and what can be accomplished together. Make your own path, and set your own pace - the Brewha Bushwhack is a challenge based on points, not time.
The gear requirements are small - You will mostly rely on primitive technology and woodlore. Little more than a knife, para-cord, duct tape, or a fire steel will be needed to complete the challenges. Your most important tool is your brain, and best asset your team.
At the end of it all, local breweries will be serving up some great beer, and we'll have an awards ceremony to swap stories and compare scars.
New for 2021This year there will be a new archery component to the Bushwhack and teams are required to have at least one traditional bow and six arrows. More information and a sample gear list will be emailed after registration.
Brewha Bushwhack 2021 benefits the Mulberry River Society!
This event will be following guidelines and procedures as put forth by the Arkansas Department of Health. Scroll down for details.
Registration closes March 31 at Midnight.
You will need a wide range of skills to compete in the Bushwhack. Below are skills that will likely be required:
Navigation • Primitive Fire • Rope Skills • Plant & Animal Track ID • Archery • Paddling • Wilderness First Aid • Shelter Building
More information will be sent out in team e-mails once you have signed up.
Pack Rat will be hosting training opportunities leading up to the event to learn and practice skills.
It will be up to you to determine the most efficient (or most fun!) route of travel for the day. Hint: part of your team's strategy may involve choosing a route that avoids other teams in order to prevent bottlenecks or giving away skills.
• The course can be completed in any order, but all checkpoints must be located to get the maximum number of points.
• Finding the checkpoint alone will be worth points.
• Additional points may be earned by completing skill-based challenges at certain checkpoints, like building a fire using primitive skills, or identifying animal tracks.
• Team members will need to work together to accomplish each task.
• Many checkpoints will have event staff present to answer questions, explain challenges, and provide help if needed.
• The nature of each task will remain a surprise until you arrive!
While you register individually, teams must consist of three or four people. This is not only for safety reasons, but also because many of the challenges you face will require teamwork to complete.
During the registration process you will fill out a form (located in your shopping cart) that includes your team name and other vital information - this is how your teammates will be added together.
• You will be traveling through some very rugged terrain at times. It is very import for your team to understand how to use a map and compass.
• Kids 12+ are more than welcome to participate! A parent or guardian must be on their team and with them at all times.
• Teams that have less than 3 people will not be able to participate, so please check with your teammates and confirm that everyone has registered before midnight on March 31.
• Ensure all teammates use the same Team Name in their registration form when checking out.
• The leader of each team must be over 21 years of age. Everyone that plans to attend the after party must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID with them to drink beer.
• Dogs are welcome at the Brewha Bushwhack, provided that they are on a leash and their owners take full responsibility for them. Bring your dog at your own risk - Byrd's Adventure Center has several large dogs that roam the property. While they are friendly, they do tend to want to meet new dog friends.
April 10, 2021
Byrd's Adventure Center on the Mulberry River in Northwest Arkansas.
Primitive camping in the designated Brewha Bushwhack area, for Friday and Saturday night, is included with your registration. If you'd like a campsite with RV or electrical hookups, you may arrange that with Byrd's Adventure Center.
We recommend arriving at Byrd's Adventure Center on Friday, April 9th (the evening before). This will ensure that everyone is present for the mandatory pre-race meeting the following morning. If you are unable to show up until Saturday morning, have your ducks in a row and be ready to go.
-5:00pm Packet pick up begins, as well as a possible last minute training opportunity with our special guests. You won't want to miss this!
- 8:00am- 8:30am Late Passport Pick up
- 9:00am Pre-Bushwhack meeting
- 10:00am The event begins!
- 5:00pm The Bushwhack is over
- 6:00pm Festivities & Awards to Follow
Click on each brewery to learn more!
Click on each guest to learn more!
With regard to safety, Pack Rat will be following the Arkansas Department of Health Guidelines for this event. We have obtained a permit and to be in compliance we must observe the following safety measures:
• EVERYONE will be wearing CDC-approved masks inside the official event space. This area will be roped off, with signage present at all entrances, to make this clear.
• Outside the roped area, masks may be removed - so long as you can maintain appropriate distances of more than 6 feet from everyone.
• Please do not attend if you have a fever or other symptoms related to Covid-19
Additional information on the regulations for large outdoor venues may be found here: Directive Regarding Large Outdoor Venues
There will be a mandatory gear list for everyone. The final gear list will be emailed to everyone after registration. The list will be short, however it will not be finalized until we are closer to the race date.
*New For 2021*
Every team will need at least one traditional bow and 6 arrows. Each team should have at least one person that is comfortable shooting. Longbows, recurves, & self bows are all considered traditional for this race. Compound bows that provide let-off will not be allowed.
Got questions about the Brewha? Ask away!