The Southwest Military Wilderness Challenge is a nine-stage race, held over two days. The four-person team format is designed to foster a sense of camaraderie, competition, and team spirit. This 40+ mile race includes a trail run, whitewater rafting, a climbing wall, mountain biking, whitewater inflatable kayaking plus a whitewater swim.

Skill level requirements for this competition is low to medium. All activities are either guided or require relatively low technical proficiency. That said, all participants should train for the running and the biking portions of the race as these are typically the most physically challenging events. Team members should be competent swimmers.


Kernville, California is located in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, at the doorstep of the Sequoia National Forest. The small mountain town, though quaint, offers most modern amenities and comforts.

(no federal endorsement intended)

Driving From
Los Angeles, CA: 3 hours
Las Vegas, NV: 4.5 hours
San Diego, CA: 4.5 hours
San Francisco, CA: 5.5 hours


Friday, April 26
Team Check-in at Mountain River
Adventures in Kernville, CA
Team Captain Briefing

Saturday, April 27
6-mile Raft Race
0.25-mile Overhead Raft Carry
9-mile Mountain Run/Hike
0.25-mile Whitewater Swim
Climbing Wall Challenge

Sunday, April 28
8-mile Mountain Bike
8-mile Mountain Run/Hike
2-mile Inflatable Kayak Race
5-mile Mountain Run/Hike
Race End
Awards Dinner

Monday, April 29
Team Departures


The Southwest Military Wilderness Challenge is an exclusive event for military members. Each of the four-person teams must consist of at least one female participant and may include one military retiree. All other competitors must be current active-duty or reserve members. This event is open to all US and allied military branches.


The registration cost for each four-person team is $800, refundable until April 15, 2019.

Registration includes all of the required participation fees, tent camp space, and awards dinner. A gear list will be available at registration.

Competitors should pack-in their meals (optional evening dining is available in town.)

Download your registration form here!

Phone Registration
(661) 275-CAMP

Mail Paper Registration
Edwards AFB Outdoor Recreation
1100 Kincheloe Ave, Edwards CA 93523