Survival Trial III: Winterborn
In navigating approximately 120,000 acres, dealing with freezing temperatures and conducting multiple challenges, the competitors of Survival Trial III: Winterborn proved they could survive anything. Held at NRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M., ST III was a test of survival skills, both urban and backcountry, and included orienteering, physical fitness, shooting and mental preparedness.
The NRA Whittington Center is a 33,000-acre shooting facility in the mountains outside of Raton, N.M. It has ranges for rifles, handguns and shotguns, including a 1,000-yard range and many locations in the mountainous terrain that provide excellent backstops for real-world, long-range rifle training. It also has a large cafeteria and many reasonable housing options for competitors and their families. An adjoining ranch was also included in the ST III arena, providing 120,000 acres for the contestants to traverse.