Surviving and Enjoying the TOAC 3D & Field Challenge 2016

Trekking Up to the Shoot Location
Trekking Up to the Shoot Location

What an event and what an experience! Decrepit, Red Dragon and Tyger managed to survive the TOAC 3D & Field Challenge 2016. The weather was hot, hot, hot and the terrain was really rough. The shooting route was set amidst a valley within the Khoalon Adventure Park with nothing but long grass, hard jagged rock and blazing sun greeting all archers. It was a formidable setting and truly turned out to be Iron-man archery and arrow eating country.

Frankly, we were unprepared for the weather and the terrain. The 3 Uncle Eagles took part in the Bow Hunter Recurve Limited Category and were almost wasted after Day 1 Round 1. We decided to pass Round 2 of the 1st day, in order to conserve our energy for the 2nd day shoot, which was the 3D Round. This proved to be a wise move as it gave our bodies time to recover and get accustomed to the new stresses.

Approximate 3D Target Positions (unmarked distance round) Based On Our Limited Memory
Approximate 3D Target Positions (unmarked distance round) Based On Our Limited Memory
Intimidating Terrain
Intimidating Terrain

The TOAC used IFAA rules for this event and it was our first time shooting in such a format. Combined with aiming adjustments for uphill and downhill shooting, plus often awkward, cramped and uneven standing positions, it was quite a formidable challenge for all of us. The hard,  rocky earth and thick grasses were very unforgiving to missed shots. Misses really meant bent, broken or lost arrows. In fact, some archers ran out  of arrows after a while and had to abandon the competition.  You can see some of our

Casualty Stock
Casualty Stock

casualties here.

Despite the “suffering”, we really enjoyed ourselves and it’s hats off again to TOAC for the immense effort and dedication in planning; and executing such a competition. The logistics involved in pulling this off ……….. Oh, my! Everyone was so hospitable and cooperative. Other than our Singapore contingent, the other foreign participants came from Malaysia, namely compound archers Encik Sham and Encik Zamer. Special thanks go to Khun Apichat for helping out with most of our arrangements. 🙂

The following photos are a compilation of the ongoings over the 2-day event and are by no means comprehensive. Do visit the TOAC Event Facebook site for more:  https://www.facebook.com/TOAC-3D-Field-Challenge-949056731872792/

The 3D Round for the Bow Hunter Recurve Limited class was convincingly won by Khun Montri but Eagles did not fare too badly. Tyger was fortunate to secure 3rd Place and Red Dragon came in a close 4th. It was a sweet way to end this little adventure for all of us.

Day One
Day One
day-1-winners
Happy Day 1 Medallists!
Day Two
Day Two
Friends!
Friends!
A Nice Adventure for Eagles .... some bronze metal to bring home
A Nice Adventure for Eagles …. some bronze metal to bring home
Cool Parting Gifts from TOAC and Sponsors - Pocket quiver and beaver hair string silencers!
Cool Parting Gifts from TOAC and Sponsors – Pocket quiver and beaver hair string silencers!

What lessons did we learn from this field archery outing?

  1. Get fit! – Cardiovascular fitness, a good degree of flexibility, strong legs and core muscles are a must.
  2. Read up and get tips on uphill and downhill aiming – We discussed this a bit but only found enlightening literature AFTER the event. Never mind, still good for the future.
  3. Bring more arrows and be prepared to lose them – We’ll leave the pricier stuff at home next time. However, well tuned arrows are still required.
  4. Have adequate weather protection – The sun was so strong that it cut through the sunblock. Compression armsleeves could have helped to mitigate skin damage by the sunlight.

Field Archery isn’t for every everyone but Decrepit, Red Dragon and Tyger are certainly bitten now and we hope that more from the TBAC archery community will join in the fun. We really look forward to the next installment of the TOAC 3D and Field Challenge!

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