Being a Mudder is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them. That’s not easy – only 78% of entrants complete each course. To get a taste of the types of mental, physical, and emotional challenges that a Tough Mudder course will put you through.
There are [highlight]4 new obstacles[/highlight] on this year's Whistler course… are you ready for them?
Note to Mudders: To be fully ready for your next outdoor mud-run/obstacle course challenge, read the Top 5 Adventure Race Preparation Tips (so you don’t die) and the Top 10 Training Tips to make you one Tough Mudder. Hoorah!
The Tough Mudder Whistler 2014 Obstacles and Map, Hoorah!
The course has been set (get a copy of the course map here) and the Tough Mudder obstacles are up and ready to challenge the expected 20,000 plus Mudders all weekend on the well-planned 18km course.
Tough Mudder Whistler 2014: 19 Obstacles Announced
- Arctic Enema: This obstacle is all about mental grit. Many athletes use ice baths for recovery, but you’ll have a difficult time relaxing your muscles in this freezing skip. First you must jump bravely into Big Mudder’s floating iceberg abyss. Once submerged, find the mental and physical strength to swim through the ice, under a wooden plank and pull yourself out on the other end before hypothermia sets in.
- Glory Blades: Glory blades is essentially Berlin Walls, made harder. The Glory Blade walls are about 8 feet high, but they are placed on a 25-30 degree inline towards you. The reason this becomes more difficult than your standard run-of-the-mill Berlin Wall is because the incline does not allow any sort of leverage to be gained.
- Walk the Plank: Test your fear of heights and cold all in one with our 15+ foot high jump into freezing water. Mudders℠ like to display their fancy diving skills (or belly-flops) at this obstacle. Don’t spend too much time pondering your leap – squadies at the top of the platform will chew you out, or worse, push you into the freezing depths below.
- Hold Your Wood: Pretend you’re a lumberjack and carry a heavy log through a section of the Tough Mudder® course. If the course is flat, expect to be lugging your log for at least 1/2 mile. If the area is hilly or mountainous, get friendly with your wood because you’ll be hauling it up a steep and challenging ascent.
- Kiss of Mud: Eat dirt as you crawl commando-style under barbed wire set 8 inches from the ground. This obstacle is true to its name – Mudders℠ must crawl on their stomach through mud to avoid getting snagged by the barbed wire above. On some courses, the Kiss of Mud® is set on an uphill, increasing the level of difficulty. To prepare for this obstacle, start crawling in any mud you come across, or, do our Tough Plank series (alternating low & high planks – fast!).
- Berlin Walls: This obstacle relies on teamwork. Scale three 12′ wooden walls with the help of your teammates, strategically placed for when you are at your weakest during the event. While some Mudders℠ have worked up the strength to ascend the walls alone, most need a boost from a fellow Mudder — they’ve got your back, literally.
- Mud Mile: Slosh through up to a mile of waist-deep sludge as you try not to lose your shoes in the mud. Balance and coordination are required if you want to make it through this obstacle without face-planting… but what’s the fun in that? Real Mudders℠ eat mud for breakfast. On some courses, Mudders℠ will meet obstructions throughout Mud Mile that need them to fully submerge in the mud to slosh onward.
- [highlight]Lumber Jacked (NEW)[/highlight]:
- Trench Warfare: This military-style obstacle requires Mudders℠ to crawl through narrow, dark, muddy trenches. Watch out for rocks, obstructions, and the occasional splash of muddy water from the Mudder crawling ahead. We tell all Mudders to move quickly through this obstacle to reduce the risk of contracting gangrene or trench foot. These trenches will test the stamina and mental grit of all Mudders, especially those who fear dark, confined spaces.
- [highlight]Prairie Dog (NEW)[/highlight]:
- Ladder to Hell: Get ready to scale up a vertical ladder, which is approximately 5m high… check out the link for a quick video of people taking on this challenging obstacle.
- Warrior Carry: Tough Mudder Wounded Warrior Carry (aka Fireman's Carry) is a fun ‘obstacle' at some of the new Tough Mudder races. Get ready to carry your teammates (anyway you want) for a set distance.
- [highlight]Devil's Beard (NEW)[/highlight]:
- [highlight]Balls to the Wall (NEW)[/highlight]: Balls to the Wall is no elementary school gym class rope climb – but it has the potential to be just as embarrassing. This monster of an obstacle will have you scaling a wall three and a half meters in the air using only a muddy rope and what’s left of your strength. Once you reach the top, work up the courage to descend the rope on the other side.
- Log Jammin': Jump over and crawl under large logs stacked at varying heights. This may not sound very difficult, but with fatigued muscles and oversized logs, Log Jammin’ has proven to be a challenge for Mudders℠. To prepare for this obstacle, find a bunch of fallen trees to scale & crawl underneath. If you don’t have an abundance of fallen trees nearby to train with, burpees will suffice.
- Cliffhanger: Cliffhanger℠ is an obstacle which tests teamwork and camaraderie: a 40+ foot cliff of slippery mud angled at 45-degrees. The Cliff always begins with good intentions: a muddy sprint up onto the slope and transitions into a crawl with handholds and footholds in short supply. Beware if you attempt this obstacle alone, your futile vertical scramble will likely turn into an uncontrolled slide back down into the mud pit below. Successful Mudders℠ will form a chain link of fellow participants slowly inching up the slope. If you want to train for Cliffhanger you should find the biggest hill near your house, measure it, then drive until you get to a hill twice as steep.
- Funky Monkey: Sure monkey bars were easy when you were 5 years old, but you’ll need to hold on extra tight to these. Some have been greased with our finest mixture of mud and butter and if you slip you’ll fall into an icy pond below. Bars are spaced 1.5 feet apart and you will be on an incline upward for the first half of the Monkey and then descending downward for the second portion. Seasoned Mudders℠ keep their arms bent at a 90-degree angle and bicycle-kick their legs to gain momentum.
- Everest: Snowboarders and skate boarders have the half-pipe. Mudders have a real obstacle: Everest. A quarter-pipe that you’ll have to sprint up and enlist the help of other Mudders℠ to hurl you over this beastly summit. Everest is coated in mud and grease, a combination which will likely send you right back to where you came. Call upon other Mudders to catch you as you run up the quarter-pipe or work together to form a human chain so that you can scale someone’s shoulders to finally summit Everest.
- Electroshock Therapy: Sprint through a field of live wires — some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock. Watch out for hay bales and deep mud, or you will face-plant into some electrifying mud. Some Mudders℠ try to stealthily wind their way through the wires without getting shocked, while others barrel forward to get through as quickly as possible. Either way, you are guaranteed to get zapped with as much as 10,000 volts of electricity and it does NOT tickle. This is always the last obstacle Mudders must overcome before they cross the finish line.
Here's a quick video of parts of our #iWantMyMudder team from last year's Tough Mudder Whistler
Obstacles not appearing on the 2014 Tough Mudder Whistler course this year:
- Bush Whacked: I remember this obstacle from last year – be ready to make your way down a steep slope of trees, bushes, branches and mud… this is no walk in the park, rather just as the obstacles name says — if you have skin exposed, be ready to be “bush whacked”!
- Firewalker: As the name of the obstacle implies, you’ll be running among pits of blazing fire. You can expect flames at least 4 feet tall. While running between the flames might seem like the most intimidating aspect of this obstacle, Mudders℠ will soon find that they must leap over the last pit of fire. This leap will land them in a pit of ice-cold water, quickly sapping any of the warmth they may have gained from flames. This is no campfire and marshmallow adventure in the woods, so don’t even bother trying to train for Fire Walker.
- Electric Eel: Mudders℠ frequently forget about this obstacle since they’re so focused on Electroshock Therapy® – but they shouldn’t. Slide on your stomach through freezing water or, even worse, a layer of ice and beware of the shocks overhead. Should you try to crawl on your knees, you’ll be smacked with live wires and your body will contort compulsively. Make sure you protect your head, otherwise you might experience what Tough Mudder® calls a brain reboot.
- Cage Crawl: This obstacle will take your fear of confined spaces and water and combine them. Flip over on your back and pull yourself across 60 feet of cage with only 6 inches of breathing room. Floating along on your back may seem like a tranquil experience, but the sense of entrapment will quickly begin to play on your mind.
- Boa Constrictor: If you don’t like small spaces, this obstacle will be a challenge for you. Crawl through a series of pipes that force you downhill into some freezing mud, then a slippery uphill climb to the other side. Your legs will be useless in the narrow confines of the Boa, so use your arms to pull yourself through this obstacle. There really is light at the end of the tunnel.