St Augustine, discovered in 1513 by Ponce de Leon and founded in 1565, is the nation’s oldest city. There are many ways to tour such a historic town: leisurely walks, trolley cars, horse-drawn carriages, etc. There is also the GORUCK Challenge, a 23 mile trek over 10 hours in the middle of the night. The city’s Christmas lights were a constant presence as Class 007 saw, among all the history, the Fountain of Youth, the site of America’s first Mission, and the spot where Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for the Spanish Crown. But all 22 Challenge takers got so much more than the average tour. They moved ‘Old Misery’ together, (which is probably the largest log any team has ever moved for fun), they soaked up the Atlantic’s waves, and they learned to carry, and be carried by, their teammates. Just a long stone’s throw from GORUCK Headquarters (GRHQ), we were proud to raise the bar so close to home, and we were more proud that all who came left sore and accomplished.

GORUCK Challenge_St. Augustine

Technical Details

  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: December 29, 2010
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • Aperture: f/2
  • Exposure: 1/13 second
  • ISO: 1600