Challenge the Shield was developed and co-founded by Wil Smith and Mike Waddington. Mike and Wil were long-time members of Canada's National Orienteering Team and both are former North American Orienteering Champions. Wil designed and built many of the MTB trails at the Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre and also organized several Xterra multisport races in the Parry Sound Region. Mike co-founded the DontGetLost Adventure Running Series and Adventure Running Kids and was course designer of over a dozen Raid the Hammer races.
All Challenge the Shield profits are used for local trail development, map development and kids programs through Georgian Nordic Outdoor Adventure Centre and Get Outdoors Parry Sound.
GNOAC MAPS on AVENZA
Challenge the Shield cartographers have developed several maps of the GNOAC trail network and have made them available for free at Avenza Maps. Download the Avenza Maps app from the App Store or Google Play and click here to see how the app works. The following maps are currently available for download:
2022 Ski Trail Map
2022 Fatbike Trail Map
2022 Snowshoe Trail Map
2022 MTB Trail Map (coming soon)