We believe the course your birds are flying here at the High Desert Yearling Classic is challenging. Not only challenging but the course is very empty and desolate with the birds constantly being surrounded by mountainous areas. Over the course of the 380 mile race the birds might fly over a couple of towns with a popluation of less than 1000. This course being through high desert also means there is very much a limit on watering places for the birds. The loft sits at approximately 3,800 feet. For a reference the 380-mile race is near Las Vegas. And for the course, the birds fly to the North and often they have crosswinds throughout their journey and head winds. Below are the elevation changes that your birds are going through. The elevation changes, tough terrain, and the critical decisions your birds have to make while flying through mountainous areas makes this course very difficult.
Not only do your birds climb 3000 plus feet in elevation on the 380-mile race but they also have very critical decisions to make on their journey. They are always surrounded by mountains on both sides and if they choose the wrong valley to go through it could shoot them to another area (Salt Lake area, other parts of Nevada, Idaho or Oregon). It is our goal to challenge your birds on the course. If there are south winds to push them home we will usually delay the race. Our goal is to find out what who your best birds are. The 2019 helps exemplify the toughness of our course. The final race only had 2 birds above 1000 ypm. That day heat, headwinds, and the elevation played a role. Below is a topographic map of the course your birds race if you look closely you will notice all of the different mountainous areas your birds are surrounded by.