Dream of conquering the world or just your fears? Questival is probably the activity for you.
I sent a group of my friends the email to join me, and to be honest, I didn’t think I would have to convince people to pay $40 (less if you sign up earlier) to forget about life and just adventure. Shout out to Travis, Emily, Stephen, and Bek for joining Team Donut Resuscitate. And no one judges you if you’re there for the backpack.
24 hours before it began, we were emailed the overwhelming challenge list of 241 tasks we could complete for points. The categories: Sports and fitness, community and culture, camping, food, adventure and quirky, service and environment, social media, hiking and travel, and check-in challenges. The hours leading up to start time, we strategized in a team, blew up each other’s text messages, and google became our best friend.
We drove in from Charlotte for The Triangle Questival. And we made it just in time for the llama dance. Yes, Cotopaxi’s mascot is a llama, and while it’s completely terrifying, it’s also hilarious and lovable, so just embrace it.
And from there, the 24 hour Questival countdown began. I tried new foods and mailed a sweet potato. In total, we completed 116 challenges and finished 121st out of 458 teams. We rocked it as a group, and we sorta slept. Yes, I camped, and I can’t say I’m going to do it again soon. Other participants judged our videos. We laughed until we hurt, and sometimes our muscles laughed at us.
While I can tell you all the things we did, these are the reasons I would do Questival again.
Creativity is everything.
My daily job doesn’t require a lot of creativity, unless you count justifying a vancomycin dose as creative (basically, it’s not, there’s math behind it…my wording might be creative). I’ve always envied marketing/advertising TV shows and how they volley back and forth to come up with a creative pitch. This was my opportunity and it was so fun to see how my friends’ brains worked and what ideas we could come up with together.
Being tired is a state of mind.
I’ve really been struggling with exhaustion (as some of you know). See also, my New Year’s Resolution (sleeping more). I’ve contemplated asking for medication. Y’all, adventure is so energizing.
Magical things happen when you’re all tired and and it’s time to rally.
As they say, we were too inspired to be tired.
Life is all about leaping.
Not every life decision can be carefully thought out. Sometimes it just takes saying yes to a friend. And yes, there’s the whole friend aspect. You choose your team of 2-6 and these are the people you commit 100% effort to for 24 hours. If we weren’t friends before, we’re friends forever now.
When you’re with friends, you’re already winning.
We obviously didn’t win, but we felt like we had won.
Find adventure every day.
Questival has #QuestivalDaily challenges. It reminds me that every day is adventure. Every day is another day to make a difference and create a legacy. It’s another day I’m alive. An adventure a day keeps the boring away.
So Cotopaxi has found a genius way to get people to rep their brand. Good for them. Good for us for finding a company that brings out to the good in people. The world needs more good.
Are you interested in participating in Questival? Just sign up and think about it later. Follow along on social media (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook) to participate in Questival daily challenges.