Dan Stake, from attorney to campsite manager
Dan Stake has now been a competitor, a volunteer and a manager at a 4 Deserts event. As a competitor he knew that the organization and logistics must be difficult, but he had no idea of just how challenging it would be. When he crossed the line from competitor to volunteer, he never fully appreciated just how difficult the local permissions would be to organize such an event.
In addition, he never fully appreciated what it took to get a checkpoint set up – volunteers are provided with all the tools needed to establish a checkpoint, but just getting those tools in the competitors’ hands is a mammoth undertaking which involves sourcing and shipping from and to multiple countries. Dan says: “Getting a checkpoint set up is huge, just getting all the technical equipment into the country is titanic.”
Dan says that he never thought that being a volunteer could be more difficult than being a competitor at times. He specifically remembers how difficult it was to sweep on Stage 2 of RacingThePlanet:
Now as Campsite Manager at the Atacama Crossing 2008, Dan says that it has been surprisingly easy as the local team is so well established and competent. He simply is the first one to wake at and is the last one to put his head down to sleep 30 minutes after the last log is placed on the fire.