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Cotopaxi Questival is a 24-hour outdoor adventure where teams race to win international humanitarian trips and other prizes, followed by an amazing free concert.


In April, over 5,000 people experienced Questival Utah. Now, on October 24 & 25, Questival is coming to San Francisco!




how it works


Register a 2 - 5 person team

Teams complete fun and challenging activities, then document them via the Questival app (available soon for iPhone & Android). Teams compete in a number of categories (we’ll release that info soon).

Entry fee gets you a $30 backpack + helps a charity

10% of profits from the event goes to WHOlives.org. Our goal is to purchase a Village Drill from WHOlives.

Win stuff!

Our team of judges will be monitoring teams throughout the race. They’ll be looking for competitors who exemplify Cotopaxi’s core values of People, Innovation, & Adventure. Winning teams will receive humanitarian trips (grand prize), gear, and more!



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locations

San Francisco, CA Oct 24 & 25 sign up!
Tempe, AZ Dec 2014 coming soon!
Austin, TX Spring 2015 coming soon!
Knoxville, TN Spring 2015 coming soon!
Athens, GA Spring 2015 coming soon!
Salt Lake City, UT Spring 2015 coming soon!
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Brooklyn, NY Summer 2015 coming soon!
Indianapolis, IN Summer 2015 coming soon!
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St. Louis, MO Summer 2015 coming soon!
Eugene/Salem, OR Summer 2015 coming soon!
Seattle, WA Summer 2015 coming soon!
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Madison, WI Summer 2015 coming soon!
Washington, DC Fall 2015 coming soon!
Blacksburg, VA Fall 2015 coming soon!
Orlando, FL Fall 2015 coming soon!
Louisville, KY Fall 2015 coming soon!
Los Angeles, CA Fall 2015 coming soon!
Philadelphia, PA Fall 2015 coming soon!
San Francisco, CA Fall 2015 coming soon!
Gainsville, FL Fall 2015 coming soon!
Baton Rouge, LA Fall 2015 coming soon!
Tempe, AZ Fall 2015 coming soon!


questing guide

The Cotopaxi Questival is about having fun and doing good. 10% of profits from the event goes to WHOlives.org. Our goal is to purchase a Village Drill from WHOlives. Each registration provides 1 year of clean water to someone in a developing country. Whether you race to win or race for fun, we look forward to seeing you at the finish line!


Building your team

Anybody can register for the Questival. Minors need permission/waiver signed by legal guardian.

Social media is a big component in Questival. Some tasks will require you to utilize your social media network, so make sure someone on your team has followers!

Don't have a team? Don't worry! You can sign up by yourself and get your friends involved later. We can even help you find people interested in the race

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Charting your course

Teams receive a list of challenges 24 hours before the race. Challenges are assigned points according to our super-subjective, super-top-secret Llamalicious Algorithm. (It’s almost as complicated cool as Google’s.) Choose challenges from 8 different categories, including Hiking, Service, Camping, Eating, and Social Media-ing. Want to take away a prize? Impress us by staying true to our core values: People, Innovation, & Adventure.

Follow us for challenge hints.

Scoring points

The rules for Questival are simple:
  1. Complete as many tasks on the list provided as you can/want.
  2. Document task completion via the Questival app.
  3. Win prizes for what you’ve done!

Teams complete challenges for 24 hrs. and document them via the Questival app. Some posts require social media, so make sure you have a smartphone on hand. Don’t forget to keep your phone charged!

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Vine

Humanitarian trip details

At Cotopaxi, we believe the best trips happen when you immerse yourself in a culture. All round-trip travel for the winning team will be provided by Cotopaxi. The trips provided will be adventure trips. We’ll provide the flights and a daily stipend. We’ll also hook you up with one of our nonprofit partners so you can spend a day of service with them. Other than that, what you do on your trip and how you do it is up to you! Winners will leave on their trips within 6 weeks of the Questival and should prepare valid passports.

FAQ

What is Questival?

Questival is a non-linear outdoor adventure race, where teams complete challenges to earn points & impress our judges. Winning teams receive humanitarian trips (grand prize), cash, and gear. Questival contains two parts: an adventure challenge (Quest, $50 per-person registration) and a concert (Fest, free) at the end of the race.

How long is the race?

Teams compete for 24 hrs. The app shuts down for sleep time from 1-4 am. Plan on being very, very tired when you arrive at the finish line.

How will the winners be determined?

Our team of judges consists of 1) outdoorspeople, 2) innovators in business, technology, art, and film, and 3) humanitarians and environmental advocates. We’ll monitor teams’ progress throughout the race and determine winning teams in each category based on judges’ appraisal of your team’s adherence to Cotopaxi’s core values: People, Innovation, and Adventure.

Where will the race start?

We'll be providing more information on starting locations soon.

Who can register?

Anyone can register for the Quest. Participants younger than 18 must submit a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Fest is open to all ages.

What types of challenges will our team be doing?

Teams receive a list of challenges 24 hours before the race. Choose challenges from 8 different categories, including Hiking, Service, Camping, Eating, and Social Media-ing. Teams should strategize on the best way to win in the category they select.

How do teams complete the challenges?

Teams complete challenges and document them via the Questival app (available soon for iPhone & Android). Where possible, teams should try to picture at least one Questival pack in the photograph.

Where will the challenges be?

Because the Quest is basically a huge choose-your-own adventure, you decide which challenges to complete and where. Quest challenges are distributed across the city in which the event takes place. Strategic tactical operations are highly encouraged.

How do teams win?

Teams win by completing tasks and competing in any of 12 categories. We’ll be releasing the prize categories soon.

How big are the teams?

Teams of 2 - 5 can compete. Teams are encouraged to stay together.

What should our team bring/pack?

Because the Questival is an outdoor challenge, you’ll want to prepare for inclement weather. You’ll want sturdy shoes, a good jacket, probably some food, and your Cotopaxi backpack. Sleeping arrangements are up to you, but points will be awarded for ruggedness. Camping in any of its forms is better than crashing on your roommate’s couch. Sleeping under the stars gets you serious street cred.

What will the international trips be like?

If you’ve read this straight through, this is a paragraph you’ve already read. If you want to read it again, you can. All round-trip travel for the winning team will be provided by Cotopaxi. The trips provided will be adventure trips. We’ll provide the flights and a daily stipend. We’ll also hook you up with one of our nonprofit partners so you can spend a day of service with them. Other than that, what you do on your trip and how you do it is up to you! Winners will leave on their trips within 6 weeks of the Questival and should prepare valid passports.

What if I’m not awesome?

Questival is built for anyone. Any person in good physical condition will be able to compete. Scrappiness is more important than brawn, speed, or experience. Also, you are awesome.

I'm registered online. Now what?

Check-in info will be sent to you by Oct. 23. Quest challenges will be emailed 24 hours before the race begins. You will receive your Cotopaxi bag and other race-specific information at check-in.

What if I don’t want to do the quest? Can I still come to the concert?

Yes. The concert is open to everyone. It is free and does not require registration.

How can I find out more about sponsorship/partnership?

Businesses interested in becoming sponsors or partners for the event can send us a short email at questival@cotopaxi.com.

How do I volunteer?

To help with the Quest or the Fest, contact us at questival@cotopaxi.com.