Team Sri Lanka comprising retired Army Major Ruvan Ranatunga of Adventure Seals and Shihan John of MAS Holdings managed to secure 71st and 72nd position after completing a grueling stage 1 trail on Sunday 2 October by clocking 7 hours 8 minutes and 11 seconds (72nd position time).
Atacama Desert, considered the driest desert in the world is located in the shadow of South American’s greatest mountain range, the Andes in northern Chile. Stage one comprised of Rocky hill, dry canyons, and wide open desert then up a long Inca road in a canyon with elevations reaching 2,600 m / 8,600 feet and temperatures set to rise to 40 Celsius at day time.
With the help of Garmin wearable GPS smart watches, Lions were able to stay the course and reach the stage finish line safely as a team.
Garmin Fenix 3 hr smart watch is capable of enduring 20 hours of battery life with the GPS on and is considered one of the best in its class. The watch core is built with tough composite fiber and has a water rating of 10 ATM, making it ideal for any rugged outdoor activity. Fenix 3 supports Garmin multisport features which range from, running, gym work out, rowing, trekking, cycling and swimming and triathlon. Garmin even throws in a hunting fishing and a golf app. making it a reliable and a versatile smart watch for any active life style. Garmin gives the user the convenience of synching through many other Garmin devices such as VIRB action camera, Edge bike computer etc. It’s also capable of receiving SMS alerts on the watch by paring with mobile devices through Bluetooth.