Good luck on the Heavy Doug! You'll have to let us know how it is. Maybe some training tips. 24 hours of physical exertion with no sleep and you start seeing some weird things, at least I did at WTM. Freaking ghosts flying around at dawn were freaking me out. Haha. One guy I talked to at the end said he saw his family and friends in the stands cheering him on even though he came out there alone.
You should start chasing that Selection event for next October. I hear it'll be fun. coughnotcough
J-Rod, supposedly they've dialed in the classes now, and their pass rate for the Challenge is at 94 percent. Usually no one drops anymore unless they're seriously hurt or something. The goal now is not to make people quit, or to wear them down completely, it's to show them what they can do, how far they can go beyond what they ever thought capable of themselves.
That being said, as soon as they bump it to the Heavy, the pass rate drops to 50 percent. Selection is <10. They actually dropped the planned selection events for next year in favor of just one class because they had so many classes go "Black" this year and have everyone either fail the PT test or drop out.
Joe, the big thing is that it's a lot more than just survival and hiking. It's literally all about building a team and functioning well as a team. They are a completely different beast from going out and surviving in the woods. However, like Doug said, they now have "Capstone" courses that revolve around those kind of skills. There is no requirement for Bricks and stuff, just survival gear. The Ascent would be the one most like what you're describing.
They also have firearms training days, scavenger hunts, meetings with beer where Cadre and other vets share war stories, etc.
GoRuck has become it's own little subculture. I know I drank it's kool-aid hard. I want to do all of it. Haha.