2010 Australian Rogaining Championships

    Saturday 27th March 2010 12 noon - Sunday 12 noon    
 

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IMPORTANT

Download from team list indemnity forms and check that all details for your team including category and state of affiliation for each member are correct - if not please contact us ASAP!

Please:

  • Ensure that all team members sign a separate indemnity form. Parents or guardians must sign for people under 18. Also provide registration number(s) of your car(s) at the Hash House.
  • present your completed indemnity form at the registration desk on Friday evening or Saturday morning.
  • show you have the mandatory equipment (space blanket and whistle per person, and basic team first aid kit including 2 compression bandages) by bringing them to registration.

How to get there

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE IN THE KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK AT NIGHT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
There are many animals on the road and we don't want them or you to get hurt. If you have to drive at night take extra time and drive slowly.

From Cooma: Take the Snowy Mountains Highway 51 km to Adaminaby (fuel limited hours and a bakery). Continue west along the Snowy Mountains Highway for 14 km to the Kosciuszko National Park boundary. From here continue along the highway past turn-offs to Providence Portal (left) and Tantangara Road (right) for 7.5 km (21.5 km). Turn left at the rogaine signs and travel approximately 1 km along an excellent gravel road to the Hash House.

From Tumut: Take the Snowy Mountains Highway for 15 km east to the Kosciuszko National Park Boundary. Travel a further 92.6 km up Talbingo Mountain and past Kiandra to a right turn (16.2 km from Kiandra) at the rogaine signs. Travel approximately 1 km along an excellent gravel road to the Hash House. If you see the sign to Tantangara Road on the left you are approximately 2 km past the turn.

From Wodonga: Travel along the Murray Valley Highway about 120 km to Corryong. From Corryong continue along the Murray Valley Highway for 6.2 km. Turn right towards Khancoban and continue along the Murray Valley Highway. At 11.7 km from Corryong bear left towards Khancoban. Go past the turn off to Tumbarumba. At 21.5 km from Corryong on a right hand bend, turn left into Tooma Road (signposted to Cabramurra). Travel along Tooma Road for 58 km to Cabramurra (crossing the wall of Tumut Pond dam). Turn right into Goat Ridge Road. Travel 4.1 km from Cabramurra and then turn right into The Link Road. At 19.3 km from Cabramurra you will reach the Snowy Mountains Highway T-junction. Turn right towards Adaminaby. Travel 16.9 km from the junction and take the right turn signposted by rogaine signs. Travel approximately 1 km along an excellent gravel road to the Hash House.


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Registration, Map Availability and Start Times

The event will commence by way of a mass start at 12 noon sharp, with a final briefing at 11:45 am. Registration will open at Friday 6pm-9pm; Saturday 7-8:30am. To register, you will need to bring:
  • first aid kit, so that it can be checked; see below for what it must contain
  • one completed indemnity form per team member.
Electronic scoring: As this event is also using the Navlight system of scoring, each team member will be issued with a wristband and tag upon registration.

Take a backup control card marked with your team number to punch if a Navlight punch has failed and hand it in at the finish, noting the failed control numbers.

You will also be given map coupons. At 9:00AM, teams that have registered will be able to exchange their map coupons for premarked maps, control descriptions, course setters notes and a small copy of the map to be used as a flight plan. We recommend that you arrive before 9:00AM to allow enough time for final preparations and route planning. Each team must mark their intended route on the flight plan and hand it in before starting.


Map and Course Details

The map is 64x55 cm on paper that is NOT waterproof. Please bring enough contact/coverseal to cover your map.

1:25 000 scale with 10 m contours. The course elevation is 1150m to 1650m.

Vegetation varies from open snowgrass plains, snowgum forest and mountain ash forest. Mostly semi-open understorey with the exception of a few patches of thicker but soft daviesia. The country is slow travel.
The typical weather at the end of March is maximums in the high teens/low twenties but it could be hotter or it may even snow! Please come prepared for any weather. Long pants recommended. Gaiters essential (for snakes).

The Hash House is to one side of the map so there is also an 'all night cafe' on the course.


Water

    Plenty of flowing creeks which have been drunk from by all the setters and vetters. Please bring water purifying tablets if you are not prepared to trust our informal 'testing' of the water quality. There are NO water drops.

Camping

Ample free car camping is available at the Hash House on a flat grassy plain for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Walk in style camping with some trees for shelter in the adjacent traveling stock reserve, although there will be horses in the reserve from Sunday mid-afternoon - if you are staying on Sunday night best to camp outside the stock reserve.

We will have a huge marquee (12m x 24m) for general competitor use (e.g. map markup) with some tables and chairs. If you are flying to the event or coming on the bus do not bring a table or chair. Portaloos provided. Please bring some drinking water (unless you are on the buses).

Alternatives to camping: Caravan park and a Lodge at Providence Portal (approx. 4 km away) or Caravan parks and motels at Adaminaby (21.5 km away).


Other Information

You do NOT need a Kosciuszko National Parks Pass to come to the rogaine.

Control cards will be provided as a backup to the navlight system. These will be available at the start. The ACT traditionally has them hanging on a clothesline and you remove your team's control card at the start siren.

We are concerned about your safety on the course, especially due to the large number of snakes in the area and the potential for it to be cold. This is why we are having the compulsory checks of your whistles, compression bandages and space blankets.

It is likely to be cold overnight or in bad weather at the event - please be well prepared for cold.

If you are staying in the area a few other points of interest include:
Kiandra - an interpretive trail of the gold rush town.
Yarrangobilly Caves - three excellent tourist caves and a natural hot (tepid) pool for swimming.
3-mile dam and Mt Selwyn - a pretty area and lake with a short interpretive walk around old gold diggings including a stamper battery.
Providence Portal - see water from Tantangara Dam exit the tunnel and enter Lake Eucumbene down a concrete race.
Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme - some of the power stations are open for tours and the dams are impressive, especially the Tumut Pond dam with a 'whispering' wall. There is a visitors centre at Cooma.
Check out the Kosciuszko Today magazine (available at the HH) published by the Kosciuszko National Park for details and other things to do.


Bring to the Event

  • completed indemnity form
  • waterproof mapcase or clear adhesive plastic/contact for map protection. If there is any chance of rain, it is strongly recommended that both sides of the maps be covered, as well as the the control descriptions sheet.
  • Coloured pens, pencils, scissors, highlighter pens, board/table for map preparation (tables provided for those on the bus).
  • Full water containers --- say 5 litres per person. Please try to be self sufficient as there is no running water at the Hash House.
  • plate, bowl, cup, cutlery
  • a seat each to use at the Hash House (provided for those on the bus)

Carry on the Course

Mandatory Equipment

You must present this equipment at registration and carry it with you on the course. There will also be random policing of mandatory equipment during the event.
  • Whistle (per person)
  • Basic first aid kit (that includes 2 compression bandages and 1 wound dressing) (per team)
  • Space blanket (per person)
  • Head torch (with spare batteries and globe) (per person)

Highly recommended equipment

The following equipment is highly recommended given the length of this event, the terrain and the time of year. You should bring this equipment to the event, even if you decide you might not need to carry it - conditions can change!
  • Long-sleeved thermal top (per person)
  • Thermal tights/long-johns (per person)
  • Waterproof rain jacket (per person)
  • Waterproof overpants (per person)
  • Beanie or balaclava (per person)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (per person)

Other items we recommended that you carry

  • food for the event
  • water for 4 hours.
  • compass, watch and pencil
  • Mobile phone (Next-G preferably) for emergencies.

Mobile phone coverage

  • Limited coverage on Telstra NextG network only. None at HH.

    If you have any mobile phone please consider carrying it on the course. We have limited access to the course and a large portion of it will only have mountain bikes as safety patrols. There are a few high ridges that you may be able to call 112 or get a text message out in an emergency.

  • The HH number will be 0147 148 005 (note this is a satellite phone).

Restrictions

  • No pets; no alcohol; no firearms: no fires
  • No altimeters, pedometers or GPS instruments.

Summary of Event Rules and Scoring

  • The only navigational aids permitted are the maps we provide together with your compasses.
  • Teams consist of 2 to 5 competitors and must remain within earshot of each other at all times. All members must simultaneously get to within 5m of each control point.
  • All team members must punch their Navlight tags at each control to score points.
  • Competitors must not enter out-of-bounds areas; gates must be left as found; stock must not be disturbed.
  • The organisers may disqualify a team if it acts against these rules or against the spirit of the event.
  • A team can retire a member at the hash house. This will finish that team's event. A new team can form but it must start with zero score.
  • Punch the backup control card if a Navlight punch has failed and hand it in at the finish, noting the failed control numbers
  • Late Penalty: 10 points per minute (or part) late. Disqualification if more than 30 minutes late.
  • If teams score equal points then the first team home will have a higher rank.
  • When teams finish the event they will be asked to add up their own score, in order to reduce adding errors.
Full rules from ARA website.

Presentations of Awards and BBQ

  • Food and drinks will be available from 5pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday. Bring your own eating utensils
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winners and placegetters of each championship category, and certificates for non-championship categories. Presentations will take place around 45 minutes after the end of the event.

Enquiries

Claire Edwards / David Baldwin
0402 270790
arc2010@act.rogaine.asn.au