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2017 Metrogaine


Two high speed dual carriageway roads cross this map. Crossing points are clearly marked, but otherwise these roads are out of bounds.

Thank you for entering the 2017 Metrogaine. Team leaders, make sure that everyone on your team reads this whole document carefully.

This page can be printed by clicking on the Printer icon in the top right corner


Download and print an indemnity form for each team member.
Check on team list that all details for your team including category are correct - if not please contact us ASAP!


  • 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.
  • Medical advice: All competitors should consider advising their partner of any pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, susceptibility to anaphylaxis) that may require first-aid action on course. This should include a description of the symptoms, the required first-aid action, and the location in their bag of any medication (such as sugar, ventolin, epi-pen, anti-histamines).
  • Present your completed indemnity form at the registration desk.


The Hash House is centrally located at Badimara Scout Hall, Badimara Street, Waramanga. The course will encompass Weston Creek, Kambah and several of the new suburbs in the Molonglo Valley.

How to get there

From Canberra City Centre follow Parkes Way west, then signs for Tuggeranong (along the Tuggeranong Parkway). Take the Hindmarsh Drive exit and turn right towards Weston Creek. Badimara Street is first on the left. The entrance to the Scout Hall is 2.3km on the right. Parking is available in the lane in front of the hall (adjacent to the playing fields) or behind the hall (adjacent to Mt Stomlo High School). The hall is accessible from both sides. In between there is an entrance to the Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital - please DO NOT park in their car park.

Registration, Map Availability and Start Times

The event will commence by way of a mass start at 0930 sharp, with a final briefing at 0925. Registration will open at 0730. 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.

You will also be given premarked maps, control descriptions, course setter's notes and a small copy of the map to be used as a flight plan. We recommend that you arrive at or soon after 0730 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.

There will be a novice briefing at 0915

Map and Course Details

The map is A3 size and printed on waterproof Teslin paper, 1:25,000 scale with 10 m contours. The elevation extends from the Molonglo River to Mt Arawang - about 230m in total. You will mostly be in suburban streets, but even when you do enter the fringes of the Canberra Nature Park the vegetation is generally open and there are lots of tracks for you to use. Gaiters are not necessary.


    As this is a metropolitan map, there will be ready access to shops for food and drinks and to top up your water. All group centres and local shopping precincts are marked on the map.

Other Information

The majority of Canberra's residential front gardens do not have fences. Canberra's town planners have also carefully laid out public pathways between streets throughout even our newest suburbs. The pathways make great shortcuts when you are racing against the clock, but please respect the adjacent private properties by not running through the unfenced front gardens to cut off that last meter.

Bring to the Event

  • completed indemnity form
  • map will be printed on Teslin waterproof paper with control descriptions on reverse side. Contact or map case optional.
  • Coloured pens, pencils, scissors, highlighter pen, board for map preparation
  • Full water containers --- say 2 litres per person. Limited running water is available at the Hash House.
  • plate, bowl, cup, cutlery (so you have something to eat the hash house food with - we don't provide disposable items!)
  • a seat each to use at the Hash House

Carry on the Course

Mandatory Equipment

  • Whistle (per person)
  • Basic first aid kit (that includes 2 compression bandages and 1 wound dressing) (per team)

Other items we recommended that you carry

  • food for the event
  • water for 3 hours.
  • compass
  • watch
  • Mobile phone for emergencies.
  • Space blanket (per person)
  • Shoes and clothing suitable for a day's walking.
  • Sunscreen, sun-hat and/or beanie.
  • raincoat, warm jacket

Mobile phone coverage

  • Mobile phone coverage is good across the map.
  • The HH number will be 0401 994975.


  • No pets; no alcohol; no firearms: no fires
  • No altimeters, pedometers or GPS-capable devices such as watches and smartphones.
  • Smartphones may be carried for emergency use only - they cannot be used for time-keeping or photography.

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.
  • If a Navlight punch has failed, record the three letter code visible inside the end of the punch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Full rules from ARA website.

Presentations of Awards and Post-event Food

  • Food and drinks will be available from 1400. Bring your own eating utensils
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category, and certificates to the place getters of most categories. This is dependent on final numbers, and will be announced on the day. Presentations will take place around 30 minutes after the end of the event.


Stephen Goggs
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