We have decided to postpone the End of Year BBQ that we had scheduled for next Sunday at Weston Park. The weather forecast is too hot to be pleasant so we will arrange something else towards the end of summer. We hope this won’t be too disappointing for you.
The first event in 2016 will be the Summer Twilight on Saturday February 6th brought to us by Tom Banks. It will be a touch of metrogaine as well as taking in some local nature parks. We’ll tell you the location closer to the time but it’s not far from home.
The second event in 2017 will be the Paddy Pallin 6 hr. For next year we have moved this event from the traditional first weekend in March to later – the 20 March because of event clashes. Later in March will also take us out of the fire ban season, which helps out the organisers.
The rest of the events on the 2016 calendar are on the website. You will notice a couple of events at different times. We are trying this to accommodate the ANU students competing in our events in the lead-up to their Inward Bound race in October.
We are looking for volunteers to help with event next year. We have setters and vetters for the first half of the year but if you would like to help set or vet the metrogaine, winter 4hr, night and day or spring events please contact Julie so she doesn’t have to tap you on the shoulder!
Memberships run on a calendar year so will be due for the February event. Don’t be too keen and renew on 1 January, as we need to manually re-set a few things in the background so we can accurately capture membership information! We will put a note on the website homepage when memberships can be paid for.
It seems Julie and David can't get enough of 24 hour rogaines, so they asked me to go with them to the "Ross Rummaage" Tasmanian Champs. I was very excited because although there aren't any koalas in the Tassie bush, there are lots of other small native animals because there aren't any foxes that would hunt them. We flew down to Launceston and stayed with Christine and Paul and their two cats, then drove to the rogaine on Saturday morning, sampling some fine bakery treats on the way. The map was very big - 2 A3 sheets at 1:40000 - it would be just like the world champs in Finland! As it turned out, some of the terrain was even faster travel, with a lot of farm paddocks with short grass with very little rain in the past few months. There were great views of the Western Tiers and the Ben Lomond plateau, but a lot of fences to climb. Just before dark we stopped for a rest at a water drop where we had to all scrub our feet to stop the spread of root rot. We climbed a big hill on sunset, which had some great views. Most of the night we were in an area of bush, and there were so many little creatures. Even the possums were running around on the ground, and there were lots of wallabies and pademelons. Just before dawn there were a couple of tricky controls that needed a second approach, but after that we were back in the farmland. There were lots of interesting irrigation channels and dams, and an old farm house. After another short break at a water drop we decided our final plan to get a few more controls than originally planned. There were a mix of lagoons and dry lakes mixed in with irrigated farmland and rocky hills. The lunch at the end was very yummy and David and Julie seemed happy they didn't have to go any further, having covered around 115km! I made a couple of new friends - two Tasmanian Devils - who decided to come home with us.
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