Volunteers needed for night and day events 24/25 September
We are after a few more volunteers for the night and day events. Ideally we would like 2-3 more people for each event. You don’t have to commit to both events, but you would be very welcome to camp overnight with Stephen, Paul and competitors. Please contact Stephen if you can help.
Volunteers needed for the Spring event
We are also looking for general admin volunteers and vetters for the 12 November Spring event. Please contact Julie if you can help.
The 2017 Australian Rogaining Championships will be near the ACT
ACTRA is hosting the Australian Rogaining Championships in May 2017. We have a bit to organise and we are keen to get some key volunteers to oversee the important roles of the event. These volunteers will not have to do all the tasks – they will have a team of people to help get their bit done. Would you be interested? With many of the roles, you will still be able to compete. In brief, the roles are:
Logistics and equipment; Catering liaison; Transport; Merchandise; Website; Promotion and media; Pre-event admin; Treasurer; Safety/Search & Rescue; Awards and trophies; Photographer.
Jean Douglass is our Event Coordinator. Please contact Jean if you are keen to volunteer and she will tell you more.
Are you creative and can do design work? We are looking for someone to help with an event logo and designing an event t-shirt, website graphics etc. Please contact Jean for this too. We’ve got some initial ideas, but really need a bit of help!
This year we swapped the traditional timing of our Winter 4 hr event and the metrogaine to accommodate hosting an event for the ANU Inward Bound people. We had lots of people attend both events so the committee has been pondering whether this is actually more convenient timing for people more generally or not?
I have set up a survey with two questions asking your preferences for the winter events and whether you prefer them to be held during school holidays or not (or if you don’t care). It will only take you three mouse clicks to complete, so please help the committee set the best events for you! The survey link is here.
An account from the mid-winter 4 hour event at Tidbinbilla
The mid-winter event was an outstanding success: possibly ACTRA's biggest ever event, with over 500 entrants, including many university Inward Bound entrants. Craig Cowan and Paul Imhoff had a strong win in the Sunday (non-ANU) event. Their account of the event follows:
What a cracking day for a rogaine in the Tidbinbilla nature reserve. Another fantastic event by the ACTRA. It was great to see so many teams participating (plus the University teams from the day before). Craig, adventure racing veteran and fresh from the World Rogaining Champs, was primed for the 4 hour sprint. Paul having not picked up a map or compass for 14 months was a little nervous about keeping up. We arrived at the hash house a little later than expected, leaving about 20 minutes to route plan and 15 minutes to contact the map. After a quick look at the map, we decided to take on the Western side, thinking it was marginally less contoured than the east, before moving to the south and back up through middle of the map.
We got a good start hitting most controls fairly cleanly, with a couple of minor hiccups on controls 26 and 20, dammit! We enjoyed the extensive trail network enabling fast transition between controls. Moving to the south west there were some big flights, passing the feeding koalas along the way The vegetation also became more challenging. We managed to get through without too many dramas, picking up 23,70,61 & 55, before turning to head for home. Using the main road as a spine we picked off the close by controls arriving back to the hash house with four minutes to spare. Just in time to join the snags queue. The low scoring nature of the course and multiple route options made strategy important. Kudos to the course setter. Thanks again to the ACTRA and we look forward to the night event in September.
...and an account from the World Rogaining Championships near Alice Springs
Robert Walter and Paul Cuthbert are outstanding athletes. They teamed up to finish a very impressive sixth in the recent World Rogaining Championships...despite some setbacks. Here is Rob's account of the event:
Ever since finding out the World Rogaining Championships were going to be in Alice Springs, I’d been looking forward to it. In fact, it was pretty much the only thing that made me try a 24hr Rogaine.
Arriving on the Thursday evening before the event, the terrain looked even more spectacular than I’d expected and the camping at the Hash House surrounded by big red cliffs dotted with spinifex was a great spot to soak it in and catch up with friends. On Friday, Paul and I headed out to the model event. I’d done these for big orienteering races but never for a rogaine and this pretty much summed up the organisation of the event, everything that could have been done had been done and more - it was amazing. The model event tempered our excitement to a degree, as we realised how tough the travel was on the steep hillsides covered with scrub and very sharp limestone and reminded us that the next day was going to be very tough indeed, particularly given the warm weather. Just as we were getting back to the car I made a comment to Paul about how glad I was it was winter and not having to worry about snakes, when he spotted one right in front of us. From talking to a ranger a few days later, it was almost certainly a mulga snake (king brown), which I’m glad I didn’t know at the time.
When we got the map on the Saturday morning, we were quite surprised at just how big the course was; there was no way anyone was getting all the controls ,and this made it quite tactical to choose the best areas to visit. Our strategy was to find the highest point controls in the areas we thought looked flattest, and plan a route around those. We tweaked this a bit to try to get some more regular water stops which, given the weather, were going to be critical. This gave us a route of around 90km, which we thought would be achievable from the model event experience, and we had an option to add a few controls on near the HH at the end. In hindsight, this was a reasonable strategy but perhaps we picked up a few too many low pointers early on.
The start felt like a real race with so many teams heading off and for a few controls we were in a bit of a head-to-head battle with a few teams on the same initial route, which added to the excitement. We were hitting the controls pretty well in the hot sun and surviving the spinifex ok, plus getting some great views of the cool huge double-sided cliffs that were my favourite spot on the map. We got through to our first water out at the far east end of the course just before dark and felt like we were going well with no real mistakes. After dark, we were quite conservative, initially hitting controls with safe route choices but as we got more confident we started taking more direct routes and still hitcontrols, with just one small loss looking in the wrong gully on the side of a step hill. We picked up a lot of points in this section which was fast travelling, but we were also running low on water towards the end of this section, and rationed it through a tough section up a very steep rocky 100m climb and then descent before we got to the next water at about midnight. I guzzled heaps of water when we got there and filled up for the stint through to the all night cafe, which I'd been talking up in my head for weeks. We left the water feeling good, and ranalong the track making good progress, but not long after we had some trouble with a 100 pointer at the top of a steep hill. After this we had a tough section through the nasty spinifex, which felt a lot more irritating after more than 12 hours on the move, but in the back of my head was the allure of the all night cafe. Just before we got to the last control before the cafe at about 5.00 am I started to vomit and couldn’t stop for a few minutes, which was a bit of a surprise to me...and to Paul as well, judging by the “what are you doing” look on his face! I'm not exactly sure why I was sick, but I knew it wasn't good. I could keep walking though and we got the control and headed to the cafe.
The vomiting really ruined my experience of the cafe; in hindsight, it was obviously awesome, with a huge fire and stack of different food. Paul told me with a bit of a grin the next day how good the bacon and egg rolls were, and I wished I was back there. At 5.30 am though, I really didn't want to eat or drink but knew I had to try with over 6hrs still to go. I filled up with water and had a few sips and very slowly ate a few cheese toasties as we walked down the road. I was a total passenger for Paul at this stage and he was doing a great job finding the controls and trying to coax me along. As we headed up into the hillier spinifex the sun came up with an amazing sunrise that created a spectacular combination of glowing green spinifex and red rock. Unfortunately I was feeling too crap to enjoy it for long, with a combination of nausea and very sore feet. By this stage, my only focus was getting to the HH and lying down, but we picked up the controls on our original plan, which were more or less on the way. I was moving very slowly by this stage and it must have been incredibly frustrating for Paul, who very generously didn't suggest getting the extra controls that my competitive side was still picking out off the map. This was a very disappointing finish to what was a otherwise a good first three quarters of the rogaine - it really is a brutal sport sometimes!
A few hours lying down, a shower, some coke and a nibble on some HH food and the world seemed a lot better. Catching up with the stories from the other teams was great, and there were some very impressive performances. I can’t remember any rogaine where there where so many different routes and strategies taken by similar standard teams. This was a credit to the challenging nature of the course and terrain. It really was a great event that everyone involved can be very proud of!
Orienteering Score is back
Budding young rogainers from years 3-6 can hone their navigation skills in school teams of 2 girls and 2 boys. Events are held on four Thursday 8-9am, starting 20 October. Details here.
SnogaineSomething different - a snogaine! This was held in August in concert with a ski orienteering event. David Poland took the event out ahead of Bruce Barnett. Congratulations to all who took place. Full results here.
The next NSW Championships will be held near Jenolan. The area has not been used previously for a rogaine so you are assured to find new sights, sites and experiences. Watch this site for more information.
The ACT Rogaining Association Newsletter: everything fit to print, for those fit to rogaine.
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ACTRA website: http://act.rogaine.asn.au
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