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From Saturday 10 September 2022
To Sunday 11 September 2022
 

Lured by Lyrebirds

22Night bobeyan valley

Night event 5 hr, Saturday 10 September 18:00 - 23:00 | Day event 6 hr, Sunday 11 September 09:30 - 15:30

Come and explore the picturesque area around Mt Clear and Brayshaws hut for these events. The southern end of Namadgi National Park is beautiful with open valleys, historic huts and other ruins and rocky outcrops. You'll very likely hear one of the many lyrebirds out on the course!

The same course will be used for both events so you can practice your night navigation before blitzing the course the following day.

 

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Final Instructions

Thank you for entering the Lured by Lyrebrids Night and/or Day Event on 10‑11 September 2022. Team leaders, make sure that everyone on your team reads this whole document carefully.

Important

Allow 1.5 hours as a comfortable travel time from north Canberra to the Hash House. Watch for animals on the Boboyan road when driving – especially at evening/night and early morning. Cyclists also use the road regularly. Please consider carpooling as parking is limited.

COVID-19 Measures

  • If you are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test; or if you are feeling unwell, or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home.
  • Touch points at the toilets will be cleaned regularly.
  • Please maintain a safe 1.5m distance from other teams - including while doing your route planning, at the briefings, at the start and finish, and when approaching controls.

Indemnity Form

Please bring to the event a printed and completed indemnity form located here. Check the team list for your relevant event on the home page to ensure that all details for your team including category are correct. If incorrect, please contact the Event Contact prior to the event.

  • 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. Be sure to put your team number on the form.
  • Present your completed indemnity form at the registration desk.
  • 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).

How to Get There

The Hash House is located on the Boboyan road at the NSW/ACT boundary, approximately 4 km south of the Mt Clear campground in Namadgi National Park. 

Allow 1.5 hours as a comfortable travel time from North Canberra to the Hash House. Watch for animals on the Boboyan road when driving – especially at evening/night and early morning. Cyclists also use the road regularly.

From Canberra, follow directions to Tharwa. Head south on the Boboyan road. While this road is sealed for the first ~33 km (to just past Rendezvous Creek), there are potholes in places. Be particularly aware of a large set of potholes across the entire road on the downhill just after you have climbed Fitz’s Hill.

The dirt portion of the road (approximately another 20 km) is in relatively good condition with some potholes and corrugations.

Drive over the cattle-grid and park in the area west of the road or as directed. Parking is extremely limited so carpooling is highly recommended.

The HH location on google maps is here.  

Registration, Map Availability, Start Times

The Night (5hr) Event will commence by way of a mass start at 6:00pm sharp on Saturday 10 September, with a novice briefing at 5:50pm and a final briefing at 5:55pm. Registration will open at 4:00pm.

The Day (6hr) Event will commence by way of a mass start at 9:30am sharp on Sunday 11 September, with a novice briefing at 9:20am and a final briefing at 9:25am. Registration will open at 7:30am.

To register, one person only per team to register and collect maps. That person will need to:

  • Bring first aid kit (per team), so that it can be checked; see below for what it must contain
  • Show you have a space blanket for each person (will be available for purchase if required)
  • Bring one completed indemnity form per team member

Electronic scoring - As this event is using the Navlight system of scoring, each team member will be issued with a wristband and tag upon registration.

You will also be given pre-marked 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 least an hour prior to the start of the event 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

There will be one A3 map (297x420mm), 1:25,000 with 10 m contour interval. Magnetic north lines are marked on the map. Out of bounds areas are marked in red. The control descriptions have been printed on the back. The map is printed on Teslin paper which is very tough and generally does not need to be covered in contact.

The forest is generally fairly open, providing good visibility. Some sections have fallen trees/branches and there are also occasional dense patches of Cassinia (non-prickly but quite thick scrub). Gaitors and long-pants are recommended. The course setters have indicated where you are most likely to find this in their notes. The creek systems will have an abundance of water so do expect to get wet feet.

Water

Please bring enough water for Hash House use and for at least 3 hours on course. There is only one water drop on the course. There is a pump that screws into the top of the water container to use. There is (a lot of!) water in the larger creeks on the course, but it should be sterilised if drunk.  Sterilisation tablets will be available at the Hash House if needed, but consider bringing your own method of sterilisation if you have it.  

Camping

Camping is available on Saturday night at either the Hash House (on the private land on the NSW side of the border) or a few minutes up the road at the Mt Clear Campground. Camping fees are included in your entry fee. We encourage all night participants to camp so that you are not driving home in the dark with the abundant wildlife in Namadgi National Park. Of course, for those day rogainers who don't like a super-early start, come and camp Saturday night too!

If you are camping at the Mt Clear Campground, please be economical with parking as it is extremely limited. There is overflow parking 50m further on from the campground at the gate to the Naas Valley Firetrail.

Other Information

Catering is being provided by Hartley Lifecare. In addition to the end-of-event feeds (part of your entry fee) they are offering a hot breakfast for pre-orders - a bargain at just $5 per person.  Porridge, egg and bacon rolls are on the menu. Pre-orders must be made with your entry.

Please 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, table and chairs or board for map preparation. The marquee will be available for planning.
  • Some food for before and/or during the event.
  • Your own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery for catering.
  • Water for your use at the Hash House and to start the event with (there is no running water on site).
  • Portaloos will be at the Hash House. You may like to bring your own hand sanitiser.

Carry on Course

Mandatory Equipment

  • 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) (per person) (for the night event)

Other items we recommend that you carry/wear

  • food for the event
  • water for 3 hours
  • compass
  • gaiters – recommended for scrub protection
  • long trousers – recommended for scrub protection and warmth
  • watch
  • pen/pencil
  • head torch and spare batteries
  • Mobile phone for emergencies
  • Sunscreen, sun-hat, sunglasses
  • Adequate warm clothes for the conditions (noting conditions can change quickly):
    • raincoat, warm jacket
    • thermals + a spare if it is wet
    • gloves
    • beanie

Mobile Phone Coverage

Mobile phone coverage is not good on the course or at the Hash House. If you have an emergency or need to contact the event coordinator on the day of the event, consider sending an SMS.  

The Hash House number will be 0147 148 005 (satellite phone) and is printed on the map.

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.
  • The point values of each control are the ‘ten-value’ – ie control 22 is worth 20 points, control 64 is worth 60 points, control 101 is worth 100 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.

Presentation and Awards

Post-event food and drinks will be available from 10pm for the Night Event and 2:30pm for the Day Event. Please bring your own plate and 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 45 minutes after the end of the event.

Event volunteers

If you have queries contact the Event Contact listed below.

Event Contact

Benita Sommerville, 0409 809 689, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coordinator

Benita Sommerville

Setters and Vetters

Setters: Greg Terrill, Peter Miller, Silke Speier

Vetters: Andrew Rowe, Gareth Prosser

First Aid

Jonathan Fearn, Tom Banks

General Help

David Baldwin, Julie Quinn, Kiera Banks, Travis Ey, Troy Skaleskog, Brianna Wiseman

Control Collectors

Sue Brown, Sarah Buckerfield, Stephen Goggs, Jonathan Miller

Location Mt Clear, Namadgi National Park
 
 Coordinator  Benita Sommerville
 Setters and Vetters  Greg Terrill, Peter Miller, Silke Speier, Andrew Rowe, Gareth Prosser
 First Aid  Jonathan Fearn, Tom Banks
 General Help  David Baldwin, Julie Quinn, Kiera Banks, Travis Ey, Troy Skaleskog, Max Taylor, Brianna Wiseman
 Catering  Hartley Lifecare