This year’s Night/Day will take place in the newly-reopened Orroral Valley. This beautiful slice of Namadgi National Park makes for varied and engaging navigation with steep hills overlooking the open country of the valley below. The course is designed to give participants the opportunity to play to their strengths and preferences in route-planning.
The bush is in great condition, so it will make for a great day or night (or both) of rogaining! The Hash House will be at the Orroral Valley Tracking station, a comfortable 1-hour drive south from Canberra on sealed roads. As always, there will be two instances of the event using the same course:
• Night 5 hour – Saturday 2 September 5:00pm - 10:00pm
• Day 6 hour – Sunday 3 September 9:00am - 3:00pm
Participants can choose to compete in either or both events! Camping is available nearby at Honeysuckle campground but must be booked prior to attending through ACT Parks.
Entries cost $47 full and $37 concession. Under 14 free. No solo entries for this event - teams of 2 to 5 people.
Entries are open from Sunday 13 August to 11:59 pm 27 August without late fees. Entries receieved between then and complete close at 11:59 pm on 30 August incur a late fee of $10 per person.
Thank you for entering the 2023 Night and/or Day Event on 2-3 September 2023. Team leaders, make sure that everyone on your team reads this whole document carefully.
Allow 1 hour as a comfortable travel time from north Canberra to the Hash House. Watch for animals on Tharwa road when driving – especially at evening/night and early morning. Cyclists also use the road regularly. Please consider carpooling as parking is limited.
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.
The Hash House is located at the Orroral Tracking Station on Orroral road. Drive to the end of the road and park as directed. Parking is extremely limited so carpooling is highly recommended.
Allow 1 hour as a comfortable travel time from North Canberra to the Hash House. Watch for animals on Tharwa 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 Naas road for 18km, there are potholes in places so take care. 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 HH location on google maps is the former orroral valley tracking station.
The Night (5hr) Event will commence by way of a mass start at 5:00pm sharp on Saturday 2 September, with a novice briefing at 4:50pm and a final briefing at 4:55pm. Registration will open at 3:30pm.
The Day (6hr) Event will commence by way of a mass start at 9:00am sharp on Sunday 3 September, with a novice briefing at 8:50am and a final briefing at 8:55am. Registration will open at 7:30am.
To register, one person only per team to register and collect maps. That person will need to:
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.
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 grey. The control descriptions have been printed on the front and back. The map is printed on Teslin paper which is very tough and generally does not need to be covered in contact.
The scrub is variable, with the higher areas being pretty thick in places. The areas down in the valley are much more open, but can be pretty swampy at points. Gaitors and long-pants are STRONGLY recommended. The course setters have indicated places that are best to avoid. The creek systems will have an abundance of water so do expect to get wet feet.
Please bring enough water for Hash House use and for at least 4 hours on course. Access to the course is limited due to damage from the recent floods and bushfires, so water drops may not always be somewhere convenient. We recommend you bring a method for sterilising water as there is plenty of water on course, particularly down in the valley. 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 is now available at the newly opened Orroral campground just down the road from the hash house. Bookings are still essential and can be booked via the ACT parks website here. Of course, for those day rogainers who don't like a super-early start, come and camp Saturday night too!
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.
Other items we recommend that you carry/wear
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.
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.
If you have queries contact the Event Contact listed below.
|Setters and Vetters||
Setters: Holly Ashburner, Tom Fitzgerald
Vetters: Sue Brown, Brad Vallette, Tom Driscoll
|First Aid||Jonathan Fearn|
|General Help||Ash Van de Meulengraaf, Natali heil Koebel, Kelvin Peh, Matt Rodier, Shannon Napier, Ciaran Lane, Mike Zhou|
|Control Collectors||Travis Ey, Jon Glanville, more needed.|
|Setters and Vetters||Holly Ashburner and Tom Fitzgerald, Sue Brown, Tom Driscoll|
|Map Maker||Brad Vallette|
|First Aid||Jonathan Fearn|
|Control Collection||Travis Ey, Jon Glanville, more needed|
|General Help||Natali Heil Koerbel, Ash Van de Meulengraaf, Shannon Napier, Kelvin Peh, Traivs Ey, Matt Rodier, Ciaran Lane, Mike Zhou|