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Paddy Pallin Pierce's Creek Bouldergaine
Sunday 06 March 2022, 09:00am - 03:00pm

Nice and local, our Paddy Pallin event this year will be great for families and novices, and feature a tour of many of the majestic boulders in the Pierce's Creek area. A bouldering area popular with the ACT climbing community but perhaps less known to local hikers, rogainers will discover new treasures and unexplored areas in the ACT. We promise no controls are on top of boulders.
Our wonderful caterers, Hartley Lifecare, will also be back offering your beloved of soups and toasties.  
At only a 30 minute drive from Canberra and within the ACT borders, there are no excuses. Start at 9 am with maps from 7:30 am.
 Paddy Pallin is back to sponsor our annual Paddy Pallin rogaine and are providing an absolutely huge heap of prizes! These include high quality running packs from Pure and Salmon (ANU Inward Bound hopefuls, take note!), to smaller prizes such as Clif bars. Prizes will be drawn as spot prizes after the AGM. If you need any gear before the event like gaiters or a new shirt, consider popping into Paddy Pallin in Lonsdale Street or online.

Entries cost $31 full and $25 concession. Under 14 free. No solo entries for this event - teams of 2 to 5 people.

Entries are open to 11:59 pm 28 February without late fees. Entries received between then and complete close at 11:59 pm on Wed 2 March incur a late fee of $10 per person.

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Registrations from 7:30am

Start at 9:00am

Finish at 3:00pm


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Thank you for entering the Paddy Pallin rogaine. Team leaders, make sure that everyone on your team reads this document. 

Key points

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COVID-19 Measures

If you have recently returned from overseas, or if you have travelled from a known COVID-19 ‘hotspot’ without a designated period of quarantine/isolation; or if you are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test; or if you are feeling unwell, or have flu-like symptoms, or if you have not been double vaccinated for COVID, please stay home.

All travel into regional NSW requires that you carry evidence of your double vaccination status – paper copy or download onto your phone.  The NSW check-in app will not work at the HH as there is poor reception.  Please ensure your contact details on the application form are correct.

Vaccination helps but does not completely stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Therefore, we will do our best to make this event as COVID safe as possible.  For example, only one member of the team needs to come to registration. We would prefer you wear a mask at the admin tent although this is not mandatory.  Bring the completed indemnity forms for each member of the team already completed and signed.  This will avoid milling around rego and save you time! Maps, notes and Navlight tags will be handed out with minimal touching.   Please drop your team-numbered flight plan directly into the box provided. Touch points at the toilets will be cleaned regularly. 

At each water drops we will have 2 pumps inserted into water containers.  Please use the hand sanitiser available before and after touching the pumps.  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. 

We have made the navlight punches hands-free by strapping them to the same feature as the control flag, mounted perpendicular to the feature and ready to use without needing to touch it with your hands.  Just present your navlight wrist tag to the reader so the navlight flashes in the usual way.  

Indemnity form

Please bring to the event a printed and completed indemnity form located above. Check the team list for the event 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.

Present your completed indemnity forms at the registration desk.  Only one team member needs to come to rego.

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

Please make an effort to share transport – covid safely.  It will help reduce parking at the HH and will make a small contribution to lower greenhouse gases emissions.  Every bit counts!

Hash House is located at Laurel Camp Spectator Point Netier National Capital Rally Carpark.

Coming from Canberra

From the centre of Canberra, the Hash House is approximately 30 minutes from Canberra. 

Take the Cotter Road west from Canberra, entering from Tuggeranong Parkway if you are from the north or south of Canberra.

You will then pass Cotter Campground and Cotter Bend before entering Paddys River Road. Drive 2.7 kilometres on Paddys River Road before you will see a turn to the right hand side at Laurel Camp Road (a good unsealed road, driveable by 2WDs). 

Driving approximately 850m on Laurel Camp Road will bring you to a carpark where the Hash House will be.


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Registration will open at 7:30am with the event brief to be at 8:50am, and event start at 9am.

To register, only one team member needs to come to register and collect maps. We’d prefer that person wear a mask at registration and will need to bring:

  • first aid kit, so that it can be checked. See below for what it must contain; and
  • one completed indemnity form per team member.

Electronic scoring: The Navlight system of scoring will be used.  Only two tags per team will be handed out at rego regardless of the number of team members. 

You will also be given A3 pre-marked maps, with control descriptions on the reverse side, course setter’s notes and an A4 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. 

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There is one A3 sized map at 1:25,000 with 10 m contour interval. It will be on the usual tough Teslin paper.  Magnetic north lines are marked on the map. Out of bounds areas are marked in pink shading.  The area is all native bush except for the farmed areas in the south.  The altitude ranges from 600m to 780m and it is generally hilly.  Gaiters are very strongly recommended for the low scratchy blackberry bushes but more importantly snakes. 

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Please bring enough water for Hash House use and for at least 6 hours on the course. There is 1 water drop in the middle of the course but depending on your route you may not pass that water drop.

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Hartley Lifecare will provide soups, a curry, salad, toasties, fruit, cake, coffee and tea from approximately 2.30 pm. Please bring your own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery.

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  • Completed indemnity form for each team member.
  • Contact or map case optional.  The map will be printed on Teslin waterproof paper with control descriptions on reverse side.
  • Coloured pens, pencils, scissors, highlighter pen, table and chairs or board for map preparation. 
  • Some food for before and/or during the event.
  • Your own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery for post-event 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. 
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Mandatory Equipment

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

Other items we recommend that you carry

  • food for the event;
  • water for at least 6 hours;
  • compass;
  • gaiters – very strongly recommended for blackberry and snake bite collection;
  • watch (you must not use your phone). A stopwatch function is useful;
  • pen/pencil and paper to write Navlight 3 letter code if the Navlight unit fails to work;
  • mobile phone for emergency contact – and not for anything else;
  • a Personal Locator Beacon for emergencies;
  • space blanket (per person);
  • sunscreen, sun-hat, sunglasses;
  • appropriate clothing to wear for the forecast conditions (currently 60% chance of rain). Take a raincoat and perhaps change of socks for the car ride home.

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There is Telstra reception throughout most of the course. 

The Hash House number will be  0147 148 006 and if that does not work try the coordinator’s number, 0431 896 060.  If it is an emergency try calling 000 or set off your PLB.  If you don’t already have it, download the “Emergency Plus” app onto your phone. It will allow you to tell emergency services your GPS location.

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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. 

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The only navigational aids permitted are the maps we provide together with your compasses.

All team members 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. Please read the course setters notes.  

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.

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We will have a covid-safe prize presentation about 30 minutes after the end of each event. We will put up the results on the website ASAP after the event.

Food and drinks will be available from approximately 2.30 pm. Please bring your own chair, picnic rug, plate, mug and utensils. 

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If you have queries contact the Event Contact listed below. Thank you to all our volunteers.

Location Pierces Ck, Laurel Camp
Jiaying Goh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 Coordinator  Jiaying Goh
 Setters and Vetters  Jean Douglass, Ron Simpson
 First Aid  Jiaying Goh
 Control Collection  Needed
 General Help  Glenn Bridgart, Kevin Chan, Karen Cheung
 Catering  Hartley Lifecare