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Snowball in Spring Rogaine

"Snowball in Spring" 6/12hr Rogaine, 4th Nov 2006
Scott Hamilton, posted on 6th Nov 2006

After work on Friday I picked up Belinda and Phil, then Vince. We picked up Warrwick in Mittagong and enjoyed an Italian meal at Vin Santo's. We then continued another three hours to the hash house in Deua National Park.

When we awoke the campground was covered in a low cloud that soon lifted. We discovered the source of the occasional foul smell. In the dark, we'd set up the tent near a dead wombat who didn't quite make it out of his burrow.

We loaded up with food ahead of the twelve hour event. Soon enough we had our maps and were applying contact and looking at route options. We bid Belinda and Vince all the best and assembled for the briefing from Adrian Sheppard. It sounded a bit horrible - thick scrub, lawyer vine, rocky slopes, fallen timber. At the stroke of 11 am the teams scattered in all directions.

We tackled the steep south west corner first 32, 73, 90, 70, 71, 100, 72, and 40. 540 points in about three hours. We were happy with that. Control 57 gave us reason to stop and scratch our heads just briefly. Then 83. We had our first taste of the boggy flats of the upper Shoalhaven river on the way to 64. Then more of the same to 43, 63, and 91. The open snow grass covered valley was very scenic. In the south east we climbed up to 45 then 92. Phil had an unexpected slippery slide on the slimey rock slab in the creek from 92. I crossed my fingers as I watched him pick up more and more speed over about 30 meters. A thin branch provided enough resistance to bring him to a stop.

Now heading north up the eastern edge of the course we collected 75, 66, 46 then 65. Here we adjusted our plan to drop the rest north eastern section. We thought we'd be cutting it a little fine. So it was westward to 62 and 55 where we could stock up with water again. It was a little after 7 pm. At 82 we met Vince and Belinda who were looking well. We took out our torches for 42 and the climb to 76 hung on the Snowball trig. The gully with 41 was indistinct and we almost walked past it. Now we worked the road on the western side of Middle Mountain, collecting 54, 53, and 52. Across the paddock to 51 and back to the hash house. We were a bit concerned that we finished 25 minutes early and thought about other choices we could have made at 65.

We added our score which came to 1790. This put us in front, however I was confident a team would come in with a score to beat that. The catering was superb and we refueled with soup, pasta, toasted sandwiches and cake by the fire. I heard a whisper that the winners scored 1820 and we joked about what might have been. When the presentations were made we were surprised to learn that we had won. We'd miscounted. Another team, Patrick Mickan and Martin Lefmann returned 4 minutes late due to a navigational blunder with the same score. It doesn't get much closer than that.

Congratulations to the organisers and course setters for an excellent course and another well run ACT event.

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