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20150712_113816.jpgFrom Eric Tse, team 69, mid-witner event (with apologies for late loading)


Having done beach, street, forest rogaines in sunny Sydney, we were massively underprepared (but warmly enough) for an ACT rogaine.  Long pants, beanies - really?  At least I brought ski gloves and we had enough top layers...

Arrived the day before (Brodburger, yum!) Amazing coffee in Lonsdale St for breakfast and we were rested and primed to go, cold or not.

Arriving at Hash House with our friend's no longer pristine car (we did ask if he wanted to drive) we filled out our flight plan in a rush (which naturally then became our set in stone plan) and had grand plans of following the natives, keeping to the tracks and going steadily.

'Following the natives' got tossed out the window as after 5 minutes (even with people heading the same way) we were absolutely alone as groups threw themselves into the forest, raced off or strolled behind us.  Have to read the map, damn.

And hang on, all that mud and a rogaine in a State Forest (very similar to a ScoutHike for the kids) is one thing, but setting points deep amongst the thorn bushes, across raging creeks and up massive climbs is another!  Especially in shorts....

And with the gale force winds and occasionally driving rain heading up to 51, 70 and 90, we were chilled but exhilarated by the view up there.

And let the record state, that our 22 minutes getting to 61 was because we tried to 'follow' the 'creek' line (more a whole forest of water moving amongst the huge thorn bushes) down rather than approach the !@#$ point from the nearest track.  Ouch ouch ouch.

Our flight plan got diverted after 90, as we realised 60, 42, 44, etc were just out of our (ok, mine) capabilities and we did the inner points.  Which left an awful dilemna after 73 at 1:12pm, 54 yay or nay?

A reluctant Yay saw me in agony trying to jog our way back, it looking like we'd be late for a very long time (and the march to 31 is so so long when you can see for kilometres into the distance.)   Scraping 30 with 8 minutes to spare saw my friend telling me to race to 20 as well, and we scraped those two points in (where did all those people come from?) with a minute to spare. 

Amazing food (the mint slice was pure sugar, the soups nourishing), a hot shower and coffee at my friend's place and we were happy, exhausted, satisfied and 'ready' for the drive home.

So thank you for putting on an amazing Rogaine (great organisation, challenging map, awesome food) and next time we'll wear long pants.  But the beanies are a bridge too far for us!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:34
ACT 8 and 24 hour championships: 5-6 September: Go wild – go feral! Print E-mail

P1040262 (640x480)_1.jpgThis is early notice for the ACT 8 and 24 hour rogaining championships, which will be held about one hour south-east of Canberra at Wild Cattle Flat over 5-6 September.  Your team can go fully wild for 24 hours, or just feral for 8 hours.


The terrain varies from wide grassy flats to open forest with some challenging hills.  The Hash House is centrally located and there is plenty of free camping courtesy of the local landowners.  Easier navigation near the HH and some trickier controls for those venturing further out.  Good practice for the Oz champs later in October.


Bring your marshmallows to toast on the fire!  Rally the team and see you there for a wild weekend of feral fun.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:35
Belconnen and Beyond Metrogaine entries: now open! Print E-mail


Come and explore Belconnen and some of the surrounding nature parks on Sunday 16th August for this years 6 hour metrogaine. Course setter Graham Atkins has been hard at work devising a family friendly course while ensuring that there is plenty to interest harder competing teams and those who chose to run as individuals (the one event of the year where this can be done!).  This event is also ideal for new competitors to get a taste of rogaining or to brush up on your navigation skills before we move into the serious part of the rogaining year with the ACT champs and the Spring Rogaine.


Catering will again be provided by the Hartley teams so you can expect to be well fed and watered if you haven't visited too many cafes on route.
Thanks to the generous grant from the ACT Government, entry fees will be low.

Entries are now open.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 10:57
Mid-winter 4 hour defies bleak forecast Print E-mail

IMGP0999.jpgSixty-one teams defied dire forecasts to compete in the mid-winter 4 hour event. They were blessed with relatively benign weather, but it was definitely very wet and treacherous under foot. Snow was visible on surrounding hills. (Lots of photos of the event are available on Smugmug).

Thomas Banks and Thomas Brazier emerged as strong overall winners with 1730 points ahead of Mark Euston and James Bailie on 1640. Julie Quinn and David Baldwin finished third and took honours in the mixed with 1610. Supervets Mike Hotchkis and Neil Hawthorne came in fourth with 1550, while Laure Gauthiez Putallaz, Alice Bates and Sarah Buckerfield won the women’s open and the award for the most colourful clothes with 1450. Hannah and Alistair McClusky won the family event with 890.  Full results are here.


Thank you to all participants who braved the weather and for making a great event, especially our NSW friends. Our many thanks to all the volunteers who made it all possible, including the setters and vetters Doug Collier, Neets Pluschke, Damien Ayers and Glenn Bridgart, and to Ron Simpson who masterfully managed the computer. A particular thank you to Susie Sprague, who once more cheerfully and capably led the team.

We now look forward to the metrogaine on 16 August and the ACT 8/24 champs over 5-6 September.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 July 2015 19:26
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