The State Championships will be held entirely on Wilkatana Station in the western Flinders Ranges, only 59km north of Port Augusta. It’s a full bush event, which means teams need to bring everything needed for camping, however, Wilkatana Station has seven rooms available at their shearers’ quarters, only 5km from the Hash House. For a cosy bed and hot shower give Andrew and Rachel a call on (08) 8642 3642.
It’s a beautiful and wild country with stunning valleys, dry waterfalls and beautiful vistas, with minimal spinifex! While there are many lovely rocky outcrops, you don’t need to be a mountain goat or rock climber to traverse the mountain range. Controls have been placed to create loops back to the Hash House (where the food and campsite are) and to minimise contour climbing, utilising watercourses and ridgetops.
Apparently, it will be possible to clean up the course with careful planning, a good dash of fitness and the ability to move quickly over rocky terrain. How many teams will achieve this?
Choose from the championship 24-hour event (remember that nobody makes you stay out for the full 24-hours, you can stay out as long or short as you want), or the roving 12-hour event, where you can compete for a maximum of 12 hours within the 24-hour period. For novices or those newly venturing into the bush, there will be training on how to read and understand the map, and how to navigate using your compass. Just ask at Admin when you register.
Hot meals will be served for Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch (vegans and gluten free will be catered for). BYO all other food and drinks.
See you up there!
Sorry these are a few days late - there were a lot of challenging controls that needed to be collected on Monday!
Hope everyone had a great time (despite the rocks - and tent challenges) !