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Decisions, decisions, decisions.

They are part of life; sometimes the number of decisions we need to make can be paralyzing. Some decisions we make are great; some awful (I’ll bet you had a particularly bad one spring to mind with that statement!)

Rogaining is a sport based on strategy, decision making, navigation and stamina. It’s a sport where average participants can compete well against naturally gifted athletes. Of course, if you can run fast and long AND make great decisions when navigating, you are probably going to do very well.

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Just head north!

The 2018 Australian Rogaining Championships, or ‘Sun SEQer rogaine’, was held in the Gympie Region of Queensland. My rogaining partner and I were lucky enough to receive support from the Nigel Aylott Memorial Fund to cover our travel expenses to and from the event. We represented the University of Adelaide, and have participated in a few 24-hour events before, so knew what we were getting into. We are by no means a highly competitive team. However, even the Australian Championships is not an event only for the elites… every-day people can enter it as well and still have fun!

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2018 National Championships, Gympie Queensland

We decided to make a holiday of this year’s National Champs being held in Gympie Queensland, driving via Brisbane to spend a couple of days with our youngest daughter.

We made our way to Gympie to arriving early enough to set up before Craig was to attend the ARA Delegates meeting at 2 pm. Doug Gillott, also from the SARA committee turned up for this in good time, so I was let off and could prepare my backpack and spend the rest of my time relaxing. A thunderstorm was forecast for the afternoon, and though some thunderous clouds came by, nothing came of them. This was quite fortunate as the grasses were very dry and lightning strikes could have been disastrous.

Saturday once again dawned clear and very warm and 9 am came all too soon to collect our maps. There were some very notable features regarding the map;
1. It was large, the size of a small tablecloth, though still a 1:40,000 scale;
2. There was an All-night cafe (ANC), yay;
3. The controls were really, really spread apart averaging 2.2 ks, we even had a 4k leg (groan); and
4. There were plenty of water stations (yay), only a few had controls nearby and none had points (groan).

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A license to set

Setting the Hello-Wiliena rogaine was an amazing experience that I shared with my two boys. This was the first bush rogaine event that I had been involved in organising. In the early stages of the event preparation, my contribution to the setting / vetting process was limited; providing input at the armchair stage in Adelaide.  However, because my sons were still on school holidays in the week leading up to the event, there was a great opportunity for them to be involved them in the process and go hiking around the Flinders Ranges.

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The “Why” and “How” of the Intention Sheet

Rogaining is a relatively simple sport with a few basic rules which have evolved since its inception.  One of these rules relates to the Intention Sheet which is attached to each Control.

The Rules of Rogaining state:

R19. Teams shall fill in any intention sheet at the checkpoint with the time of arrival, the team number and the number of the checkpoint that they intend to next visit.

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What is on a map, by Todd

Leading up to our 2018 State Championship event, the son of the landowners of Holowiliena, Todd just starting a mapping assignment for a school subject.  As such the rogaine map became a focal point for Todd and his family and they were all keen to learn about the map symbols, contour lines, the various north lines and how to use a compass.

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Water for courses

Don’t let anyone tell you different. Finding an orange and white marker with the value of 90 points, in the dark, late at night after pace counting on bearing for a kilometre[s] gives you the biggest rush, it is like winning your very own lottery!

If you want to explore our state’s jaw-dropping vistas. Then take a look at this crazy sport called Rogaining, because the organisers supply the location and you get to create your very own adventure!

NIGHT NAVIGATION TIPS

Night time can be the best part of a rogaine – to me, rogaining at night is the most enjoyable part of any event. Watching a huge golden full moon rise, navigating under its light all night, then watching it slowly set again is awesome. Everyone should experience this at least once.

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Preparing for a Velogaine

To ensure you have a lot of fun at the Velogaine, we have compiled some handy resources to help you enjoy your time out on course.

Velogaines are a great way to explore our state, they are fun and challenging all at the same time! An incredible relationship-building experience and perfect for every age group and you can ride your bike! No walking or running on tired legs.

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Introducing our new President, Kate Corner

Growing up in a home surrounded by bush in Bendigo, central Victoria, Kate was introduced to the joys of camping and hiking from a very young age and spent much of her youth exploring the Victorian high country and other national parks with her family.

Entering her first rogaine more than 23 years ago in Victoria (with her Mum!), she instantly fell in love with the strategy, adventure and opportunities to explore parts of the country you can only gain access via a rogaine. The desire to explore never really stopped and Kate has since rogained and hiked her way around various parts of Australia and the World.

Coming from an ex-Navy background, Kate brings to the position a strong leadership and problem-solving skill set. You will find Kate innovative and very enthusiastic. A great team player who is thoroughly enjoying passing on the love of the outdoors to the next generation with her son.

The committee was terribly sad to see our outgoing President, Mark Porter leave South Australia and the association after his nine years of service, however, we welcome the change and the opportunity to grow as an organisation under the guidance of Kate and the SA Rogaining team.

How to subscribe to our event calendar

Our calendar of upcoming rogaine events is available as a subscription calendar, so you can add the event calendar in your iPhone, Android device, Google Calendar or Outlook.Our calendar of upcoming rogaine events is available as a subscription calendar, so you can add the event calendar in your iPhone, Android device, Google Calendar or Outlook. On some of these you can elect to receive notifications of new events.

The calendar is provided by what is known as ICS subscription or an iCal subscription. Most calendar programs and apps support the .ics file format. You can subscribe in any calendar program or app that allows you to import a subscription URL. The rogaine events will be synced to your calendar every day or so (how often depends on the calendar program/app).

We’ve outlined the steps for the following popular calendars:

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President’s Message, December 2017

On behalf of the SA Rogaining Committee I’d like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our events this year. Competitors, volunteers, sponsors – you’re all part of the story of rogaining in South Australia for 2017.

And if the story were a book, it would be a real page turner. Events by the ocean, events in the bush, events on bikes – a new adventure at every turn. And, we have some new developments for next year – read on.

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Australian Champships 2017

Jenny Casanova’s report on the Ridgy Didge 2017 Australian Champs rogaine near Cooma with Alex Tyson.

We hadn’t rogained together for 15 years; not since the 2002 ARC in Namadgi NP which her late husband Geoff Mercer set when their daughters were very small (and very cold on that frosty night). Obviously our fitness is a long way from when we came 3rd women’s in the 2000 World Rogaining Champs in NZ, but we were well matched and it was easy to fall back into the old partnership. I’d been looking forward to this event because the photos on the website made it look like nice open forest, not too steep and with hopefully no nasty surprises, and so it proved. There were lots of subtle contours out there and a complex network of ridgelines and creeks, some with steep erosion gullies often skirted by strips of dense bushiness.

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Ridgy Didge Intervarsity Championships

The annually held Intervarsity Championships are held concurrently with the Australian National Rogaine Championships. This year, the championships were held south of Canberra on the 5th -7th of May. The Intervarsity competition pits teams of university students from the same university against each other.

I was lucky enough to receive support from the Nigel Aylott Memorial Fund to cover my travel expenses to and from the event. Representing the University of Adelaide, I had only competed in one 24hr rogaine before this event, so I knew what I was in for, but as it turned out, nothing could truly prepare us for 24 hours of ups and downs.

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President’s Report, April 2017

We’re thrilled with how well 2017 has started for SA Rogaining. The Twilight and Velogaine events were in great locations, with wonderful weather and had lots of you in attendance. And anyone who attended, whether as a competitor or volunteer, is now in the running to be Rogainer Of The Year. Could it be you? This prestigous new award will win you huge bragging rights, as well as some swag from our sponsors IO MerinoOrienteering Services of Australia and The Running Company.

Now we give you a couple of months to recover before our bush events begin. If you haven’t had a camping weekend away with a rogaine, then it’s definitely something to try. Anyone is able to come away for the weekend to enjoy Hash House food and a supported camping experience – with a little rogaining thrown in to keep it interesting! You have the opportunity to get away on 1-2 July and 9-10 September. Put that in your calendar now to avoid disappointment!

Something we love about rogaining in SA is its inclusiveness. At our events we see Australian champion rogainers rubbing shoulders with social, family and novice rogainers. Whether you’re super-competitive or super-chilled, we have a culture of respecting each other. In a practical sense, that means slower competitors may let faster teams past, and fast teams may wait a little to punch at busy checkpoints. No matter where you are on the rogaining spectrum, we ask that you help us keep our wonderful culture by respecting other competitors out on the course.

See you around the campfire in the Lower Flinders in July!

Mark Porter
President, SA Rogaining Association

Australasian Rogaining Championships 2017

The Australasian Rogaining Championships were held on 11-12 February near Waikaia, in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand. My sister, Karen, and I flew into Queenstown, and took the two-hour bus ride through verdant rolling hills to the Hash House site, nestled between very large hills (small mountains?) dotted with sheep.

After a drizzly, foggy Friday night, Saturdays early morning cloud dissipated and it turned into quite a warm and moderately humid day. The map, 1:40000 with 20 metre contours, was understandably large and encompassed the western mountain range of the valley we were camped in. We decided to head to the southern area of the map, where we determined there was less mountain climbing and fewer beech forests (and therefore less sand flies!)

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