By Robyn & Peter Tuft
We don’t remember clearly how we got involved in the recent Metrogaine - we think we offered to help but somehow ended up being the lead course setters. We also don’t clearly remember how the event area was chosen, but it was a great choice. As those who participated know, the area between Kingston Beach and Margate offers a remarkable diversity of terrain and scenery - beaches, coastal cliffs and bays (even a blowhole), suburbia, bushland (from tall forest to the scrub of Peter Murrell reserve), open paddocks, and high hills with panoramic views.
In the end 115 competitors in 43 teams got to enjoy at least some of that but relatively few were able to sample the full range of terrain on offer. Because the course area was so diverse and interesting we put out 48 controls over a wide area, not really expecting that anyone would go close to visiting all of them. As it turned out, the winning team of Allan Hood and Darryl Smith covered 45 km to get a very creditable 32 controls, which means we put out 50% more controls than were really needed. But no regrets - we had great fun exploring the area so fully.
by Nic Pittman
The 2017 Australian Championship Rogaine was held in early May at Chakola, near Bredbo, south of Canberra. I left the comforts of beautiful Hobart on the Friday afternoon and flew to my hometown of Sydney. After some typical Jetstar delays, my rogaining buddy Ciara picked me up from Sydney Domestic airport, beginning the 4-hour drive towards Cooma, NSW… and to think I had forgotten about Sydney traffic!
Ideally a rogaine course should be designed so that the best teams think they can get all the checkpoints, but they actually can’t. We did that. But we didn’t expect a team of elite European orienteers to enter. And to be honest, even when they did, we thought ‘Ah, orienteering whiz kids – won’t have the stamina for a 12 hour event. Just show-ponies when it comes to rogaining’. How wrong we were.
The World Rogaine Championships returned to Australia for the fourth time on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July 2016. The venue included some of the area used for the 2007 Australian Championships - the spectacularly scenic East MacDonnell and Fergusson Ranges 80kms east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Sunset scenery - with a touch of spinifex. Photo by Bill Butler.
Article by: Julie Quinn.
Julie Quinn and David Baldwin were the winners of the Ross Rummage Tasmanian State Champs
We decided to come to the Ross Rummage Rogaine because David had been to the 2003 Australian Championships here many years ago and enjoyed the area. We were joined by the ACT Rogaining mascot, Barkley the Koala, who is by now a very experienced rogainer and photo bomber. We managed to get cheap flights to Launceston and were kindly put up by Christine and Paul for Friday and Sunday nights and also driven to and from the event. Fantastic hosts!