Rogaining Tasmania's next event will be the Lenah Valley Hop Metrograine to be held on Sunday 22 August 2021.
The Lenah Valley Hop offers something for everyone. The map is half bush, half urban, stretching from the River Derwent to Junction Cabin, and from Tolosa Park to Ridgeway. Follow the lead of the local wallabies and explore some of the lesser-known trails that will allow you to walk, run or hop without stepping foot on asphalt (if you so desire). In the urban areas, you’ll visit weird and wonderful post-boxes, street libraries and murals. Choose from a 3-hour or 6-hour event, keeping in mind that you can always return early.
Did you know that Lenah Valley was once called Kangaroo Bottom? Yeah, I’m glad it changed too. After being renamed Kangaroo Valley, it changed again to an Aboriginal word for kangaroo: “lenah”. It seems only appropriate that the title of this event -Lenah Valley Hop – reflects both the suburb’s name, as well as the many wallabies you’ll see on your ‘hop’.
You may well be familiar with Sphinx Rock, the Springs, The Organ Pipes, or even Disappearing Tarn if you’re lucky, but probably less so with the lower parts of kunanyi / Mt Wellington. This is the time to shine for the mountain’s fringes. With my trusty 3kg dog (Basil Horatio) in tow, I’ve spent this year exploring the lesser-known trails and features in this area, stretching from Tolosa Park to New Town Falls, up to Junction Cabin, and then back down to the Cascades and Knocklofty. I’m excited to share with you my finds: moss-covered ruins, delightful knolls, abandoned quarries, magnificent boulders, splendid spurs, gorgeous gullies, and of course, the odd intact hut. On the urban edges, you’ll visit public artworks, street libraries, novelty letter boxes and the odd park. There might also be a checkpoint at the local pub. However, it’ll be the bushy areas where you’ll pick up the big points.
I’m not going to lie - it’s hilly. This is Hobart, after all. It’s up to you to plan a route that minimises the hill climbs while maximising your score. And just remember, where there are hills there are views. Those views in this instance are spectacular.
It will be a question and answer-style event (eg. How many cows are in the John Turnbull Park mural?). To get you off the tracks once in a while, there will also be a number of temporary checkpoints placed in the bushier areas. The navigation will not be too tricky, but it’s best to bring a compass just in case. Choose from a 3-hour or a 6-hour event, but I encourage you to enter the 6-hour to give you enough time to get up into the hills and back. Keep in mind that you can always come back early to the Hash House (Lenah Valley Community Hall) to enjoy Darryn’s famous afternoon tea, which is provided for all entrants.
For those new to rogaining, I can best describe it as the underappreciated but highly addictive lovechild of scavenger hunts and bushwalking. You have time beforehand to plan a route that best suits your abilities. It’s strictly on-foot, which means no bikes, but you can walk, run, or perform interpretive dances around the course depending on your style. There will be help for novices on the day, and teams comprising all first-timers have a special bonus prize category. It’s a terrific opportunity to ditch Google Maps and engage the brain, using just a map and compass to find your way. Try it.
Saturday 9 November 2013
Event Results Here
There will be both 6 and 12 hour options offered for this traditional rogaine event in the Mt Murray area near Triabunna.
The area is similar to that used in a previous event back in 2002. The area is mostly farmland with some bush and very good coastal scenery. There will be a half moon on the night of the 9th which may be of some help.
The Hash House will be situated adjacent to the shearing shed on the Grindstone property. To get there travel approx 7 km north of Triabunna on the Tasman Highway and turn right onto Grindstone Road. Follow Grindstone Road for approx 3.5 km to the Hash House. Camping is available near the Hash House on both the Friday and Saturday nights (departure by lunchtime Sunday) and there is a toilet and bathroom available.
Map: A2 size, Scale 1:25000, 10 metre contours overlaid on satellite ground image.
Registration and maps available from 7:30 am.
Maps will be available at the time of registration.
Help for novices will be available at time of registration.
Event briefing at 9:45 am.
Start for both events is at 10 am.
Finish of 6 hour event at 4 pm and the results announced around 4;30 pm.
Finish of 12 hour event at 10 pm and the results announced around 10:30 pm.
Event Costs and Registration
Entries are now closed.
For Further Information
If you have any queries about the event please contact Rod Bilson at or phone 0419 376599.
Sunday 4 August, 2013
Eastern Shore, Hobart
Rogaining Tasmania invites you to compete in the ACME Metrogaine (August Clarence Metrogaine Event) to be held in Hobart's eastern suburbs on Sunday 4 August. The course setters are Andrew Barber and Debbie Bourke
There will be a choice of events – six hours starting at 11am and three hours starting at 2pm. Scoring will be done by answering multiple choice questions about a feature at the control point. Points will be deducted if more than 3 wrong answers are given. There are around 75 control points scattered around Howrah, Bellerive, Mornington, Rosny and Lindisfarne, providing numerous route choices.
The event will start and finish at the Clarence Senior Citizens Centre, 17 Alma Street, Bellerive. There is plenty of parking at the back of the Centre, and plenty of tables and chairs available for course preparation.
The map will be printed on two A3 sheets, scale 1:10000. It will be available at 9:30am.
Event time table:
9:30am - Maps available
10:30am - Novice instruction available
10:45am - Event briefing
11:00am - Start of 6 hour event
1:30am - Novice instruction available
1:45pm - Event briefing
2:00pm - Start of 3 hour event
5:00pm - Finish of 3 and 6 hour events
Food and beverage, including soup, will be available after the event.
Entries must be made via EntryHUB. The entry fee will be: adults $25, concession (students, pensioners) $15 and families $50. The closing date for entries will be Monday 29th July.
It is requested each team carry a mobile telephone. Before the start of the event each team will be asked complete a form providing its number, an emergency contact for each team member and any medical conditions they would like first aid staff to be aware of in the event of an accident or emergency.
For further information about the event please contact Andrew Barber: or 0418 345 867
Sunday 17th November 2013
This even is still in the planning stage, but likely to be a 2 or 4 hour rogaine on bike or on foot, utilising some newly mapped areas around the Acton area between the Tasman Highway, Seven Mile Beach and Lauderdale.
This will be a MTBNav to match all capabilities. It is a Team Rogaine for two to five people where participants devise their own route to visit as many controls on the map and thus collect as many points as possible in the time available. This MTBNav is very suitable for less experienced riders wanting to try Mountain Bike Orienteering as the terrain gives relatively straight forward riding while retaining an offroad feel. Much of the riding is on bitumen roads and flowing dirt tracks and paths, many quite flat and with some hillier sections. A team that finds the riding or walking too tiring may concentrate more on traversing the flatter areas.
Teams need to be fully self sufficient with food and drinks, and carry first aid gear. Bike riders are encouraged to wear a jacket or vest on the outside that is light in colour and easily visible to vehicle drivers. Because of extensive private property, Sandford offers limited, but still enjoyable route choice for walkers, and thus walkers are encouraged to give the bike a go. Riders may only ride on formed roads, tracks and paths, whilst walkers can go wherever access is legitimate. In support of the aim to maximise off-road riding in an MTBNav event, where the Tangara Trail parallels the bitumen road, riders will be required to ride on the path and the road will be deemed out-of-bounds.
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August 26th, 2012
"An August Amble"
A great way to explore places you didn't even know existed, this event centres on Hobart's northern suburbs and will be a four hour event with a mass start at 11am.
Scoring will be done by answering questions about a feature at the control point or by matching a picture taken from it. There are around 60 control points scattered around Glenorchy, New Town and Moonah providing numerous route choices.
The hash house will be at the Springfield Gardens Primary School, Ashbourne Grove, West Moonah.
There is limited parking in the school grounds.
An A3 sheet, scale ~ 1:27000, will be available at 9:30am . We have the use of the gymnasium so competitors may wish to bring their own tables/chairs to prepare their courses on.
9:30am - Maps available
11:00am - Race Start
3:00pm - Race Finish
Light refreshments will be available after the event.
Entries can be made via Entryhub. Teams must consist of two or more people.
Costs for the event are Adults $20, Students $15 and Families $40. Closing date for entries will be Sunday 19th August.
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If you have any queries about the event please contact Rod Bilson - or mobile 0419 376599.
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