By Allan Hood
Tom, Mick and myself teamed up for the recent 6 hour rogaine, held in perfect - even warm ? - autumn weather.
We had initially planned a clockwise loop going to Fern Tree first, but the lure of big points in Sandy Bay as well as faster terrain, prompted us to start with Mount Nelson and continue in a large anti-clockwise loop, giving lots of zig zag options back through the Waterworks and Ridgeway.
Our first hour netted a good 8 controls for 330 points, and just on 10km covered (downhill assisted!) as we made our way back onto Churchill Avenue.
Preparation for the Australasian Championships at St Helens / Binalong Bay is coming along very nicely. All checkpoints have been taped and vetting is imminent.
Those of us who have been on the course are delighted with the area and the map. The contours (generated from LIDAR) show fine detail which allows precise navigation. Even some individual large boulders show up as little knolls. And much of the countryside is just beautiful, with areas of open forest and granite boulders, not to mention bits of Bay of Fires coastline. We can’t promise there is no scrub but it is not extensive. Even the hash house has water views.
See the website for more information, including arrangements for buses from Launceston and Hobart. The website also has a course setters’ photo gallery that you really should look at. And we are on Facebook too.
Entries open from 1 July and if you enter before 1 August there is an early-bird discount.
One last thing: It would be great to get more volunteers. Do you have any non-competing friends or family who want to come along for a social weekend and lend a hand? There are a range of tasks available, depending on how much time you’re happy to contribute. Please contact
The 16th World Rogaining Championships will be taking place in the scenic Catalonian Pyrenees, Spain, on July 27th and 28th.
You can read up on the event, enter (until 15 July), look at the photos and eventually check on results at the English version of the website.
Teams at the event are required to carry a GPS device which will be used for on-line tracking during the event. So you can watch your computer screen during the event and follow the entrants’ progress as they compete, during what will be a steep and physically demanding event.
Good luck to all the Australians and in particular the Tasmanians involved - Chris Brown and Karen Pedley, as well as Neil Hawthorne who is competing with Graham Field (NSW). Andrew Smith and Antonia Bachvarova who were the winners of RT’s Bangor event last year have also entered.
The 2019 Australian Intervarsity Championships were held in May in conjunction with the ACT Championships near Merimbula NSW. Tasmania was represented by Sydney-based UTas students Ivan Koudashev and David King, and results are now published.
The 2020 Intervarsity Championship is likely to be held in conjunction with the Australasian Championships being held in South Australia, 9-10 May. A subsidy will be available to cover the cost of transport for a University of Tasmania team to compete. If you anticipate being a UTas student next year, you should be aware that applications for this subsidy will be called for early next year. If we get more than one application, recent performance during a 24 hr event will be the main selection criterion. The 2019 Australasian Championship to be held at St Helens in November will provide an ideal opportunity to obtain this experience.
David Hogg (ACT) has written an interesting history of the 50 years of intervarsity rogaining, going back to before the term rogaining was coined.
Results for this event have been posted
Kome along to kunanyi kapers on Sunday May 19 for 6 or 3 hours of rogaining goodness with the bonus of a hash house only 10 minutes from Hobart CBD. You can sleep in and still make the 10am start. There's no lengthy drive home afterwards, meaning less time in the kar stewing about why you couldn't find checkpoint 100. (You won't be able to blame it on the map or the checkpoint setting - this event will be mapped and vetted to an inch of its life). The rogaine will kover the forest and established network of tracks and suburban fringe stretching across the front of Mt Wellington - from Mt Nelson in the south to Tolosa St Reservoir in the north. There will be excellent views of Hobart, the ever-tempting lure of the pub at Fern Tree and koffee van at The Springs. For those so inclined there will be plenty of opportunities to get some ascent and descent, but there will also be options to take routes that sidle across the hill.
Click this link to access the entry form. Entries close 11:59pm, Tuesday 14th May 2019.