It sounds like a cliché but organising the course for 2019 Australasian Championships was a team effort. In May 2017 we were looking at the Buckland/Nugent area just east of Hobart but from April 2018 onwards we were focussed on the St Helens area. St Helens offered greater navigational challenges with varying terrain: beach and coastal, granite terrain, former tin-mining areas and some marshland.
In the early stages the main issue was creating the base map. Although the event area is undeniably scenic, a successful event required an accurate map to be fair on the entrants. Bernard spent untold weeks working on the map, pulling together data from TheList (Tas Govt), aerial photographs and processing LiDAR data to produce the contours, streams and the patches of dense vegetation. Bernard and Sara Brain made several trips to the proposed area to test the map and to carry out map corrections.
Rogaining Tasmania conducted highly successful Australasian Championship 24 hr and Roving 15 hr events on the weekend of 9th and 10th of November, 2019
For full details please see the event website at https://arc2019.rt.asn.au/ which includes:
- A downloadable map showing the course
- Final results for the Australasian Championship 24 hr and Roving 15 hr events as well as scores for the Interstate and Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy
- Photos from the finish and presentations
- Greig Hamilton from New Zealand prepared some incredible route "visualisations" that show distance, estimated climb and scoring efficiency for every team amongst other information
- Links to "Routegadget" that displays the GPS traces for some teams.
Many thanks to the Tasmanian volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.
By Paul Liggins
The moral of the story: if you've just finished a hard run, gasping for breath and not thinking straight, and Gary Carroll approaches, walk away as fast as you possibly can.
When Gary asked if I was interested in helping with a rogaine, my oxygen-depleted brain thought (a) I've done about a dozen rogaines so (b) its about time I did my bit and (c) its a long way off so there's plenty of time and anyway (d) how hard can it be? Thus, somewhat rashly I said yes, immediately recognising my error when I saw the look of surprise in Gary's eyes.
Gary applied his skills of the dark arts and magically came up with a base map. I applied my special skill, procrastinating, leaving it to Easter to do map refinement and corrections. Then two days before Easter I hurt my back and spent all my allotted mapping and course setting time lying on the floor watching Fox Sports.
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