Hamilton Heritage Rogaine – Sat 2nd December 2017.
The “Hamilton Heritage Rogaine” is situated amongst rolling hills comprising an enjoyable blend of pasture and forest. To the south and north are the historic towns of Gretna and Hamilton respectively. The western boundary is the upper Derwent River.
Land in this area was granted to white settlers in the early 19th century. Four of the properties generously made available to us are now occupied by 6th generation farmers. Their forbears worked hard to clear land and create a little bit of Britain in this distant colony. They introduced rabbits, hares, foxes and a broad variety of thistles, which after recent years of hard work, are now substantially but not entirely eradicated. The course setters can attest to seeing plentiful native wild life; kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas.
On offer is a range of route selections that will suit those seeking a relaxing 6-hour stroll with moderate podium ambitions and those looking for a solid 12-hour work-out and a competitive category victory.
The Hash House is ideally located in the centre of the map. A large grassy camping area includes a decorative dam and views to Mt Field. Close by you will find a stunning cliff line and plentiful native bush thanks to a conservation covenant on an adjoining property.
To the north is an area of higher undulating country with a mix of open grassland, native and plantation forest. There are vistas in all directions most notably from an impressive “bee hive” cairn reputably built by Wentworth Hardy in the 1880’s. Located on private property it is only accessible for this event.
The eastern part comprises both open pasture and native bush with complex ridgeline, spur and gully terrain.
The western section follows the flow of the Derwent River from Hamilton to Gretna. It is the most rewarding but challenging part of the course. You can enjoy fast travel across open paddocks with spectacular views and close encounters with the Derwent River. A must for anyone in training for the Australian Rogaining Championships, an Ultra Trail or Ultra Long in 2018.
Three vehicular roads make up a closed loop within the course. These will be regularly patrolled for competitor safety. The patrolled roads are no further than 3km from any point within the course boundary.
Further details will be published as “Course Setters Notes” available on event day.
The AGM will commence after the presentations for the Kingborough Local Links Metrogaine at the Blackmans Bay Hall (24 Ocean Esplanade) commencing at approximately 6:30pm, Saturday the 3rd of February 2018.
If you are interested in having a say or a role in your rogaine association please attend.