NSW Rogaining Association

"Your Guide to Rogaining in NSW"

G'day Rogainers,

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Good Luck to the WRC Competitors!

As you are hopefully aware, many NSWRA members are going to be among the almost 800 starters for the 14th World Rogaining Championships, held in the East McDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs in just a few days. Set in some spectacular country (though vastly different from what we see in NSW), this will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience for all involved.

Once again, best wishes to all the NSW teams who have entered and here’s hoping that we can come back with some category world titles!

And of course, if you are going up, make sure you read all the Final Information that is now available on the site!

Lake Macquarie 6/12hr – Saturday 20th August

Entries Now Open!

Bob Gilbert, Bert Van Netten and Ian Dempsey have found a wonderful and unique starting location. They have set an exciting map area with the help of fellow setters Dug Floyd and Neil Chappell.

The flora opens up into beautiful open spotted gums, some ancient strands of Melaluecas and stunning spurs and gullies of Gymea Lillies. Sweeping water courses and broad open spurs will have you feeling like you have fallen in with the likes of Robin Hood. There is a myriad of vehicular and foot tracks on the map.

The event will be held in the Sugarloaf Conservation Area and there will be a mass start at midday on Saturday 20th August.

NavShield 2016

As many Australians stayed up late into the night and the early hours to await the verdict of the federal election on July 2nd, 22 rogaining teams were also up late in the Wombeyan Caves area competing in either the 1 or 2 day NavShield, many of them undoubtedly gaining some final experience for the World Championships.

Special shout out to Ronnie and David who came 20 points off an overall win with a score of 2170, though collected over 50% more points than any other team. Word has it they would have won outright except for a special NavShield rule that you can get points for a radio checkpoint if you go there on both days – and the winning team clocked on there just before and after midnight!

Rogaine Category winners (and 2nd overall)

David Williams & Ronnie Taib

Our webmaster Chris Stevenson has written a great report on the forum, be sure to check it out to better understand how NavShield differs from a NSWRA rogaine!

Rogaining makes it to the ABC!

After making it to the Australian Financial Review a couple of months back, rogaining has once again attracted some more high profile attention, this time on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where 8 members of the state Rogaining Associations, including WRC setter David Baldwin and original sport founders in the 1960s, Neil Phillips and Gail Davies, talk in detail about what the sport is and why it is such a worthwhile investment of time and energy.

Check it out here!

Big Foot Orienteers Snogaine – Sunday 7 August

Any skiers here? Andy Simpson reports that Big Foot Orienteers and Perisher X Country have partnered up to stage a Ski orienteering event in Perisher on August 7th. There is a “snogaine” included in this, which will start at midday.

It is traditionally a fairly low-key “rough and ready” event, though it is a lot of fun if the weather is good it is a lot of fun, so if any rogainers are thinking of heading to the ski slopes over that weekend, be sure to check it out

More Details Here

ACT Winter Rogaine – Sunday 14th

A 4 hour rogaine is going to be held in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT. This event is being generously supported by an ACT government grant and will be run over two days. Saturday will see the ANU contingent training for their Inward Bound, while Sunday will be open to all other rogainers. Glenn Bridgart has set the course to provide entertainment for the ANU contingent, and for the many families we anticipate will come and give rogaining a go.

Entries Open Here

Call for Volunteers

Our sport depends on people contributing time and energy to the organisation of our events. See the volunteers calendar and if you’d like to put your hand up, or know more about roles please get in touch with Dale at or contact the event organiser.

Not ready for a major role? How about helping out as an assistant to the registration team or event organiser? There are also other odd jobs that require assistance during the year such as equipment maintenance, trailer towing, administrative tasks (such as searching for a better insurance deal), etc.

Calendar of Events 2016

Our events for 2016 can be found here...

Tristan White

Publicity Officer

NSW Rogaining Association


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