The Joadja Ghost

First and foremost, thanks to all of you who posted here your thoughts about the Manly Dam Minigaine.  I assure you the organisers and the committee will take note of what you said.

The Joadja Ghost was clearly a very different event.  When I first looked at the map of the area my reaction was that this cannot be done.  It was only after the event concluded and everyone came back, many late admittedly, that I had to concede that it was possible.  Collecting some of the flags from the NW corner showed me that it was not always easy going.  I always wonder at the distance the top teams cover in one of these events.

Please tell us all here what your thoughts are about any aspect of this event.

Thursday 6 May

As an arm-chair exercise, try working out the shortest practical route which takes in all controls.  To help you do this I have added a table on the Results Contents page that gives the coordinates in tens of metres of each control site.   You can use this table in conjunction with the Paul Shield’s Route Calculator to arrive at a starting point.  You should get an answer about 46km.  The unusually large number of obstacles on this map means you will have to make a lot of changes and hence stretch the overall length.  Send in your answers as a string of flag numbers and the overall length.   You might become the “Arm Chair Rogaining Champion”!


4 Replies to “The Joadja Ghost”

  1. We have nothing but good things to say about the Joadja Rogaine. The location was wonderful, the hash house exceptional, the food excellent, the all night cafe (visited twice) was terrific (especially the cupcakes), and the course was challenging without being unfair. We were given plenty of warning about the clifflines and creeks, and anyone who has done a few rogaines quickly realises that topographic maps and reality are sometimes two entirely different things. The teams which came back late will have learned a valuable, if painful, lesson. A rogaine, like life, is not meant to be easy.

  2. A huge thank you to all the people who put such an enormous effort in to make the Joadja event possible! It was our first rogaine with baby Julian outside the womb (his other was when he was 6 1/2 months gestation….) and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. As a member of one of the ‘late’ teams in the 12hr I was happy with the course, planning a route was never an issue and as a team we found all control markers.

    Distances and times between markers were as expected, so why late?

    There were a few controls on the map that were not the easiest to spot…even when very, very close. This blew some time and I think Phil summarised it very well in his organiser’s report on the web site….”having to return to the hash house by long routes that could not be easily shortened by dropping checkpoints” – spot on.

    All good, Rogaines are not meant to be easy 🙂

  4. I was a member of a three person team in the 6 hour event. We really enjoyed the location, course and friendly atmosphere. We had long planned to visit Joadja from a historical perspective, so this was a golden opportunity for us. Consequently our route was planned to take in as much of the ruins as possible. Two of us have been keen bushwalkers for many years but this was only our third rogaine. Our third team member is a former venturer but a rogaining “virgin” and thoroughly enjoyed his first outing.

    We plotted an ambitious “flight plan” that we were never likely to achieve in the time available. Better to aim high. We got through possibly half of it, finishing with the railway skip climb/return with about 10 minutes to spare. Boy was that thing steep!

    Once it started raining we decided to avoid the canyon area, switching to our documented “wet weather” route by dropping controls 90, 34 and maybe one other from memory. This allowed us to continue in a logical sequence without wasting time. We were only stumped by one of the controls attempted, being No. 61. All but maybe one team we encountered later said they couldn’t locate it either. Was there something tricky about the placement? Reviewing the results though, 58 teams managed to find it. Although definitely not at the pointy end of the competition, we were pleased to finish in the first half of the results.

    Looking at the challenging nature and remoteness of parts of the course I can understand how some teams may have returned late. Although relatively inexperienced I’m usually organised and methodical, with a reasonable sense of time and distance, so focused on where we are in relation to remaining time. We aimed to be not too far from the hash house as the deadline drew near, even though that meant sacrificing some much desired controls.

    Thank you very much to the organisers and volunteers for making this such an enjoyable rogaine. We’re now putting a team together for the upcoming Paddy Pallin event.

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