Metrogaine 2012

Well, didn’t I enjoy a cold beer on the balcony after getting home last night from a long day at Orange Grove school. A long but pleasant day – so many happy faces.
The Metrogaine 2012 (Baygaine) seems to have passed off very well with surprisingly positive feedback about the area/course. I personally know Balmain, Rozelle etc is a nice area but I had been worried that it may a bit too urban for rogainers. It appears however to have made an interesting alternative for most people to cliffs, leeches & scratchy things.
Very pleasing to see how many families, school groups, novices were able to enjoy the day – I guess that’s partly what Metro- and Socialgaines are meant to be about.
The Hash House turned out to be a godsend with the large roof structure once the storm hit.
In terms of course feedback, lots of people commented on the pleasant Balmain headlands.
A couple of teams highlighted that Control 106 was wrongly marked by 1 block which caused a bit of angst and so we have given teams the benefit of the doubt. It was also pointed out to me that after my explanation in the coursesetters’ notes about the difficulties of getting from 91 to 58 because of a large fence – there was actually a gate so you could just waltz on through. Disappointed no-one fell off the plank @ 91.
The map from the new software seems to have gone well though a couple of teams queried some thin white strips along the foreshore where there are not paths. It may be something to do with tidelines & property boundaries but we will investigate. Hopefully the lack of street names kept everyone’s brains alert.
Looking forward to any feedback – highlights, control comments.

2011 Socialgaine

Neil Hawthorne and Warwick Selby set our Socialgaine in 2011, in Garigal NP around Middle Harbour Creek. It was a great event, with lots of interesting route choices (I think it catered well for all types of rogainers) and some nice areas to explore. I thought I knew pretty well all the tracks around Middle Harbour Creek, but clearly I was wrong!

We got some very HOT weather on Sunday (according to BOM it got to 34.5 at Terrey Hills – not much you can do about that!) and this slowed everyone’s pace a bit. In the heat the creek looked more tempting than usual, despite its murky tidal flows, and I think quite a few teams enjoyed a quick dip to cool off.

My team mate had a nasty fall about 2 hrs in and we limped back and pulled out early (glad St Johns were there with a supply of ice!), so unfortunately we didn’t get to make the most of it… therefore I’ll be doubly interested to hear what everyone else thought! Where did you go? How did you handle the heat? How did you enjoy this rogaine?

What is our balance of events like?

Here at the NSWRA committee, we are often pondering over whether we have too many shorter and/or urban events – compared to longer and more distant bush events, or whether we should even be having *more* of them, since they seem to attract larger fields.

We do have a general underlying preference for the bush events, because they get us out into the places that we wouldn’t get to go to otherwise (and the Goulburn river area was an absolutely superb example of that!) – and because there is a larger chance of seeing a wombat, but maybe we are biased…!

What do you think?

20th Lake Macquarie 6/12 hour rogaine

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this year’s Lake Macquarie event a success!  Thanks particularly to Bob Gilbert for co-ordinating, Bert van Netten, Anita Bickle, Dug Floyd, Neil Chappel, Rob and Marg Cook for course setting and vetting, and Ian Dempsey for mapping.  This group has been hard at work for many weekends to bring this event to us.  We also enjoyed lovely hash house food provided by the Cardiff Scouts, tea and damper by Sylvia Burgess, safety services from BWRS and the SES, and seamless administration by Neal and Emma McDonald and Graeme and Vicki Cooper.  If I’ve missed anyone else, thank you too!

From my perspective as a participant, it was a fun event with some nice features.  We particularly enjoyed the creek between 51, 52, 86, 85 – however I’m glad we were there in daylight, and not trying to negotiate that terrain in the dark!  Like all good Lake Macquarie rogaines, this one featured its fair share of steep and slippery slopes, lantana, lawyer vine, mud and the odd leech!  But this one also had some amazing views from the escarpment (including the tea and damper spot) and sections of really nice bush (I thought the grass trees were particularly impressive, and at this time of year there are some nice flowers starting to come out) to make up for it.  We even found a few beautiful big old eucalypts which had escaped being logged.

I hope everyone had fun, and I look forward to reading your thoughts and feedback here.


48th Paddy Pallin 6 hour

G’day rogainers,

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Paddy Pallin Rogaine at Belanglo!  We were treated to some really nice weather (though it could have been a bit warmer at the finish!) and it sounds like most people had fun out there.  I saw plenty of smiling faces at the finish.  We’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and feedback about the event, or you can use this space to swap stories with other teams, or however you like – but keep it clean and related to rogaining – thanks 🙂

Thanks again to all the volunteers (you can find all their names listed on the volunteer page), plus State Forests and other landholders, our sponsor Paddy Pallin, caterers 1st Waitara Scouts, safety crew BWRS and new event adminstrators Emma and Neal!


47th Paddy Pallin 6 hour

The distinguishing feature of this rogaine would have to be the thick vegetation.  As is often the case I never got to walk more than 100m from the start.   That was enough to reinforce my impression when driving in that full body armour would be necessary.  Despite this, the winning team came back looking very fresh after going to all but 11 of the 52 check points.

It takes a lot of time and energy to make these events happen.  I’d like to point out to you all here that this one happened without an organiser.  I’m sure you all want the show to go on so please have a look at the  “Volunteer Table” , decide how you can help at a coming event, then send an email to  “[email protected]“.   Until we fill the Volunteer Coordinator vacancy on the committee your email will just happen to come to me.

Please tell us here what your thoughts are about this event or any other matter related to rogaining in NSW.


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”!


“Short and Sweet” minigaine

Well it was short.  For a rogaine that is.  How about the “Sweet”?  Tell us  what did you think of this event?   Would you like more using much the same formula?

Tell us here!


“Sugarloaf Spectacular” Metrogaine

G’day rogainers,

From Richard’s report I see he and his team turned on another very successful event.   Tell us here about your experience at this rogaine and any suggestions that may make for better future rogaines.    If you took any photos and would like to add them to those already on the event page,  give me a call on 6772 3584 and I’ll advise you how to send them.

Graeme Cooper