Time to Lose Control?

By Brett Davis In rogaining, the terms “control” and “checkpoint” are pretty much interchangeable, with both used to describe those often elusive points on the map that we have to find. Orienteering began in the late 19th century, and was the first sport to use the term “control point”. In the early days, control points […]

Dinosaurs, Morse Code and Rogaining

Navigation Today Don’t get me wrong, I love rogaining, but I am starting to wonder if, like dinosaurs and Morse Code, rogaining might have had its glory days, unless we adapt. I am a keen bushwalker and I am partial to off track walking, so I used to rely heavily on my map and compass […]

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rogainer: the Search for the Perfect Partner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rogainer: the Search for the Perfect Partner by Brett Davis Rogaining is a team sport, and most people seem to rogaine with the same partner or partners in every event they enter – like Quinn and Baldwin, Taib and Williams, Field and Dearnley … Ideally, you want your partner […]

2022 ACT Championships and the one that got away

One of the benefits of being a rogainer in New South Wales is that there are a choice of rogaines put on not only by the local Association but also those organised by the ACT Rogaining organisation. As Canberra is surrounded by New South Wales these rogaines nearly all happen in our state – a […]

My Wrap of the Cherry Pye-gaine

A Great  Location I really like Cherrybrook as a location for a short or city based event. The suburb is literally surrounded by bushy creeks with Pye Creek to the north and Berowra Creek to the east and south. There is a nice bush plateau area NE out to Refuge Rock (Control 71) and the […]

Missing Maps

Missing Maps We are trying to complete our archives. In particular we want to get a complete inventory of maps used in NSW rogaines since the first rogaine in 1983. We have made pretty good progress with approximately 170 maps already on file. We are missing the maps below. If you can help by scanning […]

Map memory

What is Map Memory? Map memory, as defined for use in rogaining and orienteering, is the ability to look at a map and commit the relevant portion of the map to memory, it is said that this is useful for finding the next control without having to continually refer to the physical map. This is […]

James McArthur – The Untold Story of Naming Kosciuszko

James Macarthur - The Untold Story of Naming Koscuiszko

By John Anderson Well known NSW rogainer, John Anderson, has written and self-published a book about James Macarthur and his role in the bringing about the first ascent of Mt Kosciuszko. It sheds new light on Strzelecki’s climb to make it to the summit. I learnt from the book review that John has climbed Hannels […]

Paddy Pallin Rogainers by Age (Fighting in the middle ages)

In my previous post “Rogainers are Getting Older” I looked at the average age of rogainers and the fact that, on average, rogainers are getting older. This led to a number of questions like: If we have relatively more older rogainers which age groups are not coming? If we have a decline in some age […]

Rogainers are Getting Older

I had a chance meeting today with a rogainer who has recently turned 75, but is still a fine athlete. He (I’ll give that much away) still has the audacity to beat me from time to time. He was asking when we are going to have an over 75 category in our rogaines. I am […]