“Karst Irony” – The Fun Rogaine

Posted on 21/05/2017 by Chris Stevenson Julian Ledger and I lined up for the 6 hour event yesterday. We were not keen for the 12 hour event, having competed in the 24 hour Australian Championship only a fortnight before. The “Karst Irony” event was quite a contrast to the National Championship. In the National Championship we […]

The Paddy Pallin Rogaine Mixed Teams Trophy

Posted on 14/06/2017 by Chris, for Trevor Gollan One feature of the Paddy Pallin Rogaine is its history.  Paddy initiated the “Paddy Pallin Orienteering Contest” in 1964 to encourage people to enjoy the bush with minimal impact and to practice and improve their navigation skills.  In 1988 it morphed into the Paddy Pallin Rogaine, organised […]


Posted on 19/06/2017 by Chris Stevenson “Never in the field of human competition was so many fences crossed by so few competitors” (Sorry Winston.) The 2017 Paddy Pallin event was held at Sydney University’s farm “Arthursleigh’ at Big Hill and I was quite looking forward to the event. Normally I prefer complex navigation, mountains and thick […]

My Wrap – Lake Macquarie 2017 6hr

Posted on 07/08/2017 by Chris Stevenson I confess I was a bit nervous when I read pre-event information which included the line “Gaiters or other leg coverings (full body cover recommended)”. I have done the Lake Macquarie event a few times over my last 23 years of rogaining and I have had my fair share of […]

10 reasons why you should compete in the 24 hour NSW Championship

Posted on 09/09/2017 by Chris Stevenson There are many reasons why you should compete in the 24 hour at the NSW Championship and here are some: 1. It is cheaper than the 8 hour eventBoth the 8 hour event and the 24 hour event costs $100 ($75 concession) and therefore the 24 hour event costs […]

Ciara Smart’s account of the 2017 World Rogaining Championships in Rēzekne, Latvia

Posted on 09/09/2017 by Chris – for Ciara Smart And they say Australia is inhospitable! This year I was lucky enough to travel to Latvia to compete in the World Rogaining Championships, along with nearly a thousand others. At the closing ceremony of the previous World Championships, held near Alice Springs in Australia, I recall the […]

Trev’s Puzzle

Posted on 06/11/2017 by Chris Stevenson Finally, a small puzzle… Dave Williams nominated as his favourite place on the course, “the dramatic knife-edge spur above 92 on the way from 70. We timed it perfectly with great views east just before sunset.” Here is a great example of the difficult country that the top teams […]

Rogaining’s Social Structure

Posted on 10/11/2017 by Chris Stevenson I do not remember much about studying ancient history at school but I do remember the class structure of Ancient Greek society and the “Pentacosiomedimni” whose wealth can be defined as being greater than 500 bags of wheat. Like Ancient Greek society rogaining has its own class structure, of […]

Strategic Plan – What’s Wrong with Rogaining

Posted on 18/11/2017 by Chris Stevenson What’s wrong with Rogaining? I reckon there is nothing wrong with rogaining. I love the sport and I have been happily competing for 23 years now and I am looking forward to giving the Super Veterans a run for their money when I qualify next year. So I am probably […]

Night Navigation

[Due to a server failure in Aug-2019 we have restored this historic post] Posted on 27/02/2018 by Chris Stevenson With the Navigation Workshop coming up in April, I thought I would write some of my thoughts and experiences about night navigation. My first experience of night navigation was during my first event, which was the […]