event # 3: heart of my harts

This edition of the winter rogaine series will take place on August 31st, 2019 and put you into the heart of Hart's hill. Enjoy. 

Maps: Maps are 1:50K in scale, but enlarged to be more easily seen and used. They are printed on waterproof and tearproof paper, but will tear once cut/nicked, so don't be too abusive.  Each of this winter's events will utilize different sections of the same map, so hang on to your maps to avoid having to pay for new ones at the next event. You may need to copy controls and/or information from a master map onto your map, and if this is the case you should USE CARE when doing this!  

Controls: There are 10 controls. Each will have a punch. The punch card is on the back of your maps.  You'll need to punch at each of the controls and have it verified at the end of the event for your efforts to be included in the event results.  Controls will be labelled either A, M, or E for 'achieved, merit, and excellence.' This indicates the relative (but subjective) difficulty that our setters felt each control presents. This difficulty can be based on things like distance from marked trails, challenge of reading features, and/or the ruggedness of the terrain encountered. Note that some of the Achieved controls may still be beyond your ability to get, and the difficulty you have when going after a control might depend upon the direction of your approach. 

Schedule: We will be at Control Gates Reach from 8:30(ish) am on the day, ready with maps.  You can get your map and copy points and plan your route once we have confirmed your membership or you have signed up as a day member and paid the appropriate fees. You can set off any time after 9 am. There will be a clipboard where teams/individual note their start time, and then check in upon finishing. You can start anytime between 9 and 11 am, at which stage I  will go and grab another coffee.  Participants should be back at Rainbow Reach by 4 pm. [Note--if you've done the last couple rogaines you'll notice this allows a maximum of 7 hours instead of 6. This is because it will take approx 15 minutes each way to walk to the closest boundary (line 5) of the area where the controls are located. ]

Ranking: Ranking is by # of controls first, then total time. 

Safety: We recommend that participants, particularly those without prior familiarity of the area, take extra precautions. These might include participating as part of a group, carrying a GPS in case of getting lost, and/or carrying a PLB.  Cell phones will often get reception in the course area, especially as one moves upward in elevation. In general, participants should be self reliant or should travel with others who are. 

Course Length: Our best guess is that a proficient navigator that makes no mistakes and travels well through Fiordland bush could possibly clear the course in under 3-4 hours.  For beginning orienteers with little bush experience, clearing the course in 7 hours is unlikely.  But anyone/everyone will hopefully have a good time and learn something.  

Annual members will need to bring $5 per map they want. Maps are 'reusable' and can be kept for subsequent events. If you aren't yet an annual member but plan to be, might want to bite the bullet and join up.

Day members will need to join as such for $10 for the day. This includes a map if you don't have one.