Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation.
It is closely related to orienteering and many people enjoy both sports.
The key features that distinguish rogaining are:
1. it is a team sport,
2. rogaines are much longer events, usually 6, 8, 12 or 24 hours,
3. teams choose their own route as there is no set course, and
4. the emphasis is on participation and having fun rather than competition.
Teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible in twenty-four hours. Checkpoints are scored differently depending on level of difficulty in reaching them; therefore teams choose a strategy (for example, to visit many low score checkpoints). Teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to hilly forest.
A central base camp known as a "hash house" provides hot meals throughout the event and teams may return at any time to eat, rest or sleep. Teams travel at their own pace and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at their own level of competition and comfort. Team members stay within earshot of each other.
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The exact equipment requirements depend on the location and length of the rogaine and will always be listed in the event entry form