Sunday 16th February 2020
10 am start from John Doggett Park in West Hobart
Rogaining is a strategy sport for everyone, conducted on foot in teams of two to five people. Using a purpose-made map marked with check points of differing points values, the aim is to devise a route to visit as many locations as possible and correctly answer the related clue to gather points, all within a set time limit.
This is a pleasant event with an energetic emphasis on participation, houses, history, art, and some oddities around parts of North Hobart and West Hobart. The course area is bounded roughly by Letitia Street, Wilson Street, Mt Stuart Road, Landsdowne Crescent and Patrick Street, with a few ups and downs in the terrain.
Start and finish are at the playground in John Doggett Park (aka the Skate Park) off Lochner Street, West Hobart – enter off Lochner or Hamilton Street. There are toilets at the start and plenty of parking in nearby streets, however, this is an open air assembly area with little shelter and seating (which may be being used by others), so please come prepared, especially with a chair.
HOUSES will show you working class homes and some more elaborate homes of the area, and ask you to record house names, and in some cases the date they were built and name of the occupant.
HISTORY provides clues about the developments, lives and goings on in early North Hobart and West Hobart.
ART is a more modern aspect which takes you to works on public view across the course area.
WHOKNOWS covers a range of unusual items noted in the area.
This Socialgaine is identical in style and conduct to the similar event held in Sandy Bay / Battery Point in July 2018. North Hobart was settled soon after European arrival as more of a farming and working class area, thus most houses are quite small and on small plots, built close together and predominantly clad in weatherboard.
Rogaining Tasmania conducted highly successful Australasian Championship 24 hr and Roving 15 hr events on the weekend of 9th and 10th of November, 2019
For full details please see the event website at https://arc2019.rt.asn.au/ which includes:
- A downloadable map showing the course
- Final results for the Australasian Championship 24 hr and Roving 15 hr events as well as scores for the Interstate and Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy
- Photos from the finish and presentations
- Greig Hamilton from New Zealand prepared some incredible route "visualisations" that show distance, estimated climb and scoring efficiency for every team amongst other information
- Links to "Routegadget" that displays the GPS traces for some teams.
Many thanks to the Tasmanian volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.
Event results are available here
Saturday 17 August – come along for a four-hour foot or bike rogaine set exclusively on the Derwent’s sunny Eastern Shore and up into the Meehan Range. With the Hash House in the Sea Scout Hall behind the Clarence Aquatic centre the event will allow you to explore the delightful beaches and suburbs of the sunnier side of the river and the trails of its ranges and parks.
Go hard and grab some vertical or go soft and grab something chilled (or hot) as you pass through the Bellerive waterfront. The choice – as they say in real estate land – is yours. Whichever path you choose you will be sure to find a scenic lookout or two from which to look across the Derwent at the large and snowy (well, maybe) kunanyi. You may very well find yourselves travelling in the footsteps of Darwin or sitting on a cannon in an historic Napoleonic-era fort. You will undoubtedly view plants described in Sir Joseph Hooker’s Flora Tasmaniae (1855).
Your domain will stretch from Howrah in the south to Lindisfarne in the north and west. New mapping will allow you to explore the tracks and trails of the Meehan Range as far to the east as Stringy Bark Gully. What will you discover?
By Paul Liggins
The moral of the story: if you've just finished a hard run, gasping for breath and not thinking straight, and Gary Carroll approaches, walk away as fast as you possibly can.
When Gary asked if I was interested in helping with a rogaine, my oxygen-depleted brain thought (a) I've done about a dozen rogaines so (b) its about time I did my bit and (c) its a long way off so there's plenty of time and anyway (d) how hard can it be? Thus, somewhat rashly I said yes, immediately recognising my error when I saw the look of surprise in Gary's eyes.
Gary applied his skills of the dark arts and magically came up with a base map. I applied my special skill, procrastinating, leaving it to Easter to do map refinement and corrections. Then two days before Easter I hurt my back and spent all my allotted mapping and course setting time lying on the floor watching Fox Sports.
By Allan Hood
Tom, Mick and myself teamed up for the recent 6 hour rogaine, held in perfect - even warm ? - autumn weather.
We had initially planned a clockwise loop going to Fern Tree first, but the lure of big points in Sandy Bay as well as faster terrain, prompted us to start with Mount Nelson and continue in a large anti-clockwise loop, giving lots of zig zag options back through the Waterworks and Ridgeway.
Our first hour netted a good 8 controls for 330 points, and just on 10km covered (downhill assisted!) as we made our way back onto Churchill Avenue.