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11 July 2021

Hi all,

I hope you all enjoyed your day today - nice forest, nice weather, no mud, only the odd hill.... what more could you want!

Many thanks to Kay Knightbridge, Beth & Charlotte Spence and Renee Beveridge for their efforts in planning the event - it was very well set with people going all sorts of different routes and very few trains of people all going the same way. Many thanks also to all those who helped on the day from set-up to control collection, and of course the IT experts - we couldn't have done it without you! And of course, many thanks to our sponsors Bivouac Outdoor and Borics Orchards who provided the spot prizes and the yummy fruit at the end.

Results and photos are on the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz so take a look and see how you went. If you look at the splits you can see which route others took which can be a great learning tool.

LOST PROPERTY - a set of toyota car keys with an AT hop card, a green label with GO6 (or GOb) on it, and a yellow/green bottle opener attached and a pair of bluetooth ear bud thingies were found in the forest, at a fence crossing. If these are yours, let us know and we will get them back to you.

Coming Events

The next rogaine event on the calendar is the Great Forest Rogaine on 31st July in Rotorua. There are 3 or 6 hour options, foot or MTB. See www.obop.org.nz for details.

There are also regular orienteering events coming up - check out the North West Orienteering Club website for details www.nwoc.org.nz. These are usually point to point courses where you have to get the controls in the correct order. There are always courses for all levels of ability so if you enjoyed the rogaine, come and try it!

Thanks again for coming and hope to see you at another event.

Rob Garden,
North West Orienteering Club.


09 July 2021

Thanks for entering the North West Orienteering Club Bivouac 90 minute Rogaine this Sunday. Here's what you need to know...

Please take special note of the parking arrangements and the one-way traffic system.

HOW TO GET THERE

The event centre is accessed via 45 Slater Road, South Head, near Helensville - GPS Coordinates 36°37'03"S, 174°20'30"E.

  • • From central Auckland take the North Western Motorway and SH16 towards Helensville.
  • • Just before Helensville turn left at the roundabout towards Parakai.
  • • Continue through the township, out the other side and a further 9km up South Head Road.
  • • Turn left into Slater Road and follow orange and white orienteering signs.
  • • From the letterbox, the route to the event centre is a further 4.5km along a well gravelled farm/forest road.
  • • Allow 70 minutes from central Auckland.

PARKING - PLEASE READ!!

Parking is very limited near the event centre and for this reason we have an initial parking area 1km from the farm entrance. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED PAST THIS POINT WITHOUT A FULL CAR.
If you are travelling with only 1 or 2 people in the car, please park in this paddock and hitch a ride, or pick up 2 or 3 extra people to fill your car. Once near the event centre, parking may be up to 750m away from the start/finish/registration area. Please follow directions from the parking marshalls so we can squeeze everyone in.

IMPORTANT!!!

The farm/forest road is narrow and therefore ONE WAY ONLY - you can only drive in before 11am and you can only drive out after 12:30pm. If you must drop someone off then you can only do so in the initial parking paddock, you can not drive all the way to the event centre. You will then have to negotiate on-coming traffic on the way out WITHOUT driving on the verges of my driveway.

WHAT TO BRING

  • • Walking or running shoes, preferably with good grip.
  • • Comfortable clothes to walk or run in. Warm clothes and clean shoes to change into afterwards.
  • • A compass if you have one - we have a limited number available to borrow on a first-in-first-serve basis.
  • • Water and snacks.
  • • The dog if you have a well behaved one.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Registration opens at 9:30am. Maps are issued at 10:30am giving you 30 minutes to plan your route. There will be a short briefing before the start at 11:00am. Event finish is at 12:30pm and a lolly scramble, prize-giving and spot-prize draw will be held at 1:00pm.

Please come early! You need to allow time to park, register, and get yourselves ready to go by 10:30am. Registration can take up to 15 minutes.

COACHING

There will be free coaching available for anyone especially newcomers from 9:30am.

This is a great opportunity to get some advice and tips on map-reading and rogaine planning from experienced orienteers - they will be wearing high viz vests.

Check out the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz for tips on understanding maps and orienteering.

HOW IT WORKS

The map will be at a scale of 1:10,000 which means 1 cm on the map is 100 metres on the ground.

Just to spice things up, there are two different contour intervals on the map. The (steep) area to the north has a 5 metre interval; the (flatter) area to the south has a 2.5 metre contour interval. There is a purple dashed line indicating the separation.

There will be 10 easy checkpoints worth 30 points, that are the 130-139 range, 10 moderately difficult checkpoints worth 40 points (140-149) and 10 difficult controls worth 50 points each (150-159). If you are new please leave the difficult controls, as you could spend a long time trying to find them.

You have 90 minutes to find as many as you can. You don't have to stay out the whole 90 minutes but don't be late back! There are penalties of 20 points per minute or part-minute you are late.

SPONSORS

A big thank you to our sponsors for the series.
Bivouac Outdoor have several shops throughout Auckland to supply you with all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs. Check out their range at bivouac.co.nz. Apart from some great spot-prizes, they have supplied us with 20%-off vouchers - make sure you pick yours up when you register.
Borics Orchards have an amazing range of fresh produce including fruit, veges, meat and fish plus a whole lot of specialty food items. They are offering 10% off for all rogainers on Sunday - just identify yourself as an entrant to get your discount.

See you all on Sunday,
Rob Garden,
North West Orienteering Club.


19 June 2021

Thanks for entering the North West Orienteering Club Bivouac 90 minute Rogaine this Sunday. Here's what you need to know...

HOW TO GET THERE

The event centre is at Barlow Road, off Ararimu Valley Road, Riverhead Forest. GPS Coordinates 36°42'34"S, 174°33'33"E. From central Auckland take the North Western Motorway and SH16 towards Kumeu. Go past the Riverhead-Coatesville Highway (Borics Orchards are on the corner) and then turn right at the Taupaki Rd roundabout into Old North Road. Go straight ahead at the next roundabout and continue 5.5km until you reach Ararimu Valley Road on your right. Turn right, then continue a further 4.5km to the Barlow Road entrance. There will be orange and white orienteering signs from the Old North Road/Ararimu Valley Road junction. Allow 45 minutes from central Auckland.

WHAT TO BRING

  • • Walking or running shoes, preferably with good grip. They will get wet and muddy, especially with the recent rain we have had.
  • • Comfortable clothes to walk or run in. Warm clothes and clean shoes to change into afterwards.
  • • A compass if you have one - we have a limited number available to borrow on a first-in-first-serve basis.
  • • Water and snacks.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Registration opens at 9:30am. Maps are issued at 10:30am giving you 30 minutes to plan your route. There will be a short briefing before the start at 11:00am. Event finish is at 12:30pm and a lolly scramble, prizegiving and spot-prize draw will be held at 1:00pm.

Please come early! You need to allow time to park, register, and get yourselves ready to go by 10:30am. Registration can take up to 15 minutes.

COACHING

There will be free coaching available for anyone especially newcomers from 9:30am. This is a great opportunity to get some advice and tips on map-reading and rogaine planning from experienced orienteers - they will be wearing high viz vests. Check out the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz for tips on understanding maps and orienteering.

HOW IT WORKS

The map will be at a scale of 1:10,000 which means 1 cm on the map is 100 metres on the ground, and the contour interval is 5 metres.

There will be 10 easy checkpoints worth 30 points, that are the 130-139 range, 10 moderately difficult checkpoints worth 40 points (140-149) and 10 difficult controls worth 50 points each (150-159). If you are new please leave the difficult controls, as you could spend a long time trying to find them.

As a bonus for this event, there are an additional 5 checkpoints worth a lolly for each one you visit. There is also a 10 point bonus but you must get all 5 of the extra controls to qualify. These checkpoints will not have an electronic box - you must use the clipper to clip the boxes printed on your map.

You have 90 minutes to find as many as you can. You don't have to stay out the whole 90 minutes but don't be late back! There are penalties of 20 points per minute or part-minute you are late.

SPONSORS

A big thank you to our sponsors for the series.
Bivouac Outdoor have several shops throughout Auckland to supply you with all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs. Check out their range at bivouac.co.nz. Apart from some great spot-prizes, they have supplied us with 20%-off vouchers - make sure you pick yours up when you register.
Borics Orchards have an amazing range of fresh produce including fruit, veges, meat and fish plus a whole lot of specialty food items. They are offering 10% off for all rogainers on Sunday - just identify yourself as an entrant to get your discount.

See you all on Sunday,
Rob Garden,
North West Orienteering Club.


15 June 2021

Hi All,

North West Orienteering Club is excited that the 2021 Bivouac Rogaine Series starts again this Sunday in Riverhead Forest. We're looking forward to seeing you in the forest again! On-line entries close at midnight Wednesday 16th June so get your entries in now. Entry on the day will also be available but it makes life a bit easier for us to know how many maps to print in advance.

The website also has some great tips on orienteering, rogaines and maps. Check out our facebook posts too - https://www.facebook.com/rogaineseries.co.nz

Hope to see you soon,

Rob Garden,
North West Orienteering Club


25 April 2021

Dates and venues for the 2021 Rogaine Series are now published (see the panel to the right) and entries are now open, online entry is available here.

Remember that the first 50 people to enter all races in the Rogaine Series go in the draw to win a fantastic new pack from Bivouac Outdoor.

Dates of 2021 Events:

20th June - Barlow Road, Riverhead

11th July - Slater Rd, South Head

Thank you to our sponsors:

The main Series sponsor is
Bivouac Outdoor

Thanks also to
Boric Food Market

ORGANISERS:
North West Orienteering Club

Very Affordable Entry Fees!

(listed Senior / Junior)

90min Single Event:   $25 / $10
Under 10*:   FREE
* = born in 2012 or later

Late Entries / Enter on the Day:   90min $35 / $15 (cash only please)

SportIdent hire:   $3 per team per race