After 17 years, the SA Rogaining Association has found its way back to the Limestone Coast.
On the weekend of 20-21 July, a couple of hundred rogainers will descend on Joanna Community Hall and the surrounding district to compete in a 15-hour rogaine, named Conquering Cave Country.
Never heard of rogainers or rogaines?
A rogaine can be best likened to an endurance version of an orienteering event. Competitors are required to navigate their way around the countryside on foot, using only a topographical map and compass, looking for "checkpoints" within a specified period.
Rogaining is an adventure strategy sport - the equivalent of long distance cross-country navigation.
In this event, teams of 2-5 people will navigate for up to 15 hours within a 24-hour period (you can choose to compete for only a few hours).
Each team chooses their own route so that in most cases, no two teams will travel the same path.
The objective of rogaining is to gain the highest score by finding the most checkpoints with the highest points within the set time.
Rogainers are of all ages, from young children through to men and women in their 70s. While a few teams run for many hours, most teams just walk.
Rogainers love being outdoors, thrive on exploring new environments and enjoy teamwork, endurance and exercising brain and body.
Rogaining is a safe, healthy sport, full of designed safety procedures. All competitors are briefed prior to an event on suitable clothing, gear, the map, terrain and general conditions, including potential dangers such flooded creeks. Areas like farmer's crops, cave openings and vineyards are marked out-of-bounds or cordoned off with flagged ropes if necessary.
A large home-made dinner is included in the entry fee on the Saturday night, along with breakfast and barbecue lunch on Sunday.
The event will use the Joanna Hall as its "hash hut" (operations centre) and will help to raise much-needed funds for the hall's kitchen renovation.
Local landowners have generously allowed access to their land for this event and the rogaining community is looking forward to exploring the district. There is an open invitation for locals to join in the fun - it's a great way to explore your own backyard!
For more information or to enter the event, visit www.sarogaining.com.au.