last rogaine of the year (rogaining
is long distance orienteering; 6-24 h usually). Designed as an event
to attract people that wouldn't normally venture out into the bush to
navigate off the tracks, the Socialgaine was held around Sydney's lower
North Shore, taking in fab harbour views and offering plenty of opportunities
to pause for a latte, if that was your cup of proverbial tea.
Compared to the usual rogaine in the bush, the course was laden with checkpoints - you came across them every 10 min or so, rather than every 30 min like you would in the bush. This was good - kept it interesting, given that there was not much in the way of navigation to worry about. The course extended from Willoughby in the north to the Harbour Bridge and Kirribilli in the south and east, and to Longueville in the west (although i don't think anyone really got over that way).
Merlin and I had a great time - i think he really enjoyed it (perhaps up until the last 30 min or so - we had been walking hard for 5.5 h by that stage and the weather had been pretty warm...). We visited plenty of checkpoints and found a few tricky shortcuts through the suburbs.
But Jacqui and Louise were the real champions - they blitzed the women's section of the event and took away a bushwalking book each for their efforts!