Once again Highland Events have secured two fantastic Central Otago fine wool properties for our winter Rogaine 11 May 2013, Timburn and Long Acre Stations . The topography is awesome ranging from 400m to 800m with heaps of interesting features. We will once again be holding the family Rogaine which proved very popular in our Tarras spring Rogaine.
So watch this space for some pictures when we start setting the course. Just a note to confirm that this is not a cryptic rogaine, it will be set along traditional Rogaine style. The controls will be set with a5 of weather proof materail with a code to be recorded.
Yesterday 11/01/12 I had a portering job up to French Ridge hut for two climbers. Jo caught wind of this and thought it would be great idea to join me as she is training for a 10 day Adventure Race in Patagonia. After several days of back to back missions her day went something like this. In the lake at 7am for a 1.8k swimm (Jo is doing Wanaka Challenge) at work by 8am, finish work at 1pm meet Ed at 1.15pm. Drive to Rasberry flat, hop onto MTB 2.30pm and bike through to Aspiring Hut . I drive to Aspiring Hut in Nigel No Worries, (Nissan Safari) with the gear to be portered to FR. 23kgs, off bike on with pack, trek up to FR hut. Spend about an hour there as Jo’s hubbie, Simon, was there guiding. Whilist there Simon talked Jo into her bring down his wet climbing rope, the deal was a free dinner out on Simon, I thought Jo bring the rope down was a great idea as it would give me a chance of keeping up. Next a very quick trip back down to Aspiring Hut arriving 8.45pm, onto bike to Rasberry Flat head back to Wanaka at 9.15pm. Goodness knows what she is doing today. I don’t know how she does all that training and work as well, it is amazing!!!
All the best for Patagonia Jo
Check out our Big Easy course profiles for both the Marathon and Mountain Bike
Make sure your breakes are well maintained for this one!
If you are considering atempting this as your first Mt. Marathon because it looks relatively easy with all the down-hill please remember to take it VERY easy on the steeper down-hill bits (about 5ks of the course) this will make completing the distance more comfortable. If you’re well experienced and fast down-hill sections don’t bugger-you-up too much then we’ll leave it to your own judgement. But be aware – experienced trail/mountain runners found this course quite a bit harder than expected last year.
I had a great day out last week setting control for Rogaine. I never get sick of going out in this sort of terrain. It is so interesting with all the different land formation and Gold mining relics. Get registered for this one it is goig to be awesome.
Ed went for a bit of a cruise down to Luggate on his bike and came back along the course for the Big Easy. The Luggate to Albert Town section. After you go under the road there is quite a wee steep pinch up onto the top of the terrace. The course follows through Lloyd Ferguson’s farm then onto Meg Pawson’s property, mainly farm tracks. Incidentally these two properties are working farms and under no circumstances are you allowed to go on practise rides through this private land, doing so will put the race in jeopardy. It is about 9kms. There are some nice wee downhills and a few wee niggly ups, nothing to seasoned MTBers.
The Mainly Tramping Rogaine was held in wonderful weather, centred around the Albert Town Tavern. 20 teams took to the local environs in the 12 hour event with some very good scoring. Phil Wood and Bruce McLeod took the honours in the men’s section, while the pairing of Deb Bain and Sally Dickson won the women’s, with the Christchurh pairing of Peter and Jane Montgomery scored the best in the mixed section.
The six hour was more of a local affair with Gavin Lang and Anna Simmonds of Wanaka taking out the mixed event, Anna and Gavin also had the highest score of the day in the six hour. Anna Basin and Anna O’Leary of Queenstown won the women’s while Robert White, Matt Griffin and Arnie took out the men’s section.
What was very impressive was the number that turned up for grab a map and the scores they returned with just a few hours in the field.
Thanks to all those that turned up and made the event such a success, also thanks to our sponsors Mainly Tramping, Export 33 and Horleys. Last but not least thanks to the landowners, if it wasn’t for their generosity these event would not take place.
Our next Rogaine will be the last Saturday in May from the Tarras Hall (TBC)
Important Notice - Ed has organised a Navigation and Map Reading tutorial. Phil Wood, NZ Rogainer of the year will be imparting his knowledge to all those interested. This is a great opportuntity to find out how the experts like Phil navigate so accurately. To be held Friday 22 October at the Albert Town Tavern from 7pm to 8pm. This is free to competitors. Those who are not competing in the Saturday Rogaine there will be a cover charge of $5 per person. This meeting will be the last opportunity to enter the event, late fee will apply.
Just a couple more weeks until our Mainly Tramping labour weekend Rogaine. Ed has sussed out a great course over some very interesting terrain – check out some photos of the course. Ed will be setting most of the course on Monday and Tuesday and will put some more photos up then.
The ‘BIG EASY’ will be back and easier than ever this coming January 22nd 2011. We have listened to your feedback and made changes to the courses that we think will enhancethe Big Easy for all!
The BIG EASY will start from the snow farm and go over MT Pisa, past lake McKay, down to Luggate and back up to the Albert Town Tavern. The ‘Lil’ Easy’ will start from the Lake McKay Station woolshed (Luggate) and do a nice wee 7km loop around the property before following a trail back up to the Albert Town Tavern where Wendy will have the bouncy castle and beautiful weather just like earlier this year! Online entries will open soon.
Entries are now open for the Southern Lakes Half Marathon April 2nd 2011 see here. Enter NOW
For the keen Mtn runners we are looking at putting the Wanaka Skyline Challenge back to early May to avoid the oppressing heat! Watch this space.
For the absolute nutters we are helping organise a new event the Northburn100 ultra mtn run. 50k, 100k and 160 (very steep, rocky, buggering…)kms! check it out here www.northburn100.co.nz
Oh, lastly, Cromwell Rotary are raising money for a mental health this Sunday with a 90km ride around lake Dunstan (you can do it in a team) check them out here. http://www.rotarysouthpacific.org/documents/inf_1763/_root.pdf
Highland Events are pleased to announce that the Albert Town Tavern have taken the role of major sponsor. This mountain bike event will now be known as “The Albert Town Tavern Big Easy & Not so Easy”. Wendy and her team are going to make the finish of this event something to remember. We are very pleased to have them on board. Final details for this event will be out within the week.
Terry and I are really impressed by the number of businesses from Wanaka and further afield, willing to help out with auction goods and general support, with subsidised food, printing and the like. This is going to make for a really fun day. If there is anything you need to know about this fundraising day – just contact us at Highland Events
Thanks to – Export 33 – Relishes Cafe – Harris Mountain Heli Skiing – Printit – Bush Road Salads – Mainly Tramping – Wanaka Homestead – WHK accountants - Horley’s – the list is still growing. Any other business wanting to help out please get in touch with us.
Rogaining is fun – this is a great opportunity to get into it. If you can walk for a couple of hours you will find this a very rewarding sport.
Clothing. Woollen or polyprop hat and cloves – Three layers of wool or polyprop – Good quality jacket (light nylon will be rejected) – Woolly or polyprop long Johns – Over trousers.
Hardwear. Per person: Head light (working)- Safety Blanket – Whistle. Per team: First Aid kit.
Other. (non compulsory)
Food – compass – change of clothes – pens, highlighter – map protector
What your not allowed
Navigational aids (including altimeters) other than compass and the map you will be given. Anybody caught with illegal equipment will be disqualified and unable to enter any Highland Events events in the future.