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The Afterwork Navigation League

Organised by Orienteering Hutt Valley, pioneer of rogaining in New Zealand

The Rogaine Coordinator is Phone 027 717 5536.

This page has information about Standard Event Details, Safety, Getting Started, and How It All Began...

Link here to the event calendar listing All rogaines in NZ, or All mapsport events in the Wellington region.

Standard Info about the League

Safety Rules

The afterwork rogaines vary from suburbia to challenging bush, and the weather likewise. Some simple safety precautions are appropriate.
  • Teams and Solos

    We will continue to recognise that although rogaining is a team sport we will allow solos to run in the afterwork events - so long as the entrant can convince the course organiser on the night that they know what they are doing. We will not allow beginners to solo. If you wish to go solo you will be required to carry both the compulsory and recommended gear, see below.

    And if you start off in a team, you stay as a team. The only justification for splitting up is to obtain help in an emergency.

  • Names and Phone Numbers

    We will require competitor names and contact details at registration - of course pre-registration makes our life so much easier on the night, so keep up the work there. Full names please, "Sue and Bob" is not enough in an emergency.

  • Gear List

    Compulsory gear (per team): Charged cellphone, whistle, compass, simple first aid kit, survival bag or blanket. Recommended gear according to distance and conditions: Thermal top (in addition to base layer), Parka, Long pants (thermal or over-trou), Hat and gloves, Torch, Food and water, and a Pack to put it in. You're going to need a Pen or pencil to record answers/code letters at controls. Writing in the wet is a challenge - we recommend Inkjoy pens, and writing the answers temporarily on an old waterproof clipcard so the question sheet can stay inside its bag.

  • The Organiser is King (or Queen. Or Dictator.)

    Conditions such as weather vary enormously. The organiser may impose additional requirements as they see fit. Examples might be: course time shortened, certain controls deleted, no solos, certain recommended gear made compulsory, etc etc. Appreciate the burden of responsibility, and cooperate.

  • Treat Finish Time Seriously

    Our safety plan includes a fairly prompt response if you do not turn up at the end. We begin this process within 15 minutes of the finish time. Within 30 minutes, we will in most cases have initiated some sort of search. If you are going to be significantly late, be aware of this and attempt to phone or text to keep the organiser from having kittens! The organiser's cellphone number will be printed on the question sheet and/or the map.

Getting Started

Some tips on how to get started on a rogaine if you have never done one before. Supplied by Mike Sheridan.
  • If you haven't got a good mate to go with, ask the organiser for a partner.

  • Arrive in good time to get the map as soon as its available

  • If you have any concerns, questions or you need some help – ask the organiser

  • Its all in the route planning... Try and avoid too many out and backs or dead ends. Look for loops.

  • On your first event or two – play a conservative game – try and work out how far you can go in the allotted time.

  • Don’t do all the close controls at the beginning. Leave those to the end, so you have lots of options to soak up any remaining time.

  • For your first rogaine or two – don’t worry about your score. Try things out, test yourself and learn some skills.

  • If you can't find a control, don't spend too long on it. Write it off and move on to another one. Even good rogainers sometimes have to do this!

  • Try and pick on one skill each event to focus on – for example: pacing, use of the compass, using your thumb as a pointer to stay in touch with where you are on the map.

Each year we run some very popular evening classroom sessions on the basic skills. if you are interested.

Or start off with a 1hr mini rogaine in the P-Max series. Or, don't wait for the next P-Max, go the the OHV Anytime Orienteering page

How It All Began...

Once upon a time, rogaines used to be all out in the country, miles from anywhere. Some rogainers thought they should do some practice for a big one, and they decided to meet after work at Belmont Regional Park. One of them arrived in his suit with some photocopies of the topo map, with some circles and numbers.

"These are all clear features (like Belmont Trig) but there's no control marker there. I haven't even been up there recently myself. Scoring is by honesty. I'll say go, and as soon as I can, I'll be out of this suit and out there myself."

So began the Wellington 3-hour after-work rogaines. They've been a HUGE success and have spread throughout New Zealand. At some stage honesty was replaced by question-and-answer controls - not so much for mis-trust but to enable everyone to know when they had found "it". Gradually the topo map was put into the computer and the missing tracks were filled in. (And the wrong ones taken out.) The Wellington RidgeRunners mailing list became the de facto advertising medium. Orienteering Hutt Valley (which had pioneered rogaining in NZ) was the organisational umbrella.

At some stage the occasional BBQ afterwards was replaced by pizza. Yay!

This page was updated 5 Oct 18.

ORIENTEERING ON FOOT: "involves finding your way through unfamiliar terrain using a map." Competitions are usually individual, but groups are welcome too. Checkpoints may have to be visited in a certain order, or a time limit is set. Courses can take anything from 10 minutes up, with an hour quite common.
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ROGAINING: "a sport of long distance cross-country navigation", in which teams of two to five people visit as many checkpoints as they wish in a set time period. "Long" is anything up to 24hrs, but the skills can be practised over any period, such as three hours. There's even a popular series of 1-hour mini rogaines, called P-Max!
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