Laurentian Rogaine

Saturday September 10, 2016 - 4 & 8 Hour Events

A Map and Compass Adventure Sport

ROGAINE is an acronym for a Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance. Originating in Australia, this map and compass adventure sport is becoming popular in North America. It is an accessible recreational outdoor activity for amateurs It is also a relevant skill test for many professionnals. Participants in a Rogaine come from diverse backgrounds: Outdoors enthusiasts, Hikers, Runners, Orienteering racers, Adventure racers, Eco-challengers, Scouts, Army cadets, Military, Search and Rescue personnel, Police officers and Fire department personnel.

 

The basic idea of a Rogaine is simple: Teams consisting of two to four people visit as many controls as possible and return to the finish in the time allotted. The most important skill is the ability to read a map. It is also important that teammates work well together. Each participant is given a printed topographic map with control locations circled on it prior to the start. Each control will be marked in the field by an orange and white flag. Each team will use a pin punch located at the flag to punch a card to prove that they were at the location. Each team will have a listing of the description of where each flag is hung (ex. Hilltop, Valley, Field corner, etc).

 

Schedule: Registration desk will be open between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Come early. There will be a mandatory briefing session at 9:00 am followed by the distribution of the maps. Control cards will be distributed just before the start. Mass start will be at 10:00 am. Do not be late because we will be on time.

 

Map: The map is specifically produced for this event with all control locations and water stops premarked. Trails, man made objects, hydrographic and topographic features have been precisely surveyed and added to the map using the best geographic databases available and exhaustive field checking. The map will have magnetic north lines printed on it for compass users.

 

Categories: HE8, FE8, XE8, HM8, FM8, XM8, HV8, FV8, XV8 (H: men / F: women / X: mixed) (E: Elite age 18-39 / M: Master age 40-54 / V: Veteran age 55+) (8 hour event). The team category is based on teammates ages average on the day of the event. Z4 category will meet the needs of families and solo participants (no gender and age structure for the 4 hour event).

 

Rules: No vehicular transport is allowed during the event. No aid from others is allowed during the event. Food/supply drops prior to the event are prohibited. For safety reasons, team members must stay in sight and speaking distance throughout the event.

 

Scoring: Each control will have a score associated with it (easy locations will have a lower score than the tougher locations). Each team's final score will be determined by adding up the score from each control visited. Teams returning after the finish time will have their total score reduced for each minute overtime (10 points per minute).

 

Terrain: The area consists of many hills, lakes and marshes. An extensive trails system exists in the area. The area is mainly forested and the runnability is variable.

 

Equipment: Participants are expected to carry everything they will need during the event. Each team member must carry a whistle, a compass and a water bottle. There will be many water stops through the area. Also recommended are food, long pants, extra clothes, protective goggles, first aid supplies, cellular phone and a small pack for carrying supplies. Food and liquids will be provided at the event center as the event end.

 

Directions: The event center, start and finish will be at the Viking Ski Club house in Morin Heights. It is easily reached via Autoroute 15 north Exit 60 (Saint-Sauveur). Take route 364 west for 9 km. Turn left at the traffic light in Morin Heights (IGA) and take road 329 toward south for 5 km until Perry/Jackson road. Turn sharp right on Perry/Jackson road and turn immediately left on Jackson road. Follow Jackson road for 2 km until the Viking house on your right. The parking is only possible along north side of Jackson road. Avoid obstructing private driveways. Coordinates: 45.869360 N, 74.290530 W. Address: 393 Jackson road, Morin Heights, Quebec.

 

Registration: By Email or mail. You must provide your team name, team members names, dates of birth, category, addresses, phone numbers and emails. No registration will be accepted on the day of the event.

 

Fees: $80/person before September 3. Half price for participants in the Z4 category. Send one check per team payable to Mont Bleu by mail to the registrar address. Note that registration date is related to completed team information and full payment. No refund. Only registered participants will get an acknowledgment by email.

 

Information: montbleu@sympatico.ca

Registrar address : Mont Bleu, 18 Soleil-Levant, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, J0R 1H0