The United States National Bushwhacking Championship
Noon Saturday October 7 - noon Sunday October 8, 2006
Chattahoochee National Forest / Unicoi State Park
Concurrent 6, 12 and full 24 hour championship events.
what is a rogaine
Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation. The championship rogaine is of 24 hours duration but there are several shorter variants. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation of the natural environment are features of the sport. Rogaining involves both route planning and navigation between checkpoints (also called "controls") using a variety of map types. Rogaines are generally day and night events in which teams of two to five members travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass. Teams select their own order of visiting checkpoints in terrain that varies from open countryside to hilly forest.
Each "control" has a different point value base on difficulty of navigation, distance from other controls, scenic beauty, historical significance, or other factors. The are more controls than any one team can hope to visit, so teams must choose carefully to complete a route that maximizes their scores in the allotted time, as there are severe time penalties for returning "late".
A central base camp (Hash House) provides hot meals and cold drinks and teams may return at any time to eat, rest or enjoy the fellowship. Teams travel at their own pace, and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at individual levels of competition and comfort.
The 24 hour United States National Bushwhacking Championship course will have approximately 60 controls spread throughout the forest which is a conifer/deciduous mix (mostly deciduous) with as much as 2000 elevation gain from the valleys below to the peaks above. In some areas the undergrowth is sparse and travel is easy, and in others it can be quite thick and you will have to struggle to beat your way through. It would not be practical to estimate the distance necessary to "clean" the course as route choice is paramount and mileage will vary widely even among those with the same score.
If you are not familiar with the area, you will be surprised at how rugged and mountainous the terrain is. This will be a very physically demanding course. Temperatures are mild this time of year, and although mountain weather can be quite unpredictable, and you should be prepared for anything from snow to blazing heat, it is expected that daytime temperatures will be in the upper 70s and nighttime lows in the high 40s.
Rogaining is a team event and team sizes can be from two through five people, any gender or age composition. There will be separate categories for mixed gender and masters (average age 40 or greater) teams.
Qualified solos are allowed, but are not eligible for prizes in any of the championship categories. By 'qualified' we mean skilled and experienced enough that we won't have to drag your cold, lifeless corpse from the woods at the end of the event.
Prizes (trophies, race credits and other schwag) will be awarded based on categories of age and gender (but not team size).
Maps will be of a size and scale suitable for the task at hand. They will be 1:30,000 and will be pre-marked with checkpoint locations. Maps will be issued at least one hour before the start so teams can plan their route.
Helen is quite a historic and quaint town and lodging of all varieties and costs is available there. We will have free onsite camping for the rogaine participants on Saturday night and are working on free camping onsite for Friday and Sunday nights as well. Details will be posted as they become available.
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Thursday Sept 7
REGISTRATION IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
We have run into some problems and are not sure we can produce a quality event.
Until we get things ironed out, we have put things on hold.