This is one of my newly discovered everyday adventurers. 𝐒𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐚𝐲𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 and that is a very good question.
It is 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘪ng you have to search for markers (otherwise known as controls) however, unlike orienteering you can find them in any order.
The aim of the game is to race against the clock in teams to find the most controls and gain the highest points. Teams travel on foot, armed only with the course map and a trusty compass.
What is your ACTIVE? (favorite ways to move your body):
Rogaining - described as an adventure strategy sport. Rogaining may need a bit of an explanation.
This is taken from the South Australian Rogaining Association:
"Rogaining is an outdoor treasure hunt, like no other. If you’re the type who enjoys the ‘great outdoors’ via the TV at the end of a treadmill, then rogaining probably won’t be your thing. The aim of the game is to race against the clock in teams to find the most controls and gain the highest points. Teams travel on foot, armed only with the course map and a trusty compass.
Every team has a different idea of how they are going to tackle a rogaine. Some are out to win and find every control out on the course – if they can. Other teams want to head to the hills to enjoy mountain-top views. Yet others want to hit the flatter areas and discover hidden gorges and explore river beds; immersing themselves in nature.
That’s the beauty of rogaining. The setters provide the location and teams get to choose their own route, pace, and adventure."
How did you find your ACTIVE?
What do you love about your ACTIVE?
The community, being outdoors, working as a team, the strategy of plotting your course and the way it changes as the rogain evolves.
The amazing volunteers and the catering which is provided is top-notch. The way you get to chose how you want to play to win or just to enjoy being in the great outdoors.
I also love that there are so many different people out there young and old and the friendly camaraderie of all the teams.
What surprises have you experienced through your ACTIVE journey?
That you can also do a Velogaine - rogaining on a bike (so much fun :))
What were the challenges getting started?
Learning how to read a compass (I am still learning), working out distances on the map and judging how long the route you have plotted is going to take. It always takes longer than you think.
Working out if you go for the high points first or if it is best to snatch up lots of the lower points, which are easier to get to. So much strategy to think about.
How do you keep yourself motivated?:
I find when you are part of a team you motivate each other.
If you could share one piece of inspiration to those finding their ACTIVE and staying motivated, what would it be?:
Go out and give it a go. Sometimes it is hard to move outside your comfort zone but you never know what surprises are around the corner and how many amazing people you could meet.
Here's to us all being Everyday Adventures - #findyouractive
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Full transparency, this week's Everyday Adventurer is my mother in law and I am not 100% sure she has highlighted enough about the amazing adventures and achievements she has been on with her trusty bike.
Humm where to start.... she has cycled from Cairo to Cape Town, from Istanbul to Beijing and traversed South America with each of these cycling adventures being well over 10,000 km. So if you are looking for inspiration to go out and follow your ACTIVE dream look no further than Ronda.