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Our Archeological Expedition at Saunders Gorge

Although participating in the Saunders Stampede Rogaine under the guise of an ordinary competitive team, our family was actually on a very different mission last Sunday. We were under the compelling, intrepid leadership of 4-year old Lucy, and were really on the hunt for dinosaur bones.

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Andrew Kennedy and Zara Soden only missed punching two controls at last weekend’s 6 hour rogaine. Read Andrew’s report to gain an insight into how two people achieved such stunning results...

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My name is Max. I am eleven years old. My first Rogaine was the 25 hour, 25th anniversary at Wirrabara Forest. Since then I've been in a few rogaines in Athelston, God's Country - Beyond Hell's Gates, Morialta and also the one near Peterborough. I've got to say my favourite one though was the one in the Middlebacks. I came along to this event with Ian Grivell (my Dad) and Adam Mclntosh (my cousin). We got up at four o'clock in the morning to go on a four hour and forty minute drive. It took a very long time!

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After I had really enjoyed the 12 hour with Zara last month, I started to get keen on the idea of the 24 hour at Whyalla, because it sounded like the sort of terrain with no nasty surprises and where a careful navigator could do well. I found a willing accomplice in Steve Cooper, although he warned me that he wouldn't be able to run much because of a bruised heel sustained orienteering in the Flinders a couple of weeks ago. I've been wanting to do a 24 hour with Steve for ages and he didn't disappoint.

We made it to Whyalla by about 10pm Friday and managed to have our rogaine packs sorted the next morning in time to take advantage of the continental buffet breakfast at the motel (rogaine preparation is all about carbo-loading, for me) and then get to the event site on a sheep station near the Middleback Ranges with enough time to put up the tent I didn't intend to sleep in, before map handout.

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The Middlebacks by Craig Colwell

A significant part of the trip to Whyalla was discussing our general plan for this event.  Having done a couple of Orienteering events in the Middleback Range meant that we had some idea of the terrain.  Also knowing that the moon phase was not suited to night rogaining also influenced our thoughts on the event and how we would approach it.

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