Not all adventures are out in the elements. We joined up with the local rogaining club for a fun day of urban adventure.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with rogaining, it’s usually a long distance cross-country navigational course where teams travel entirely on foot finding their way through the course with the aim of reaching check points along the way.  More check points reached means more points scored, and most points wins. Rogaining events are often seriously competitive and can cover up to 100 km of rural land over 24 hours. However, this recent dress-up themed ‘Minigaine’ was slightly less serious, although no less competitive for some.

With a record turn out of almost 500 intrepid urban adventurers, there was a mixture of families out for a day of fun, and more serious rogainers set to prove themselves in a much more civilized environment than usual. The dress up theme certainly added to the atmosphere with passers by being treated to an assortment of mime artists, fairies and super heroes to name just a few of the more colorful characters spotted out on the ocean side course.

The three hour event covered lakes, streams, beaches, jetties and sand dunes plus plenty of local suburban streets, one of which had a coveted ’91 pointer’ – the I/O Merino checkpoint. The rogainers who made their way onto the ‘island’ to find this particular checkpoint, not only bagged 91 points for their effort, but went into the draw to win some I/O Merino gift vouchers at the end of the event.

This particular event is designed to be family and beginner friendly, and judging by some of the youngsters that were out on the course, there’ll be no shortage of  next-generation adventurers in years to come.

I/O Merino is a proud sponsor of the SA Rogaining Association.

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