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Rainbow Rogaine

Rainbow Rogaine

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  • Sun 16 Feb, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Rainbow Ski Area, Rainbow Skifield Road, Rainbow, Nelson Lakes


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Event: $30.00
  • Road: $20.00


Ski Rainbow

Rainbow Rogaine
Welcome to the inaugural Rainbow Rogaine. Set in the alpine basins that surround Rainbow Ski Area, we have planned a 3-hour course that will encapsulate what is unique and special in the area.

Having the ability to drive to 1550-metres above sea level and begin the event there is exceptionally unique for a rogaine of this length. It’s great you are interested in the Rainbow Rogaine, come and do it! Please read this information and then download an entry form below.

Rogaine Explained
Rogaining is a cross-country navigation event where teams of 2 - 5 people visit as many checkpoints as they choose in the 3-hours. The checkpoints are free-choice and have different point values so strategy and route selection becomes a vital component.

A form of orienteering, it combines tramping, navigation, competition, and strategy. The event caters for all levels of fitness and enthusiasm - but keep in mind this event is in the mountains, using only a map and compass, it’s a bit like a tramping treasure-hunt.

All proceeds go to the Motueka High School Adventure Racing Team.

Entries Close - 10th February 2019 (we need to know the numbers by then to print maps)
- 9:00am sign in (Rainbow Ski Area base building)
- 9:30am maps are available for planning
- 10:00am event start
- 1:00pm event finish

Entry fee:
$30.00 per person (teams 2-5 people)

Road toll
Rainbow Skifield Access Road, $20.00 per vehicle (to be paid onsite at sign in)

There will be refreshments available from the Lone Star Rib Shack - ribs, chips, drinks and more!

Compulsory Gear
For safety reasons there will be a minimum amount of gear and equipment that each person must carry or wear at all times. The event is in a high alpine environment and weather can change rapidly, temperature can drop quickly and visibility can be reduced within minutes if clouds layers descend.

Compulsory Clothing:
- Waterproof jacket
- Fleece jersey
- Thermal top and pants
- Warm hat (buff, wooden hat, balaclava)
- Gloves
- Waterproof over-trousers recommended

Compulsory Equipment
- Compass
- Whistle
- Backpack
- Water bottle or bladder
- Each team must carry a basic first aid kit that includes; bandage, wound dressing pain relief, strapping tape, survival blanket

Age Limit
There is no age limit if children are accompanied by an adult. Due to the alpine nature of the environment and hazards that exist, young children will need to be well supervised.
A capable team of 13-year olds can enter.

The St Arnaud Range is a stunning area in winter and summer. It is important to remember that it is part of the Southern Alps and subject to extreme weather. It could be very hot on the event day with no shade, or it could be very cold and windy.

Whilst unlikely it could even be snowing, it is a ski area after all. With the right gear and route choice, and the knowledge that you don’t have to be on course for the whole 3-hours, we are confident the event will be a huge amount of fun.

Safety is paramount and participants need to be aware there are many natural hazards to be mindful of, these include, but are not limited to; loose rock, cliffs, steep ground, uneven ground, exposure to sun, wind and weather. Participants will spend most of their time walking on ski field vehicle tracks, rocky scree and tussock basins.

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