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– History:
– Rogaining originated in 1947 in Melbourne, Australia, evolving into a sport by 1976.
– The name “rogaining” comes from the founders’ names: Rod Phillips, Gail Davis, and Neil Phillips.
– World Rogaining Championships started in 1992 and are held every two years.
– The championships have been held in various countries, including Australia, USA, and Czech Republic.
– The 17th World Rogaining Championship is scheduled for Czechia in 2022.

– Basic Play:
– Teams of 2-5 members aim to visit as many checkpoints as possible in the allotted time.
– Checkpoints are scored differently based on difficulty, requiring strategic planning.
– Teams navigate on foot using a map and compass through diverse terrains.
– A central base camp provides meals, rest, and sleep opportunities.
– Championship rogaines last 24 hours, with shorter variations also available.

– Variants:
– Metrogaine events last around six hours and are held in urban areas.
– Cyclegaine events are for mountain biking in trails and last six hours.
– Snogaine is held in snowbound areas for snowshoeing or skiing to reach checkpoints.
– Paddlogaine is on water-covered areas using human-powered watercraft.
– Motorienteering involves motorcycles and lasts 6 hours in urban and rural areas.

– See Also:
Adventure race
– Fastpacking
– Fell running

– References:
– Phillips, N.; Phillips, R. (2000). “Rogaining Cross-Country Navigation.”
– “What is Rogaining.” Orienteering USA.
– “Which Ways North?” Victorian Rogaining Association.

Rogaining (Wikipedia)

Rogaining is an orienteering sport of long distance cross-country navigation, involving both route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a variety of map types. In a rogaine, teams of two to five people choose which checkpoints to visit within a time limit with the intent of maximising their score. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation for the natural environment are features of the sport. Championship rogaines are 24 hours long, but rogaines can be as short as two hours.

Competitors at a checkpoint
First playedAustralia
Team members2–5
The standard international orienteering symbol is used to designate a checkpoint on rogaining courses.
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