The event area is in a semi-arid region with a mean annual rainfall of 267mm. It is characterised by; spectacular rock formations, wide sandy dry watercourse beds and intricate spur/gully systems. There is generally low levels of vegetation, resulting in good visibility and fast travel. There are some areas of thicker vegetation but these are generally easily avoided. Indeed, the wildfire that went through the area in late 2012 has removed most of the areas of thicker vegetation and the low rainfall and poor soils of the area mean that these are unlikely to reappear by July 2016.
The underfoot conditions consist of a mixture of sandy and clay soils with some surface rock. It will be fast going in some areas, and not as fast in other areas. The complexity of the terrain will challenge teams’ fine navigational skills, and mental and physical endurance.
This area is absolutely ideal for rogaining. It is a very technically challenging area with complex contour detail and very few tracks. Consequently, the terrain demands the core rogaining skills of; planning, concentration, navigation and endurance. This, combined with the incredible scenic beauty of the area, makes it an absolutely world class rogaining location and a “must visit” event for anyone who wishes to take on a true rogaining challenge surrounded by stunning scenery.
The elevation of the area ranges from 500 metres at the Hash House and along the major watercourses to a little over 700 metres on the highest ridges.
While the area contains isolated areas of steep slopes and cliff lines these can be easily avoided and the course will be set so that there is no requirement for, nor competitive advantage to be gained from, competitors traversing or crossing such areas.
All parts of Ross River, Love’s Creek, Undoolya and The Gardens Stations, with the exception of public roads and the Model Course area, are out of bounds to intending competitors until the commencement of the event. Entry to the Model Course area will only be permitted during designated times on the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding the event. Embargo is from January 2015.
Any entrant violating this embargo will be disqualified from the event.
The details of the competition map are yet to be finalised, but it is likely that it will be at 1:25,000 scale with 10m contours throughout and 5m contours in flatter areas. The grid lines will include north lines aligned to magnetic north at 1km intervals. The competition map will be printed on waterproof paper, most likely “Teslin”. The map material will be tested for the durability of biro and fluoro markings added by competitors, and this information will be included in the final bulletin.
It is intended that “clean” copies of the competition map, printed on non-waterproof paper, will be available for purchase by competitors and others. These will be available for pre-order at the time of entry and on the website until approximately one month before the event.
The Navlight electronic scoring system will be used at this rogaine. All members of each team shall be issued with an individual NavLight wrist-tag that will be secured to the wrist by a tamper-proof band that is unique to WRC2016. Each team member must visit and punch their wrist-tag at an electronic punch located at each checkpoint.
There will be several manned waterpoints on the course, and these will be indicated on the map. Route planning must consider the location of waterpoints. There will not be any checkpoints at waterpoints.