Rogaining is defined in its rules as a sport for teams rather than individuals. The Rules of Rogaining prohibit Solo Rogaining (sort of) without giving us any reasons why this is so, although they do hint at possible reasons. Because the reasons prohibiting Solo Rogaining are not known, it is impossible to provide counter-arguments. All we can do is promote the cause of solo rogainers everywhere - primarily in NSW (the home state of Solo Rogaining Australia), but also in the rest of Australia and around the world.

This website will describe the sport of Rogaining, briefly look at its origins, show how it is governed, provide links to its rules, and offer suggestions as to why we believe Solo Rogaining has been banned since the sport began. As will be shown on this page, the various Rogaining associations around the world have the power to allow Solo Rogaining, and many already allow it for rogaines of relatively short duration, but not for long events.

We would like to see Solo Rogaining allowed in all rogaines - short and long, national championships and world championships. We believe that if Solo Rogaining was allowed in all rogaines, the sport could go from being the niche pastime of a handful of devotees, to a massively successful international phenomenon.

After all, there is no sport like Rogaining!



Some walks you have to take alone




Definition of Rogaining
Rogaining is the sport of long distance, cross-country navigation for teams, involving route planning and travelling on foot, using map and compass to find checkpoints of different points values in any order to amass the highest score possible within a set amount of time which can vary from 2 hours to 24 hours.

Origin of the Sport
Rogaining developed from a number of different sources including 24 hour walks and shorter orienteering vents. Initially, almost all Rogaining events were 24 hour events, and this is still the standard for state, national and world championships. The first Rogaining association in Australia was formed in Victoria in 1976.

Governing Bodies
Each state and territory in Australia now has a Rogaining association. There is also an Australian Rogaining Association (ARA) - the national peak body for the sport in Australia. The sport has spread around the world and the international peak body - the International Rogaining Federation (IRF) - was formed in 2010.








Click the following links for the Australian Rules of Rogaining, the International Rules of Rogaining, and the Rules with relevant sections highlighted.

The Rules of Rogaining
The rules for Rogaining in Australia and the rules for Rogaining internationally have slight differences caused only by domestic and international considerations - they are basically identical. They are also confusing when trying to ascertain why Solo Rogaining is banned. We will focus on the Australian rules.

What do the rules say Rogaining is all about?
The very first sentence in the Rules says "Rogaining is an amateur sport to be enjoyed by social and competitive participants". All sports are competitive, so "social" seems to be an important word. The next sentence in the rules says "these technical regulations (Rules) have been drafted with simplicity and enjoyment as primary guides". A bit later in the Preamble to the Rules it says "Many of the competition rules relate to safety".

So the rules basically say that Rogaining is a social sport with simple rules ensuring enjoyment and safety.



Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules




The brief answer is "Yes, the rules can be changed to allow Solo Rogaining".

The Preamble to the Rules of Rogaining says that management committees of state associations can change any of the rules for non-championship events, and may even change the rules for state championships if they have compelling reasons to do so.

This means that Solo Rogaining could be allowed in all events, including 12 hour, 24 hour and state championships. Even the rules for the Australian Championship can be changed if the relevant state association requests it and the ARA approves.

It is the Preamble that allows the state committees to ignore Rule #1 - "A team shall consist of two, three, four or five members" - and allow solo entries into short rogaines (which we will talk about below) despite Rule #1 being "fundamental to the continued survival of the sport" as described in Paragraph 7 of the very same Preamble!

Solo Rogaining is not mentioned in the rules, so what can we find in the rules that can explain why it is not allowed?



Rewriting the Rules




As has been previously mentioned, the Rules state that they "have been drafted with simplicity and enjoyment as primary guides". However, the very first rule of Rogaining contradicts this statement, and actually makes the rules more complicated than necessary!

Rule #1 - a team shall consist of two, three, four or five members
If Rogaining was a solo sport, we would not need Rule #1. We would also not need Rule #2 (A team that has a member under fourteen years of age shall also have a member eighteen years of age or over); Rule #10 (Members of a team shall remain within unaided verbal contact of one another at all times); Rule #16 (All team members shall approach to within 5 metres of each checkpoint); Rule #18 (Where more than one electronic recording device is provided to a team, all devices must record a visit to a checkpoint to gain points for that checkpoint); Rule #24 (The team finish time is the latest time recorded for any member of the team); and Rule #25 (If a competitor wishes to withdraw from a team for any reason the entire team shall return to an administration area and notify the organisers).

However, this website does not advocate banning teams from Rogaining - we just want to see Rule #1 changed to "a team shall consist of one, two, three, four or five members".

In addition, if "enjoyment" is one of the primary guides to the Rules of Rogaining, and if some people would have much greater enjoyment competing solo rather than being forced into a team, then the primary guides should allow Solo Rogaining.

Paragraph 7 of the Preamble in the Rules of Rogaining specifically mentions Rule #1 (A team shall consist of two, three, four or five members) as being "fundamental to the continued survival of the sport". This infers that Solo Rogaining threatens the survival of the sport, but there is no explanation as to why the rule-makers believe this.

In fact, Solo Rogaining is never specifically mentioned in the rules. Perhaps the rule-makers have never considered that some rogainers would like to compete solo?

With both the Australian and International peak bodies ignoring their own primary guides and insisting on Rogaining being a team sport, it seems that the rules are not really concerned with simplicity and enjoyment, but are more concerned with some other factor.

Given that the Preamble to the Rules says "Many of the competition rules relate to safety", and that the very first sentence in the Rules says "Rogaining is an amateur sport to be enjoyed by social and competitive participants", it would be reasonable to assume that because Solo Rogaining is banned for reasons other than the "primary guides" of simplicity and enjoyment, it must be banned for safety reasons or social reasons.

Let's look at safety ...



Rule number 1 is to never talk about Rule number 1


History is made by those who break the rules





Safety in the 1970s
When the sport of Rogaining was invented more than 40 years ago, the world was a different place. Technologies that we take for granted today were in their infancy - there were no mobile phones; no Global Positioning System; no Personal Locator Beacons, no emergency helicopter rescue services and no satellite phones. For safety reasons, in the past it actually made sense to make Rogaining a team sport.

Safety today
We acknowledge that under today's rules, Rogaining as a team is safer than Rogaining as a solo competitor. It is just as easy to get into trouble on a rogaine today as it was when Rogaining was invented - but the chances of a quicker rescue are much more favourable today because of the advances in technology mentioned above.

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)
We believe that Solo Rogaining should be allowed now, but only if PLBs are compulsory for each solo competitor. A solo rogainer with a PLB is arguably at less risk than members of a two-person team who have no PLB. A solo rogainer who gets into serious trouble and immediately activates a PLB is likely to be rescued much sooner than a member of a team who gets into trouble where the second team member has to leave his partner (alone) and make his way (alone) to a Hash House or All Night Cafe to raise an alarm.

Indeed, that second rogainer who goes for help is more at risk than a solo rogainer, because that second rogainer does not have a PLB. There is also a greater urgency for the second rogainer to travel as fast as they can to raise the alarm, which adds to the risk. If the second rogainer gets into serious trouble while they are on their mercy dash, they are really in trouble!

Worst Case Scenarios
Of course, a solo rogainer who gets into trouble cannot activate a PLB if he or she is unconscious. There is always the possibility of head trauma through falling, getting hit by falling rocks or branches, or even by running into a tree in the dark. Despite most rogainers being fitter than the average person, there is also the possibility of heart attack and stroke, especially for all the Veterans, Super Veterans and Ultra Veterans out there.

In a team of two, if one person suffers a worst case scenario, the second team member may not be able to go for help if they have to stay with the victim. They can't set off a PLB; they can't go for help; all they can do is blow a whistle and hope somebody responds!

PLBs dramatically reduce the risks involved in the sport of Rogaining. We believe that if Solo Rogaining is allowed, PLBs must be compulsory for solo rogainers. We also believe they should be made compulsory for teams.

Life is a Risk
There is probably more risk of injury or death when travelling to a rogaine than there is during the event, and there is definitely a greater risk of injury or death when driving home afterwards, especially if a rogainer is driving!

Assuming solo rogainers are required to carry a PLB, is the risk of injury or death larger or smaller if we rogaine solo? Solo rogainers are obviously more at risk if they are knocked unconscious or suffer a heart attack or stroke, but it could also be argued that they are less at risk in situations where they can activate a PLB - like a broken leg or a snake bite.

Risk Waivers
All rogainers are already required to sign a risk waiver prior to each event. We acknowledge that the sport of Rogaining involves considerable risk. We agree that by entering the rogaine we do so at our own risk. Risk waivers also state that the relevant Rogaining association does not accept any responsibility for death, injury, loss or damage to the participant. A risk waiver for solo rogainers would state exactly the same thing, so rogaine organizers who allow solo entries in the future would be just as safe from litigation as they are now.

How many Rogaining rules relate to safety?
The Preamble to the Rules states "Many of the competition rules relate to safety" - in fact there are 7 out of the 33 rules which relate to safety - they are paraphrased below ...

Rule 1.Travel in a team
Rule 2.Teams with kids have to have an adult
Rule 10.Team members must stay within earshot
Rule 15.Everyone must carry a whistle
Rule 19.Teams must fill in an "intention sheet"
Rule 32.Everyone must respond to a distress signal
Rule 33.You can carry mobile phones for safety purposes

The issue of Solo Rogaining was aired online on the NSWRA forum in late 2018 and the matter was subsequently discussed at NSWRA committee meetings.

The NSWRA committee's decision re Solo Rogaining was announced in an email to members just before Xmas in 2018. NSWRA President Trevor Gollan stated that "the safety components can be overcome" and went on to say that there is "one simple variation on our sport that you can do solo; setting, vetting, flag hanging & collection ..."

Safety is obviously not an issue in Solo Rogaining when the President of the NSWRA recommends that we go solo when course setting, course vetting, flag hanging and flag collecting!

This leaves us with social reasons for Solo Rogaining not being allowed ...



Rogaining Safety Gear - No PLB?


Get to the Chopper!


Get lost in nature and you will possibly die!


Safety is an illusion





The first sentence in the Rules of Rogaining states "Rogaining is an amateur sport to be enjoyed by social and competitive participants". So is Rogaining a social sport? Let's examine a 24 hour event ...

Socializing at a 24 hour rogaine?
Roll up at 9am. Grab your map. Spend the next couple of hours planning your route and marking your map. Gather at the start. Nod to acquaintances. The siren goes and everybody hares off to line up at the first couple of controls. The field thins out. For much of the next 24 hours you hardly see anybody.

At the end of the event you roll up to the finish totally wasted. You grab some food and try to get some energy back. The presentations are made. Your driver loads you into a car where you promptly sleep all the way home, or you crash in your tent until sufficiently rested to drive yourself home.

Obviously, not everybody does it this way, but for some people (most people?) this is the norm. A 24 hour rogaine is hardly a social event, as is shown in the next paragraph.

Abercrombie Silent Retreat Final Report
In the excellent report produced after the NSW Championships at Abercrombie in 2018, a question was asked about suggestions to improve the event? One of the teams - Jim Collier and Carly Finn - answered the question by saying "Rogaining isn't the most social of sports, as the competitors come together on the day, don't interact before or during the event, and leave after prize giving. We've done most of the rogaines in the last four years, yet we know few of the other participants."

Solo rogainers have to be more social!
Rogaining teams tend to talk amongst themselves, but solo competitors don't have that luxury. It could be argued that Rogaining would be a more social sport if Solo Rogaining was allowed in all events, because the solo competitors would have no team-mates to talk to and would have to socialize with other people whether they liked it or not!

If you are not a very social person - don't come to our rogaines!
As mentioned above, the Rules say that Rogaining is a sport to be enjoyed by social participants. It does not actually say that Rogaining is a social sport - it only says that social people compete in the sport. The Rules imply that if you are not a social person, you should not be allowed to compete in rogaines! How would we enforce that rule?

Anyway, despite these arguments, the NSWRA committee decided that Rogaining is indeed a social sport, and informed its members of its decision re Solo Rogaining in late 2018 ...



I'm social - I'm on Facebook!


I'm only anti-social around people





The NSWRA committee's decision re Solo Rogaining was announced in an email to members just before Xmas in 2018. NSWRA President Trevor Gollan said the committee had decided "Not to have solo entry if the rogaine is longer than three hours" (it was in bold print in the email).

They banned Solo Rogaining in events longer than 3 hours because "The Team is an essential part of this sport, for social and safety purposes. It differentiates rogaining from other similar activities, such as orienteering & ultra-marathons".

If we were mean-spirited we might ask questions like "shouldn't the whole association have been consulted before banning Solo Rogaining?" or "Solo Rogaining is as inevitable as Australia becoming a republic so why not embrace it now?" or "Why is the team not essential in 3 hour rogaines?"

But we are not mean-spirited so instead we will look at two other questions -

1. "Are there any real alternatives to Rogaining?" and
2. "Why is Solo Rogaining allowed in Minigaines?"



A Team - or Nothing





As mentioned above, in late 2018 the NSWRA committee discussed the issue of Solo Rogaining and decided to ban Solo Rogaining completely (except for their 3 hour Minigaine - but more about that later) - but they did, however, suggest alternate sports for those who want to rogaine solo in events longer than 3 hours.

Try another sport
Despite currently seeking to increase participation rates in their rogaines by 15% per year, the NSWRA committee has actually advised people who want to rogaine solo to try another sport. They have suggested sports like ultramarathons, long orienteering events and even bushwalking. There is also another very similar sport mentioned below ...

Orienteering
Long orienteering is a bit like Solo Rogaining, except there is no real route planning, checkpoints are done in a set order, the event is based on distance rather than time, and the longest events rarely exceed three hours - so long orienteering events are not really like long rogaines at all.

Ultra-marathons
Ultra-marathons are point to point running races - longer than the traditional marathon distance - on roads or tracks. They can be as long as 24 hours, and even longer, but they require no route planning or navigation skills, they have no "off track" component, they are based on distance rather than time, and unlike rogaines, if you walk in an ultra-marathon event you will probably not be competitive - so they too are not very much like rogaines at all.

Bushwalking
Bushwalking is not so much a sport as it is a pastime. It can involve route planning, it can require navigation skills, it can have an "off track" component, and you usually walk when you bushwalk rather than run! However, there is no competitive element in bushwalking, which makes it vastly different to a rogaine. It is a bit like playing Russian Roulette with no bullet in the gun - not as exciting as it could be!

Golf
Golf and Rogaining have a lot in common. They are both physical, they both require special skills, they both require you to continually navigate different distances from A to B whichever way you want in the most efficient way possible, and you spend a lot of time in very rough country!

Golf (like Rogaining apparently) is a social sport, but unlike Rogaining, you can do it solo!



There is no sport like Rogaining


Pursue something better





Why is Solo Rogaining allowed in NSW Minigaines?
If the social aspects of Rogaining are of such importance that Solo Rogaining is banned in longer Rogaining events, and Rule #1 forces people into teams to ensure the survival of the sport, why is Solo Rogaining allowed in NSW in the 3 hour Minigaine? Why is it also allowed in short rogaines in other parts of the world?

What is the Minigaine?
Every year since 2010 there has been a 3 hour rogaine called the "Minigaine" in New South Wales. The blurb for the 2019 Minigaine said "This is the one of the few NSW rogaines where you can fine-tune your skills as a solo participant, or enter as a team."

Fine-tune your skills?
Is the NSWRA admitting that competing as a solo rogainer is actually better for the development of your navigational skills than competing in a team?

History of the Minigaine
The Minigaine has been going since 2010 when it first appeared on the NSWRA calendar - and it has allowed solo rogainers into the event since its inception! Strangely, there appears to be nothing on the NSWRA website that explains why Solo Rogaining is allowed in the Minigaine, or why it was introduced.

An attempt to attract orienteers to Rogaining?
There is a school of thought that suggests Solo Rogaining was allowed in the Minigaine as an attempt to attract orienteers who occasionally compete in long orienteering events that can go for 3 hours or more. Given the similarities between short rogaines and long orienteering events, it is likely that someone thought that a 3 hour rogaine - with solo entries allowed - might attract orienteers to the sport of Rogaining and perhaps lead to greater participation in the longer events as well. However, this may well just be conjecture.

How many people go solo in the Minigaines?

 YearTeamsSolo
 20107532
 20115336
 2012131114
 2013119131
 201411686
 20156537
 20168858
 20179560
 20189967
 20199172

In the Go Your Own Way post on the NSWRA forum in 2018, Brett Davis stated that he had "examined the results of the NSW Minigaines and found that the percentage of competitors who chose to go solo varied from a low of 13.5% (in 2010) to a high of 28.73% (in 2013) – with an average solo participation rate of 21.8%.

He went on to report that "For the six ACT rogaines where solo entries have been allowed, the percentage of competitors who chose to go solo varied from 9.7% to 21.15% with an average solo participation rate of 16.2%.

Brett wondered "Whether the solo entries were made up of teams that had split up" and he figured that "at least some of the solo entries would have been competitors who would not have been at the event if solo entries were not allowed".

So how do the solo rogainers fare against the teams in the Minigaine?
In 2011 teams came first and second and a solo rogainer came third. In 2012 the online results indicate that one team and five solo rogainers cleared the course. Exactly the same thing happened in 2015 with one team and five solo rogainers clearing the course. In every other event, the solo rogainers won easily!

How much better do solo rogainers go?
In the first couple of Minigaines it was pretty even between teams and solo rogainers, but from 2012 onwards the solo rogainers have been clearly superior.

In the 2013 Minigaine, 18 solo rogainers scored 2500 points or more compared to only 9 teams. In 2014, 40 solo rogainers scored 2000 points or more compared to only 4 teams. In 2015, 11 solo rogainers scored 2000 points or more compared to only 4 teams.

In the 2016 Minigaine, solo rogainers filled the first 9 places, with a team coming 10th. In 2017, 25 solo rogainers scored 1500 points or compared to only 7 teams. In 2018, 31 solo rogainers scored 1200 points or more compared to only 12 teams, and in 2019, 16 solo rogainers scored 1500 points or more compared to only 5 teams.

Do other Rogaining associations allow Solo Rogaining?
Strangely, yes. The ACT Rogaining Association allowed Solo Rogaining in the 5 hour Metrogaine rogaine in 2011. 12 teams finished in the top 20 places, but the top 3 finishers were all solo rogainers. There were only 16 solo rogainers in the event, but half of them finished in the top 20.

Since 2014 the ACTRA has allowed solo rogainers into all of its annual 6 hour Metrogaine events. In 2014 and 2015, 11 of the top 20 finishers were solo rogainers, and they filled the top 6 positions in 2014, and the top 3 positions in 2015.

In 2016, the first 12 places in the Metrogaine went to solo rogainers. In 2017, 8 of the top 10 places went to solo rogainers. And in 2018, 17 of the top 30 places were taken by solo rogainers, including the top 5.

Do any other states or countries allow Solo Rogaining?
Apart from NSW and the ACT, no other Australian states allow Solo Rogaining, but there are some countries around the world that do allow Solo Rogaining in some of their shorter events.

However, solo rogainers are accepted in some short rogaines in New Zealand, including a 6 hour event.

The United States allows solo rogainers in some shorter events, and in the 2016 North American Rogaining Championships solo rogainers were allowed in the 4-hour division.

And in the Rogaine Ireland 2018 event there was a 6 hour option where solo entries were allowed!

Because solo rogainers do so well when they are allowed to compete in shorter Rogaining events, are people afraid of them being allowed into longer rogaines where they might win everything! Is this the real reason why Solo Rogaining is banned in long events?



State Rogaining associations can change any of the rules!


Doing Rogaining solo sounds way cooler than doing it alone


You Can Do This


If we can solo rogaine in the minigaine, why can't we solo rogaine in every rogaine


I can climb free solo, but I can't rogaine solo?





In a post about the Minigaine on the NSWRA Forum in April 2017, former NSWRA committee member Julian Ledger wrote "Looking at the results one has to ask do Rogainers do better on their own? Safety considerations aside, if longer rogaines allowed solo entry would the lone wolves clean sweep the places?"

Chris Stevenson (current [2019] NSWRA committee member) commented on the same Minigaine saying "I recall from previous events the competitiveness of the individuals ... the average score of the individuals was 1,390 whereas the average score in the teams was 855."

On the same forum legendary rogainer Andy Macqueen seemed to indicate that he believed solo rogainers would be more competitive when he wondered "whether some people would be turned off because they wouldn't want to compete against solo hotshots."

Current (2019) NSWRA President Trevor Gollan agrees that solo competitors usually out-perform teams, and has expressed concerns that if Solo Rogaining was allowed in longer events then teams would be forced to split up and go solo in order to be competitive.

Are these fears the reason why Solo Rogaining is banned in long events? Are these fears holding back the sport?



Was Chewbacca a navigator?





1. Finding a suitable partner is unnecessary
You may never find a partner of a similar age with similar fitness and similar motivation. Frustrating compromises must often be made, either by your partner or by you.

2. You can enter every rogaine
Even if you are lucky enough to find the perfect partner, they may not always be available.

3. You always compete in your own age category
The age category for teams is determined by the youngest team member. If a 66 year old teams up with a 39 year old, the ultra-veteran is forced to compete against Open competitors who could be almost 50 years younger!

4. Your event is not ruined if your partner breaks down
If your partner is injured, gets sick, tires early, gets blisters, or has a catastrophic gear failure, your event is ruined and you have wasted your very expensive entry fee.

5. Unless you talk to yourself, there are no arguments!

6. If you perform well, the glory is all yours!



Advantages of Solo Rogaining





1. A team might make less mistakes than a solo rogainer
You can discuss everything with your partner. Really stupid mistakes are picked up immediately. Your partner might suggest something that you may never have considered.

2. Your partner might provide additional motivation
When you are feeling really down, your partner might be able to shame, cajole, enthuse or otherwise motivate you into carrying on when you might otherwise give up.

3. You can do less work by sharing the workload
You don't need to concentrate on all aspects of your navigation all the time, and you can share leading, route-finding, step-counting, time-keeping etc.

4. You can blame your partner if you fail
If you rogaine solo, you have nobody to blame if things go wrong, but if you stuff up monumentally, you can always blame your partner!

5. You may or may not be safer ...
You are relatively safe in a team, but solo rogainers with a PLB are arguably safer.

Despite these supposed advantages, teams generally do worse than solo rogainers.



Disdvantages of Solo Rogaining





Given that the NSWRA forum hosted a discussion about Solo Rogaining in 24 hour events, it would appear that some members of the Rogaining community want to rogaine solo in longer events. On average, about 20% of competitors in the NSWRA 3 hour Minigaine are solo rogainers, so some of them might consider Solo Rogaining in longer events if they had the opportunity and the rules allowed it.

On the NSW Rogaining blog under "Strategic Plan – What's Wrong with Rogaining" – Shanti wrote in November 2018 "I find that the main thing holding me back is finding a partner (the partner finding service is great for this and I usually have success, but a lot of people might not want to walk around the bush for a day with a complete stranger). The 3 hr ones are great because you can do them individually but it would be nice if some of the 6 hr Metrogaines had an individual option."

Chris Stevenson (current [2019] NSWRA committee member) has safety concerns about Solo Rogaining, but is on record as saying "When we have a reliable continuous tracking system available to use, I would support a rule change to have solo participation."

In a reply to the Go Your Own Way post on the NSWRA Forum, Keelan Birch stated "I'd enter every one like that if I could. The rogaine I learnt the most from was the solo Minigaine – more so than winning NSW 8hr, Lake Mac etc. I think you are missing out on entries from the orienteering / trail / ultra running community too ... I'd be - and I'm sure others would be - willing to pay $20 more (to enter a rogaine) if I had to hire a tracking device of some description."

In the same forum Michael Burton said "The requirement to be in a team was always a big drawback in my Rogaining days, for there was always the issue of how do I find a partner? Perhaps I was cursed for being too competitive, for a rogaine for me was not a matter of a gentle stroll through the bush, but a question of how far and fast I could go in the time allowed?"

Michael went on to say "Arthur Kingsland and I had our "glory days" and a string of Paddy's to our name a couple of decades ago. But when my partner fell foul to injury I never found anyone to replace him, and dropped away myself. Occasionally I'd opt up for the solo Minigaines. If only the Paddy had allowed solo runs I might have stayed on and rogained more, rather than being another drop-out from the cause."

How many rogainers are there like Michael, who have dropped out of the sport because they can't find a partner? How many potential rogainers are there out there who haven't taken up the sport because they can't find a partner? How many regular rogainers are there who miss out on going into some rogaines because their usual partners are unavailable?



Disdvantages of Solo Rogaining


Hands up for Solo Rogaining





Because the NSWRA committee formally banned Solo Rogaining in events longer than the Minigaine without canvassing its membership to see if that decision was justified, we really don't know how many people would want to rogaine solo in long events if they had the opportunity. We were not asked for our opinions, and we have never had the opportunity to "vote with our feet" and rogaine solo in a 24 hour event.

Despite being forced to rogaine in teams, there are still ways for us to rogaine solo!

How to rogaine solo - method #1 (against the rules and not recommended)
Convince a non-Rogaining friend to enter the event as part of your team, and when the event starts, they relax and read a book while you do the event.

How to rogaine solo - method #2 (also against the rules and not recommended)
Enter the event with another solo rogainer and go your separate ways when the event starts.

Problems with Method #1 and Method #2

• You would be breaking lots of Rogaining rules.
• You would almost certainly be banned from future events.
• Method #1 would cost you twice as much to enter the event.
• The Rogaining Association would still be responsible for searching for you if you failed to finish, even though you had deliberately broken their rules by going solo.

How to rogaine solo - method #3 - within the rules and what we recommend!

Prior to the event

• Find other people who also want to rogaine solo - and enter as a team.
• Make sure you have your own personal registered PLB.
• Have a safety backup - a person who will report you missing if you don't contact them.
• At the event do all the usual registration activities prior to the start.

When the event starts

• Go to the Admin tent and tell them you have finished the event.
• Get your Navlight tags cut off - you are now free to do anything you want.
• Go out and do the event, and record the controls you visit.
• If asked about your team, answer(honestly) that you are not in the event.

After the event

• Contact your safety backup to let them know you have completed the rogaine.
• Work out your own score.
• When the results are published, see how you would have gone.


Why we recommend Method #3

Rule 24 states

A team is considered to have completed the event when:

a) all team members have reported together to the designated finish administration area

and

b) they have surrendered their recording devices.

Once you have officially finished the event, the Rogaining Association is no longer responsible for your safety.

Even though you have officially finished the event, you are still eligible to get food from the Hash House and All Night Cafe, use the toilets and camp as usual, as this is covered by your entry fee regardless of when you decide to finish the event.

In the unlikely event that you have a medical problem out on the course and need to be rescued, you activate your PLB.

In the even more unlikely event that you do have a medical problem and are also unable to activate your PLB for any reason, then your "safety backup" will inform the authorities (this is the police in NSW) that you are missing after the event and those authorities are responsible for organizing any Search and Rescue.

There is always the chance that you will die in the event, but rogaining in a team does not guarantee your survival. There has been at least one death in Rogaining events in Australia, despite every rogainer being in a team.

Although you will be ineligible for trophies and your results will never be known by the rest of the Rogaining world, do you really care? Do any of us really rogaine for fame and prizes? Or do we rogaine for the love of the sport, and to see how well we can do relative to everyone else? Isn't that all the motivation we need!

In addition, by Rogaining solo in this manner you are letting the relevant Rogaining Association know that you would not only like Solo Rogaining "legalized", but also that you will actually rogaine solo whether it is "legal" or not!

Be prepared to cop some flack for your "protest" ...



What if I told you that you can rogaine solo?


That is a brilliant idea!


If you rogaine solo you might face some opposition


My map and my compass comfort me





If you want to rogaine solo, but don't want to use Method #3 above because it is a bit confrontational and might get you banned from Rogaining, there are a number of other options you could pursue ...

1. Talk to your committee members
Talk to anyone on the committee of your local Rogaining Association about your support of Solo Rogaining - maybe when you are "socializing" after your next rogaine!

2. Contact your local and national Rogaining Associations
Email / phone / write a letter to your local and national Rogaining Associations and let them know that you fully support Solo Rogaining in all events and would like to do it yourself. Let them know that you would like to see the Rules changed to allow Solo Rogaining.

3. Have your say on your social media
Put your opinions about Solo Rogaining on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter or whatever social media you use.

4. Have your say on Rogaining Association Social Media
If your local or national Rogaining Association has a forum, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter or whatever social media page, get on it and let everyone know that you support Solo Rogaining. Don't be surprised if you get kicked out!

5. Talk to your Rogaining friends
Take every opportunity to talk about Solo Rogaining with everyone you can - friends, family, fellow competitors etc.


6. Join Solo Rogaining Australia
Membership is free! We are collecting numbers to present our case for Solo Rogaining to the various Rogaining Associations in Australia and around the world.

One of the benefits of joining Solo Rogaining Australia is that if you want to rogaine solo in Australia, and have no qualms about using Method #3 above, you can send us an email telling us which event you would like to enter, and we may be able to put you in touch with like-minded individuals who would also like to compete in the same event so you can form a Solo Rogaining "team". You don't have to provide details of age, skill level, competitiveness etc. because these are irrelevant when you are Solo Rogaining ...



Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should


Solo Rogainers Unite!