postheadericon What is Rogaining?

Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation in which teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible in twenty-four hours. Teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to hilly forest. A central base camp provides hot meals throughout the event and teams may return at any time to eat, rest or sleep. Teams travel at their own pace and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at their own level of competition and comfort.


Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:14)

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postheadericon July 2015 Newsletter

Newsletter in PDF format <EPUB format> < MOBI format> <AZW3 format>

In this issue:

  • Phoenix Spring 24 hour Rogaine and Schools Championships p1
  • Wanted: Aus Champs Secretary p1
  • 2014 Volunteer Grid p3
  • Wunder Bin Champs setters's report p4
  • Setting and Vetting Seminar p4
  • Paul’s Presidential Ponderings p5
  • Online Entry Self-Check p5
  • Wunder Bin: Results p6-9
  • Top Ten #8: Andy Lane & Phil May p9
  • Guide to winning "First Family" p10
  • Winners take all p10
  • Artistic Challenge p11
  • WARA Going Goine Gone Electronic Punching p11
  • Setter's Journal, July 2015: and so it all begins p13
  • YHA, PAG... and Rogaining p13
  • Competitor's Quiz: Help Steve Find Ten p14
  • Calling all families ! p15
  • Wanted: World Champs Hashers p16
  • Setters Quiz: The Shapely OOB p16
  • Phoenix Spring Rogaine - Event Entry Form p17-18
  • Editorial p19
  • Noticeboard p19

Last Updated (Friday, 31 July 2015 13:51)


postheadericon Setting and Vetting Seminar - 19th September 2015

WARA is sponsoring another Setting and Vetting Seminar at a near-city location on Saturday September 19th. Organise your rogaine partners and come for a fun experience. Setting and Vetting a Rogaine is very enjoyable and rewarding.

Learn how to make your own rogaine:

  • Choosing a viable rogaine site
  • Contacting landowners for permission
  • Dealing with the Dept of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), Dept of Water, WaterCorp
  • Armchair control selection
  • Responsibilities of the setters and vetters
  • Safety and duty of care
  • How to create your own rogaine map with OOMapper
  • Event duties – before, during and after the rogaine

The cost: current WARA membership. Already a member? No extra charge.

Booking is essential so we can orepare resources.  A special map has been made

Contact Ian Thomsett ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to register your attendance.

Last Updated (Friday, 31 July 2015 12:45)


postheadericon WARA 2015 Membership

WARA membership fees are now due for the 2015 calendar year.

The easiest way (for both you and us) to renew your membership is on-line.
You can easily Renew Membership On-line now

NOTE: You do not need to join or renew membership separately if you are entering an event; you can join as part of your entry.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 January 2015 19:14)


postheadericon Phoenix Rogaine 29 August 2015

Bi George – it’s another rogaine near the lovely Hotham River ~2 hours SE of Perth. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, so does this rogaine map. Fire raged through the lower half of this map in February this year. So big was this fire that local fire resources were stretched to the point where WARA had to cancel the Upside Down rogaine. But, every cloud has a silver lining. A lot of the thick, almost impenetrable bush has gone and lovely, glorious regrowth has sprung up. In some places, the landscape is almost luna and you might almost be able to track our foot prints to controls.

Fear not, those that favour a good hard slog. There is still plenty of log strewn territory to the north and there will be plenty of variety for the navigators – from simple strolls to some controls for families to challenging subtle features to find for those that like a challenge.

Set by a couple of old blokes in John Cresp and Ian "Mr Rogaine" Thomsett, the course has been checked by two of our champion rogainers – Wil Williams and Shane Lewis.
Come along, enjoy and celebrate the birth a new life in our forest.

Last Updated (Friday, 31 July 2015 13:08)


postheadericon Artistic Challenge

Are you good with the pencil or photoshop or paintbrush? WARA invites you to design a logo and artwork for the 2016 Australian Rogaining Championships.
Your logo could feature on the event map, clothing and trophies. The designer of the best entry will receive free event apparel sporting their own design. The exact name of the rogaine is:
Down South
Australian Rogaining Championships
Nannup 2016

Please send your entries to Warren Smith:
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Send soon, so that the design can be selected and finalised for the next newsletter!

Last Updated (Friday, 31 July 2015 12:51)


postheadericon Volunteering:- your association needs you!

Volunteering is part and parcel of the culture of rogaining in WA. Unlike many other states, the WA rogaining association has been able to keep prices low and event quality high by the many members who every so often kindly forego an event to help out with administration, hash house, setting, vetting, first aid, or truck driving duties.

Due to the reduced numbers of people stepping forward to do their bit in recent times, there is a real danger of having to undertake drastic measures such as having to reduce the variety of food available at events, and of having to limit hash house (food tent) opening times.

Go to volunteering grid

Last Updated (Thursday, 20 August 2015 19:42)

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postheadericon Are you proud of your rogaining achievements?

Do you sometimes feel you want to let everyone know what you've achieved, and are looking for a more subtle way then shouting it from the rooftops?
Did you know that there are points achievement badges available for purchase from WARA?

They are available for those Rogainers that achieve the points milestones in bush Rogaines:
Then why not go to and place your order now.

Last Updated (Saturday, 13 July 2013 20:37)

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