2nd Katoa Po Explorer - 12/13 March 2022

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All Spectators and Supporters at the Katoa Po 2022 event must register (at no cost), to help ensure that this event is able to be run under the Covid framework.
Book a space here in the appropriate Covid Bubble before Wednesday, 9th March 11:59pm

Event Info

When - Saturday 12th March 2022
           - 4:00pm Campsite opens
           - 5:30pm Registration opens
           - 8:00pm Briefing for all competitors, maps handed out
           - 8:30pm Start of 3 hour Night Rogaine

           - Sunday 13th March 2022
           - 9:00am Start of 90 minute Daylight Rogaine

Where - Kaiapo Faultline extended, Tukairangi Road, Taupo

Organizer - Taupo Orienteering Club

Planner - Phil White

Controller - Chris Morris

Registration: - Online

Entry Deadline - Sunday, 6th March 11:59pm

• enquiries to entries@taupoorienteering.nz

Event format

Combination of 3 hour night rogaine plus 90 minute daylight rogaine on Sunday morning in teams of 2 or 4 persons.

Entry fees per person

  • Juniors (born 2002 or later)  $40
  • Seniors  $75

What - The night rogaine will be in two parts, on two separate maps. You will have a total time of 3 hours for the two maps – you can take as long as you want on the first map, but will lose points if you are longer than 3 hours in total. Each map will have 25 controls worth 50 points (total 1250 points). You will have about 15 minutes before the start to plan your route on the first map, and when you return you will receive the second map. Any planning time for the second map is included in the 3 hours.
The Sunday morning rogaine will comprise 30 controls that are worth 30, 40 or 50 points (total 1200 points).

Being a rogaine means that you can get as many (or as few) controls as you like, in any order. At the end of the 3 hour night rogaine, any teams that are late back will lose 10 points per minute or part of a minute that they are late back. At the end of the 90 minute day rogaine, the penalty will be 20 points per minute or part of a minute.
A prizegiving will be held as soon as results have been finalised after the Sunday rogaine. The major prize of a coaching session with Gene Beveridge (NZ Orienteer and Adventure Racing Coach) will go to the winning mixed 4 person school team.

The Terrain - The event is on the Kaiapo Faultline map extended map. It is mainly a farm map with rolling to steep hills and gullies and patches of bush and pine forest.

Some notes from the Course Planner -

  • One control has been placed in a fence corner at a crossing point as the rest of this fence is rather fragile. Otherwise, they are all crossable with care.
  • There are various types of fences, some with barbed wire. Gates are shown [gate symbol]. Electric fences will be turned off???.
  • The farmland is mostly fast running but there are the usual farm hazards including a few thistles, blackberries, and rough ground in places, with pine cones a particular hazard around the large pine trees.
  • There are the usual farm hazards including some thistles, blackberries, and rough ground [in places].
  • The first map includes an area of open pine forest where there are patches of blackberry around old pine trees and in some gullies; these are mapped as dark green and are easily avoidable.
  • There are several small cliffs on the map; we have designed the rogaine to minimise the risk to you, but please familiarise yourselves with the orienteering symbols for cliffs and earth banks.

Compulsory Gear list

  Individual gear (must be carried by each competitor)

  • Fleece
  • Polyprop top
  • Water/wind proof jacket
  • Head torch (with enough batteries)
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Sufficient food and drink for the duration
  • Survival Bag

  Team Gear (may be carried by anyone in the team)

  • Cell Phone (for emergency use only)
  • Multi purpose knife (eg. Swiss Army)
  • First Aid Kit (minimum= plasters, small and large bandages, tape, paracetamol, crepe rolls, anti-histamine pills)
  • Compass

Event Location

From Wairakei Dr turn onto Poihipi Rd (signs for Kinloch/Mangakino/Te Kuiti/Great Lake Trail)
After 4.1km - turn left onto Tukairangi Rd
After 6.9km - turn left into Event Centre