Multisporters’ chance to get lost in Wanaka
Southern Lakes Multisport Club president Darren Clay is offering people a safe chance to get lost in Wanaka’s back country in November, so long as they take four maps and a compass.
The club’s 24 and 12 hour adventure races take place entirely within cellphone range so although electronic navigational aids are not allowed, the lost and bewildered can ring him if they realise they’ve gone seriously astray, Clay said.
The races start and finish at the Albert Town Tavern but the courses are a secret until 7pm on November 11 (for 24 hour adventurers) and 6am on November 12 (for 12 hour adventurers).
Course designers Bob McLachlan and Simon Bowden have described the course as a ‘‘piece of beauty’’, Clay said.
Clay expects between 60 and 80 participants, with 30 expressions of interest received in the last two days.
Many top adventurers will be at the World Adventure Racing Championships in Australia the same weekend, so there’s a chance other people can claim the podium.
In recent years, the race has been based at Cromwell.
‘‘We’ve not done that area to death but it does give the organisers and the landowners a break,’’ Clay said.
Two landowners helped Clay, McLachlan and Bowden set this year’s course.
‘‘Part of the trek for the 24 hour course was suggested by the landowner, but we can’t reveal his name, of course,’’ Clay said.
Both races required athletes to carry Land Information Topographic Services NZ Topo 50 - CA12 Minaret Bay, CA13 Lake Hawea, CB13 Tarras, CB12 Cardrona (the same ones used as emergency services).
The disciplines are biking, trekking, and kayaking. Each leg contains a safety element, marshalls would be at certain locations, and no real paddling skills would be required for those doing the 12 hour race, Clay said.
‘‘Navigation will be a key element. We are finding people are enjoying the rogaining element. The 12 hour will be really fun. I have never finished a 24 hour one yet. But the 24 hour is perfect timing to test your team dynamics before the Godzone.’’
The event is on November 11-12. Enter online at southernlakesmultisportclub.co.nz.
James Woods on the Slopestyle course at Cardrona’s Spring Camp.