Mul­tisporters’ chance to get lost in Wanaka

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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 south­ern­lakes­mul­ti­sport­

James Woods on the Slopestyle course at Cardrona’s Spring Camp.

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