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Emu Droppings July 2020

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We are all looking forward to getting out in the countryside. Grampians Rail trail on featured image and the Black Range below

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Emus Droppings May 2020

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Club get together at The Dig Café in Newstead the night before a big event.
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Emu Droppings April 2020

Emu Droppings

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Ron Frederick being presented with the club’s trophy for winning the club championship by Don Fell at the AGM
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Emu Droppings February 2020

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New colour map of Eltham Lower Park and Candlebark Park

 

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Emu Droppings November 2019

Emu Droppings

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Tristan with grandfather Peter Lewis at the School Champs Maroondah Reservoir

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Emu Droppings September 2019

Emu Droppings

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Emus Online July 2018

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Emus Online May 2018

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MT LOFTY AUTUMN BUSH SERIES #2 Sunday 15th April 2018

A great new area, to the West of Redesdale. It was discovered by Rex Niven and mapped by Alex Tarr. The weather was most unpleasant on the Saturday, when we were setting up. However, on the event day, we only had a very small amount of rain, with patches of sunshine.

The event was a great success with over 150 participants thanks in particular to Course setter Rex Niven, Event adviser Russell Bulman and organiser Ron Frederick. The IT team of Geoff Hudson, Rob Edmonds and Don Fell overcame the usual hurdles running new software and the registration team, headed by Laurie Niven handled matters smoothly at the rego tent.

Ron and Rob towed the toilets and club trailer. Rex and Laurie, Ron and Russell, Helen and Rob camped out at the event site and enjoyed dinner at the Redesdale pub over a bottle of Red Dog Shiraz or was that dead dog. That’s how we felt when we settled in for an early night. Another 14 NE members who helped with parking, start, finish, control collection and general pack up.

The area is generally runnable spur gully with isolated rock and some thicker bush in the South, well away from the shorter courses. Rex negotiated with an adjoining land owner to use one of her paddocks for parking. Most participants gave favourable feedback. It was suggested that the area would be suitable for School groups and/ or relays, as it is relatively small and surrounded by open farm land.

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Emus Online March/April 2018

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Badge Scheme

The Orienteering Australia Badge Scheme recognises the achievements of a consistent orienteering standard relative to one’s age-group peers.
The standard attained is recognised through a Gold, Silver or Bronze Badge. The year in which the badge qualification is achieved, and the orienteer’s age-group are included on the badge. Orienteers qualify for an OA Merit Badge by earning three credits at specific events within a two year period. The two year period commences on the date of the event at which the first credit is earned.

  • Gold Credits are awarded to finishers in E and A Classes whose times are within the Winners time x 1.25.
  • Silver Credits are awarded to finishers in E, A and AS Classes whose times are within the Winners time x 1.50.
  • Bronze Credits are awarded to finishers in E, A, AS and B classes whose times are within the Winners time x 2.00.

The events at which badge credits may be earned are:

  • Australian Long Distance, Middle Distance and Sprint Orienteering Championships;
  • Australian 3-Days; Long Distance Orienteering Championships of ACT, NSW, Queensland, SA, Tasmania, Victoria and WA;
  • Nominated Orienteering Australia controlled badge events; and any other special event or Orienteering Australia controlled event as approved by Orienteering Australia.

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Emus Online February 2018

Emus Online

Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

AGM   Park and Street Fixtures   MTBO Summer Series   Sprint Carnival   MTBO Carnival   New Map   Bush Fixtures   Rogaining   Strategy Day   Easter Carnival   Membership

Featured image was taken at the Map of Tower Hill Game Reserve near Warrnambool.

Lead Story

Welcome to two new members – Peter Hill and Judy Hill from Castlemaine. Peter joins M70 this year and has a very strong cycling and MTBO background. He is no slouch on foot either. Judy joins W70 this year and likes to get out on her bike as well as helping at events. The Hills join Ron Wescott and Cheryl Taylor as our Castlemaine members. Previous members who lived in Castlemaine were Janet Fitzwater and Arthur Thurlow and Jill King from Harcourt.

Peter managed to finish the Cadel Evens ride on Australia Day weekend. He covered 115 km with 1000 metres of climb. The weather was perfect, moist for the first 2 hrs and warm the next 2.  Approximately 4000 riders took part. Anyone who watched the professionals racing on Sunday in extreme heat realised what a heck of a climb the riders had up Challumbra Hill. Andrew Innes, an erstwhile member of NE also finished the public race.

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all at the AGM. Ron gave a talk on his overseas travels to South America – Peru, Ecuador, Chile and the Galapagos Islands with Rob Stephenson. Highlights included the Inca stonework, not just at Machu Picchu and the constant and varied wild life of the Galápagos Islands was not far behind.

Ron also visited Iceland which he thoroughly recommends if you have a platinum credit card. Spectacular scenery! It wasn’t particularly cold in the Northern summer. He also made another great trip organised by John Bailes through the VNPA with day walks in the Lakes District, Bath, Balmoral, Whitby and Brighton areas.

Rob and Helen Edmonds shared some pictures of their trip on the Coast to Coast walk and their visit to Ireland, Scotland and England. 

The new committee was elected with few changes. Ian Parry joined the committee; Ron Frederick retains the Presidency; Schon Hudson – Treasurer; Rex Niven – Secretary; Rob Edmonds Membership and Newsletter; Lauris – StreetO Coordinator; Dorothy Adrian, Geoff Hudson, Don Fell, Fiona Fell and Joyce Rowlands.

PS Ron Frederick was a real New Age Traveller. With Prue Dobbin, he visited Tassie to practice orienteering navigation in sand dune country, in preparation for NZ. For the first time, the Australian Easter 3 Day Orienteering competition was held in the North Island of NZ. Ron hired a small campervan with Tim Dent and enjoyed a few day walks, including the Tongariro Crossing in great weather.

Awards: Geoff Armstrong won the Vin Maloney Trophy for 2017.

Rogaining featured on ABC Radio on January 17. Here is the link to the podcast under the title ‘The bluffer’s guide to rogaining’ – an interview with Neil Phillips.

Also, Catalyst Series 18 The Secret To Making Better Decisions; Featuring a Score Orienteering Event. DOCUMENTARY

From the science of making choices to the solving power of algorithms, Mathematician Lily Serna looks at how the logic of mathematics can help you make better, smarter decisions. #ABCcatalyst

Now on iView http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/catalyst/SC1602H013S00#pageloaded

Broadcast 8:30pm Tue 30 Jan 2018. Published 3 days ago, available until 9:30pm on 29 Jan 2021. File size approx. 473 MB

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Emus Online December 2017

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition of the newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Fixtures scheduled for 2018 Nillumbik Emus (not Park & StreetO)

A lot of planning goes into scheduling the Orienteering fixtures each year. Nillumbik Emus plays a very significant part in running events on the OV program. Laurie Niven has also been working hard on behalf of OV, as Fixtures Convener, to put together a cohesive program for next year. It will be greatly appreciated if you can put your hand up to organise or course set one of these events next year.

Feb-25 MTBO summer75 series Woodlands, Tullamarine
Apr-15 Vic Autumn Series Mt Lofty, Redesdale (new area)
Apr-29 MelBush 2 Hawkestowe Park, Plenty Gorge
July-15 MelBush 6 Woodlands, Tullamarine
July-29 Vic MTBO Series You Yangs, Geelong
Sept-16 Vic Long Champs Crocodile Reservoir, Castlemaine
Oct-28 Maxi Lal Lal, Ballan

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Emus Online October 2017

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Off the Map

Congratulations to Joyce Rowlands on reaching her 85th birthday which she celebrated in style at York on Lilydale last Saturday.

Congratulations and best wishes to Rob Fell on his new role with Orienteering Victoria. Rob is moving into the role of Promotions and Development Officer, a role held by Peta Whitford for many years.

Many members have ventured overseas. Phil Giddings completed an epic ride of the west coast of Norway.

Dorothy Adrian is just back from walking the Camino Trail (41 days).

Ian and Lauris Stirling visited the USA. Lauris and Ian headed up to the Maxi on the day after they arrived back where Lauris organised the catering.

Rob and Helen Edmonds walked and part rode the Coast to Coast trail in their trip through Ireland and the UK.

The much-travelled Ron Frederick visited South America and the Galapagos Islands.

Geoff and Schon completed their annual European sojourn with some orienteering in the Jura in France.

Don and Fiona visited Northumbria and Sweden earlier in the year and will be heading off to Paris for some canal barging and orienteering.

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Emus Online January 2017

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Pictured above: Bill Johnson, Joyce and Russell Yeoman – Easter Day 2 near Warwick in Queensland in the 1990s. Congratulations to Joyce Rowlands and Graeme Cadman on being recognised by the International Orienteering Federation for being the oldest Mountain Bike Orienteers in World Masters Competition, both being over 80 years old. Joyce is 84 and Graeme is nearly 86.

Pictured: Helen Edmonds, Joyce and Ron Frederick on the day Joyce lost the bike off the back of her car at Korweinguboora.

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Emus Online November 2016

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2016 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

by Alicia Ciacic

On Friday, 23rd September most of the Victorian schools orienteering team met at Tullamarine airport to fly to Queensland for the Australian Orienteering Championships.  We were all very excited.

This year is a bit different to what has happened in the past in that we were going to be moving locations three times. Our first stop was Burleigh Heads.  We were staying here for four nights.  On Saturday, we competed in our first event which was the Australian Sprint Championships at Griffith University.  This was a fun day.

On the Sunday was the Australian Relay championships and I was the third runner with Karina and Sarah being my other team mates. The Monday was the first event of the Secondary Schools championships.  The first event was the sprints and then there was the individuals and then the relays. I found this year to be a lot more challenging than last year.  This was because I moved into senior girls. 

Some of the terrain in Queensland was like Kooyoora. We had a lot of fun and also got to visit Sea World and play mini golf in some of our spare time.

Other members to take part in the Australian Champs Carnival in Queensland were Sue Healy, Geoff Armstrong, Leone Carberry, Jenelle Templeton and John Carberry. Sue Healy won medals in W85 in the Australian Sprint, Middle and Long Champs.

Congratulations: Don and Fiona Fell completed the 4 peaks on Melbourne Cup weekend.

Day 1: Up and down Mystic Mountain near Wandiligong

Day 2: Mt Feathertop from Harrietville as far as the hut as the peak was under snow

Day 3: Mt Hotham from Harrietville

Day 4: Mt Buffalo from the main road before the climb.

Don and Fiona are making a quick recovery to compete in the Marysville half marathon on the following weekend.

http://www.4peaks.com.au/

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Emus Online August 8, 2016

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Christmas in July by Jenelle Templeton

Great company, fine food and good fun. This was the reward for venturing out on a chilly winter’s night for the annual NE Christmas in July celebrations. The setting was complete with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and giant sized blow up Santa.

We were treated to entrée of sushi, followed by a delicious array of roast pork with crackling, turkey, baked vegetables with all the trimmings.

A necessary break from the meal (to make room for dessert) was provided by Rob with several games. They provided an opportunity to get to know our fellow members a little better, a little team building and challenge our map reading skills.

Dessert was well worth the wait, an ice-cream Christmas Pudding as well as a traditional Christmas pudding with custard sauce.

Christmas in July was completed with the mandatory Kris Kringle. It was obvious that a lot of thought had been given to gifts and some were in high demand as they changed ownership several times.

Thank you to all that attended the night. A special thanks goes to Lauris for coordinating and preparing the meal. A truly magnificent effort. Thank you to all the helpers who contributed to make the night such a success.

“Some very creative Kris Kringles were on offer. When I opened my present, I found a large jar filled with the ingredients and a recipe for cookies. They baked up very nicely. Thank you from, Rob.”

Read about the World Rogaining Championships 2016 – Ross River NT

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Emus Online May 2016

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Rogaining

The Geelong Cyclogaine/Metrogaine was held on a lovely, Autumn day. The event centre was at the Geelong Canoe Club headquarters on the Moorabool River.

Club members who took part included Phil Giddings who also assisted with admin. Rosemarie de Haas and Michael Horne were in charge of the catering team.

There were 44 teams in the Metrogaine. Michael Hayward & David Ashburner finished 3rd in MensVet and 7th overall with 1650 points. Phil Giddings & Rob Mason were 1st in MensSuperVet and 8th overall with 1610 points.

There were 37 teams in the Cyclogaine. Rob and Helen Edmonds finished 2nd in the mixed and 3rd overall with 2500 points. Peter Maloney & Pam Braithwaite scored 1250 points in finishing 26th overall.

OWLS “Orienteers Who Lunch” by Sue Healy

Nillumbik members who missed out on this year’s OWLs lunch should get in touch with Sue Healy to register their interest in next year’s lunch. This year’s get together was great! The Gisborne Peak Winery did us proud.

There were quite a lot of ex-orienteers who still remember their glory days as well as many regulars to exchange information about their best (not so much their worst) events. Jan recognises that she needs to be careful about the date – school holidays etc. Older orienteers are apt to be grandparents first and lunchers after. But we talked and talked over old triumphs and disasters most of the afternoon.

If you think you would like to be kept informed about next year’s let Sue know. The Davidsons were there; it warms your heart to see how many people are still interested in the sport and people, long after they have stopped competing.

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Emus Online February 2016

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Equipment

The club trailer has been rewired with the addition of LED rear lights; The wheel hubs were replaced on both wheels with new with bearing kits. Cost $441.70

Geoff Hudson has procured the club’s new SI gear and is in the process of making up a kit that will make it operationally smooth and convenient. The club has spent about $11,000 on the gear which will make us more self-sufficient. Geoff is also hoping to buy a couple of splits printers for $140.

The club has also paid the update of the OEScore software for $260. We now have the latest software to use in events like the Maxi, The Enduros and Summer Series MTBO events.

The Summer Street Series is coming to an end and the new Winter Series fixtures will soon be out.

Club Website https://nillumbik.wordpress.com/ Please check out the new club website developed by Rob Fell. Let me know what you think about it. The platform is the basic free version of WordPress with limited functionality.

New Maps

Blackhill and Bald Hill maps are nearing completion and are another area of significant club expenditures. Rex Niven is overseeing production and we are hoping to run bush sprint events on them in 2017.

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Emus Online August 2015

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Tarrengower Maxi, Maldon

The Maxi was held for the first time on the Mt Tarrengower map, Maldon. Derek Morris took the initiative to course set on the Bendigo OC map; a huge 1:10,000, A2 map. The Maldon Netball/Football club rooms gave the organisers a great venue for admin and catering. Late July can be quite cool and this day was no exception. Fortunately the forest was dry and the 82 competitors who set out soon warmed up. Ben Goonan and Craig Feuerherdt had a very close finish, both finishing the entire course of 30 controls, only 8 minutes apart.

Congratulations to Thorlene Egerton for her superb effort, scoring 1500 points. Bruce Arthur would almost certainly have finished the course and given Ben and Craig a run for their money had he not had a late start Alice and Helen Edmonds were the overall winners in the team category as well as the open female class. Patrick Jaffe won the junior male class and Asha Steer was the winning junior female.

A pleasing aspect was the number of first timers who took part. Competitors enjoyed hot soups, cakes and fruit after the event, provided by Lauris Stirling and the catering crew.

Thank you to everyone who took part and assisted with the running of the event. A big thank you to Derek Morris for the time and effort he put into the event. The courses were well received and there were many positive comments.

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Emus Online June 2015

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Alex Shepherd and Robert Foote are heading over to the USA for the World Police and Fire Games again, from the 24th of June to the 9th of July. They will be competing in the Long and Sprint distance Orienteering events. The long distance event is being held at Fountain Head Regional Park in Virginia, near the Potomac River and the sprint is being held at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Alex is also competing in the darts events.

The games are huge with over 12000 competitors from 70 countries taking part. It sounds like an exciting time will be had. Lenore and Alex will then go onto New York for a few days and then take a cruise to the Caribbean.

Saligari Safari MTBO

Threatening Melbourne skies and weather reports weren’t a good omen for Vic State Series mountain bike event in the same area as the foot event the previous fortnight.

However, there were 56 entries and 10 newcomers for the event an the day turned out really well for the riders. As is often the case, poor weather in Melbourne is not a good predictor of conditions north of the divide. Though we did get caught out just as were nearly finishing with the packing up.

Rob and Helen Edmonds placed the controls out on the Saturday. Work included clearing and sweeping tracks. We stayed the night at Peter and Judy Hill’s place in Castlemaine and arrived back at the assembly area about 7:30 Sunday morning to set up the admin area and the club toilet. Ron Wescott, Judy Hill and Helen Schofield along with Ron Frederick and Joyce Rowlands helped out on the day.

The Saligari paddock was an excellent venue for the event and the tracks were fast and dry leading to some fast times on challenging but from all reports enjoyable courses. We used OV SI and DROC’s SIME equipment for the event.

Comments taken from the Eventor online event survey.

 Always amazed how so much is done by what appears to be so few people
 Good having start, finish and rego all together, good pre- event info
 Loved it. Very enjoyable course on a great area.
 Very well run and great area for foot or MTBO. Congrats to all

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Emus Online April 2015

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Lindsay Thomas from Tuckonie OC wrote
Peter Beggs mentioned to me tonight that he had heard on the Ericsson network that Sture Lantz had written a novel that was set in Australia. I have done a quick Google, and have come up with this link:

http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/tuckonie-9789187119392

I’m sharing this email with a couple of other old hands who would probably remember Sture, the member of our founding triumvirate who actually gave the club its name, but I haven’t been in touch with Sture for several years.

For those who don’t read Swedish – Google Translate does a passable job of translating the blurb into English, but I can send that translation separately if you like.

Curiously, I don’t know whether Sture is aware that “Tuckonie” was a black kid (played by actor John Meillon) in the radio serial “The Search for the Golden Boomerang” which ran for 1,444 episodes during the early 40s. Legend has it that Sture found the name in a koori dictionary, said to mean “little man lost in the bush”.

Incidentally, I also have the piano score and words for “The Tuckonie Tree Song” – if anyone is a pianist, we could record it!

Don Fell’s Comment

In the light of this information about “The Tuckonie Tree Song”, maybe we should formally claim “Old Man Emu” as our club theme song. We could run the pants off a kangaroo!

Um-ba-da-lip-ida-da-da

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Emus Online December 2014

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Sprint into Spring Series

Eltham Lower Park: This was a popular event on election day. The new sprint map was well received by 120 competitors. Great to welcome Robert Foote to our club team. Robert had another great run, finishing 3rd on Course 2 and was a lucky winner in the random draw prize. Ron Frederick was ably assisted by club members.

Eltham Lower Park provided a less urbanised and more bushland environment than the other maps in the series. The added attractions included the miniature railway, the riverside micro track network, the pony club’s cross country jumps, and a testing hill climb – a whopping 10 contours. From there it was downhill all the way to the finish, through the remnant bushland reserve. All ten club runners completed the course while many other members made sure the event went smoothly by concentrating on event organisation.

It was great to see Sue Healy back and making a steady recovery, with Dave Lotty who made the trip down from NSW for the weekend.

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Emus Online August 2014

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Island Adventure 6hr Metogaine & 6hr Cyclogaine – Phillip Island

Course Planner: Ron Wescott

Over 90 checkpoints! Spread over all of Phillip Island, mixing up coast, bush and wetland and rural areas. This is going to be a fantastic event. Your choice will include boardwalks, cycle paths and public roads. With so much choice it will be easy to avoid busy roads.

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Emus Online August 2013

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The Real Story Behind the Maxi

Course setting at Boundary Creek is tough enough, but what ensued when I was putting out the controls was a story of utter frustration and stupidity.

I chose a lovely day, Thursday, to put out the controls. After picking up the control boxes in Woodend, I arrived at the first control site to find I had left the flags at home.  I decided that their was no point going home at this stage and to put out the control stands. I finished the last control and arrived home about 8pm after collecting the SI equipment at Woodend.

The pink tape hanging above the control stands seemed okay, but it wasn’t really right. So I headed up next day with the flags and spent another 6 and half hours putting them out and the water in continuous rain. Last control was finished at 4:30 pm. On the way back to my locked car I realised I didn’t have my keys. No phone, no wallet, wet through. I searched for an hour before heading to the nearest farm house; no-one home. There was no-one at the next two houses either, despite chimney smoke and lights on. It’s now dark. What do I do? I start walking along the Doxa Rd towards Malmsbury. Half an hour later a car comes along and drives me to Doxa. The lady takes Helen’s phone number but we are out of phone range. I check out Doxa, but no-one around. Another car stops and takes me to the Malmsbury Hotel. My phone calls to Helen don’t get through. Did Helen receive a message from the lady? Text messaged, Malmsbury Hotel, not Doxa. I wait out on the road. Just before 8pm, my feet are still wet, Helen drives past and keeps going. Dam! Still can’t through. A lad has lent me his phone. I get through to my father. Still can’t reach Helen. I walk out to Malmsbury Railway Bridge to wait for Helen’s return. She doesn’t. At about 9am, I wonder how I’m going to spend the night. The lad from the hotel arrives at the bridge with his Mum in her car. Just then, a weak phone call comes through from Helen. Still at Doxa. The mother offers to drive me to Doxa where I meet up with Helen. I now have the spare keys and a head torch and head up to the saddle on the rough bush track to collect the car. I arrive home at 11pm and get to bed about 4am, after working on event organisation.

Next day, Ron Frederick finds the keys. He finds them not far from where I had parked the car.

Robert Edmonds

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Emus Online November 2012

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Victorian Night Champs & Score’O

Bunjil, Ballan

It was a great evening for the Night’O.  Rex Niven set 36 controls in the open forest. Competitors had a choice of 90 minutes or 150 minutes to locate as many as they could. Maps were distributed at 9PM and competitors quickly studied their options before dispersing with head torches bobbing in the dark. Control 150 worth 100 points was very tempting, and quite a few chose to go even though it was quite remote. No one was going to complete the whole course in the time so it was a matter of choosing the most expeditious route, to maximise points.

Ron Frederick brought up the club equipment and Rex had spent his time putting out controls well beforehand. Laurie Niven organised the registration tent. By late afternoon, Club members had assembled to put up the necessary infrastructure. ARDF were there too, running their night radio event.

The camp site was growing bigger as competitors began arriving, some to stay the night, others to go home after their event.

Next morning, more people arrived to tackle the courses in daylight. Many competitors from the Night’O had another go. This time competitors had only 90 minutes, and the scoring was far  higher than in the night, as expected. After a cool night, the day began brightly and warmed up quickly. In the daylight, everyone was able to appreciate the beautiful carpet of flowers on the forest floor. Thank you Rex and Laurie for a wonderful event.

Other Club members who assisted and took part included Peter Maloney, Ewen Templeton, Rob and Helen Edmonds, Paul and Dorothy Adrian, Jeff and Ann Hughes, Sue Healy, Dave Lotty and Phil Giddings.

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Emus Online October 2012

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Hepburn Diggings Report

Glorious sunshine in perfect conditions; a day out of the box greeted competitors at Hepburn Diggings. Rex Niven’s courses were physically tough and navigationally challenging; good preparation for the Championship events. It was a good middle distance course –  requiring continuous attention to navigation and probably the toughest courses set in Victoria since Julie Flynn’s courses on Korong Spur. We had a few abandon courses,  but only mild complaints at the Finish. Most competitors were probably just too exhausted and relieved to finish.

Phil Giddings ensured the event ran smoothly with his tireless attention to detail. Many thanks to everyone who took part and especially those in the Nillumbik Emus Club who assisted with the organisation. Special thanks to Ron Frederick for towing the Club trailer, Phil for taking the toilets back to Kyneton, where he will have to wait till Monday to hand them back, and to Don Fell for SI trailer tow. Ron, Rex and Laurie, Don and Phil enjoyed a fine night’s camping at the event site. Rex will be looking for a new tent after finding it completely rotted when he spread it out.  

Kathy Ewels edged out Aislinn Prendergast in W21A. Bryan Keely had a comfortable margin in winning  M21A with Blair Trewin and Fredrik Johansson running strongly for the minor placings. Craig Feuerherdt had an excellent win in M35A while Isabelle Wymer was a clear winner in W35A.

Our Club had 3 good runs from our stalwarts  in M60. Rob Edmonds 2nd, Ron Frederick 4th and  Alan Watts 7th.. John Carberry finished 3rd in M45AS. Helen Edmonds was a winner in W55. Laurie Niven 5th in W60. Lauris Stirling and Robyn Sunderland battled it out in Long Open B with Lauris finishing 3rd, just 1 second ahead of Robyn. Joyce Rowlands won W89 and Ryan Carberry won Boys 12B.

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Emus Online August 2012

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MelBushO You Yangs

Don and Fiona Fell organised the event on the following weekend. We were blessed with great weather, although the wind did kick up as the day  wore on.

Phil Giddings starred by riding the 70 km from Surry Hills before completing the A course and riding home. He claimed he had a tail wind coming down. He certainly had a tail wind going home as the breeze strengthened and switched around. Lucky fella!

There were over 130 participants at the You Yangs and the whole series was very notable for the number of newcomers that took part.

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Emus Online June 2012

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Allowing for time spent on orienteering course or in planning an optimum route on a rogaine takes into account many factors. An old rule of thumb for a fit orienteer was to allow 5 minutes per km, 5 minutes per 100 metres climb and 1 minute per control. A course of 12.4 km with 300 metres climb and 13 controls would be expected to take about 90 minutes. Of course, as you get slower and older you learn to make the necessary adjustments. The type of vegetation and terrain you will have to contend with will also affect your time. Naismith’s Rule is handy to use when planning a rogaining route. Once you know your expected speed and you have a rough idea of percentage climb you should be able to calculate the distance you might cover. Nightime adds another dimension. Distance covered is very dependent on the terrain and availability of tracks.

Naismith’s Rule is a rule of thumb that helps in the planning of a walking or hiking expedition by calculating how long it will take to walk the route, including ascents. The rule was devised by William W. Naismith, a Scottish mountaineer, in 1892. The basic rule is as follows:

Allow 1 hour for every 5 km, plus 1 hour for every 600 metres of ascent. The basic rule assumes hikers of reasonable fitness, on typical terrain, under normal conditions. It does not account for delays, such as extended breaks for rest or sight-seeing, or for navigational obstacles. For planning expeditions or walks a party leader may use the rule in putting together the trip plan.

Alternatively, the rule can be used to determine the equivalent flat distance of a route. This is achieved by recognising that Naismith’s Rule implies equivalence between distance and climb in time terms: For convenience an 8 to 1 rule can be used. So, for example, a route of 20 km with 1600 metres of climb has an equivalent flat distance of 20 + 1.6 × 8 = 32.8 km. Assuming an individual can maintain a speed on the flat of 5 km/h (walking pace), the route will take 6 hours and 34 minutes. The simplicity of this approach is that the time taken can be easily adjusted for an individual’s own (chosen) speed on the flat; at 8 km/h (flat speed) the route will take 4 hours and 6 minutes. The rule has been tested on fell running times and found to be reliable.

In practice, the results of Naismith’s Rule are usually considered the minimum time necessary to complete a route. Over the years several “corrections” have been formulated in an attempt to make the rule more accurate. The most common correction is to add 25% or 50% to the time found with Naismith’s Rule. While this may be more accurate for some people or under certain conditions, it does not explicitly account for any additional variables. The accuracy of some corrections is disputed by some, in particular the speed at which walkers descend a gentle slope.

Tranter’s corrections

Tranter’s corrections make adjustments for fitness and fatigue. Fitness is determined by the time it takes to climb 300 m over a distance of 800 m. Additional adjustments for poor terrain or conditions can be estimated by dropping one or more fitness levels.

For example, if Naismith’s Rule estimates a journey time of 9 hours and your fitness level is 25, you should allow 11.5 hours.

Other common corrections are: see full article

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Emus Online May 2012

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Victorian MTBO Champs

The Victorian MTBO Championships were held in the Maryborough and Newstead areas in late April. The sprint and the Middle were held on Saturday and the Long on Sunday. Eureka and Nillumbik Emus staged the events in what proved a very successful weekend. We were blessed with a last burst of autumn sunshine for the entire weekend.

The Long was held in the Sandon State Forest near Newstead, on the new “Saligari Safari” map. The map was named after a local landowner and forest track. In the Long, the courses featured several opportunities to ride across farm paddocks adding to the route choice dilemmas. Ridability varied greatly from eroded single tracks to fast 4WD roads. There were 104 riders with representatives from every Australian state. The race was the final selection trial for Australian team to Hungary. It was great to see a large contingent from Braemar College, competing in the long.

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Emus Online April 2012

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Josie Yeatman has started a Nillumbik Emus Facebook group. 

Josie wrote, “If anyone wants to join they can send me a message.  I have joined up everyone that I know on Facebook and so far we have 14 members.  A couple of other people have said they might join Facebook so they can be in the group and can also be in the Street O Wild Bunch Group which Jim (Glaspole) started.” 

Walls of Jerusalem by Rex Niven

Ever seeking the ultimate rogaine, Ron Frederick led a disparate band to the Walls of Jerusalem in the tiers region near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania for six days of “tramping” .  This park has a well-maintained easy-to-walk trail crossing the main area but also lots of off-track routes on the alpine plateau to allow one to pretend to orienteer in pretty terrain with intriguing old-testament place names.

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Emus Online March 2012

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Rogaining News Melton Meander 5hr Cyclogaine / 6hr Metrogaine

The event was run on a lovely day. The day before had been a complete washout, so it was a great relief for competitors and organisers when the sun shone. Robyn Sunderland spent considerable effort and ingenuity in setting the multiple choice questions. The course took us through historical parts of Melton as well as the newer parts. The course was largely flat and featured linear parklands alongside Toolern and Arnolds Creeks and their tributaries.

Ron Wescott was the admin manager, Ron Wescott & Ron Frederick vetted the course and Phil Giddings assisted in admin, making it a bit of a NE affair.