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This page contains general news and information for members.

At the bottom of this page are attached lists of maps and equipment the club owns for members' use, available from the Equipment Officer (see Governance page or your newsletter for current Equipment Officer contact). 

Also below is an Emergency Contact & Medical Information form that members are encouraged to complete and carry with them on activities.

The Bushwalking Victoria website is a very useful resource that would be of interest to club committees, walk leaders and members. There is information on clubs across Victoria, safety, search & rescue, map sources and some useful publications, in particular on Starting out and Walking Safely - see http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/brochures.html

Need that map right NOW?

We have become aware of an excellent VicMap service. You can now access on http:\\www.land.vic.gov.au(choose link to Vicmap Topo Maps 1:30,000) the whole of Victoria and print A4-size sheets of 1:30,000 scale topomaps. You pay by credit card over the www. Excellent way of quickly getting a map when you are preparing a walk!!

Need to borrow some equipment?

 A range of camping and sports equipment is available for use (see attachment below). Contact the Equipment Officer at least a week in advance to ensure the equipment is available and to arrange pick up. If you have difficulty contacting the Equipment Officer, contact any member of the committee for assistance.

 

The equipment is made available to Shepparton Adventure Club Members for any trip, and to visitors only on listed trips. Any charges are at a nominal rate to fund replacement.

 

Paddling

A site has been set up for all paddlers to visit and contribute trip information for general access by the Australian paddling community. The guide has been set up to supply information relating to trips on rivers, lakes and estuaries. Visit at www.adventurepro.com.au/paddleaustralia There's some interesting reads and pics - see Loddon and Campaspe rivers for what some paddlers do when there's been heavy rain as in 2010/11.

Victorian Rogaining Associationwww.vra.rogaine.asn.au

What is Rogaining?

That's a great question! Some answers that have been bandied about include:-

... a car rally on foot

... an easter egg hunt for grown-ups

... competition bushwalking

... marathon orienteering

... Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance

... a sick, sick sport

... orienteering on steroids!

The standard definition goes like this:

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 the specified time. In Victoria rogaines are typically run over periods of 6, 12 or 24 hours. In a bush rogaine teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to hilly forest. However, the Victorian Rogaining Association also runs a few events on bikes, in metropolitan areas, on cross-country skis, and even in canoes!

A central base camp (called the "Hash House") 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. One feature of rogaining is the opportunity for night navigation and the extra challenges that this involves.

Rogaining developed as a sport in its own right in the early 1970's, but 24-hour walks had been held since at least 1947 by the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club. The word ROGAINE was coined from: ROd GAIl and NEil, the three people in Australia who developed the first ROGAINE.

Rogaining is a team activity for people of all ages and levels of fitness. It provides competitors with navigational challenges, a way of enjoying the outdoors, and a sense of achievement.

National & State Parks info

There may still be restrictions on some bushwalking areas after fires, floods etc. Parks Victoria have a listing of track closures and access restrictions on their web site http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Given the extent of the fires in the past decade, relatively few huts were lost. However there were many close calls with fires coming to within metres of many huts. If you are planning to visit any of the huts it will be worth confirming that they are still standing. As well as the Parks Vic web site, information is also available from the Victorian High Country Huts Association and the Bogong Club. These sites contain an extensive listing of the status for the huts.

Attachments:

SAC GEAR June 2013.doc
Emergency Contact + Medical Information.doc
SAC Equipment List_Oct 11.doc
SAC_MAPS.XLS

Club Meetings


The Club meets 4th Tuesday of the months: February, April, June, August, October

Usually at 7:30 pm at the Mechanics Institute/Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street, Shepparton (between Fryers and Nixon streets, just north of Spaghetti Hollow restaurant),

or at our shed on Tom Collins Drive, Victoria Lake (south end past the pools).

 

 

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