What's This 'Rogaine' Format All About?
Unlike most adventure races which follow a pre-determined sequence of mandatory checkpoints, RockstAR gives teams the option of attempting as much of the course as they wish within a set time limit. Each RockstAR checkpoint is assigned a point value based on its degree of difficulty or distance from the main 'Hub' transition area. Teams work to accumulate as many points as possible within their 4 or 8-hour timeframe.
There will be a wide range of options available and any number of route choices, as most checkpoints are completely optional, and may be attempted in any order. And interspersed throughout the course are a series of challenge-based checkpoints, at which teams will be required to complete a special task in order to earn the point value. Teams may also return to the 'Hub' transition area as often as they wish to re-stock and re-fuel. So rather than the usual "follow-the-leader" format, each team's approach to the racecourse is entirely their own!
How Difficult is the Navigation?
Because the race format is one that gives teams the choice of which parts of the course they want to attempt, the level of difficulty will of course vary depending on a team's route plan, but the simple answer is that there are options for everyone. Go far or stay close. Follow the trails or head into the bush. This is the race where you truly do get to choose your own adventure!
Checkpoints will be positioned both on and off the numerous trail systems surrounding the race site, but always positioned at identifiable features (ie. marshes, stream junctions, trail intersections, large hills, open clearings, islands, etc). All of the trails in the vicinity of the race site are mapped in detail using our own fieldwork, and the beautifully diverse terrain that surrounds it provides an endless array of options for checkpoint locations ranging from easy to difficult.
That said, knowledge of even general map and compass skills will allow you to take on more challenging routes, and will give you greater confidence while out on the course. We will be hosting a free training clinic in mid-April to help provide some tips and tricks on navigation basics - have a look by clicking here.