For those of you who have not had the pleasure of experiencing a Rogaine, let me introduce you to the basics.  It is a long-duration, team-orienteering event using the score-O format, whereby you have a set time limit to get as many controls as you can.  But the controls are much further apart than at your typical O-event and your map covers a much larger area.  Controls are set at the intermediate level, so you must be of intermediate skill or better to do well.  You will start and finish at a centrally located base camp to which you may return as often as you wish during the event to restock supplies, rest, or eat. 

The primary difference from a typical O-event is that a Rogainetests your stamina and endurance in addition to your other O-skills.  Speed is not so important.  Pacing yourself to last the distance is.  Most participants favor a hiking pace.  

It’s a team event with most teams having two people.  More than four is rare.  If you cannot find a partner, the event organizers will do their best to match you up with someone compatible. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rogaine idea originated in Australia and was introduced by three people named Rod, Gail, and Neil.  In addition to the term incorporating the first letters of their names, it is an acronym for “Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance.”

Although a purist would not consider an event shorter than 24 hours worthy of the term, and many feel it should include some night navigation as an integral element, today we see events as short as three hours labeled as Rogaines.  The attraction of rogaine-ing comes from the camaraderie of the participants in an outdoor activity, from the extended length of the activity, from the numerous decisions which must be successfully dispatched in order to optimize team performance, and from the sense of achievement that participants feel long after the event is over.