HALF MOON LANTERN OVER MANTON
Saturday 23rd September 2023
This event is a traditional bush rogaine and is taking place around the Manton Dam area. It is an amazingly large tract of undulating country with excellent diversity, and only a short drive from Darwin (approximately 70km south on the Stuart Highway).
Manton Dam was originally constructed by the Department of Defence during the Second World War to provide a reliable supply of fresh water to Darwin. It was completed in 1942.
There is something for everyone in this event, from the novice rogainer to the more experienced. Two courses are available - the 9hr Quest (rogaine) and the 4hr Odyssey (rover).
The Hash House will be serving appetising meals from just after sunset, so once you have finished your event, pull up around the camp and enjoy the company of your fellow participants.
Why Half Moon? The moon will be in the waxing gibbous phase, when the illuminated part of the moon is greater than 50.1%.
Why Lantern? Because it rhymes with Manton! And pertains to light…
In September, things are a bit less hectic in the Top End. It is starting to warm up as well, but if you are after a fun challenge, this is an event for you. We need to be precise with catering so please do not wait until the last couple of days to enter - please help our volunteers by sending your entry in as soon as you have your team together.
If you are looking to join a team please reach out, as we have others who are also in the same situation.
Save some bucks and get your Early Bird Entry in by 11pm on 18th September 2023.
ENTRY FORM BELOW!
Disclaimer: Rogaining is an activity which can involve risk of personal injury or property damage. By participating in the activity, each participant acknowledges that the sport of rogaining involves considerable risk and agrees that in entering this rogaine they do so at their own risk.
What is Rogaining?
Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross country navigation. Teamwork, endurance, strategy and map reading are features of the sport. Rogaining is a team activity for people of all ages and levels of fitness, which aims to support and encourage people to develop respect for and enjoyment of rural and bushland environments, and to encourage the development of navigational skills, self reliance, general fitness, and the ability to work in a team.
About the NTRA
Rogaining found its way to the NT in 1999 (about a quarter of a century after the sport's invention in Victoria), courtesy of the energetic Andy Black and David Palmer who organised the first NT rogaine, the Croc and Rock, at Litchfield National Park in August of that year.
With their rogaining experience from southern states, Andy and David spent much of early 1999 battling Wet season humidity, flooded creeks, thick high grass and the almost totally unroaded bush of Litchfield National Park to set the course for what turned out to be an historic (and for many competitors very tough) 24 hour event.