||Briefing and instructions
||Course Closes -- you must be back by 2pm - score penalties
Cost: Preregistered: $20 per team/individual (1 map,
extra maps $3 each)
Day-of-event: $30 per team/individual
Registration is open thru March
21st. Note -- this event is not included in the season pass.
EVERYONE ATTENDING THIS EVENT MUST REGISTER.
CAOC's 2018 Palisades ROGAINE (Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving
Navigation and Endurance) will offer everything you expect and more.
You can participate in this event as an individual or as a team.
Either way you will experience crisp, clean air as you travel through
the forest and atop majestic bluffs overlooking the Mississippi
River. Expect to see bald eagles soaring above the river. And, of
course, there are the hills. Bring your climbing legs!
Our start/finish location will be at the shelter just
inside the South Entrance. Our custom-made map of the park
is highly detailed. Your success will depend on keeping map contact
while making smart route choices. Are you ready?
We invite all Midwest orienteers, adventure racers and outdoor
enthusiasts to come share in the beauty of Mississippi Palisades
State Park and the challenge of a ROGAINE!
Course Setter's Notes:
This is a "score-o" type event where you are given a specified
amount of time to visit control points (in this case, four hours)
in any order that you choose. Each control has
a point value associated with it. Your final score will be the sum
of all the points you accumulate for visiting the controls. We will
use our electronic e-punch system. We will have plenty of e-punches
for those who don’t have their own (rental included in your
meet fee). Point score ties are resolved by finish time. There will
be a penalty of one point deducted for every minute or fraction
thereof for which you come in after the 4-hour cutoff.
There will be a lot of control points this year. They will be placed
in locations ranging from quite easy to ones requiring advanced
orienteering skills. We have designed our course to accommodate
novices who would like to come out and enjoy the great scenery and
vista views while hiking around this great park, as well as, those
advanced orienteers looking for a challenge and desire to “clear”
the course. Although a sweep of all the control points may be possible,
the winner is usually determined by the orienteer who selects an
efficient order of controls and uses their time wisely. Plan smart!
One note about our map is that most of the woods are marked as
open woods (“white”). That is generally correct, especially
this early in the year. However, this is northern Illinois so you
can expect patches of thorny vegetation. You will experience some
thorny patches as you transition from open area into the woods.
We suggest you consider this with regards to choice of clothing.
Some of the open areas have sections that are more “rough
open”. Also, some of the open areas on the eastern part of
the map have cultivated fields for food stock for the deer. These
cultivated sections will be muddy this time of year.
Bring a cell phone. Reception is spotty but works
in much of the park. This small additional weight is worth the extra
measure of safety. We will provide the organizer’s cell phone
numbers to participants, in the case of any emergency.
There will be water at the start/finish and some on the course too.
We suggest you may want to bring your own hydration (a camelback
style bladder or water bottle tucked in a backpack). Bring some
easy to eat food (energy bars, etc), 4 hours traipsing up and down
the hills of Mississippi Palisades will tax your energy stores.
Of course we will have some food/snacks at the start/finish location
both during and after the race.
Watch the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Beware of overdressing
too as climbing the many steep hills will generate a lot of heat.
Think about layers. It is always a good idea to bring a change of
clothes/shoes to drive home in, as well. Don’t be surprised
if your event clothes get abit dirty and stinky. And, you can probably
count on your shoes getting muddy.
The above are only suggestions. This is rough terrain. You should
make informed choices about equipment based on your own experience
or other expert advice.
Some general directions follow. Better yet, look on a map and use
your orienteering skills!!
The South Entrance to the park is along Illinois Hwy 84 about three
miles north of downtown Savanna, IL. Some general directions follow.
Although, we imagine that Google will guide most of you there. But,
once you arrive, we expect you to use your good, old-fashioned map
reading skills to navigate the park.
From the Chicago Area: Take I-90 to Hwy 20
in Rockford. Follow Hwy 20 west to Hwy 76 and turn south. Take Hwy
78 to Hwy 52/64 and go west to Savanna. Hwy 52/64 joins Hwy 84 and
passes through Savanna. Approximately 4 miles past downtown Savanna
is the North entrance to the park. You may also take I-88 west to
the Route 26 exit at Dixon. Follow Hwy 52 which joins Hwy 64 and
leads into Savanna where you pick up Hwy 84 along the river.
From the Quad Cities (and points west in Iowa): Take
I-80 to IL Hwy 84 (just on the other side of the Mississippi River
bridge) and take it north to Savanna. Approximately 4 miles past
downtown Savanna is the North Entrance to the park.
From St. Louis: Get to the Quad cities and take
I-80 to IL Hwy 84 and take it north to Savanna. Approximately 2
miles past Savanna is the main entrance to the park. Enter and park
at the Ranger house to the right.
From the North: Get to Galena and take Hwy 20
South/east to Hwy 84. Take 84 south approximately 15.5miles (through
Hanover) to the park entrance.