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2002 Nav Shield - TALLAGANDA (west of Braidwood)

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Two Shoalhaven Bushwalker teams competed in the 1-day event in Class 1. The team consisting of Peter and Louise Dalton, and Brett and Karen Davis, finishing 4th. The team consisting of Gordon Grenenger, Sandra Kelley, Denise Davies and Daphne McCann finished 43rd, out of 63 teams.

Had all three classes been combined, the results would have been 7th and 58th out of 84 teams.

A report on the event appears below the following results tables.

1 Day - Class 1

Category

Points

SHOALHAVEN BUSHWALKERS

BUSHWALKERS

830

SHOALHAVEN BUSHWALKERS

BUSHWALKERS

370

1 Day - Class 2

 

 

1 Day - Class 3 - Rogaine

 

 



2002 Nav Shield Competition - by Peter Dalton
The Shoalhaven Bushwalkers entered two teams in this year's Nav Shield - they were "Brett's Chargers" and "Gordon's Angels". The forecast for the Braidwood/Tallaganda Forest area for the weekend was for bleak weather - winds up to 40 knots, passing showers, occasional sleet and a chance of snow on the higher peaks! Only Brett and Karen were brave enough to camp at the site; the rest of us managed to find what was a rare commodity in Braidwood that weekend - motel rooms. We were very pleased with this decision when the weather turned out as advertised.

After duly marking our maps and selecting the optimum route on Friday night we eventually got to bed. The event started at 0845 on Saturday, and Sandra, Denise, Daphne and Gordon stuck to their well-laid plan to attack the southern sector first. The other team of Brett, Karen, Peter and Louise had a similar plan, but within ten minutes of the start had changed their mind and decided to tackle the steeper northern sector first.

The terrain was steep in areas, but was relatively easy to navigate through because there was little undergrowth, especially when compared to the lush areas we are used to down here in the Shoalhaven. The drought and heavy frosts would also undoubtedly have reduced the groundcover. Some of the control points proved a little tricky to find, and the clues often didn't help eg. "in a gully" turned out to mean a tiny furrow!

While Gordon's Angels applied union rules and stopped for compulsory rest breaks at regular intervals, Brett's Chargers only paused for a total of twenty minutes for the entire day! And Brett reckons that was twenty minutes too long!

Fortunately, the bad weather (except the wind) stayed away and both Shoalhaven teams completed the event at a little after 1800 without getting wet. The temperature was down to 5 degrees by then.

It was a very well-organised event which proved to be an enjoyable challenge.

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