MelbushO at Kangaroo Ground, Sunday July 29

Despite the dire forecast, the sun shone and the rain stayed away – perfect conditions to christen a new MelBushO map, Yanakie Block in Kangaroo Ground.  Tall eucalypts hugged the creek, while our eyes were drawn upwards to the top of the slopes – some very clear and open, others forested.  Control sites varied from small detailed contour features close to the watercourses, to broad spurs and gullies, and knolls which provided great vantage points.  Wildlife included wallabies and deer, as well as a flock of white cockatoos.  Courses were physically demanding and navigationally challenging; the perfect recipe for a great day outdoors.

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The final MelBushO for 2018 is on Sunday August 26, at Banksia Park in Bulleen – enter from Templestowe Road and follow orienteering signs.  Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate or Easy.  Register and pay on the day, any time between 10am-11.30pm, with courses closing at 1pm.  Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5.  Electronic “sportident” timing will be used; your entry fee includes loan of a timing device, as well as a full colour map, coaching, and refreshments.

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