I am very pleased to announce the date for the 2017 Hihitahi Challenge. The Challenge will be held on Saturday the 4th of March, 2017. The 2017 event will be very similar to the 2016 event with a few notable changes to improve the running of on the day. The event will still include hiking, basic navigation, shooting, distance estimation, flora & fauna identification, first aid, observation and we will see about throwing in something new as well. This will be the major event on our competition calendar for 2017.
We have been extremely well supported with sponsors (always more prizes than we have had competitors!). We will be approaching sponsors again for prizes for the 2017 event. If you know someone or a business that might be interested in supporting the event (or even being involved on the day) then let me know and Iíll get in touch with them.
The competitor will come across several designated navigation points while moving around the course. At each of these points the competitor will determine the navigation values indicated on their score card. The values may include a magnetic bearing to another location, a distance estimate to another location, a grid reference, or an estimate of the competitorís arrival time to another location. The use of a GPS will not be allowed!
Distance Estimation Skills:
At each shoot stage the competitor will have to estimate the distance to each target as their actual distances will not be given. The competitors distance estimate will be recorded on their score card. No rangefinders will be allowed. In order to score the competitor will typically be required to estimate the distance to target to within 10% (or there abouts).
The competitor will come across several stages that require them to shoot at targets. Each shoot stage will involve multiple target to be shot under a time limit. For the 2016 event we are going to increase the amount of shooting over previous years so there will be more shots at each of the stages.
Medical First Aid Skills:
The competitor will be presented with one of three different practical medical exercises i.e. an actual patient with a fake injury. A first aid kit will be provided to them and they will be asked to treat the patient within a time limit. The competitor will also be given 10x first aid related, multi-choice questions to answer as well.
Flora and Fauna Identification:
A section of the course will have trees and or animals identified on it. The competitor shall record the tree type or animal on their score card. Tree identification books or other resources i.e. your smart phone will not be allowed!
Competitors will be challenged to locate and identify a number of object placed in front of them. They will be given an area to observe to try and find these objects. The objects will mostly be hunting and camping related.
This is a favorite stage for competitors and is much harder than it sounds!
Also we will again be placing numbers around the course at random intervals and locations. Competitors will be scored on how many of these numbers they can locate and record correctly on their course map.
The course follows a farm access track, is approximately 10km in length and involves an elevation change of about 200m. Competitors will choose their own pace though and a high level of fitness is not required to be able to complete the course.
There will be no weather cancellation. If it rains then the competition will still continue, wet weather gear is advisable if it does rain. The shoot location is exposed and so competitors should plan to be out in the weather/wind all day. The course is between 800m and 1000m above sea level.
Individuals and Teams:
For the 2017 event we will have entry for both individual competitors and also two person teams. Each individual and each team will receive one score card and individuals will not compete directly against teams.
Only an individual competitor can pick up the trophy!
The entry fee for the 2017 Hihitahi Challenge will be $40 per competitor and half that for competitors 16 years of age or under.
Just message me or send me an email to register and i'll send you some details.