A collection of Photos of Team Rogue in Action can be found by following this link. Photos and details from individual races can be found below.
XPD World Champs – 2016
For my second XPD and second world champs, I joined Dynamite Adventure Racing. The race covered approximately 600km of the Shoalhaven region. Highlights include the spectacular coastline, Budawang trek, packrafting and whitewater kayaking on the Shoalhaven River and challenging caving at Bungonia. The team finished with a top 30 place and fifth mixed Australian team. Photos can be found here.
Mojo12 – 2016
After setting seven adventuregaine courses, the Mojo 12hr race was my first chance to race as a competitor. The Mojo crew set a route taking in a paddle on Lake Perseverance, orienteering on the local map, mountain biking in Pechey and Geham State Forest and a novel trek through the escarpments through Perseverance National Park. Photos from the course can be found here.
GeoQuest – 2016
In 2016 I joined team Quality Nude Time Racing again for another trip around a GeoQuest course. The race ran out of Port Macquarie and took in a midnight abseil and a trek through the “Punchbowl”. Finishing in daylight is always a pleasure. Full photos from the course can be found here.
Expedition Alaska – 2015
Rogue travelled to America for the inaugural Expedition Alaska and their biggest challenge yet. Glaciers, wild rivers, sketchy mountain passes a jaw dropping mountain scenery were the order of the day. Liam was joined by Sloshy, Rob and Kathryn and with avoided the carnage in the field to finish on the podium in third place. Photos from the pre-race preparation and from the course can be found here.
Rogue24 Adventuregaine – 2015
The Rogue24 made a return in 2015, this time exploring some classic rogaining country in the Somerset Dam region. A total of 204 competitors took on the challenge, which included some tricky navigation, a river and a windy lake paddle and an abseil from the bluffs of Mt Byron. Overall winners were team RUSH who retained their title. A collection of photos can be found here, plus Erren’s photo gallery here.
Rogue24 Course Scouting – 2015
A collection of photos from scouting the 2015 Rogue24 course. Plenty of variety in terrain taking in private cattle grazing properties, open waterways, forestry and classical Australian bush around the Somerset township area with teams visiting a few hidden gems along the way. Photos can be found here.
GeoQuest – 2014
2014 would be my 7th GeoQuest, and third racing under the team Rogue name. After placing 4th the previous two years and with a strong team which included racing with the Steven’s brothers for the first time, we were hopeful of a good result despite the top quality field. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way this year: I now have an answer to the question “What is the worst moment of a race ever”. When an innocuous navigation error turns a 15km paddle into a 35km paddle, you know it’s not your day. Photos from the course, which included long sections along the coast line north of Crescent Head, can be found here.
Rogue24 Adventuregaine – 2014
2014 saw the what was arguably the most spectacular Rogue course to date. Set in the Lake Perseverance area (what an appropriate name for an adventure race BTW), competitors took on a gorge trek through the Valley of the Diamonds, a paddle on both Lake Cressbrook and Lake Perseverance, another navigationally challenging cross country trek, a mountain bike leg up to 100km long over varied terrain, along with the special disciplines of archery, orienteering and stand-up paddle boarding. Almost 500 photos from the race can be found here.
Rogue24 Course Scouting – 2014
Photos from course scouting trips on the Rogue24 course can be found here. The area in and around Lake Cressbrook and Lake Perseverance is some of the best rogaining and adventure racing country I’ve come across in south east QLD with a great variety of terrain and challenging navigation opportunities. I’m amazed it has never been used for an adventure race before. Link to the full list of photos is here.
Godzone Adventure Race – 2014
Rogue raced returned to New Zealand with a new line up for the GODZone Adventure Race in 2014. Serving up one of the toughest courses to date, the team had its share of bad luck with injury and mechanicals, however they kept it together for a finish in 23rd place (albeit on the short course option) after 5 days and 8 hours of racing. A full collection of photos can be found here.
X-Marathon – 2013
Team Rogue in the form of Liam and Leo made the trip down to Victoria for the Adventure Junkie’s 24hr X-Marathon adventure race. Taking 4th place overall in a competitive field, the course would have to rate as one of the toughest 24hr races I’ve done, covering some spectacular (and spectacularly hilly) terrain. Photos can be found here.
GeoQuest – 2013
Team Rogue took out a win in the mens division and fourth place overall at the 2013 GeoQuest 48hr adventure race. The race included some scenic paddling and biking legs and some tough trekking, based around the coast and hinterland at Harrington on the NSW central coast. Photos can be found here.
Rogue24 Adventuregaine – 2013
The Rogue made a return to its original 24hr race format in 2013, also offering an 8hr option. The race was again a sell out taking teams on adventure of their own chosing through the forestry, lake and waterways of the Imbil – Borumba area. Perfect conditions and some tough competition made for spectacular racing. Photos from the course can be found here.
Godzone Adventure Race – 2013
The Godzone course for 2013 would rate as the most amazing adventure race I’ve ever done, beginning with a mountaineering section near Mt Cook and travelling south back to Queenstown. The team had a solid race, placing 15th after 5.5 days of racing. A collection of photos taken from a couple of cameras on the course as well as from the race website can be found here.
Sloshy and Liam teamed up take out the overall win at the iAdventure Sprint at Mt Joyce making some strategic choices on the bonus CP time score format. Craig and Glenn followed up in 3rd place overall and 2nd in the mens division. A couple of photos can be found here.
GeoQuest – 2012
GeoQuest returned to Forster in 2012 offering up one of the longest and toughest courses in its 11 year history. Team Rogue had two teams entered: Rogue-Samurai and Rogue-Spin City Cycles, finishing 4th and 7th overall respectively, and taking out the top 2 all male team spots. Photos from the course, including a frantic tubing start, can be found here.
Rogue12 Adventuregaine – 2012
The original “Rogue Adventuregaine” made a return in 2012, hosting both a 12hr and 6hr multisport rogaine on the newly flooded Wyaralong Dam and Mt Joyce Recreation Park. Teams were swamped in a deluge of rain during the wettest April in a decade, making for some spectacular misty paddle scenery and some extremely slippery and muddy riding conditions. A selection of photos from the course courtesy of Sally Staton and Paul Elby are located here.
Godzone Adventure Race – 2012
Team Rogue travelled to New Zealand to compete in the Godzone AR – Chapter 1: Milford to Queenstown. Easily the toughest race I’ve ever done with constant tricky navigation, harsh terrain and cold climate. The full course was only achieved by 4 of the 31 teams with all other teams set on various other short courses. Ultimately though, it was also a stunningly beautiful course, which can be seen in some of the photos here.
XPD World Champs – 2011
A selection of images from XPD in Tasmania in November, 2011 are here. We’re lucky to have a lot of these photos. On the long paddle down the Arthur River we had to pull over to the side to try and patch a large tear in the inflatable boat. Unfortunately, not only were we not able to repair the tear, but we left Shaun Lauder’s camera by the side of the river. The day after finishing an 8 day race, Shaun went back and re-paddled 35km of the river and found the camera right where we left it! Photos here.
Darkside 18hr Championships – 2011
Craig and Liam joined forces with Russ and Shaun from Team Spin City Cycles to take out a win in the mens division (third place overall) of the highly competitive Darkside Champs on the NSW Tweed Coast hinterland. Photos can be found here.
Training Adventures – 2011
Part of the fun of adventure racing is not only all the cool locations you get into during a race that you would never otherwise see, but all the areas to explore during training missions. A selection of photos from some of these training trips in the South East QLD area including Mt Barney, Mt Greville, Mt Tibrogargan, Northbrook Mtn and Stradbroke Island are here.
Hells Bells 24hr AR – 2011
After finishing second by 30 seconds in 2010 with the Pitt brothers, Liam joined forces with Gary Sutherland and Kim Beckinsale to take out the overall win at the 2011 Hells Bells 24hr adventure race in Mooloolabah. Racing as Team Mountain Designs, they knocked the full course off in less than 12 hours. A sample of the race photos can be found here.
GeoQuest – 2011
Despite coming off the first leg in GeoQuest 2011 in virtually dead last place, we managed to claw our way back up the field to finish a respectable 9th place overall and take a win in the mens division for a second time. This race had it all with “pack rafting”, challenging surf conditions (check out the photos of the race start in the kayaks) and torrential rain which eventually saw the premature closing of the course. Images of the action can be found here.
Trail Running – 2011
A couple of photos of Liam and Deb from the Lake Manchester 21km and Cook’s Tour 52km trail runs are here.
MD Adventure Race Australia – 2011
Craig and Liam raced to a third placing (second in the men’s division) of the challenging sprint adventure race MDARA held near Noosa. Rogue regulars Alan, Glenn and Jason also put in strong performances. Although sold as a short format race, the MDARA courses push the lead teams for over 5 hours. Photo exerts are here.
Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge – 2010
Craig, Darren and Liam, along with team mate Nina Wright, were lucky enough to be awarded a free entry and flights to the 2010 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge courtesy of Sleep Monsters Australia and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Whilst the race was a tough and fast course, the scenery was otherworldly, and the race itself an amazing introduction to international stage racing. A selection of team photos from the race can be found here.
Rogue24 Adventuregaine – 2010
Rogue have run a number of adventure races in association with the QLD Rogaine Association, including both a sell out 24hr AR and an 8hr AR in 2010. These included tough navigation over the traditional AR disciplines of mountain biking, kayaking and trekking (plus a bit of tubing thrown in) in a multi-stage rogaine format. Photos from the original 24hr Rogue can be downloaded here.
GeoQuest – 2010
Team Rogue raced the 2010 GeoQuest as a team consisting of Liam, Craig, Alan and Glenn. One of the most impressive GeoQuest courses I’ve raced on, with an ocean kayak start, zip line, creek swims and great weather. It also had one of the most frustrating “navigational moments” at the end of the last bike leg that I’ve ever experienced in a race. Check out some of the photos here.
Over Easter 2009, Darren, Liam, Ali and Nina joined Andrew Smith for 4 days of canyoning in the Blue Mountains, including trips through Dione Dell, Arabanoo Canyon, Grand Canyon and Butterbox Canyon. An awesome part of the world and a great chance to work on our rope skills. Photos here.
Our second crack at GeoQuest was a successful outing, winning the mens division. We excelled as a team at both the 7-legged race to seed start order, as well as the 8 tyre tubes/4 planks of wood/2 ropes rafting section. Photos of the adventure are here.
Max24 – 2009
The less said about my efforts in this race, the better. A great format race: teams of 2, bonus legs, solo options, beautiful locations. A photo or two here.
Over the years we’ve made a number of trips down to Goolang Creek, a feeder creek with regulated flow for the Nymboida River in northern NSW. Great chance to play in some white water and throw in a bit of tubing, with photos here.
GeoQuest – 2008
Racing as an all male team as we have done for every GeoQuest, photos from 2008 can be found here.
Liam and Craig lined up with regular team mate Glenn Seaby to take a win in the mens division (second overall) in the 2008 Teva Champs held at Ewen Maddock Dam in QLD. Good friends Alistair, Sloshy and Alan finished not far behind. The Teva series was renowned for having a number of “extracurricular activities” along the course. Photos here.
Craig and Liam’s first race together was the AROC 50hr Edge of Reality. Run only the one time, this race was a massive learning curve with by far the most spectacular coasteering of any race to date, with massive cliff jumps and channel swims. A couple of images from the start of the race are here.