A Brief History of Rogaining

A Brief History of Rogaining
by David Rowlands

The Melbourne University Mountaineering Club twenty four hour walk was invented by Niall Brennan and Bill Bewsher, with the first in 1947 taking a course from Healesville to Mt Donna Buang and attracting only 5 entrants. The walk was modeled upon navigation exercises used by troops during the Second World War.

The annual event continued for more than 30 years; with numbers varying up and down from 50 to 200.

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