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Adventure time . . . Hampden School pupils Sophie James (11, left), Layla O'Connell (9), Jack Burke (11) check out the map of the Hampden School Glencoe Run Rogaine course with Hampden School principal Matt Bokser (back left) and event coorganiser Dan Burke. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Grab your compasses, your maps and your walking shoes – it’s time to explore.

Next Saturday, trekkers from across the district will get the opportunity to venture through forest and open country around Herbert by taking part in the inaugural Hampden School Glencoe Run Rogaine.

The event is a Hampden School fundraiser and is being held in collaboration with the New Zealand Rogaine Association.

Hampden School board of trustees chairman and co-organiser Ian Harrington said he was hoping for a strong turnout.

would help cover costs of a new classroom at the school.

The course covers private property, belonging to North Otago farmers Ele and Grant Ludemann, and a section of Herbert Forest.

“One of the biggest attractions for people doing it is access to land that the public don’t normally have access to,” he said.

Those entering the event could choose to participate in a six hour, three hour or 90 minute rogaine.

A rogaine is a competitive event in which teams navigate open country with a map and compass, trying to find checkpoints that give them points.

Harrington believed the last one held in North Otago was about 12 years ago.

There were several people from Hampden School, including Harrington, who would be entering the challenge.

“It’s a new sport for the area that we’re all really excited to try,” he said.

“A lot of families at school are really interested in doing something different. It’s not something you hear of often in North Otago.”

The rogaine takes place on Saturday, February 16 from 11am until 6pm.

Entries can be made online at www.rogaine.org.nz