Adventure-seekers keen to give the Geraldine Rogaine Autumn Muster a go will get a chance this month.
The event, organised by the Geraldine High School Parent Teacher Association, will return to the hills on March 25.
Rogaining is a cross-country team event which involves navigating a large area on foot using a map and compass.
Teams of up to five people receive a topographical map marked with checkpoints, with a clue given for each.
Teams collect points by visiting as many points as possible throughout the day.
Event controller Mike Harding is among the committee members finalising plans for this year’s event, including a new course.
“This year we are in a new bit of country – it’s in the foothills behind Geraldine.”
Committee members will mark out the course using flags, which will be featured on the map to be given to participants on the day.
They will get a chance to study the map before setting off.
“There’s quite a bit of strategy once you are out there,” Mr Harding said.
Navigation and exercise will be key elements to each team’s success.
But, ultimately, the aim was to have fun, while helping raise money for refurbishment of the school’s gym, which will include a new climbing wall.
“People cruise around with their friends and have a bit of fun,” Mr Harding said.
“There’s some hardcore people that will be going hard out, but most will be going out for a bit of fun.”
Registrations, which open until March 18, can be made online at gram.org.nz and participants will have a choice between two categories – a three-hour or six-hour timeframe.