Navshield is an orienteering-rogaining event held every year in a mysterious location 3-4hours from Sydney. Each year it changes location, and each year the event attracts more than a hundred teams of bushwalkers and emergency services to tackle the course.

The event is organised and coordinated by Bush Search and Rescue NSW (previously known as Bushwalking Wilderness Rescue Squad) and I stuck up my hand to help out with the event.

This year it was held out at Wombeyan Caves, and it was really really really cold. In terms of access, I was really surprised by how easy it was to get around the site: hard-packed sand surfaces and bitumen tracks throughout the camp area. The kitchen and dining areas also were easy enough to get into – only a small step.

Really interesting to learn about all the hard work that goes into a Navshield and in particular how that translates to a real life rescue situation.