Map: Confederation Park
This WET is designed to learn or practice step counting technique in a variety of terrain. To keep the emphasis on training it can be done as a partner exercise and stop and discuss how it's working after each major section.
The purpose of step counting is to help you know how far you have moved. This will help you to stay in contact with the map and improve location confidence in featureless or indistinct terrain.
1. The course will start in in a residential area that is laid out on a 50m grid with controls that are 50m, 100m, 200m, and 400m apart. Use these to count the number of paces it takes you to go each distance and see how consistent you are in this terrain. Count every time the same foot hits the ground (not every step) and find out how far you go with each pace. Feel free to repeat a few of the controls or add some extra legs yourself until you are confident. Make sure you go at a speed similar to a race as this will affect your step length.
2. Since the map is 1:4000 use your results to figure out how many paces you take to go 40m or 80m (1cm or 2cm on this map). Since this is on street/sidewalk and fairly flat terrain this will be your maximum. Now try it out on the next few controls.
3. The controls after the residential area go through different terrain types so you can see how to adjust your estimate for terrain, slopes, obstacles, and different blends of terrain on the same leg.
6:15PM Introduction to Orienteering for Beginners
6:30PM Starts begin for both courses
8:00PM Course Closure, participants must report to the Finish by Course Closure Time.
The long course is described in the instructions and is about 5km. The short course uses the same map as the long course, and then comes to the finish after 3-4km.
Headlamps and a whistle are required. Parts of the course will be muddy, wet, and slippery so good footwear and dry socks/shoes for after are a good idea.
Parking near the start/finish is at the north end of Beta Avenue.
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Without volunteers, these events cannot take place. A hearty thanks to all those helping put this event on. If you would like to volunteer/help at upcoming WETs/WJRs or would like to organize a WET please let us know.