Course Maps



3 Masters

4 Expert W21, M35+

5 Elite M21-34

Organizers: Stan Woods (Event Director), Joanne Woods (Assistant), Adam Woods (Coach), Graeme Rennie (Coach), Erica Lay (Coach), Jules Tough (Membership), George Pugh (Organizer), Don Haliburton (Host), Marg Ellis (Assistant), Hilary Anderson (Assistant), Bruce Rennie (Host), Robyn Rennie (Permit), Scott Muma (Assistant), Stan Woods (Course Planner)

Map: Sumas Mountain

Starts available between 11:00am and Noon. If possible, we would like people running longer courses to start early, and people on different courses can start at the same time. Course closes at 2:00 pm. For Safety, in case we need to organize a search for anyone, please bring your cell phone to the event. Spikes, or good trail runners are recommended. Sumas Mountain is a 900 metre high forested hill, located directly Northwest of the TransCanada Hwy1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Much of the area is runnable open forested terrain, with rich contour, marsh and rock features. A very enjoyable area to orienteer, a map not to be missed. The longer courses (Courses 4 and 5) will be 1:10,000 scale (1 cm = 100 m) with 5 meter contours. The shorter-easier courses will be 1:7,500 scale (1cm =75m) with 5 meter contours. All courses will have more up and down elevation change, along with some steep slopes, than is typical at the Vancouver area WETs. Running speed will be slower than you might think because of the elevation change and navigation and route choice will be important. All courses will have controls where there is drinking water and these controls will have the water symbol in the far right column of the control description. Separate control descriptions will be available for courses 2 to 5. Controls descriptions for the Beginner course will be printed on the map with a text description. Beginners of any age should register for the Beginner Course. An adult who has orienteered a few times and is reasonably fit, but has not done forest orienteering should register for Course 2. Courses 3 to 5 are for experienced orienteers with good forest orienteering skills, who are reasonably fit. Course 5 Elite is long and physical, like last year (2016) and the winning time is expected to be about 75 minutes for a top Elite runner. Only Elite men in the 21 to 34 age group should enter this class. Course 4 Expert is designed so that an Elite W21 will have a winning time of about 70 minutes. Course 3 is designed for older elite orienteers and is printed on a 1:7500 scale map

Course Summary for Sumas June 18, 2017










5 Elite- (EWT 70' M21-34)



7.5 km

340 m


4 Expert (EWT 70' elite W21)



5.3 km

185 m


3 Masters

4 (less physical)


3.2 km

120 m





2.8 km

130 m





1.9 km

75 m



There is a limited parking at the event site, so please carpool as much as possible. To get to the Registration and Start area take exit 95 from Hwy1 and go east 2 km on North Parallel Road and then turn west and follow Lower Sumas Mountain Rd North (it turns into Upper Sumas Mountain Road) and follow for a total of about 18km from this point to the Event site. Follow signs for Sumas Mountain Regional Park that direct you to turn right at Batt Road. Then after 1 km on Batt Road turn right again at Taggart Road onto a gravel road. After 0.5 km there is a right turn-off to the Sumas Mountain Staging Area parking lot if you want to use the washroom. From this Staging Area keep on the main gravel road about another 4 km, until you reach the Chadsey Lake Trail Parking Lot at about 4.8 km up from the end of the pavement on the km markers. There is a washroom about 30 down the trail to Chadsey Lake. This is the closest washroom to the event area, which is about 600 meters further up the road. Continue up the road to the Gate about 450 m past the Chadsey Lake parking lot. There is room for 5 or 6 cars to park near the gate, so please park here if there is room. The event site is about 150 m past the Gate (same site as last year (2016)) and is visible from the gate. Someone will be at the gate to let vehicles past to park along the side of the road, not blocking the road, between 100 m past the gate and 600 past the gate. If possible, please try and arrive at the gate between 10:30 and 11:00 to keep logistics simple.

**Bonus Duathlon option** For some extra fun, we're going to be doing our annual Sumas duathlon... Orienteering, then mountain biking down Squid Line! Squid Line is a great, easy, flowy trail. Check it out the details on Trail Forks! I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as your first mountain bike outing ever, but it's certainly on the easier end of things (especially around here..!!) In past years we've even found some generous people to drive our cars down the mountain so we don't need to bike back up again! Email Alison Schoenhardt (by clicking on my name in the registration list) if you're interested in joining us!



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