Organizers: Joanne Woods (Event Director), John Rance (Coach), Bruce Rennie (Assistant)


This is a training exercise to work on compass bearings and being more precise when orienteering. Beginners are welcome too. There will be 3 loops, each approximately 1.6 km in length and you can run as many courses as you want. Each course will have a particular type of pin flag, so you can determine if you are at the correct control. One course will be easier for beginners to do.

The courses will have several controls close together, so it will give you an opportunity to work on being precise. What a great prep for Sprint Camp! If you want to add some competition pressure, you can start with someone of a similar running speed and skill level and do a head to head race. If you want to go slowly to practice precision compass work - that's great too.All skill levels are encouraged to participate. Instruction on how to run on a bearing will be provided by the highly experienced and skilled orienteer, John Rance.

Using a good quality thumb compass will be beneficial and highly recommended (rather than borrowing a club compass). Thumb compasses are available at Distance Runwear and at MEC. We will have some compasses from Distance Runwear at the WET for you to purchase - please bring cash if you are considering buying a compass.


6:15 pm Introduction to Orienteering for Beginners

6:30 pm Starts

8:00 pm Course Closure, participants must report to the Finish before leaving.


Safety Precautions

Always use good judgement and common sense. Carry a whistle at all times. Headlamps are essential to see and be seen. Take care when crossing roads and parking lots. Watch out for other runners, cyclists, and trail/sidewalk users.

Parking/Start Location:

Post-Event Dining


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.

Wednesday Evening Training

What should I bring? Wear something comfortable that you don't mind getting a little dirty! If it's wet outside, you might want to consider a change of shoes and socks! A headlamp or flashlight and reflective clothing is critical in the winter months (late September to April). A compass is optional (we have extra ones for borrowing). For added safety, a whistle is mandatory for all GVOC events. Read more in the WET Introduction to Orienteering.

When should I sign up? Please sign up by Tuesday night so that we can print enough maps, although we have extra maps if you forget.

How much does it cost? All WETs are free with yearly membership (adult newcomer: $10 / adult renewal: $20 / under 20: $10 / family maximum: $40). We now accept credit and debit cards (preferred). Contact membership team for other payment options.

2020 online waiver and membership form
Please complete before your first event!


Course Registration


Distance: 1600m

Compass Bearing loops

three different loops to choose from all 1.6 km in length for a total of 4.8 km

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