For this weeks first installment of our Virtual WET, we're offering 2 course options at the PNE grounds: A longer and a shorter course. The terrain around the PNE grounds is a mix of urban-park, so both courses are suitable for beginners to more advanced participants, and largely depends how long you'd like to get outside for and how much fresh air is required:)
Safety Notes: Streets should only be crossed at crosswalks, at the designated crossings on the maps.
Start/Finish is located by heading down the path from the NE corner of E Hastings and Renfrew, towards the PNE Forum.
As a fun reminder to stop and smell the roses, get your mind off of the craziness of the world and situation sort of thing, keep your eyes open for anything interesting while you're out on course. I saw several art installation worthy pieces out there, and would be cool to see what others see! Take a pic and post to Instagram and tag the club. @orienteeringvancouver
Message me back with your time, or feedback on the course, and what you might like to see in the future.
How do I participate?
- Weekly event details will be emailed out to the club email list and posted, along with course maps, on GVOC website at the beginning of the week (Sunday/Monday).
- Print off map, or download to device.
- Go out any time you're able to get out of the house during the week to run the event on your own.
- Participants can then email their time and any other details back to person coordinating event (optional).
- Follow social distancing guidelines:
- Allow at least 2 m between yourself and any other people you might see at all times. By allowing people to go out and run the weekly training on their own time, we hope to alleviate any overlap of people, but if you do happen to see people from the club you know who are out orienteering while you are out (or even other people out walking around), please be respectful of recommended social distancing, and give people appropriate space.
- No orienteering with people you don't live with. Unfortunately this is not the time to be social, and there will come a time again when we're able to do this.
- No controls/pin flags. We've discussed the best way to facilitate these virtual events, and elected to not put out checkpoints/pin flags, lest people reflexively touch them, and organizers have to pick these up at the end. Same recommendation for trying not to touch any features that are labeled as checkpoints out there. We will not be going out to sanitize anything, so the best way to keep everyone safe, is to just not touch anything while you're out running, or minimize this as much as possible.
- Do not congregate at the start/finish area.
- If you're feeling unwell or showing any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat or difficulty breathing), or have traveled back to Canada recently, please stay home. There will be lots of opportunities later to get out when this is over. Promise.
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 or evenings (late September to April). A compass is optional. Read more in the WET Introduction to Orienteering.
When should I sign up? Sign up isn't necessary, but please let the event coordinator know if you have any feedback.
How much does it cost? All Weekly Virtual Trainings 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!