Organizers: Stan Woods (Event Director), Erica Lay (Coach), Joanne Woods (Membership), Robyn Rennie (Assistant)

If you are in this list you don't need to pay for this event.

Note on Covid-19 & Variants of Concerns (VOCs): VOCs are now dominant in BC and are demonstrating increased transmissibility. As such, and during this training, we want to encourage participants to exercise enhanced caution and common-sense, especially if planning to gather outside in groups outside their bubble, if that is still permitted under Provincial Guidelines.
We can take advantage of being outside and enjoy forest-O safely if we stick to rigorous physical-distancing, and dial these interactions down even if outdoors. We will leave the pin flags up until Sunday May 9th so feel free to spread out over the available days/evenings. Map pickup is available until then as well.

Forest Training #2 is the second of four sessions of forest training that we are offering this spring. Each session will focus on one or more different skills which are required for orienteering in a forest environment. We will also offer three courses for attendees to use and to practise the skills that they are learning.


This week, based on a lot of the valuable feedback we received after the first session, there will be three training events and three courses available. We recommend doing a training event appropriate to your skill level, then have a snack or lunch break and then do the course appropriate to your skill level. Please note there are different start locations for the training event and for the course. Do as much or as little as you like and we encourage you to do this with your bubble (in accordance with current provincial health guidelines).

Training resources: We suggest you read the pages on "reading the map" and "IOF symbols".

This week we are introducing reading contour lines and forest features like: spurs, terraces, re-entrants, hills, earthen banks, rocks, small depressions etc. for the beginners. We will be offering more practice on compass bearings and aiming off for the more experienced orienteers, as well as reading control descriptions. You can still practice orienting the map, and pace counting (estimating distance) that we covered last week.


Beginner course - suitable for children and families or newcomers who have never tried orienteering before. Participants in the OAK program can use this course to practice their skills in a more traditional orienteering setting.

Advanced course - suitable for experienced orienteers or a good chance for intermediates to try some forest legs - there are a couple of logical cutoff points for those wanting a shorter course.

Choose your own adventure - pick as many or as few controls as you want, in any order, to practice your control hunting skills.

We are offering a map-pickup service for this event and the address will be emailed to all participants who have registered and paid by Thursday evening. Maps will be printed on Friday and ready for pickup on Friday April 30th. Parking instructions will be included in that email. Remember there are different start locations for the training exercise and for the course. Please be registered by Thursday evening. We won't be quite as able to accommodate late registrants at this event due to the logistics. Also because the map pickup site is a private home of a non-member the maps will be available from Friday 30th evening until Monday 10th May evening. Pin flags will be left in the forest until Monday 10th May.

If you are in this list you don't need to pay for this event.

Cost for Participants:

Purchase entry to remaining three Forest training events for $30 per adult, $15 per junior (8 - 20) + administrative costs


Purchase a single event entry for $10 per adult, $5 per junior (8 - 20) + administrative costs

OAK participants can attend for free

Signup and pay through the Zone4 link on the right.

See who else is attending and if you know other orienteers, put together a bubble of people to train with or arrange to meet up at the site. We are allowed to meet in groups of 10 as long as it is the same 10.

MapRun6 - see Virtual Orienteering

Courses will be available on MapRun6 to provide route tracking. Download the courses from Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > 2021 > Forest Series > Burke

Upload GPS tracks from other GPS devices here

This map works better with MapRun6 than the LSCR map and tracking has been turned on so that you can check where you are if you can't find a control.



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