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

Map: McCartney Creek

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.

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Forest Training #3 is the third of four sessions of forest training that we are offering. Each session will focus on one or more different skills which are required for orienteering in a forest environment. The forest at McCartney Creek is more aggressive than at Burke Mtn. There is more undergrowth and deadfall. The courses will be more physical so remember to use the logical cut off points provided. This is also a popular Mountain Bike area so watch for riders on the trails. It is also a popular hiking destination so watch for other trail users.

This week’s training will focus on building your confidence finding off-trail controls. For newer orienteers, we will explain a process for choosing a route that is efficient and likely to minimize your chance of getting lost off-trail. For more experienced orienteers, we will have tougher training exercises that focus on specific skills.

Training resources: - read the Route Choice, Attack Points and Aiming Off pages.

As in previous weeks there will also be a range of courses on offer to practise the skills that you have been learning.

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 practise their skills in a more traditional orienteering setting.

The Intermediate course (replaces the Choose Your Own Adventure) is suitable for those who are comfortable going off-trail a bit.

The Advanced course is suitable for those who are proficient at off-trail map interpretation and navigation.

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 May 14th.

Cost for Participants:

Purchase entry to remaining two Forest training events for $20 per adult, $10 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.

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 > McCartney

Upload GPS tracks from other GPS devices here - which allows you to compare your route with others on the same course. Find the results here



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