Organizers: Stan Woods (Controller), Joanne Woods (Membership), Trevor Siemens (Course Planner), Victoria Cote (Coach), Bruce Rennie (Assistant), Bill Harrower (Event Director), Elizabeth Kleynhans (Event Director)

Training - This 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. In this session, we will offer five courses for attendees to use and to practise the skills that they are learning.

This week will continue to build on reading contour lines and forest features like: spurs, terraces, re-entrants, hills, elevation gradient, rocks, small depressions etc. It will offer some exposure to larger scaled maps (on the longer courses) and areas less-densely populated with point features, focusing more on broad contours and line features like streams, trails, etc.

Training resources: We suggest you read the pages on "Understanding Contours" and "IOF symbols".

Courses - all courses will have SI timing. There will be SI sticks available at registration for those who do not own one.

Note: We recommend newer orienteers register for an easier course. After you comfortably complete an easier course, and if you have time, you can consider doing a more difficult course. We will ensure that enough maps are printed so participants registered for the Beginner course can do the Intermediate, and Intermediate can try the Short technical.

1. Beginner course - 600m in length, 30m climb - 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.

2. Intermediate course - 1600m in length, 75m climb - suitable for older children (as there is a road crossing) and families. Mostly on trail and slightly longer.

3. Short technical course - 2000m in length, 85m climb - suitable for experienced orienteers or a good chance for intermediates to try some challenging forest legs. This course is similar in technical difficulty to the 4k course.

Notes for the 4k and Long technical courses: These courses pass to the east (and north in the Long) of a rifle range. The prohibited area will be marked on the map. Participants must take care to stay out for their own safety. That being said, these courses are designed such that it would be difficult to get close to this area by accident.

4. 4km technical course - 4100m in length, 175m climb - more physical, longer, and much more elevation gain than the short.

5. Long technical course - 6500m in length, 265m climb - more physical, longer, and more elevation gain than the 4k course. Explores newly-mapped areas in the upper area of the map, which include some challenging placements.

Map: The old map has been updated in several areas and also extended north, up the mountain, to the power lines. All course maps are on letter size paper with 5m contours and are printed in Portrait format. To improve the readability of the courses, the courses are printed at the following map scales:

  • Long technical course: 1:10,000
  • 4 km technical course: 1:7500
  • Short technical course: 1:5000
  • Intermediate course: 1:4000
  • Beginner course: 1:3000

Event Arena and Parking

The event arena, start and finish will be near the East end of Hall Avenue (the pin on google maps is the registration area, see pin in the map below). Limited parking is available on Hall Avenue and there is plenty of parking available on either side of Harper Road to the north of Hall Avenue.

Event Check in: 9:45 am - 10:30am

Start: 10:00am - 11:00am

Courses close at 1:30pm

You can see who has signed up here



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