Course designer(s): Dave Tallent
Course information will be provided here once the courses are finalized, but here are approximate distances.
Beginner – 1.8 km
Intermediate – 2.5 km
Short Advanced – 3.5 km
Long Advanced – 4.6 km
Print your own control description sheet
Print a map legend
How are courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.
The map has been updated. New bike trails have been added and several have been decommissioned and removed. Light green and some medium green areas are now white, meaning that one can move quickly through the forest. Hatched shading has been added to indicate ground vegetation. Rule of thumb: If it is dark green, it is an obstacle and should be avoided. Go around. White with dense hatch marks will reduce one to a slow walk, and white with wide hatch marks will be a comfortable walk for most of us, but a run for the elite.
It is important to note, this is not Park Orienteering, and courses will require those on the advanced courses to use many additional navigation skills. Beginners will be on trails with controls placed on point features. On the Intermediate course, all controls are set off-trail but close to a trail, with four legs entirely cross-country. On the advanced courses, legs are predominantly cross-country. For comparison, the Long Adv would be an easy Green course at the USA champs. I would not recommend Junior varsity or middle school students to attempt the advanced courses unless shadowed.
I trust these courses will take many of you to new locations and explore parts of the map you have not been to. Courses were designed to be challenging and will test your skills to follow a compass bearing, pace count, aim off, contouring, using vegetation boundaries as handrails. There is even a control extension and a funnel. The courses have been designed to maximize decision making, and hence, keeping track of your position (thumbing along) will be essential to prevent getting lost on the cross-country legs. Goodbye trails, hello forest. Legs were designed with the journey in mind and not the controls, which are for the most part, quite ordinary in appearance.
If you do find yourself in this predicament, bail out to one of the major trails or to the powerline which for the adv courses is EAST. The safety bearing back to the finish area is EAST/South East. It is possible that you may encounter horses or mt bikers. Please STOP and let them pass. Above all, do have fun and enjoy the experience, and curse me if you wish.
Due to size constraints, the legend is not included on the map. We will have legends printed on rite-in-the-rain paper for those who wish to take one. We’ll also have them posted on the event website if you want to print your own.
||Mostly trails, with 4 country legs. All controls set off-trail, but close
||The first half of the course is predominately cross-country. All aspects of navigation will be tested
||Varsity top runners
||As above, but includes a short section of short cross-country control-picking legs