Organizer: David Bakker (Event Director)
Map: Bunker Bench
This week we back out of the city and into the grasslands. We will be using a format that is slightly different from the past two weeks involving a handicapped mass start. Don't worry, it isn't nearly as confusing as it sounds and we'll explain it all when you get there. If you have not participated in orienteering before, don't hesitate to come on out and give it a try!
How to Sign Up For This Week:
Click the "+ Register" button next to your desired course.
Follow the instructions. This signs you up for your course so we know
how many people are coming to the event and how many maps to print of
each course. Help us keep costs low and save the environment by preventing over-printing of maps!
This week's event will take place on the Bunker Bench map near TRU in the bottom part of Kenna Cartwright Park. We will meet in the parking lot right by the composting dropoff. See the google map below for the exact location. The map is named after the World War 2 bunkers that were built to store large quantities of ammunition for the Canadian coastal defence forces. Kamloops was considered a safe spot but within easy reach of the coast by rail. The map is at the north eastern edge of Kenna Cartwright Park and is open sagebrush with some complex rock features.
From the west driving on Highway 1/5 take the 367 exit and turn north on Hillside Way, past Aberdeen Mall and then turn right on to Hillside Drive driving down the hill. Continue on Hillside Drive to McGill Road at the entrance to TRU. Turn left or NE on McGill and then turn left again on Bunker Road just before the road turns into Hillside Road north and goes down the hill.
From the east, driving on Highway 1, take the 369 exit on to Notre Dame Drive. Follow Notre Dame west across Columbia Street to Hillside Drive and turn north or left. Continue on Hillside Drive to McGill Road at the entrance to TRU and then as above to Bunker Road.
- 17:15 - First-timer instruction. If this sport is brand new to you and this is your first time trying it, come on out! We will go through the basics before everyone else arrives.
- 17:30 - Registration Opens
- 17:45 - Orienteering Skill of the Week Lesson
- 17:55 - Mass Start
- 19:00 - Orienteering Courses Closes
Don't have any plans for the upcoming long weekend? Sage Orienteering Club's premier event of the year, the 32nd annual Sage Stomp, is on Saturday and Sunday. Orienteers from the Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Calgary, and Edmonton are all coming to just outside Savona for three great races. If you are interested, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) about getting a discounted rate of $5/person/race.
Kamloops Weeknight SeriesWho:
series of events are for everyone, regardless of fitness or experience.
They are designed for families with kids, but are open to everyone.
Children under 12 require a parent to participate with them.
We think everyone should try this introduction to orienteering series and especially if you:
- Have heard about this unusual sport of orienteering and would like to learn more about it;
- Enjoy running or hiking but get a little bored grinding out the miles;
- Enjoy maps and thinking on the run;
- Don't enjoy maps but want to learn to read them better (5 Reasons Why We Should Still Read Maps);
- Are interested in an activity that you can do with your friends or as a whole family;
- Love being outdoors or in the woods.
When and Where:
take place in a different city park within city limits and will run on
Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 from the start of May to the middle
of June. Check each event page to get the exact meeting location for
each week. Doesn't fit you schedule? We also have weekend events where
beginners are always welcome! Check out the
full schedule for details.
- May 3 – Valleyview Sprint Map
- May 10 – McCarthur Island
- May 17 - Bunker Bench
- May 24 - Thompson Rivers University
- May 31 – Riverside Park
- June 7 – Mount Dufferin – Hillside Drive Trailhead
- June 14 – Pineview
What to Wear and Bring:
Ensure that you have good footwear for running on and off trails with decent grip. 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 compass is optional. If you have a whistle, please bring one. Wear running clothes suitable for being outside and active and suitable for the weather. Bring something to drink and some snacks for afterwards.
insurance purposes, all participants must be members of the Sage
Orienteering Club. Membership gives you access to all Orienteering
Canada events across the country, including all Sage Orienteering Club
events. A membership form can be found here, or is available at any of our events. To speed things up at registration, please print off the form and bring it with you to your first event. The membership costs are as follows:
- Family - $40
- Adult - $20
- Youth - $10
Costs per person:
- Drop in cost - $5/week (to a maximum of $20/family)
- Entire Kamloops Weeknight Series Discount Rate (all 7 weeks) - $30 (to a maximum of $100/family)
Questions or concerns? Feel free and contact us!