Map: The North Face
Thanks for coming out and enjoying some orienteering in the fall weather!
- Beginner: There was only one uploaded track, so it has been sent to the participant directly.
- Advanced: Here (Updated on Oct 23 to include an extra GPS track)
Location, Parking, and Map
This event will take place on the merged Shuswap Memorial Park (the trail system next to the new Cemetary) trails and Silver Slope maps which we connected this spring by mapping a portion of lower Mount Ida. The map has portions with almost no trails, and other sections with high trail density; sections that are flat, and sections that are very hilly.
Parking is at the main parking for the Shuswap Memorial Park trail system (see pin on the map at the bottom of the page).
Two courses are offered this week. Note that control flags hung within site of major trails will not be full sized orienteering flags, but will instead be bright pink flagging tape. Control flags not on the side of major trails will be full sized orange and white (with a bit of blue) O flags like usual.
- Beginner (2.0km): A beginner friendly course staying mostly on trails, with only brief forays off of them. Has an option to cut off a trickier control that turns the course into more of an intermediate course. Minimal climb on this course, especially if you take the easier short cut option.
- Advanced (3.5km): A longer more challenging course with more climb. You only climb the hill once, but it is a bit of a doozy. There are some very challenging navigation legs on this one, consider looking for routes that get you close to the control with a good attackpoint.
Due to the exceptional global circumstances at the moment, we will not be having our usual events. Instead, we are setting up trainings that can be completed in your own time, any time, over the coming weeks. For all the trainings we will be hanging some flags in the woods for a few weeks, and individually emailing out maps. You print out the pdf to get your own map (or if you are very careful, keep it on your cellphone) to use.
We are choosing training location very carefully to be locations
that tend to have low public use to maximize social distancing, but are
relatively close to the city to minimize travel. We will be on
forested maps exclusively, and not using any of the park maps in the
city that are already over-crowded. We have some new maps in the works,
but will also be returning to some previously used ones.
- Read through the Orienteering Canada Self-Guided Orienteering Guidelines.
- Please stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or illness.
- Please stay home if you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Only participate in orienteering activities with individuals from your COVID-19 bubble.
- Stay at least 2 metres away from all other park/wilderness users and do not congregate at the trailheads or control sites.
- Do not touch the control(checkpoint) flags – just get within 5 metres or so.
- Carrying bear spray is according to your comfort level but is a good idea.
These trainings are being offered as a free mental health service to all Sage Orienteering Club members. Now is a great time to go for a run by yourself or in a very small group in the beautiful Shuswap nature.
How it Works
- Register your Sage Orienteering Club membership online. Membership Registration (including payment) and waiver (youth waiver, adult waiver) both need to be filled in online this year.
- Send an email to David Bakker to register for the course of your choice and let us know how many of you are going. We will email you a map individually - so make sure your email address with your WhyJustRun account is accurate.
- Run the course whenever you want during the times when the event is open. If you are interested in comparing results & routes with others, record a GPS track on your smartwatch or phone.
- (Optional) Upload a .gpx file (you can export this from Strava, Garmin Connect, Attackpoint, and many others) to our website (link will be posted once registration is open) which will calculate your split times. We will also then overlay all the GPS tracks onto the map together so you can compare routechoices with others. We might not be able to gather socially, but we can still talk about or routechoices digitally.
How You Can Help
We need help picking up controls from this event. If you can help pick up control flags on the afternoon of the 22nd, or anytime on the 23rd or 24th, please get in touch with David.