Organizers: Bart Jarmula (Event Director), Bart Jarmula (Course Planner)

Map: Mount Macpherson

This course may not be available for the entire time frame noted due to potential conflict with Nordic Club trail work. At this point it looks OK for the first week though... the course may not be available after October 25th... be prepared to change plans if you run into heavy machinery or trail closures.


This is an orienteering training map that can be completed on your own, at any time during the week. We have checkpoint markers (pink flagging tape with SAGE written on it - there are three controls with only pink flagging) out in the woods, and you request a digital version of the course map(s) as a PDF which you can print out (or keep it on your cellphone) to use.

This event does not have a beginner map however I'd encourage beginners to try the intermediate map. We are happy to help answer any questions you have. Just get in touch!

Registration System

Registration is now open! It is an online form that delivers you a PDF map to download and print yourself (no charge for the training). Please also sign up for a Sage Orienteering Club membership - this is required for insurance purposes. Thanks!

Remember, if you request a map, you must manually check in (by uploading a GPS track or sending an email to when you are done the event (including the name(s) of all participants(s) and which course(s) they did).

Location, Parking, and Map

This event will take place on the Macpherson map, with a start/finish at the Griffith Creek trailhead. See the map location below.


Remember that courses are measured in a straight line, you will be running further.

  • Intermediate (3.7 km): Controls are usually located within close proximity to trails (50-100m). The fastest route will usually be overland but longer trail options are always available. Use of a compass might be helpful but not absolutely required if you can orient yourself on the map.
  • Advanced: (5.4 km): Longer and more technical with a few challenging control locations and a couple route choice legs.

COVID Safety

  • 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 bubble.
  • Stay at least 2 metres away from all other park/wilderness users and do not congregate at the trailheads or control sites.


These training maps are being offered for free to all Sage Orienteering Club members (you must be a member to participate - see link below).

How it Works

  1. Register your Sage Orienteering Club membership and waiver online (just one combined form this year!).
  2. Fill in the event/training specific registration form, which will ask you which course(s) and members will be participating for the course of your choice and let us know how many of you are going. Everyone participating needs to be a member of Sage for insurance reasons. The registration form will allow you to download the course maps.
  3. Run the course whenever you want during the time when the event is open. If you are interested in comparing results & routes with others (a great learning experience for everyone), record a GPS track on your smartwatch or phone (optional).
  4. Check in with the event organizer (including participant names and courses of everyone in your family) by:
    1. Sending Bart an email:
    2. 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. Here are some instructions on how to record and upload your GPS track



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