Organizers: Peter Gray (Event Director), Peter Gray (Course Planner)

Map: Red Plateau

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Registration is now open - maps will be sent out starting Monday evening.

Orienteering Canada has added a modified waiver in June that needs to be signed by all participants prior to participating in upcoming training due to the COVID pandemic.

Location, Parking, and Map

The Red Plateau map is an older Sage map originally made in 1993 that we have not been to in several years, so we decided to go back! The map is generally in fairly good shape, but there is more deadfall on the map than shown (thanks to the pine beetle kill).

Controls are marked with pink flagging tape labeled with "Sage" and the control (checkpoint) #.

From the train crossing at Tranquille turn left after 7 KM on-road signed “RED PLATEAU RR-12”. The Start/Finish is 2.8 km up the road. Just after the 3 km sign pull off into the clearing which is where the start and finish are on the map you will be sent. See the Google map at the bottom page for the exact location. The forest service road is wet in places, but was no problem at all for the event director's 2wd Dodge Caravan so almost all vehicles should be able to drive in.

Depending on temperature and moisture conditions the mosquitos are ferocious. Pick your time of day and consider using bug spray.

Because the map is so old, we are unfortunately unable to offer a GPS track upload to get split times for this event. Please ensure you check back in with the organizer by email when you are done.

Courses

  • Beginner: 2.0km - mostly on, or close to trail navigation, with some more off trail navigation near the end of the course.
  • Advanced: 3.9km - more challenging off trail navigation.

Overview

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.

Precautions

  • 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.
  • Walk/run with extreme caution to avoid any injuries.
  • Carrying bear spray is according to your comfort level but is a good idea.
  • It is tick season! Check yourself when you're done and when you get home.

Cost

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 Okanagan nature.

How it Works

  1. 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.
  2. Send an email to xc-racer3@outlook.com 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (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

These events are running entirely on volunteer manpower. We would love some help if you would be willing to pick up controls at a specified times at the end of each event, and handing them on to the next volunteer who will put them out.


Location

Photos

Photos are from Flickr. To add your photos to this section, tag your Flickr photos with: whyjustrun4212 (all one word)