The Hidden Springs Orienteering Meet will be held as scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, January 26. An advanced, intermediate and beginners course will be offered in the classic format.
Due to the potential for injury from falls on icy surfaces there are some factors to bear in mind:
First, although there has been significant melting and a large improvement in the footing, another ice storm is possible tonight. Even if there is no additional precipitation, remaining ice and ice formed overnight could constitute dangerous footing.
Second, all legs of the intermediate course can be run on the valley floor. There is elevation change of about 50 meters over 5.3K. If you usually choose the advanced course and you are concerned about the footing on hills, you should consider running the intermediate course. The advanced course includes 185 meters of elevation change and encourages more off-trail travel than the intermediate course. There is snow obscuring some of the ankle-breaking rocks and holes on the advanced course.
Third, the weather forecast calls for temperatures above freezing tomorrow morning. It is possible that melting will make the footing better for late starters. The start window is from 10:00AM to 12:00. Consider starting after 11:30AM.
Fourth, if you have not completed a liability waiver for 2013, please do so. Click here to save you some time signing up when you start: waiver . We will also have blank form available at the start. There is always risk of injury in orienteering. Ice elevates that risk. No maps will be issued without a current waiver.
Finally, it's a good time to renew your membership for 2013 or to become a new member. Click here for more membership information.
Check out the original Hidden Springs announcement below. It includes a link to a map locating the start at Hidden Springs Elementary School and other information.