February 13, 2014

Hidden Springs Meet--Saturday, February 22

Please join us on Saturday, February 22, for an orienteering meet in a format to fit the weather and footing. Because Hidden Springs' diverse terrain allows flexibility in course setting come snow, rain or shine, Hidden Springs is especially suitable for a winter meet. If the trails are firm and snow does not render the hills hazardous, we will set courses that include mountainous terrain. If the conditions don't favor travel in the hills, we will set an urban orienteering course.

Because of the forecast for more precipitation and moderate temperatures there is a high probability of an urban style meet. In order to make the best use of the urban area we plan to have a Motala course. A Motala consists of multiple loops, in this case 3 or 4. Each participant will receive a package of 3 or 4 maps with each of the courses beginning and ending at the same location. That means we have to print a lot of maps. So that we can make a reasonable estimate for printing, please RSVP by Wednesday to jnm2870@cableone.net. We will print extra maps because somebody will have an unexpected opportunity to participate, but when we run out, that's it.

There will be an email update on the final plan by Thursday night. Also, you can check the CTOC blog for an update on Thursday or Friday before the meet.

Who: Orienteers of all ages and abilities (beginners to advanced)
When: February 22. Registration is planned to begin at 9:30am and to continue to 11:30am. However, registration and course openings could be much earlier to allow us to use the frozen trails and hills before they thaw into mud. Courses will be open for starts from 10 am – 11:30am. Courses close at 1:30 pm. You may arrive within the registration window to try a course, as participants start separately a few minutes apart.

Start/Finish Location:
SUBJECT to CHANGE--Hidden Springs Elementary School: Hidden Springs, Idaho 83714
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/5OpWT
Format: To be determined depending on conditions

Cost: Our usual monthly meet fee for nonmembers: $5 per individual, or $7 for a group sharing a map. Or if you're a club member, it's included!

Things to bring:
1. your trusty compass, or you may rent one from the club for a nominal fee.
2. a signed waiver, to save you some time signing up when you get there - but we will have blanks handy.

You can choose a course that's right for you. We will have a course for beginners who have never held a compass or thought about maps. This course is suitable for small children. We have a course for intermediates who want the navigational challenge of an advanced course without the longer test of endurance. And, as always, we will have a more challenging course for our experienced orienteers. Whether new to orienteering or an accomplished competitive navigator, there's a course for you.
See you on February 22!

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