February 21, 2014

Updated Announcement--Hidden Springs Meet--Saturday, February 22

The recent pause in wet weather makes an off-trail orienteering event possible. In order to take advantage of the current weather and ground conditions we will be starting very early while the ground is still frozen and finishing early. The meet will be very different than what was originally announced.

  1. This meet will be conducted almost entirely on land owned by private individuals who have graciously given their permission for its use. The following rules apply:
    • Avoid all graded lots. They might be muddy. The landowner has recently planted grass.
    • If following a game trail, stay well off to one side to avoid compounding erosion.
    • If traveling in a group, walk side-by-side, not single file.
    • Avoid wet and/or muddy areas.
  1. In addition to the CTOC liability waiver, a landowner's liability waiver is required at registration.
  2. This meet is not a Motala (multiple loops). It is a classic format. Intermediate and Advanced only.
  3. The gate will be open. We expect approximately 15 cars. Park on the pavement. It will be a tight fit. The important thing is to avoid leaving evidence of our event either inside the gate or outside.
  4. The start and finish will NOT be at the Elementary School. Instead, it will be at the north end of Cartwright Road. http://goo.gl/maps/55467
  5. There will NOT be a beginner's course. There are no streets, sidewalks or trails.
  6. I will print a few extra maps for those orienteers who did not reply to my RSVP request. When they are gone, they are gone.
When: Due to conditions an EARLY START February 22. Registration begins at 7:30am continues to 8:30am. Registration and course openings are early to allow us to use the frozen trails and hills before they thaw into mud. Courses will be open for starts from 7:30 am to 8:45am. Courses close at 10:30 am. You may arrive within the registration window as participants start separately a few minutes apart.

Start/Finish Location: North end of Cartwright Road.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/55467 , same as above
Format: Classic

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.

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 looking for a workout and navigation.


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