Barebones 2007
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Technical Info

ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE!! This is a DRAFT

This year we are trying to be minimalistic with our event information. As a result we have probably used jargon unfamiliar to casual or beginning orienteers, or in fact we may have left out some information that people would like. Please email us if we have confused you or left out information you are curious about or that would make your weekend more enjoyable.

Super important information

First Aid and Emergency

Maps

Maps have been printed on a laser-jet printer. They will be in plastic bags - or we will have plastic bags available for self-serve bagging. Legends will not be printed on the maps; control descriptions will be. Scale and contour intervals change from map to map – see race details.

Special symbols on Rocky Mtn YMCA & Barrier Lake maps

Control Descriptions

Are printed on the map. Copies will also be available in the start chute. Courses for the youngsters, Recreational, and Sport categories have English language descriptions; all other courses have only IOF symbolic control descriptions.

Water

There is no on-course water in any of the Barebones events. Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly to stay well hydrated (consider carrying water with you. Also bring lots of water for before and after your races.

Electronic timing

We’ll be using Electronic timing for all events. If you don’t have your own ePunch, pay the rental fee and borrow one at Registration. Be sure to return your rental ePunch to Richard at the end of your last event.

It is absolutely VITAL for safety reasons that you download your ePunch at Richard’s truck following every race – whether or not you finish your course. This is the only record we have of who is returned from the forest.

Course Closing & Maximum times

For safety and logistical reasons each event has a course closing time (see information below). After course closing we will begin to pick up controls and search for any participant who hasn't reported to the finish (so everyone must report back to the finish by course closing time, even if you have not completed your course). Also for safety reasons each person is allowed a maximum amount of time on each event (see information below).

Start times

Most events at Barebones 2007 have staggered starts. We will not pre-assign start times. Just go to the start line when you are ready to start. Try to start early - it makes the organizers' lives easier.

There are a few events that don't have staggered starts. The relay and the 3-legged sprint are mass start events. The middle distance event at Canmore Nordic Center is a chasing start - your time in the morning sprint will determine your start time in the middle distance event - see below for details.

Course Lengths & map scales

Courses are planned so that the fastest person in each adult category will take about:
Long distance: 50-60 minutes;
Middle distance: 25-30 minutes;
Sprint distance: 12-15 minutes.

Many different map scales are in play this weekend, so be flexible of mind! For those map-freaks who care about these things, we must point out that the 1:5000 maps are simply magnifications of either 1:7,500 or 1:10,000 scale maps. What this means is that all symbols on the map are bigger - which probably doesn't sound strange, because after all if a boulder symbol is a bit bigger or a path looks a bit wider on the map it can't be a big deal, right? Well, there are a few things that will look strange - for example we did not magnify the control circles so they will appear to be relatively small. Also some orienteering map symbols are actually carefully designed compilations of smaller patterns which they eye isn't supposed to see if the map is printed at the correct scale; but if we magnify the maps as we've done then these smaller patterns actually become very noticeable - this is especially true for the "rough open" symbol which at the proper scale looks like a light yellow area, but when magnified looks like a bunch of white circles inside a deep yellow area.

The course lengths for each course are listed below (in kilometers) along with the maps scale used for each category.

  Mt Laurie Barrier
Lake
Rocky
Mountain
YMCA
Canmore
Nordic
Center
Canmore
Nordic
Center
Rocky
Mountain
YMCA
Control
Descriptions
Age categories Long Long Night-O Sprint Middle Relay  
Super Juniors (9 & under) 1.6 km
1:5,000
2.1 km
1:5,000
0.6 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
1.5 km
1:5,000
1.5 Text
Juniors (10-12) 1.6 km
1:5,000
2.1 km
1:5,000
0.6 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
1.5 km
1:5,000
1.5 Text
Youth (13 - 15) 2.5 km
1:5,000
2.3 km
1:5,000
0.6 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
1.9 km
1:5,000
1.5 Text
Youth Plus (16 - 19) 3.5 km
1:10,000
2.3 km
1:5,000
0.6 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
2.0 km
1:7,500
3.0 Symbols
Venerable (50-ish & above) 3.5 km
1:10,000
2.3 km
1:5,000
1.1 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
2.0 km
1:7,500
3.0 Symbols
Open categories  
Recreational 2.5 km
1:5,000
2.1 km
1:5,000
0.6 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
1.9 km
1:5,000
1.5 Text
Sport 4.1 km
1:10,000
2.4 km
1:5,000
1.1 km
1:5,000
1.3 km
1:5,000
2.9 km
1:7,500
3.0 Text
Expert 4.9 km
1:10,000
5.1 km
1:10,000
2.2 km
1:5,000
1.7 km
1:5,000
2.6 km
1:7,500
3.0 Symbols
Elite 5.7 km
1:10,000
7.2 km
1:10,000
3.0 km
1:5,000
1.7 km
1:5,000
3.1 km
1:7,500
4.0 Symbols

Event details


Friday P.M. Mt Laurie : Long-ish distance
Officials Course planner: Kitty Jones; Controller: Miles Tindal; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Mt Laurie is one of the best maps in Canada. It offers a variety of terrain including detailed contours, variety of forest types, nice meadows, some water features, good trail network.
Map 1:5,000 or 1:10,000 (see table above). 5m contours
Registration 4:00pm - 6:00pm, at the Assembly Area
Start times Start time:        4:30pm – 5:30pm. Start times assigned at the start line.
Course closing: 8:00pm (max time for each person is 120 minutes)

A later start time can be arranged if you contact the organizers well in advance and are prepared to help with control pick up :-)

Notes
  • Some trails can be very faint on the ground, and in general smaller trails should not be relied on for navigation.
  • There has been some blow-down in areas of the map. Some areas of blow-down are marked with vertical green lines, but unfortunately we have not been able to update the map to show all the new blow-down areas.
  • Outhouses at the parking, close to the finish. None at the start.
  • The longer maps are printed on legal-size paper, but we have only letter-size map bags. You may need to fold your map to make it fit in the bag :-(
Directions
Parking --> Assembly area 50 m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 1 500 m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 2 3,000 m (bus service)
Finish 1 --> Assembly area 0 m
Finish 2 --> Assembly area 500 m

Directions to the parking:
From the intersection of the 1A and 1X highways (close to Seebee) travel north on the 1A for approximately 1km. Turn into the Yamnuska parking lot. Allow 30 minutes from Canmore, 60 minutes from Calgary city limits.

Start 1: Super Junior (9 & under), Junior (10 - 12), Recreational
Start 1 is about 500m from the Assembly area, along a marked trail.

Start 2: all other categories
In order to get the older age groups into the best parts of the Mt Laurie map while being restricted to our parking area we had to make two rather drastic maneuvers. First we had to have a very remote start - there will be a bus service running approximately every 25 minutes starting at 4:15 to take you to the start. There is no option to walk because the highway is too narrow & dangerous. Secondly we had to use two finishes. Most people will finish at "Finish 1" which is right at the Parking. The Expert & Elite categories however will finish (confusingly perhaps) at Start 1 and then follow the 500m trail back to the download / parking.


All weekend Rocky Mountain YMCA : Super Sprint
Officials Course planner: AZ
Map 1:2,500 5m contours (the map is a zoomed-in version of the 1:10,000 map, so symbol sizes will be 'strange'.
Start times Whenever you want
Notes We have a 400m 'super sprint' course set up just outside Bowfort Lodge. We invite you to come anytime to set and then reset your fastest time. We will announce the download procedure to get your splits & register your times (just as soon as we figure something out). Probably you'll be able to download at mealtimes.

Saturday A.M. Barrier Lake : Long distance
Officials Course planner: Miles Tindal; Controller: Charlotte MacNaughton; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Barrier Lake has a variety of contour detail, great forest, a dense trail network around the YMCA camp, some cool rocks, and a number of large marshes. It is a new version of the old map.
Map 1:5,000 or 1:10,000 (see table above). 5m contours
Registration 8:30am - 10:00am, at the Assembly Area
Start times Start time:        9:00am – 10:00am. Start times assigned at the start line.
Course closing: noon (max time is 120 minutes)
Notes
  • Toilets close to the start/finish.
  • There is no water on the course, despite what it might say on the control descriptions.
Directions
Parking --> Assembly area 1500m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 0m
Finish --> Assembly area 0m

This event takes place at the Event Center - the Rocky Mountain YMCA. The start/finish are just beyond Hector Lodge. There is a 1.5 km (approx) walk from the event center parking to the start/finish.

If you are coming for the day, please drive past Bowfort Lodge and park at the 'outfitting parking lot' - easily identified by the large number of canoes.


Saturday P.M. Rocky Mountain YMCA : 3-legged score orienteering
Officials Course planner: tba
Map 1:2,500 5m contours (the map is a zoomed-in version of the 1:10,000 map, so symbol sizes will be 'strange'.
Start times Instructions:    2:30pm
Mass Start:     2:45pm
Notes Pair up, and come try something a little out of the ordinary.

Saturday Night Rocky Mountain YMCA : Night event, middle distance
Officials Course planner: Adrian Zissos; Controller: Charlotte MacNaughton; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain The night event will be in the area around the main camp buildings. The longer courses will go into the surrounding forest. All courses will be well enclosed by the camp's paved road (i.e. do not cross any roads!) - an exception is the Elite course which crosses the road immediately south of the camp.
Map 1:5,000 5m contours
Start times Start time:        9:00pm – 9:30pm. Start times assigned at the start line.
Course closing: 10:30pm (max time is 60 minutes)
Notes
  • Sunset is about 8:30pm
  • Beginner courses stay on major trails.
  • Control sites are marked as usual with a flag on a stand as well as by one or two pin flags with light-reflecting tape.
  • All other courses (except "Elite") are bounded by paved road (i.e. do not cross any paved roads!).
  • Note the scale - 1:5,000
  • And don't forget your headlamp!
Directions This event takes place at the Event Center - the Rocky Mountain YMCA. The start / finish will be on the road, in front of Bowfort Lodge.

Sunday A.M. Canmore Nordic Center: Sprint distance
Officials Course planner: Charlotte MacNaughton; Controller: Adrian Zissos; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Dense trail network close to the Canmore Nordic Center stadium.
Map 1:5,000 5m contours
Registration 9:30am - 10:00am, at the Assembly Area
Start times Start time:        10:00am – 10:30am. Start times assigned at the start line.
Course closing: 11:30am (max time is 60 minutes)
Notes
  • Many non-orienteers will be using the Canmore Nordic Center this weekend. Please be aware of hikers, mountain bikers, and disc-golf players. Be courteous to other users of the park so that we are welcome guests again in the future.
  • Be especially cautious of roller-skiers on the paved trails. They will be moving very fast and find it very hard to stop quickly or make avoidance maneuvers. So, ironically, you must be very careful and aware when you are on a paved trail - even when standing in the start/finish area.
Directions
Parking --> Assembly area 200m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 50 m
Finish --> Assembly area 0m

From down-town Canmore, follow signs to the Canmore Nordic Center. Drive past the day lodge (under construction) and to the end of the line of flags. Park close to the biathlon range, which is the Assembly Area.


Sunday P.M. Canmore Nordic Center : Middle distance, chasing start
Officials Course planner: Charlotte MacNaughton; Controller: Adrian Zissos; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Dense trail network, with some very complex contour features. And one very steep hillside.
Map 1:5,000 or 1:7,500 (see table above). 5m contours
Start times Your start time is determined by your result in the morning's Sprint distance event:
  • If your elapsed time in the Sprint was less than 30 minutes, your start time is 1:00pm plus your elapsed time in the sprint.
  • If your elapsed time in the Sprint was more than 30 minutes, your start time is 12:45pm
  • If you did not run in the Sprint your start time is 12:45pm

Course closing: 2:30pm (max time is 120 minutes)

Notes
  • All the courses finish with a steep downhill. Please descend cautiously so that you don't hurt your ankles (even if you are in a neck-and-neck race - better to take it a bit easy and race again this weekend).
  • It’s ABSOLUTELY essential that you watch for roller skiers on the paved trail at the bottom of this hill, and in the finish area.
Directions
Parking --> Assembly area 200m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 50 m
Finish --> Assembly area 0m

Same parking / directions as for the morning's sprint race


Monday A.M. Rocky Mountain YMCA : Club Relay
Officials Course planner: Adrian Zissos; Controller: Miles Tindal; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Dense trail network around the YMCA camp buildings, fast forest with few contour details for the longer legs. The start/finish will be in the fields just north of the Bowfort Lodge.
Map 1:5,000 or 1:10,000 (see table above). 5m contours
  • most trails on the ground are very distinct, but there are a couple of trails that are quite hard to see on the ground. The biggest danger is to the "D" runners who might use one of the 'hard to see' trails as a catching feature on their long section. Beware that the trail might be easy to miss even though it looks obvious on the map - so stay in contact with the map.
Registration Please register your teams by Sunday night. Entry forms available from Richard.
Start times Start time:                      9:00am Mass Start.
Second mass start:         time to be decided - for all runners not already started
Course closing: noon (max time is 75 minutes on any leg)
Notes
  • we are trying out some new relay concepts that are not well supported in the timing software. Therefore we are expecting some serious problems with giving people their proper splits and printing results. Our main focus is to use the timing software to verify that runners went to the correct controls - if we also manage to get the proper times we'll be astonished! But of course we'll be able to tell who won the race just by keeping track of who crosses the finish line in which order.
  • Immediately before the race we will give the instructions about how the change-over area is to work. Please be present for this and listen closely.
 

You should make teams if possible from your club (or your region, or your country). We will help you fill teams. You must submit your team lists to Richard before Sunday afternoon.

Team Composition

Each team will have four runners, named A, B, C, D. Leg difficulty is as follows:

  • Runner A - easy (suitable for juniors) - all controls on obvious handrails. No forking for Runner A.
  • Runner B - intermediate, shortish - suitable for advanced juniors or super-venerable
  • Runner C - technical, shortish - suitable for "Expert" category runner
  • Runner D - technical, long - suitable for "Elite" category runner

Each team member will have a certain handicap point value. There will be three categories: 4-7 point teams, 8-11 point teams, and 12+ point teams. Points values are based on your age as of 31st December this year as follows:

Age Male Female
under 15 3 3
15-16 2 2
17-20 1 2
21-34 0 1
35-49 1 3
50-59 2 4
60-69 3 5
70 & over 5 6

Leg Descriptions

Each team member will run twice - one sprint and one middle distance leg.

Leg 1 - Sprint Runners A, B, C All three take part in mass start. When all three runners return the second leg runner begins.
Leg 2 - Middle (longish) Runner D Technical leg, approx 4.5km
Leg 3 - Middle Runner A No forking on this relatively easy leg.
Leg 4 - Middle (shortish) Runners B,C Both runners start together, on fairly shortish 2.0-2.5km middle distance legs. When both return, the last leg runner begins...
Leg 5 - Sprint Runner D Anchor leg, with some forking, around the start/finish area.

As you can tell, the mass start will include almost everyone. To prepare for this you must do lots of mental preparation so that you are able to focus on your own navigation and not be distracted by others. To help with this mental preparation, here are two video clips from the last relay that our club had a team in... Video One and Video Two (warning: these take a while to download, but they are worth it).

Following: While following is generally frowned upon in orienteering (actually it is quite against the rules), an exception is made for relays. In fact a lot of the fun of running in a relay is being in a "train" - moving together with other runners much faster than you would if you were alone. But beware - the course planner has some tools to break up trains - most importantly beware of "forking"...

Forking: There will be forking on all legs for runners B,C,D - this means that you will not necessarily have the same course as other runners on your same leg. For example, you might see something like this:

Team 1: Leg 1-A: 31 - 32 - 33 - 34 - 35 - 38 - 40 - Finish
Team 1: Leg 1-B: 31 - 36 - 37 - 34 - 35 - 39 - 40 - Finish

Team 2: Leg 1-A: 31 - 36 - 37 - 34 - 35 - 38 - 40 - Finish
Team 2: Leg 1-B: 31 - 32 - 33 - 34 - 35 - 39 - 40 - Finish

From this example you can see that all four runners (1-A and 1-B for both teams) run different courses from each other, but that the two teams do exactly the same legs, just in a different order. So, some of the time following is helpful, and other times it is not. To master the relay is to know when to follow and when to go it alone.

Second Mass Start

A second mass start, for all runners not yet started, will be held at the organizer's discretion. It will likely be just after the winning team finishes. We expect the following fastest times:

Leg 1: 10 minutes
Leg 2: 30 minutes
Leg 3: 12 minutes
Leg 4: 20 minutes
Leg 5: 10 minutes

Directions
Parking --> Assembly area 200m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 0m
Finish --> Assembly area 0m

This event takes place at the Event Center - the Rocky Mountain YMCA. The assembly area is in the fields just north of Bowfort Lodge.