Barebones 2008
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First Aid and Emergency

Maps & map printing

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, but will be available on a separate sheet if you want.

Special symbols on Rocky Mountain YMCA maps

Several 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.

Control Descriptions

Are printed on the map. Copies will also be available in the start chute. All courses use IOF symbolic descriptions, in addition courses for the youngsters, Recreational, and Sport categories have English language descriptions.


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

Well be using Electronic timing for all events. If you dont 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. Basic instruction on how to use the timing devices is available at the start of each race.

It is absolutely VITAL for safety reasons that you download your ePunch at Richards truck following every race whether or not you finish your course. This is the only record we have of who is safely 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 2008 have staggered starts. Just go to the start line when you are ready to start. We will not pre-assign start times. Try to start early - it makes life easier.

Some races don't have staggered starts. The relay and Night 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: 45-60 minutes;
Middle distance: 25-30 minutes;
Sprint distance: 12-15 minutes.

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

Mt Laurie Rocky
Age categories Sprint Middle Long Night-O
Super Juniors (9 & under) 1.1 km
1.1 km
2.2 km
0.8 km
Juniors (10-12) 1.4 km
1.6 km
3.1 km
1.0 km
Youth (13 - 15) 1.4 km
1.9 km
2.9 km
1.0 km
Youth Plus (16 - 19) 1.6 km
2.7 km
4.0 km
2.5 km
Venerable (50-ish & above) 1.6 km
2.7 km
4.0 km
2.5 km
Open categories
& Family
1.4 km
1.6 km
3.1 km
1.0 km
Sport: Individual
& Sport: Team
1.9 km
3.3 km
5.3 km
2.5 km
Expert 1.6 km
2.7 km
4.0 km
2.5 km
Elite 1.9 km
3.4 km
6.3 km
4.6 km

Event details

Saturday A.M. Canmore Nordic Center: Sprint distance
Officials Course planner: Charlotte MacNaughton; Controller: Miles Tindal; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Dense trail network close to the Canmore Nordic Center stadium. Lots of running in the forest.
Lots of climb in this sprint. About 70-80m on the advanced courses.
Map 1:5,000 5m contours
Registration 9:30am - 10:00am, in the Day Lodge
Start times Start time:        10:00am 10:30am. Start times assigned at the start line.
Course closing: 11:30am (max time is 60 minutes)
  • 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.
  • It's a hilly sprint which is why the courses are a bit on the shorter side. Be cautious with all the tricky trail junctions. Enjoy the downhill finish.
Parking --> Assembly area 200m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 350m, 30m climb
Finish --> Assembly area 0m

From down-town Canmore, follow signs to the Canmore Nordic Center. Park at the Day Lodge. The Assembly area is in the stadium area behind the Day Lodge.

Saturday P.M. Canmore Nordic Center : Middle distance, chasing start
Officials Course planner: Miles Tindal; Controller: Adrian Zissos; Timing: Richard Obreiter
Terrain Dense trail network, with some very complex contour features.
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)

  • Its ABSOLUTELY essential that you watch for roller skiers on the paved trails whenever you cross them. Please avoid running on the asphalt roller ski paths - and cross them at right angles when necessary.
  • The trail builders have been hard at work and they are extending the "Orange Loop". We have mapped some small sections of it, but runners on the longer courses will encounter some unmapped sections of this single track.
Parking --> Assembly area 200m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 450m
Finish --> Assembly area 0m

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

Sunday A.M. Mt Laurie : Long-ish distance
Officials Course planners: Kitty Jones & Marion Owen; 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, lovely meadows, some water features, good trail network.
Map 1:10,000. 5m contours
  • 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 across Highway 1A, approx 550m from Start/Finish.
  • water levels (as of August 22nd)are much higher than shown on the map, often up to a form line around the water feature. In particular, courses 2 and 3 should note that two lakes shown in the middle of the courses have combined into one, with an island where the causeway separating them used to be.
  • Courses 1 and 2 have two flagged routes on their courses. These are to guide runners between controls where there is no obvious path or other handrail. They are shown on the control description as a dashed line between two circles and shown on the map as a dashed purple line. On the ground, there will be orange streamers hanging from the trees. Follow them and they will take you from one control to the next.
  • Safety bearing for all courses is East to the road.
Start times Start time:        10am - 11am. Start times assigned at the start line.
Course closing: 12:30pm (max time for each person is 120 minutes)

Note: it will be tight to get back to the camp in time for lunch if you start late! Also note the last return bus departs at 12:40pm.
Bus drop off --> Assembly area 300 m (approx)
Assembly area --> Start 300 m (approx)
Finish --> Assembly area 0 m


Bus Shuttle from YMCA

There is no parking at this event. Everyone must take the bus shuttle from the Event Centre (even if you aren't staying there!).

To the race:
The first bus will leave the YMCA in front of Bowfort Lodge at 9:10am. One bus will leave every 20 minutes.

Return from the race:
Busses will leave from the event site every 20 minutes. The last bus will leave at 12:40pm.

Sunday P.M. Rocky Mountain YMCA : 3-legged sprint
Officials Course planner: Darya Robert & Magali Robert
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:   2:00pm
Mass Start:     2:10pm
Notes Advice from last year's winners: don't pair up with someone with big feet!

Sunday Night Rocky Mountain YMCA : Night event, middle distance
Officials Course planner: Nicki Rehn, Mark Gregson; Controller: Adrian Zissos; 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.
Map Scale is 1:5,000 or 1:10,000 - see table above
Start times Start time:       
Juniors: Mass start at 9:00pm
Adults:  Mass start at 9:30pm.
Course closing: 10:30pm (max time is 60 minutes)
  • Sunset is about 8:30pm
  • Super junior course stays on major trails in sight of the camp area
  • Junior & Youth course may go just out of sight of the camp area
  • All other courses travel into the forest and fields surrounding the camps.
  • 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.
  • Don't forget your headlamp!
  • WARNING. The two long courses (Youth Plus, Venerable, Expert, Elite categories) cross the camp access road. As you drive in to the camp in the daytime you will notice a yellow rope on the east side of the access road. Please be VERY CAREFUL when crossing the road in the night-O so you do not get injured by this rope.
Directions This event takes place at the Event Center - the Rocky Mountain YMCA.

Assemble at Bowfort Lodge for 100m walk to the start.
The finish is at the back of Bowfort Lodge.

Monday A.M. Rocky Mountain YMCA : Club Relay
Officials Course planner: Adrian Zissos; Controller: Charlotte MacNaughton; 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 at Hector Lodge, about 1.5km from the Bowfort Lodge and the main accommodation.
Map 1:5,000 or 1:10,000 scale - see table below.
5m contours
  • There has been some significant blow down on some patches of this map. The C and D runners will be most affected by this on their long legs. We have not attempted to map this deadfall, so please be aware that you will find some unexpected zones of difficult running, despite what the map shows. We believe (and hope) that all teams will be affected equally by this blow down.
  • Because of the forking it will not be possible to provide separate control descriptions.
  • On the map the controls will be numbered with both the sequence code (1,2,3, etc) and the control code (eg: 49). For example, the first control on Leg A1 will be marked as: "1 (66)". This means the first control has the code number 66 on it. This is so you can quickly check that you are at the right control.
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)
  • 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.
  • Each team will carry a special Barebones Baton in the race

Team Composition

  •  You should make teams if possible from your club (or your region, or your country).
  • We will help you fill teams. In particular we will assign A runners to all teams following Saturday dinner. If you have a strong desire for a particular A runner you can put him/her on your team but we reserve the right to over-ride.
  •  You must submit your team lists to Richard before Saturday evening. Richard will assign you a team number it is critical you know this number because that is how you will find your maps during the race. Perhaps write the number on your arm before the race!

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

  • Runner A - suitable for super juniors - all controls on obvious handrails. No forking.
  • Runner B - intermediate, shortish - suitable for juniors, recreational, sport, or super-venerable
  • Runner C - technical, shortish - suitable for "Expert" and "Youth Plus" category runners
  • Runner D - technical, long - suitable for "Elite" category runner

Each runner will have a certain handicap point value. Points values are based on your age as of 31st December this year as in the table below. Add up all runner's point value to get the teams category. There will be three categories: 4-7 point teams, 8-11 point teams, and 12+ point teams.

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 & map scales

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

Your team's maps will all be in one bag (8 maps in all). Maps will be identified by the leg number and the runner number. For example 1A is the first leg map for runner A, and 4B is the forth leg map for runner B.

Leg 1 - Sprint Runners A, B, C All three take part in mass start. When all three runners return the second leg runner begins.

Runner A: 0.9km (no fortking)
Runner B: 1.1km 
Runner C: 1.3km

There is a 100m marked route from the mass start line to the start triangle. You do not punch the start triangle but you must run past it. There will be a prize for the first one past the start triangle!

map scale: 1:5,000
Leg 2 - Middle Runner D Runner D: 3.9km  map scale: 1:10,000
Leg 3 - Middle Runner A

No forking on this leg for juniors & super juniors.

Runner A: 1.5km 
map scale: 1:5,000
Leg 4 - Middle Runners B,C Both runners start together, each on their own middle distance course. When both return, the last leg runner begins.

Runner B: 2.1km  map scale: 1:5,000
Runner C: 2.7km  map scale: 1:10,000
Leg 5 - Sprint Runner D Anchor leg, with some forking, around the start/finish area.

Runner D: 2.0km  map scale: 1:5,000

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. However, by the end of the race all the teams have done exactly the same course, just in different orders. 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: 35 minutes
Leg 3: 12 minutes
Leg 4: 25 minutes
Leg 5: 12 minutes

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 at Hector Lodge, about a 1.5 km (approx) walk from the event center parking.

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. If you are staying at the camp, then a limited number of cars can be driven from the main parking to the 'outfitting parking lot'.