Barebones 2005

Red Deer, Alberta
July 19 - 21

    Barebones 2005 Results

The organizers would like to thank everyone who took part in Barebones 2005. We hope that you enjoyed taking part as much as we enjoyed organizing these races. We are happy to report that the Barebones spirit thrived; everyone took part in the spirit of good sportsmanship and international friendship, there was great socializing, there were many offers of help to the organizers, and an almost complete absence of silly complaining :-) We hope you enjoyed your brief time orienteering in central Alberta, and wish you Good Luck at the World Masters Games next week. 

Day 1 - Beaver Lake WinSplits  
Day 2 - SL Ranch WinSplits  Cumulative Times
Day 3 - McKenzie Crossing WinSplits  Three Day Results


We invite orienteers from around the world to Barebones 2005, the three-day pre-event for the 2005 World Masters Orienteering Championships. The relaxed Barebones atmosphere provides a perfect opportunity to prepare for the World Champs races while enjoying a smorgasbord of exotic Alberta terrain and barrelful of Western hospitality.


July 18
Event Centre open 17:00 - 21:00
Welcome reception 17:00 - 21:00 at Event Centre
BONUS Sprint Race 17:00 - 20:00 at Event Centre
July 19
Beaver Lake Classic distance
Event Centre open 18:00 - 21:00
July 20
SL Ranch Classic distance
Train ride & dinner 16:00 - 21:00
Event Centre open 18:00 - 21:00
July 21
McKenzie Crossing Classic distance
Awards Approx. 16:00 
(or sooner if possible)

Click here to see the Meet Information package 
Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions

Latest News

July 11 Parking will cost $2/car. Please bring exact change (and carpool).
July 11 The Meet Information package is available on the web. Please print off a copy and bring it with you.
July 11 More updates to the start list. Please re-check your start times. There are only a few more days to request changes for free - after July 15th a change fee of $5 will be charged.
July 4 A bonus race is being organized by the Canadian national team. It is a sprint race at Rotary Park, across the street from the Event Centre. Check details below.
July 4 A draft of the Meet Information package is available on the web. It is preliminary and all information is subject to change.
July 4 An updated start list has been posted. Please check the start list to make sure that you are in the proper category, and that your SI Card number is correct. Please contact us if you would like an early or later start time. There is no charge for changes to Start time made before July 15th.
June 27 The start list has been changed to correct the courses assigned to categories M15-16 and W15-16.
June 25 The preliminary start list has been created. 
June 24 Following the closure of the Barebones group campsite due to flooding one of the Barebones competitors, Donna Fluegel, has arranged group camping at Jarvis Bay Provincial park. See this link for details.
June 20 Updated entry list. Over 600 are registered. Please check your class and your SI number and let us know of any errors.
June 17 Due to the large number of entries at Barebones 2005 we have decided to change our plans for a 'self-serve' start. We feel that allowing people to start whenever they wish as originally planned will result in long line ups at the start. Instead we will assign start times for each day. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The start list will be posted to this website shortly - if you would like us to change your start time, please send us an email.
June 10 Added Frequently Asked Questions to website
June 3 Over 500 people are registered. Please check your details (including Class and SI card) in the start list
June 1 There are still a few hotel rooms available at the Event Centre. Contact the Red Deer Lodge and ask for the special Barebones room rate.
May 25 Camping at Lions Park campground is sold-out.
April 22 Entry-fee discount extended to coincide with new WMOC registration date of May 20th
March 15  Event Centre / Accommodation information added.
January 2  The first 100 people have registered. Click here to see the entry list.


Online registration is open. Visit our registration page for the latest information.

If you are already registered, please check your details (including Class and SI card) in the start list


Monday July 18 - Welcome Reception & Sprint Race

We invite all participants to mingle in the Courtyard at the Event Centre between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. It will be a good chance to relax and and socialize and discuss the latest hot topics in orienteering (such as appropriate fashion sense). Buffet dinner and drinks will be available.

The Canadian National Team is putting on a bonus race for Barebones participants. It is a Sprint Race in Rotary Park , right next to the Event Centre. It will be a hugely fun race with fast and furious orienteering � expected winning times are under 10 minutes. Bring your SI Card � electronic timing will be used. Starts are between 17:00 and 20:00. Entry is by donation � suggested minimum donation of $10. Canadian tax payers donating over $20 will receive a receipt for tax purposes. This is a great chance to stretch your legs, have a laugh, and check out your competitors, all while supporting Canada�s national team program.

Wednesday July 20 - Steam Train ride & buffet dinner

We have chartered Alberta Prairie Railways' steam locomotive for a late afternoon / evening journey from Stettler to Big Valley and return. The excursion includes entertainment and a buffet dinner in Big Valley including roast hip of beef, vegetables, salads, baked potatoes, dinner rolls, dessert and beverages.  Barebones train ticket sales are now closed, but there is still plenty of room on the train. To book tickets please contact Alberta Prairie Railways directly. Train departs Stettler at 3:30pm, returns by 8:30pm. If you are going on the train please be sure to arrange for an early start time on Day 2, by emailing the organizers.

Event Center & Accommodation

The event center will be at the Red Deer Lodge. Results will be posted at the event centre each night. In addition an information table will be open each night between 7pm and 9pm.

Hotel accommodation is available at the event centre. Red Deer Lodge is offering excellent room rates for Barebones participants. To take advantage of these prices phone the hotel (403.346.8841 or toll free in North America 1.800.661.1657) or send email to [email protected] and mention "Barebones Orienteering". These rooms are being held until May 1st; after that date the special rate will still apply but rooms may be sold out. The standard rooms are very good (especially those overlooking the courtyard), and there are also family suites and junior suites available. The hotel has great facilities including fitness room, complementary high speed internet, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, pub, lounge and a courtyard restaurant serving a great buffet for breakfast and dinner. A grocery store and coffee shop are directly across the street from the hotel. We encourage everyone to stay at the Red Deer Lodge.

For campers, limited space has been booked at the city's Lions Park campground. Unfortunately the campground has been closed because of damage due to flooding of the Red Deer River. People that signed up for the camping will have their camping fees refunded but will need to make their own alternative arrangements. One of the competitors is organizing an alternative group campsite. See this link for details.

Visit the Red Deer Tourism website for further information about other accommodation options in Red Deer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is my start time?

A. Start times will be between 10:00 and 13:00 each day. The preliminary start list has been created. Please check the start list to make sure that you are in the proper category, and that your SI Card number is correct. Please contact us if you would like an early or later start time.

Q Do I have to go to the registration desk before my first race?

A. There is no package pickup, so unless you are renting an SI-Card you will not need to go to the registration desk.

Q Can I buy orienteering equipment at Barebones?

A. We are not sure if there will be an orienteering vendor at Barebones. There will be one at WMOC for sure. (Jun 25)


Beaver Lake

Site of 1990 
North American Championships 
World Cup Race.

Most similar to 2005 WMOC terrain.

SL Ranch

Site of 2002 Asia Pacific Championships

5 min/km possible, but even small mistakes can be costly

McKenzie Crossing

Site of 2001 Alberta Championships

Exotic land features with stunning views


Contact Info

For more information or to join the Barebones email list contact Adrian Zissos.

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