Have you ever found yourself squinting at the map trying to decipher complex detail when a different scale would have made it all much clearer?
There’s a proposal tabled by Lakeland Orienteers at the BOF AGM this weekend regarding map scales for Level A and B competitions. LOC want to see the rules changed so that the designated scales can be overridden by event officials if deemed appropriate.
George Esson brought this to my attention: “While standards should be set, we had a job persuading BOF to let us use a sensible scale at Haverthwaite. I support the motion as the Rule should set out the scale which should be used but the final decision should be the Controller’s. If they don’t trust us, why appoint us?”
Coaching week 2 (16 April)
After a lot of pace counting and getting to grips with some fiddly contours at Balmedie last week, coaching for improvers and beginners moves this week to Tyrebagger. Directions: from Aberdeen, turn left off A96 on B979 at Kirkhill; parking at the first car park on the left (at NJ850111). The themes for this week will be attack points and compass accuracy. All welcome, but it’s helpful if you can let us know if you’re planning to come (contact coaching team)
AMRT are organising a sponsored walk again this year on 7th June and would like to invite you all to take part, sponsor someone if you can’t make it yourself or help spread the word.
23km mostly on hill tracks from Deecastle (nr Dinnet on south side of Dee) up over Black Moss then swinging round to descend Glen Tanar finishing at the Braeloine Visitor Centre making a grand day out with spectacular views en route. Entry is free and transport and refreshments are provided.
We’ve never needed their assistance at an orienteering event yet and hopefully never will but think of it as an insurance policy and go for it!
What a pleasant evening for the first Forest Sprint of the series of 6 races throughout Deeside this year. The views from the hill over Aberdeen harbour were great. Here are the results and splits:
Thanks to David for planning a smashing little course that avoided the nasty stuff in the north!
Next time you are, point the enquirer in the direction of this dynamic piece written by Mike Rogers. Evocative stuff, eh? Could you use it somehow at work or with other circles of friends and acquaintances to entice others to come and try orienteering sometime sooner rather than later?
Do you have any other ideas to get the idea across? Something a bit more dynamic and engaging than the rather static descriptions of the technicalities we normally tend to use?
Sam and Jess would love to hear them so don’t be shy and share your inspiration next time you see them.
GRAMP Annual Dinner - Friday 16th May
Raemoir House Hotel (yes the Raemoir map)
£25, 3 courses (dining not orienteering)
7pm for 7:30 (ie start(er)s from 7:30)
Let Lesley know if you want to come along. ‘Entries’ close end April.
If you get bored over the hols here’s a wee orienteering puzzle to keep you occupied.
Print out the AGM O Starter map which has Start, Finish and 3 controls already marked on it.
Using the info contained in the control descriptions and the given distances between some pairs of controls, see if you can recreate the complete course with a total length of 5km and all the controls in the right places. At the AGM we did this offline with the aid of a ruler to measure distances but you could ‘cheat’ and use Condes (which will take some time to set up and thus keep you occupied for even longer if you’re really, really bored!!)
Day 1 was a wet one but after that we’ve been sunbathing most of the time when not doing battle on Lossie, Carse of Ardersier and Culbin so far. If you’re stuck back in Aberdeen, chained to your desk, but want to see what we’ve been up to then check out the Moray 2013 website results and reports etc.
A lavish prize awaits the first person to spot a GRAMP in Chris Spencer’s photo galleries and tell us which day and which photo via a comment added to this post.
You’ll all have heard about Ash Dieback by now and seen the round robin from BOF that Ian circulated a while ago with advice on how we can help prevent the spread of this and other tree diseases. Here’s a little reminder of how we as orienteers (who are therefore more likely to visit parts of the woods most others never reach), can help prevent the spread – and it’s really worth paying more attention this time as the spring/summer weather tempts us all out and about and especially as Glen Dye has been confirmed as victim of an outbreak of a similar disease affecting larch.
You can help by following these guidelines whether orienteering or just out for a walk:
If you want more info on tree diseases then here are a few links or you can ask our resident biosecurity expert, Gen.
Poster showing spread of identified outbreaks throughout Britain as of Feb 2103
Juniper Dieback – many of the areas we use have juniper
Phytophthora ramorum – Latin for “the larch one”
Chalara fraxinea – Latin for “the ash one”
Unlike Foot and Mouth, the effects of these diseases aren’t so easy to see so easily forgotten about. Please remember and help orienteering to maintain its good reputation with landowners by doing your bit. Thanks.