Good luck to Mark Stockton who’s off to The Cheviots this weekend to do the A course at the OMM. Anyone else going? (Anyone else want me to spare them a thought from the warmth of my duvet ~8:30 Sunday morning?)
Assuming Mark survives the experience, you could join him and other GRAMPs/Cosmics at the GMC couple of weekends later on 15th/16th Nov. Two days of mixed hill and forest navigation in and around Glenshee. Kit transported for you, heated marquee, great atmosphere and friendly rivalry at this small but perfectly formed MM… Tempted? Still time enough to enter (closing date is officially 1st Nov) or get in touch with Sean to offer your assistance if you want to join in without the running bit..
Join the world’s best orienteers as they train in Deeside forests….
The week before Balmoral (13th – 17th October) there will be training available in 8 Deeside forests. This is being organised as a training camp for the World Orienteering Championships in Inverness next year (combined with the Scottish 6-Days).
The forests will all have controls placed in them and suggested courses, all at TD5 but open to anyone who wants to visit them.
Check out the following link to find details of areas and how to get hold of maps:
After the final two Urban Series events, Street O is back on Wed evenings, starting Wed Oct 8th at Kings Gate. Still need one more planner though, contact me email@example.com if you’re interested.
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.
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.