Prairie Opener - Rumsey - New Date May 12 Forest
May 12th 2013 9:30am - 3:00pm
Organizers: Teresa (Event Director), Marion O (Controller), Karen Martino (Course Planner)
Results are on Winsplits
Prairie Opener Update (28/04/13)
Course Planners Notes - Rumsey Spring Opener 2013
The snow is melting quickly out at Rumsey and even a few prairie crocuses have bloomed! We are hoping that there will be minimal snow by May 12. Even with the snow gone however, expect water in low lying areas and marshes. Some areas may be wetter than we experienced while course setting with the snow melting! While Rumsey is largely an open grasslands area, new comers beware! It is tricky terrain where mistakes can easily be made if you lose contact with the map. The terrain is great for running, but don’t run faster than you can navigate!!!
There will be cattle grazing in areas on courses 3, 4 and 5. Please give all cattle the right of way and a wide berth when possible. Many will have new calves and can be quite protective! Courses 1 and 2 are set within a fenced area where there are no cattle present. Participants on these two courses will not have to cross any fences. There may be a few small calves that have managed to get under the fence near to the finish so be aware and avoid them. Running up to them may scare them and they may get caught up in the fence trying to get back to the other side. Course 1 and 2 are harder than a typical Wed. night course 1 and 2 in a city park. Participants on course 2 need to be able to orient their maps and read contour features other than trails! There will be flagging along some sections of course 1 as they do not follow distinct trails. You should follow this flagging if your course directs you to.
Be aware that there are many extra well travelled “animal trails” that are not shown on the map! Courses 3, 4 and 5 will all have fence crossings. Please roll under fences! There will be no water on any courses.
This is a truly beautiful area of Alberta that not many people get to see, so I hope we see lots of new faces out there on May 12!
Map. The map was updated in 2012 by Brian Chubb. All courses will be printed at 1:10 000
Yes, it is that time of year again. The snow is (was until recently!) gradually receding from the knobs and kettles at Rumsey and some great courses are being planned for you to enjoy!
This year Karen Martino will be setting courses, and Marion Owen will be controller. We will be on the newly updated part of the map used for the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships in August 2012.
Registration will open in the week of April 15th and will close on May 8th. Please register for a map.
On-the-day registration will be from - 9:30am Courses open from - 10am
We are still looking for help with a few things please contact Teresa if you would like to help out - you will still be able to run a course of course!
- Timing - position filled
- Refreshments (purchase refreshments and bring them to the event. Expenses will be reimbursed.) - position filled
- Someone who would like to camp up there with the organisers and help with set-up - position filled
- On-the-day registration (help at the registration desk - if you can be there early (?sh) and don't mind a later run (maybe noonish - but we would be flexible))
- As always - control pick-up (if you don't mind staying a bit later. This is a fantastic way to make the best use of your gas AND improve your orienteering skills!)