Map: Cochrane Ranche
Don has organized a Scatter-O for Cochrane Ranche. In a Scatter-O, you visit the controls in any order, with the winner having the fastest time. There are three difficulty options: 58, 40 or 20 controls. 58 controls might take a good runner 2.5 hours! The number of controls you choose to get (the "course" you choose) might depend on your time limitations. Route choice plays a big role in having a fast time so take a few minutes before you start to plan your route. Please note the creek at Cochrane Ranche has high water; Don has designated specific crossing points (C1 - C4).
The PDF of the map and the PIN are on the members-only page.
If you need help getting a printed map, please let me (Marsha, [email protected]) know.
The control locations have NOT been flagged or marked on the map.
If you have a smartphone, you can have it record your track and "beep" when you get to a control using the free MapRunF GPS app. A GPS version of each course is now available on the members-only site at the link below. Note that you will need to download the free MapRunF app (iPhone or Android), download the course(s), and enter the PIN code for each course prior to starting the course in the MapRunF GPS app. Full instructions are on the members-only site below. The app acts as your SI stick, and it will automatically upload your results in the app so you can see how you have done compared to others who ran the same course.
Important Safety Precautions: This is an unsupervised activity. You are responsible for assessing risks and managing your safety. Ensure that you are properly trained and aware of the risks before embarking on any unsupervised orienteering activity. Always carry a whistle, a communication device, go with a "buddy", and obey all government and local health and safety regulations.
Please be courteous to other park users and respect all health and safety regulations including the 2m distancing requirements. Do not go out on the course if you are feeling unwell or have recently been in close contact with others who are feeling unwell.
Due to insurance and Orienteering Canada requirements, anyone participating must be a member of Foothills Orienteering and must have signed the online waiver (this is separate from the online registration agreements). This includes family members (youth memberships are very reasonable!). Note: SOGO program registrations include a Foothills Orienteering Club membership for the current year for the SOGO youth registered (or the adult and youth if registered for a parented program).
Printable PDF maps and optional GPS instructions are available in the "Other Courses" section of our password protected site members.orienteeringcalgary.ca. You can request access to the members-only site by following these instructions.
Once you have completed a course, please log in to the members-only site and let us know you have completed a course (finish time is optional) so that we can get feedback on the course and decide whether there is sufficient interest in future self-led courses. GPS users should also upload their split times in the app. You can check submitted course times here.