event #1: open hart surgery

Ok, so the pithy name has nothing to do with the actual event, other than to indicate that a rogaine on Hart's Hill for the uninitiated might be a little bit scary (like surgery).  Here's what you need to know--

Maps: Maps are 1:50K in scale, but enlarged to be more easily seen and used. They are printed on waterproof and tearproof paper, but will tear once cut/nicked, so don't be too abusive.  Each of this winter's events will utilize different sections of the same map, so hang on to your maps to avoid having to pay for new ones at the next event. A Master map at each event will show all the control points. Each person/group will need to copy the location of the control points on to their own map. USE CARE when doing this!  This allows the maps to be reused for the rest of this season's rogaine events. 

Controls: There are 10 controls. Each will have a punch. The punch card is on the back of your maps.  You'll need to punch at each of the controls and have it verified at the end of the event for your efforts to be included in the event results.  Controls will be labelled either A, I, or E for 'achieved, merit, and excellence.' This indicates the relative (but subjective) difficulty that our setters felt each control presents. This difficulty can be based on things like distance from marked trails, challenge of reading features, and/or the ruggedness of the terrain encountered. Note that some of the Achieved controls may still be beyond your ability to get, and the difficulty you have when going after a control might depend upon the direction of your approach. 

Schedule: We will be at Rainbow Reach from 10:00 am on the day, ready with maps.  You can get your map and copy points once we have confirmed your membership or you have signed up as a day member and paid the appropriate fees. There will be a clipboard where teams/individual note their start time, and then check in upon finishing. Participants should be back at Rainbow Reach by 4pm. You'll be able to start anytime you want, as long as you finish by 4 pm!  

Ranking: Ranking is by # of controls first, then total time. 

Safety: We recommend that participants, particularly those without prior familiarity of the area, take extra precautions. These might include participating as part of a group, carrying a GPS in case of getting lost, and/or carrying a PLB.  Cell phones will often get reception in the course area, especially as one moves upward in elevation. In general, participants should be self reliant or should travel with others who are. 

Course Length: Our best guess is that a proficient navigator that makes no mistakes and travels well through Fiordland bush could possibly clear the course in under 3 hours.  For beginning orienteers with little bush experience, clearing the course in 6 hours is unlikely.  But anyone/everyone will hopefully have a good time and learn something.  

Annual members will need to bring $5 per map they want. Maps are 'reusable' and can be kept for subsequent events. If you aren't yet an annual member but plan to be, might want to bite the bullet and join up.

Day members will need to join as such for $10 for the day. A gold coin donation for the map would be appreciated but isn't required.