Course designer(s): Dave Tallent
All courses this year are point-to-point, meaning that you need to visit the checkpoints in a specific sequence. Fastest time wins. For the Slog and Jog, most checkpoints will require off-trail navigation. The Clog, for beginners, will have most checkpoints are on or very near trails. There is no Choose Your Adventure course this year.
From Dave Tallen, course designer:
December 23 – Due to heavy rain, all courses had to be redesigned to avoid swimming. Every effort has been made to keep your feet dry. There is a stream/marsh crossing near the end but we’ll attempt to place planks for your convenience. However, please also enjoy the BOG and slog through it in the spirit of the race.
- Both the Jog and Slog have a potential short “scrambling” leg (10m and 20m respectively) if you choose these routes. When dry, this part of the legs is not an issue. However, for your convenience, I have placed fixed static climbing ropes. Use them, but please try to avoid stepping on them.
- Jog and Slog Control #2. As of Monday, the route out of #2 is underwater, and to avoid a dog-leg, this control will most likely be voided. However, if conditions should change for the better by Sat, it may be reinstated. You will be notified at the start whether or not to include #2. Make sure you know before you start.
- Jog and Slog have an enlarged insert of the Rock Garden to help read the map in this complicated area.
- Control descriptions: Control descriptions are printed on the map and will not be available separately at the event. If you’d like separate descriptions, you can print your own.
- Legend: the map legend is covered by descriptions and/or a map insert. If you need a map legend, please print your own.
- I have tried to include several navigating techniques. For fun and for personal observation, which leg(s) did you pace count, aim-off, contour, use a funnel, a control extension, vegetation handrail and collecting features? It’s all there. Use your skills.
I have made many updates to the map. The start and finish are both located within a few meters of the south parking lot. No one will be hiking up the Lord Hill trail! I have used exclusively the area west of the parking. There’s a good chance that many of the control locations will be new to you, especially on the Slog. The lower part of the map is wet, and if the next week’s rain is excessive and creates new lakes, I will modify courses. These controls will affect only the beginning and end of the courses. All the control locations have been visited and flagged.”
The Bog Clog (Beginner) – 1.6km, 9 checkpoints, 10m of climb.
Map scale 1:5000. The course is exclusively on trails with no route choice. Suitable for beginners. Expect your feet to get wet! Expected times < 30 minutes.
The Bog Jog (Intermediate & Short Advanced) – 3.4km, 12 checkpoints, 90m of climb.
Map scale 1:10000 with an enlarged insert for the Rock Garden. Expected times ~ 1 hour. From the course designer: “I designed this course with emphasis on route choice and trail running, with several opportunities to cross country. I included a fun, albeit, my idea of fun, where you may have to use you knee for 20m. The small trails are muddy. I recommend good running shoes (boots are ok if you walk) or spikes. Gaiters would be good, but not essential.”
The Bog Slog (Long Advanced) – 4.5km, 23 controls, 180m of climb.
Map scale 1:10000, with an enlarged insert for the Rock Garden. Expected times 1-2 hours. From the course designer: “I designed this course to keep you in the forest. Dark green, is light green, and light green is white with good visibility. There is little bushwhacking, but you could encounter it if you went out of your way! Slow running and/or fast walking will be your “first gear”. This is a technical course, which will test your map reading skills, picking out handrails, pace counting, aiming off, utilizing, and noticing collecting features and lots of route choice where trail running is optional. There are a few legs with some trail running (beginning and end). Climb comes is small bursts. I included one fun leg (should you choose this route), which is a short 30m scramble. I highly recommend spikes and gaiters. Since many of you have not orienteered in almost a year, I added extra controls on purpose for your enjoyment.”
How are point-to-point courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from checkpoint to checkpoint. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.