How are courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. 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.
COURSE NOTES (Public)
Welcome to Lord Hill! Lord Hill has been used by Cascade for many years, including the annual Bog Slog, but I believe this is the first time it has been used for Winter League. Enjoy (or curse) the area!
If nothing else, Lord Hill is steep. Most parts of the country, it would be named Lord Mountain. If you aren’t going up, you will be going down. Due to the large amount of climb, I expect most courses to have longer times than usual. So don’t be fooled by the apparently short courses; check out those climb numbers!
There is lots of undergrowth, and a fair amount of blackberry, so long pants are strongly recommended, and long sleeves probably a good idea too.
Safety: Off trail, the terrain can be treacherous in areas. The biggest danger is underfoot; under the leaves and underbrush can be a mix of jumbled rocks and downed trees. Especially when descending (did I mention it was steep?), you can easily twist an ankle. There are some tall cliffs (some extremely high), so if you get extremely lost off trail, use common sense if the terrain seems to be getting steeper and steeper. Some of the most dangerous cliff areas are marked with purple cross hatching and should not be entered. Only Long Advanced will go close to the tops of cliffs on their course; runners on that course should avoid the cliffs by descending through the obvious large gap.
Intermediate and above will have a steep rocky descent down an embankment toward the end of their course. If you take it carefully, it is not too hard to negotiate, but be careful and watch that you don’t knock rocks onto someone below you. It is noted on your description sheet. Depending on route choice, there may be other steep descents. Please use care, and remember that sometimes descending on your butt is the safest alternative.
Rootstocks and Stumps: As usual, rootstocks and stumps can come and go. If a rootstock or stump is at or near your control, I have verified that it is still there. Elsewhere, there are likely additional rootstocks everywhere. Rootstocks are mapped as a brown triangle, and stumps are a green X.
Skills: Much like Summit Trails, once you go off trail, it can be quite tricky to maintain a straight line, with the steepness adding extra difficulty. Careful use of compass bearing and reading the terrain features will help keep you on track. If you had trouble with this at Summit Trails, use extra care this week, and keep a close eye on your compass.