Spring Series 2019Glen SalachSun 28 April, 2019
Local level event
Explanation of Event levels
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Activities are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.
Today saw EckO club members and visitors from STAG and Fort William enjoying a romp over the hills above Ardchattan. We were treated to some fine weather and stunning views as well as some technically challenging orienteering, lots of climbing and interesting terrain which was mainly runnable if you had long legs and were built like a gazelle, oh, and were reasonably fit. The lack of thick vegetation enabled the orienteer to really look at the contour detail of the map and other features such as marshes using them as line features and attack points to lead them into the control. Keeping close contact with map was the order of the day. A few groups used the courses as a learning exercise to progress their skill level and a couple of our very tiny juniors enjoyed a picnic and just guddling in the burn.
Many thanks to Diane and Jan for planning and organising the day. Thank you also to Donald Cameron, the farmer, for giving us permission to use the area.
Pre Event Info
The second event of the 2019 Spring Series
Update: the event will definitely go ahead.
Near: Barcaldine Lat,Lng: 56.49248,-5.28231 OS Grid Ref: NM980382
Directions / Parking
From the South: turn right immediately after crossing Connel Bridge on the A828 and follow the signs for Bonawe; before reaching Bonawe turn left onto the B845.
From the North: turn off the A828 onto the B845 at Barcaldine.
Park adjacent to the B845. There is a cattle grid with a large lay-by leading to a forest track.
Map / Terrain
This extensive area on overlooking Loch Etive is mainly open hillside with good contour detail.
Registration and Start times
Registration: From 10.30 am
Start times: 11.00 to 12.00
Courses close: 1.30
As the area is physically demanding and navigation is challenging there will be NO Yellow, Orange, or Light Green courses.
Only Blue, Green and Short Green courses, suitable for experienced, fit orienteers, will be on offer.
Short Green 2.6km approx. 170m climbing
Green 3.9km approx. 210m climbing
Blue 5.8km approx. 270m climbing
The bulk of the climbing is done between the start and Control 2. After that it's easy !
There is a flattish 1.5km walk/run warm-up south along the B845 to the start. The start will be visible from the road. The finish is on the hill above the car parking area. Please take care descending the steep slope down to the lay-bye.
Seniors: £5 (members), £6 (non-members).
Sorry but NO dogs allowed as there will be sheep on the hill and down in the glen.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Jan Kersel
Planners: Jan Kersel, Diane Mailer