2019 Bwlch Nant yr Arian

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Date of event: Sun 24th Feb 2019
Level of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Ponterwyd

All welcome to our next Orienteering event at Nant yr Arian on Sunday  24th Feb. We will have a range of courses on offer and a couple of introductory  exercises laid out which are a great chance to practice if you are new to orienteering before.

Come and find us we will be based in the gazebo just west of the top carpark. Look forward to seeing you there.

Nant yr Arian is a mix of forest and open  and lots of  paths and tracks. It is perched on a ridge with some steep climbs on all courses but you can always take time to admire the incredible views... You can refuel in the cafe after your run and enjoy the spectacle of the red kites being fed at 2.00pm near the lake.

New to orienteering? It's a  walk/run with a difference - an orienteering race doesn't follow a set route. Instead you have to visit a series of checkpoints and register each one with an electronic timing chip. The checkpoints are marked by flags on the ground and may be along paths, fences, earth banks, streams or anywhere in the woods. The challenge is to race between each one, choosing your own route between the checkpoints, using a special orienteering map (which you get to keep too). Why not come and give it a go?

Please ask if you would like any help choosing which course to do. It is best to choose an easier course to start with if you are new to orienteering. The distance is the straight line between controls on the map but the actual distance you cover will be longer depending on your route choices.

Location & Directions

Parking in main Nant yr Arian carpark.

Course information

Yellow  1.7km

Orange  2.6km

Light Green 4.0km

Blue 5.3km

Please ask if you would like any help choosing which course to do. It is best to choose an easier course to start with if you are new to orienteering. The distance is the straight line between controls on the map but the actual distance you cover will be longer depending on your route choices.
 
Yellow Courses use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams with the controls visible from the linear feature. They are suitable for newcomers, under 12’s and family groups.

Orange Courses progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. There are line features to follow including paths, walls, fences and streams but with the option to cut corners. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.

Light Green Courses are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features away from linear features. Learning how to use contours, compass, distance estimation and route choice. Planned with a ‘collecting linear feature’ beyond the control to help you if you overshoot and go too far.

Green, Blue and Brown Courses are more physically and technically demanding course using interpretation of contours, recognition of indistinct features, concentration over long distance.

Times

Times
Registration from 10.00 – 11.00
Starts - 10.30 to 11.00
Courses close at 12.30

Entry Details

Entry Details
Enter on the day at registration. Entry fees are as follows:
 
MWOC members – Adults £3.00, Juniors £1.50
BOF members – Adults £5.00, Juniors £2.50
Non members – Adults £7.00, Juniors £3.00
Family groups welcome to share a map and pay per map/dibber.
You can enter a child or children and the adults can accompany them for free!
Hire of dibbers £1.00

Officials:

  • Planner: Gabriella Walsh
  • Organiser: Gabriella Walsh
  • Controller:

Info for dog owners

Dogs are welcome - please keep under control.

Facilities

Cafe and toilets in the visitor centre.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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Posted by gabriella walsh