Where: Broemmelsiek Park, St. Charles County
Update 4/13: I went out the park Monday after the rain last weekend and Monday morning. The trail conditions for the sections in the woods were already very close to rideable. There were trails sections in the open fields that were still really soupy. That was Monday – and it doesn’t look like we have any rain in the forecast. I’ll re-evaluate Friday afternoon, but I’m optimistic.
The creeks were also nice and high, so for red and green courses, be prepared to get your feet wet! (nothing over knee high). There are probably ways to avoid it, but it’d slow you down … and anyway, what fun is that?
April 16, 2016
Registration at 9 AM
First Start at 9:30 AM
Courses will close at 12:30
Meet Director: Bryan Niehaus
This will be a traditional point to point AND there will be a bike-O (trail condition permitting). Do one, do both!
I’ve started course planning. There will be traditional red, green, orange, and white course for the foot orienteering course. (for those of you new to the sport, beginner thru expert courses are available). The latest draft has the red course distance of about 7km (as the crow flies) and hopefully provides some challenging navigation (20+ controls). The beginner course is a little over 2km with about 8-10 controls. It hopefully will present a good learning experience with a gradual increase in difficulty as you learn on the course.
I have not started the bike-o planning yet, but for those who are interested in bike-O. Unlike many who may be used to Adventure racing, every point will be accessible from your bike – it will be on a trail or road (you must stay on trails and roads). The challenge with a bike-O is the route choices you make – both when there are multiple route choice between controls and when you approach a control do you have a good exit strategy. (Turning your bike around take time). This park has road, single track, and mowed grass paths.
This event will be using a brand new – never been seen – orienteering map. The picture is above is a small window into what’s to come. Generally, the park has a mix of open fields, prairie, and woods. The map was build with a combination of LIDAR data, GIS public data (boundaries, etc), Hi-Res satellite imagery, and hours and hours in the park revising the base map and adding detail.
In conjunction with St. Charles County Parks Department