Big Foot Two Days - State League 1 &2 - 13th & 14th October, 2012

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Big Foot Two Days incorporating State League 1 & 2, Snow Hills

13th & 14th October , 2012

Important Notice

  • Entry to the event will be through a paddock a few hundred metres along the road from the normal entry point. This will avoid a lot of the boggy stuff. Please drive sensibly through the paddock.
  • There will be a 2km walk to the assembly area from the main parking area. We hope that organisers, the catering guys and toilets can make it all of the way to the assembly area to provide you with a great event when you get there. Using a mountain bike is an option.

Overview

To celebrate 30 years of Big Foot, the club is staging two days of orienteering on our favourite area. The mapped area contains a variety of terrains, from beautiful, runnable native forest to complex gold mining.

Day 1 - Saturday October 12th (afternoon) will be a middle distance race

Day 2 - Sunday October 13th (morning) will be a regular long distace race

Entries

Email entries2012@bigfootorienteers.com with names, SI numbers,  class and phone number for late entry changes.



Entry on the day (EOD) Fees
Senior: $13
Junior & Sub-junior: $12
SI hire: $4
Non-member:  $3 extra for each start

Safety

  • The safety bearing is to head south to the track which crosses the map in an east-west direction. You may also hit the creek that also runs east-west through the assembly area.
  • All competitors should punch the start official's check SI unit, the start SI unit and report to the finish.
  • Courses close at 5pm on Saturday, 1.30pm on Sunday. You should be at the finish by this time or earlier.
  • The weather could be perfect, it could be hot or very wet. Be prepared for all conditions and dress appropriately. There will be no clothing return from the start, but you are welcome to leave clothes at the start and return to collect them after finishing.
  • Water will be provided on the courses and a small amount at the finish. No water will be provided at the starts.
  • The gold mining has "canyon" like features, with steep cuttings and few exits and entries.
  • There are several DEEP mineshafts in the vicinity of the gold mining, these have been mapped (black “V”) but it is possible that some have been missed. Care should be taken by all competitors around these areas.

 

Note about Water

Water will be provided on the courses and a small amount at the finish. No water will be provided at the starts. Please help the organisers by bringing your own water to drink before and after your runs on each day.

Catering

The NSW Juniors will be fund raising with their selection of drinks and delicious food on both days.

Start times

From 1pm Saturday and from 9am Sunday. Start times will be published by the end of Sunday 7th October on the Big Foot web-site.

Travel

The map is 2.5 -3 hours drive south from central Sydney and 1.5 hours from Canberra. It's adjacent to the upper reaches of the Shoalhaven River south of Marulan and Goulburn.

Local road conditions can be checked on the Goulburn Mulwaree Council web-site.

From Sydney: The fastest route is the Hume Highway to Marulan. Approx 2km past Marulan, take the turnoff to Bungonia. Proceed through Bungonia south to Windellema. South of Windellama, turn right into Sandy Point Road (about 27km from Bungonia). Proceed 16 km on Sandy Point Rd towards Mayfield. This route includes a narrow dirt road from the Cullula Rd junction (about 5.5 km) and a short causeway just before it joins Mayfield Rd. Turn left onto Mayfield Rd and follow it 7.5 km to the signed turn through a gate. Do not turn towards Nerriga. Distance from Hume Highway turnoff is about 65kms (1 hour). Once you turn into the gate, it's about 3.5 km along a track to the assembly area. Parking will probably be 1.5 km along this track.

Alternatively, take the 2nd freeway exit at Goulburn and turn left back to the Braidwood Rd. Follow the Braidwood Rd to Tarago and turn left at the town onto Cullulla Rd. After 3.5 km, turn right into Mayfield Rd and follow it 24 km to the signed turn at the gate and continue as above.

From Canberra: Follow Kings Highway east from Canberra through Bungendore. Continue 31.5 km towards Braidwood and turn left into the Mayfield Rd. Proceed 12 km along the Mayfield Rd to the signed turn into the gate on the right. Once you turn into the gate, it's about 3.5 km along a track to the assembly area . Parking will probably be 1.5 km along this track.

Access Track

Access to the event site is once again affected by rain in the region.  The access track is wet in patches.  It is also quite overgrown.  
 
It is recommended that those with the choice of driving four wheel drive and/or high clearance cars bring these to the event.  Anyone with a mountain bike is encouraged to bring it and ride into the assembly area (3.5km) - it would make a nice warm-up. Parking will probably be 1.5 km along this track, leaving a 2km walk or ride to the assembly area.
 
Drivers of cars with low clearance are encouraged to leave their vehicle along the main road and obtain a lift to the assembly area.
 
Parking - access to the assembly area has been affected by a wash-out and severe rutting (those damn moose). To avoid the worst of it, we have been given access to an adjoining paddock. This bypasses the first bit of trouble, but we will probably stop cars before the next trouble-spot, leaving a 2km walk to the assmbly area.

Google map

Accommodation

Braidwood and Bungonia are within striking distance. It is possible to camp at the Stewarts Crossing Ford off Stewarts Crossing Road. Note that there are no toilets or water there. But there is a big river to swim in.

We anticipate that Stewarts Crossing itself will be closed. There is another ford (Boro Creek) that has to be crossed en route to Stewarts Crossing from the competition area. This may be uncrossable after heavy rain - approach with care and do not cross if it is unsafe. We recommend using Jock's mountain bike, its got really big wheels.

No camping is allowed on the area.

Map

Limekiln Creek 1:10,000 , by Alex Tarr

Easy and Very Easy courses will use a 1:7,500 map on day 1.

The maps will be printed on Teslin waterproof paper at sizes ranging from A4 up to A3.

Map legends will be available separately, they won't be on the map.

There has been some change in the vegetation since the map was drawn. Green patches in gullies have spread a little wider and longer, particularly around the assembly area.  There are also a number of unmapped termite mounds that have been constructed recently.  These are generally, but not always, lighter in colour than the older, mapped ones.

Officials

Jock Davis is organiser for both days

Entry queries should be sent to entries2012@bigfootorienteers.com

SL1 (Middle Distance): Planner - Mark Shingler, Controller - Cath Chalmers, with Eoin Rothery as runner.

SL2 (Long Distance): Planner - Greg Barbour, Controller - Simon George.

Terrain

Mostly good running in gully spur plus some gold-mining. Open eucalypt forests with some areas of low visibility cypress pine. There are some steeper slopes but most of the map is gently undulating terrain.

There are numerous termite mounds throughout the map, some are mapped others are not, these features have been used sparingly for control sites. Please note as a general guide, the mapped termite mounds are “older”, they tend to be darker in colour and more difficult to see in the terrain.
The unmapped termite mounds are new, they are lighter in colour and sometimes quite prominent.
If using termite mounds as navigation aids, ensure that you also use additional information from the map surrounding terrain, such as contours.

SportIdent

If you are renting a SportIdent stick, please collect it from registration and hand it in at the finish each day.

If you are using a different SportIdent number to the one you entered with, please advise at the finish tent before you start.

We do not have a SI-10 or SI-11 series stick to test with, so competitors using these new sticks do so at their own peril. They may not be compatible with either/both the SI control units or the results software. You may deposit your (clearly labelled) SI 10 or SI 11 stick with us and borrow a stick from us instead if you want to be sure that your run counts.

Day 1 - Middle Distance

Courses

Course Distance Climb Controls Classes
Middle Distance Courses (Saturday)
Hard 1/2 6.1 190 19 M21A, M-20A, M35A
Hard 3/4 5.1 160 20 M40A, W21A, M-18A, M45A
Hard 5 4.7 150 19 M50A, W-20A, W35A, W40A, M21AS, EOD (Hard)
Hard 6 4.3 150 17 M-16A, M55A, W45A
Hard 7 3.6 130 14 M60A, M65A, W-18A, W50A, M35AS
Hard 8 3.0 110 11 M70A, W-16A, W55A, W60A, M45AS, W21AS
Hard 9 2.7 100 9 M75A, W65A, W70A, M55AS, W35AS, W45AS,W55AS
Moderate 3.1 110 12 M-14A, W-14A, MopenB, WopenB, EOD (Moderate)
Easy 2.0 35 10 M-12A, W-12A, M/WopenC, EOD (Easy)
Very Easy 2.1 30 8 M-10A, W-10A, M/W-10N, EOD (Very Easy)

Starts

All hard courses, together with the Moderate course, have a 750m flattish walk from the assembly area.  The start for both the Easy and Very Easy courses is adjacent to the assembly area.

Start procedure for hard and moderate courses:

  • Call up will be 4 minutes before your start time. As you enter the start area, you will be asked to punch a check SI unit. This unit (and the start units) will be used to check who enters the forest, in case of missing competitors.
  • Control descriptions will be available in the first box in the start area. After two minutes in that box, you can move to the starting box where you can sweat for two minutes before starting under the guidance of a Big Foot start robot. You must punch the start control, and follow the tapes to the start triangle.
  • Late starters will be slotted in where there is a gap.
The start procedure for the Easy courses on Saturday will be less formal, but again get there at least 4 minutes before your start time.
 
For M/W10N, no start times are allocated - other competitors using this start will be starting early in the afternoon, so the start may be unmanned if you take your child there later. Please ask someone from Big Foot to come and start you so that all the safety checks are performed.

Day 2 - Long Distance

Safety

The safety bearing is to head south to the track which crosses the map in an east-west direction.  You may also hit the creek that also runs east-west through the assembly area.

Courses

Course Distance Climb Controls Classes
Long Distance Courses (Sunday)
Hard 1/2 10.45 305 14 M21A, M-20A, M35A
Hard 3/4 7.8 250 11 M40A, W21A, M-18A, M45A
Hard 5 6.5 210 10 M50A, W-20A, W35A, W40A, M21AS
Hard 6 5.5 175 11 M-16A, M55A, W45A, EOD (Hard)
Hard 7 5.3 165 10 M60A, M65A, W-18A, W50A, M35AS
Hard 8 4.7 130 8 M70A, W-16A, W55A, W60A, M45AS, W21AS
Hard 9 3.6 100 9 M75A, W65A, W70A, M55AS, W35AS, W45AS,W55AS
Moderate 3.5 115 8 M-14A, W-14A, MopenB, WopenB, EOD (Moderate)
Easy 2.3 85 10 M-12A, W-12A, M/WopenC, EOD (Easy)
Very Easy 1.8 50 10 M-10A, W-10A, M/W-10N, EOD (Very Easy)

Starts

Flat 1 km walk from the assemby area for all courses.

Start procedure for all courses:

  • Call up will be 4 minutes before your start time. As you enter the start area, you will be asked to punch a check SI unit. This unit (and the start units) will be used to check who enters the forest, in case of missing competitors.
  • Control descriptions will be available in the first box in the start area. After two minutes in that box, you can move to the starting box where you can sweat for two minutes before starting under the guidance of a Big Foot start robot. You must punch the start control, and follow the tapes to the start triangle.
  • Late starters will be slotted in where there is a gap.

For M/W10N, no start times are allocated - other competitors using this start will be starting early in the morning.

Other

No pets - please leave your dogs, cats, crocodiles etc at home.

No fires and again, no camping.

There is no detectable mobile phone coverage in the area.

We didn't really ride Jock's bike across Boro creek.

Last updated on Fri, 12/10/2012 - 11:49am