Sat, Mar 11|
Blue Mountain Recreation Area
Blue Mountain Orienteering Free Member Event
Registration is Open!
Time & Location
Mar 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Blue Mountain Recreation Area, Blue Mountain Rd, Missoula, MT 59804, USA
About the Event
Join us for a free event for GrizO members at Blue Mountain Recreation Area in Missoula!
Date and Time
The event will take place Saturday March 11 between 10:00am-2:00pm. Starting time slots will be between 10am-1pm. Please arrive at your assigned time slot in order to help us run things smoothly and safely.
The event will be staged at this parking lot off the side of Forest Service Road 365.
Equipment We will provide specially created maps with pre-printed courses for each participant. We will also provide loaner compasses. Please return these when you are done. The compasses will be sanitized after each use.Wear clothing that is comfortable for activities in the woods and off-trail and appropriate for the expected temperatures. Please bring your own snacks and hydration. A limited supply of single-serving snacks will be provided, but due to Covid-19 precautions, selection and supply will be limited. Also due to Covid-19 precautions, water will NOT be provided. Please bring an adequate supply of liquid.
Courses You will be able to select from five different maps (courses): Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Long Advanced courses. The distances indicate the shortest, straight-line distance for visiting all the controls and returning to the finish. You will certainly cover more distance than that. Besides differing in length, courses differ in difficulty levels - the beginner course stays exclusively on trails; advanced beginner offers opportunities to take some shortcuts and shorter off-trail excursions; the intermediate course requires some traversing of the terrain off-trail; and the advanced courses often do not have trail options for some of the route choices.We recommend that you pick a relatively easy course if this is your first event. If it goes quickly and you enjoy it, you can try another, more difficult course, right away. We recommend going out individually or in groups of no more than 2-3 so that everyone is able to get the hang of map reading and navigation.
Beginner Instruction Beginner instruction will be provided by several experienced orienteers. If this is your first event, take a look at the "Newcomers" section of our website to get an idea of what to expect: https://www.grizzlyorienteering.org/newcomers .
Start and Finish You will need to check in with one of our volunteers at registration before proceeding to the start. Our volunteers will provide you with the appropriate map, a loaner compass if needed, and a loaner electronic timing chip and will keep track of who is out and doing which course. When you have found all the controls on your course, return to the finish and check in with a volunteer there. Even if you decide to quit your course before finding all the controls, please check in at the finish so we do not go out searching for you.
An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that shows which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”
Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!
Covid-19 Precautions We recommend wearing masks the entire time you are in the registration, start, and finish areas. Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in. For the purposes of beginner instruction, you will be assigned to one of our experienced volunteers. Please respect their space and maintain proper social distancing.
Blue Mountain Free Member Even