Soft Rock Recreation Area
Time & Location
About the Event
Join us for an all new venue at Soft Rock Recreation Area!
Standard event entry fee: $15 per individual; maximum of $30 for group*
Member event entry fee: $5 for members; maximum of $10 for member group
Junior entry fee: $5 for youth aged 12-20
Kid entry fee: Free for kids under 12
Volunteer discount: Free for anyone who volunteers at a given event
Extra map for any additional group member who wants one: $2
Second course: Free
Compass rental: Free
Grizzly Orienteering is offering annual memberships for individuals and families. A membership gives discounts on event entries, priority registration for certain events, and access to skills clinics throughout the year. The cost for an individual membership (expiring December 31, 2021) is $35, and for a family $50.
We have just been told by the landowner, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), that during the event, all participants must have in their possession a State Land Recreational Use License. This license is required for all recreation on State trust lands, except for hunting and fishing. It costs $5 to $10 and can be purchased at https://ols.fwp.mt.gov/or at the Missoula’s DNRC office. This license is required for all participants, regardless of whether you already possess a hunting or fishing license. Each participant is responsible for obtaining her or his license; it is not included in your event registration. For more information, see http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/recreational-use-of-state-land. If the extra cost associated with purchasing the license constitutes an undue burden to you, please let us know, and we will subsidize the cost for you for this event.
Date and Time
The event will take place Sunday, April 18th, between 10:00am-2:00pm. People can start between 10:00am-1:00pm. Please arrive at your assigned time slot in order to help us run things smoothly and safely.
The event will be staged at the Soft Rock Recreation Area. Use these coordinates to navigate to the course start 46°19'26.5"N 114°02'03.4"W
Covid-19 Precautions Please wear 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.
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 four different maps (courses): Beginner (1.7km), Advanced Beginner (2.4km), Intermediate (3.7km), and Advanced (4.9km) 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.
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!
- Standard Individual Entry$15$150$0
- Standard Group Entry$30$300$0
- Member Individual Entry$5$50$0
- Member Group Entry$10$100$0
- Junior Entry$5$50$0
- Kid Entry$0$00$0
- First Event$0$00$0