Bush Foot Orienteering

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Directions

From George Booth Drive (B89) turn South-West onto Mt Sugarloaf Road. Continue along this road (it climbs steeply) for 3.0km.

Turn left (South) onto Sugarloaf Range Road. Follow it for approximately 1.3km to the Assembly Area. CAUTION: This road is unsealed and has many potholes!! Speed should be limited to 30kph.

Parking will be limited to the left-hand side ONLY. It may require a 400m walk from the parking to the Assembly Area.

It will be important for competitors to vacate the area as soon as possible after completing their course to free up parking spaces for
later arrivals, and to keep the road clear for access by other road users. Care should be used along this road as 4WD vehicles and motor bikes are common.

To leave the area drivers will need to continue along Sugarloaf Range Road for 300-400m past the Assembly Area where there is a track intersection and space to turn around.

AssemblyArea
Courses

FULL range of Club NOY courses will be offered.

While controls are to be visited in numerical order, Hard Long and Hard Medium courses are set with a “MIDDLE DISTANCE” format….this means there are more controls than usual, changes in direction occur, and “pivot” controls set where competitors must visit some controls TWICE during a loop!!

 

COURSE LENGTH   CONTROLS   CLIMB & NOTES
VERY EASY 2.1 km  13   25m.  Easier navigation following tracks or taped routes.

EASY

2.2 km 11 45m Easy navigation and route choices with controls adjacent to tracks. Some taped routes occur.

MODERATE Short

2.2 km 10

55m Cross-country navigation and route choices with controls on distinct features not far from tracks.

MODERATE Long  

3.8 km 13

95m Cross-country navigation and more difficult route choices. Controls on distinct features.

HARD Short 3.0 km 12 50m Some difficult navigation and route choices.
HARD Medium 4.4 km 19 140m Difficult navigation and physically demanding.
HARD Long 5.4 km 21 235m Difficult navigation and very physical.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. The Sugarloaf Range Road travels through the middle of this map. There are often 4WD and motor bikes travelling at speed. Please TAKE CARE when crossing it or using it for route choice….move out of their way!
  2. The boundaries of this map to the East and West have high clifflines. These should not be approached as they can be unstable at the top and become slippery. A number of rocky areas and rockfaces occur across the map. Care should be taken in all rock areas, especially if it is wet weather.
  3. Old barbed wire fences occur on some courses. While these are taped (RED&WHITE) to highlight them, competitors should be cautious near these broken fences.
  4. Brown triangles” represent larger “tree-root mounds”. Termite mounds, meat-ant nests and distinctive trees have not been shown. “Black X” represent car wrecks.
  5. At least five helpers are needed to collect controls following this event. Please let the organisers know if you are available. Thanks for your help.

  NOY Series Standings - click here

Here are the links to the Results.

 Date  Event  Location  Results                    
 19/07/2020  NOY1  Pelton  Eventor  LiveLox  
 02/08/2020  NOY2  Wallaroo  Eventor  LiveLox Winsplits
 16/08/2020  NOY3  Fairley/O'Donnelltown  Eventor   Winsplits
 30/08/2020  NOY4  Tomalpin  Eventor   Winsplits
 13/09/2020  NOY5  Tank Paddock  Eventor   Winsplits
 11/10/2020  NOY6   Mt Sugarloaf      
           

 

Progressive Results will be published regularly.

RESULTS - CLICK HERE 

Starts: From 9:00am to 11:30am. (Course closure 1PM) The start will be about 150m south-east of the assembly area. The maps and start units will be at the “start triangle”.

Map: “The Tank Paddock” 1:7500

Planning/Vetting team: David Kitchener & Denis Lyons

Control Descriptions:  Control Descriptions are included on the maps. If you would like an additional Control Description - download them and print them here - WORDS & SYMBOLS.

DIRECTIONS:

  •       From Wallsend: Head north-west along Minmi Road to Minmi. At the traffic lights, turn right into Woodford Street and proceed approx. 2 km. further (becomes Lenaghans Drive). The event site will be on the right hand side of the road.
  • From Newcastle (via Link Road): Head north-west along the Newcastle Link Road, straight ahead through 2 roundabouts. At the major intersection with Cameron Park Drive / Woodford Street (traffic lights), turn right. Continue 2.0 km on Woodford Street into Minmi. At the next traffic lights, proceed straight ahead for a further 2 km approx. (becomes Leneghans Drive). The event site will be on the right hand side of the road.
  • From the M1 (northbound) or M15: Take the Newcastle exit from the M1, or proceed straight ahead for Newcastle from the M15. In all cases, you need to be in the LEFT-most lane, so that you can turn left at the major intersection with Cameron Park Drive / Woodford Street (traffic lights). Continue 2.0 km on Woodford Street into Minmi. At the next traffic lights, proceed straight ahead for a further 2 km approx. (becomes Lenaghans Drive). The event site will be on the right hand side of the road.
  • From the M1 (southbound): Take the very first exit from the M1, just 650 metres after the traffic lights at John Renshaw Drive. Proceed approx. 5.1 km on Lenaghans Drive. The event site will be on the left hand side of the road.

 

SAFETY:

  • Safety bearing is W to Lenaghans Drive.

  • Lenaghans Drive has an 80 km/h speed limit adjacent to the parking and assembly areas.
    Please take care crossing the road. Children should only cross under supervision.

  • Trail bikes and 4WD vehicles are uncommon in the area, but could potentially be present. Listen for their approach and give way by moving off tracks. It is safest to assume that they have not seen you.

  •      Horse riders also use the area – approach slowly from in front, or let them know you’re coming up behind them – never sneak up on a horse!
  • Areas of dense and scratchy vegetation are present. Protective clothing is recommended for those undertaking the more advanced courses.

  •       Leg protection is particularly recommended for the Moderate & Hard courses, as the warmer weather may be bringing snakes out of hibernation.

  • NO WATER is provided on courses – please carry your own.

COURSES: All courses will be of NOY standard. (Visit controls in numerical order.)

Course lengths are currently approximate – final lengths will be available Mon 7/9

 COURSE

 LENGTH 

NOTES

 VERY EASY

1.8 km

 Follows tracks and a short streamer trail. Controls placed   close to the tracks.

EASY

2.2 km

Controls not far from tracks. You need to know where you are along the track before looking to the side. Includes a short streamer trail.

MODERATE SHORT

2.4 km

Involves cross-country navigation to larger features. You should identify ‘attack points’ and ‘catching features’ around the control sites to help your navigation.

MODERATE LONG

3.2 km

Involves cross-country navigation to larger features. You should identify ‘attack points’ and ‘catching features’ around the control sites to help your navigation.

HARD SHORT

3.4 km

Some difficult navigation, smaller features with fewer surrounding features to guide you.

HARD MEDIUM

5.2 km

Some difficult navigation, smaller features with fewer surrounding features to guide you.

HARD LONG

7.3 km

Some difficult navigation, smaller features with fewer surrounding features to guide you.

NOTES:

  • The area contains several sections mapped as uncrossable swamp. Unless you are rehearsing for ‘Survivor’, it IS. However, in spite of recent rains, it is not larger than mapped, so you may have confidence in your route planning, in that regard.

  • The same cannot be said for the lantana (mapped as dark green – ‘Fight’) which has expanded somewhat, especially in gullies and other low-lying areas. The organisers have tried to ensure the green is accurately mapped where it is a significant factor in your route choice.

  • Blackberry thickets are also marked as fight. Give them a wide berth, as they tend to throw out new, not-so-visible tendrils in amongst the long grass.

  • Firewood collectors and other timber harvesters have been busy. Some new vehicle tracks, often not terribly distinct, may have appeared since mapping.

  •      A few tracks tend to be distinct one minute, grassy corridor the next, then distinct again. Because of the difficulty of clearly showing this on a map at this scale, these tracks are mapped so as to represent their “overall” status.

  •     Some dry ditches and gullies may now appear to have unmapped watercourses, as a result of leaf litter being washed away in recent heavy rain. These are not mapped as they are likely to be temporary.

  •     The northern boundary of the map is formed by the (former) railway to Richmond Vale. While the rails are still present in the corridor, it is not mapped as a ‘Railway’, as the rails are not visible for much of its length.
  • Only termite mounds are shown on the map. No tree-root mounds or meat-ant nests.

  • Distinctive trees (but not native cherry trees) are shown with a green X.

  • At least five helpers are needed to collect controls at each event. Please let the organisers know. Thank you for your help.

SUNDAY 30 August 2020 (NOY 4)

RESULTS

 
NEW Covid10 Procedures

ONLY NEWCASTLE Members and non-members who reside in the greater Newcastle areas will be permitted to compete in Newcastle events.

The impact of the new recommendations and updated ONSW COVID Safety Plan for upcoming Newcastle events is mainly related to the recommendation to keep metropolitan and rural communities separated where possible.
For the Newcastle Club this causes an issue as Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are defined as metropolitan area and Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock are defined as rural. As well, some of our club members live outside of the Greater Newcastle area.


In accordance with the ONSW COVID Safety Plan competitors should arrive at the event in time to start and compete.
Competitors should then leave the event as soon as practical after they complete their course.
Competitors and officials should maintain a social distance of at least 1.5m while at the event.
 
Metropolitan and Rural competitors will need to remain in separate areas at the event.
Separate areas of the assembly area will be set up and separate start chutes will be established.
 
START WINDOWS

The event will have the following recommended start windows.
    a. 9:00am - Newcastle Club members who live outside of Greater Newcastle.
    b. 9:30am – competitors who live in the rural areas of Greater Newcastle.
    c.10:00am – competitors who live in the metropolitan areas of Greater Newcastle.
 
We recognise that it may not be possible for you to attend at the recommended start time.
If you attend at a different time please ensure that you use the relevant assembly and start areas for your residential location.

PRE-ENTRIES are NOW OPEN.  https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/10301

Starts from 9:00am to 11:30am. (Course closure 1PM)

Map: “TOMALPIN” 1:10 000 80% of this map is NEW for (foot) orienteering.

Planning/vetting team: Denis Lyons and Justin Stafford

Control Descriptions:  Control Descriptions are included on the maps.If you would like an additional Control Description - download them and print them here - WORDS or SYMBOLS

 

   DIRECTIONS

From Leggetts Drive turn (west) onto the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) road.

No entry signs have been erected on the HEZ road.  We have permission to access the area so you can proceed past the signs.

Approximately 2.4 km after turning off Leggetts Drive there is a dip in the road where it has subsided at a creek crossing. Please use caution.

This “T” junction is 1.2km south of Pelaw Main and 1.4km north of the entrance to the Richmond Vale Railway property.

Follow the Hunter Economic Zone Road (approx.) 4 km to a roundabout and turn left onto a gravel road.
(TAKE CARE crossing a slight drainage rut.) After 250m you can choose from two options for parking.

Parking option 1: Veer right along a power line. Avoid pot holes, and find parking in the next 200m.
This area is currently wet and best left for 4WD vehicles. Check on the day.

Parking Option 2: Park on the LEFT SIDE (only) of this road for the next 300m.
Note: Some users of this road travel at a high speed along this stretch. Keep as far left as possible.

The ASSEMBLY AREA will be on the southern (left) side of this road near where a track crosses the road.

Parking

The START will be about 120m north-east of the assembly area. The maps and start units will be at the “start triangle”.

COURSES: All courses will be of NOY standard. (Visit controls in numerical order.)

 

COURSE LENGTH NOTES
VERY EASY 1.7 km Follows tracks and a streamer trail. 
EASY 2.1 km Controls not far from tracks. You need to know where you are
along the track before looking to the side. Includes a streamer trail.
MODERATE SHORT 2.3 km Involves cross-country navigation to large features.
MODERATE LONG 3.2 km Involves cross-country navigation to large features.
HARD SHORT 3.4 km Some difficult navigation
HARD MEDIUM 5.4 km Some difficult navigation
HARD LONG 7.4 km Some difficult navigation

 

NOTES: (1) The area contains a large steep sided hill. (Mt Tomalpin) Only longer courses will visit lower sections of this “hill”.
The rock layer around the top edge of the hill is not mapped in full detail.

(2) The area is frequented by trail bikes and 4WD’s. If you hear them coming – move out of their way.

(3) Firewood collectors and rubbish dumpers have been busy. Some new faint tracks may appear.

(4) Trail bikes have ridden along the base of some watercourses and erosion gullies. The black dashes have not been shown in these situations.

(5) SPIKEY vegetation exists to some extent over much of the area.

(6) Only termite mounds are shown. No tree-root mounds or meat-ant nests.

Distinctive trees (including native cherry trees) are shown with a green X.

Significant fallen tree canopies have been shown as a thicket of full green.

Only larger rocks (> 1m) have made it to boulder status.

(7) A broad gully has been flooded by orange coloured mud and looks like a track from a distance.

(8) At least five helpers are needed to collect controls at each event. Please let the organisers know. 
Thank you for your help.

SUNDAY 16th AUGUST   

Starts from 9:30am to 11:30am. (Course closure 1PM)

RESULTS 

Map: Fairley Dams, (Scale 1:10000 , Contours 5m)

Planning/vetting team: Malcolm Roberts & Carolyn Matthews

Control Descriptions are printed on each map.  However, if you would like separate descriptions - print them here - WORDS OR SYMBOLS and bring them with you on the day.

Directions: From West Wallsend head west on O’Donnelltown Road. Park on the roadside just after the bridge over the M1 freeway. PLEASE TAKE CARE when parking and going to and from the Assembly Area as O’Donnelltown Road is a public road.

 

 

COURSES: All courses will be of NOY standard. (Visit controls in numerical order.)

 Course

 Length

Details

Very Easy

2.0km

Follows tracks and streamer trails

Easy

1.9km

Follow tracks, streamer trails and/or watercourses. Will need to be able to carefully negotiate track intersections. Controls are on or not far from tracks, BUT you need  to know where you are along the track before looking to the side

Moderate Short

2.5km

Cross-country navigation to large features or following distinctive “hand rail” features (usually with a good catching feature).

Moderate Long

3.0km

Cross-country navigation to large features or following distinctive “hand rail” features.

Hard Short

3.2km

Potentially Involves all types of cross-country navigation

Hard Medium

4.6km

Potentially Involves all types of cross-country navigation

Hard Long

6.5km

Potentially Involves all types of cross-country navigation

NOTES:

  1. There is an extensive track network used frequently by trail bikes and 4WDs. Please give way to these vehicles.

  2. The Hard courses go into the hilly areas on the west side of the map.

  3. There is a 350m walk to the start from the Assembly area.

Assembly area

4.  Helpers are needed to collect Controls at the conclusion of the event. Please let someone know at the Assembly Area if you can help. It would be much appreciated.

5.  No String Course (due to Covid19 recommendations). Sorry kids. :(

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST    

Starts from 9:30am to 11:30am. (Course closure 1PM)

Pre-entries - https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/10299

RESULTS

There are a few extra Notes at the bottom of this page (updated 5:45pm 30 July 2020).

Map: Rolling Stones, (part of Wallaroo State Forest).

Planning/vetting team: Denis Lyons & Stuart Kurtz.

Control Desciptions are printed on each map.  However, if you would like separate descriptions - print them here - WORDS OR SYMBOLS and bring them with you on the day.

Directions: Head north from Hexham on the highway. Approximately 13.5kms after the Raymond Terrace roundabout turn LEFT onto Italia Rd. (Just after the speed limit changes from 110km/h to 100km/h.)

Follow Italia Rd. for 3km and turn LEFT into Hunter Water’s Balickera Park.

Park inside the park, mainly on the right hand side of the road. Do not block access to a gate. There is a toilet at the Park. (Hopefully it will be open.) 

Special Instructions: The courses will take place on the northern side of Italia Rd. TAKE CARE when crossing the road, and follow streamers for 200m to the start/ finish area.

NB. After you start (at start unit) FOLLOW STREAMERS FOR 60m to the position of the START TRIANGLE.

Assembly area

COURSES: All courses will be of NOY standard. (Visit controls in numerical order.)

 Course  Length  Details
 Very Easy  1.6kms  Follows tracks and streamer trails.
 Easy  1.9kms  Follow tracks, streamer trails and watercourses
 Controls are not far from tracks, BUT you need
 to know where you are along the track
 before looking to the side.
 Moderate Short  2.1kms  Cross-country navigation to large features.
 Moderate Long  2.6kms  Cross-country navigation to large features.
 Hard Short  3.5kms  Some difficult navigation.
 Hard Medium  5.5kms  Some difficult navigation.
 Hard Long  7.5kms  Some difficult navigation.

No String Course (due to Covid19 recommendations). Sorry kids. :(

Control Desciptions are printed on each map.  However, if you would like separate descriptions - print them here - WORDS OR SYMBOLS and bring them with you on the day.

NOTES:
(1) The area is undulating to hilly. Most of the area is very runnable, however, large areas of water drainage are slow.
The dryness of last summer has caused some smaller trees to die and fall over, causing a “mat” of small trunks.
These areas may look clear from a distance but have been mapped as “slow” or “slow stripe”.

(2) The area is frequented by trail bikes and 4WD’s. If you hear them coming – move out of their way.

(3) SPIKEY vegetation exists to some extent over the area.

(4) Only termite mounds are shown. No tree-root mounds or meat-ant nests. No native cherry trees.
     Some large or significant fallen tree canopies have been shown as a thicket of dark green.

(5) At least five helpers are needed to collect Controls at each event. Due to wet tracks - mountain bike or 4WD vehicles would be useful.
Let someone know at the Finish if you can help collect Controls.

(6) Hard Long & Hard Medium change - new track in North West section of the map. Approximate position will be hand drawn on those course maps.

Here is the proposed Bush Calendar for 2020.

Date Event Location Setter Vetter Controller Organiser
19/07/2020 NOY 1 Pelton Ian Dempsey Clare Williams
2/08/2020 NOY 2 Wallaroo Denis Lyons Stuart Kurtz
16/08/2020 NOY 3 Fairley/O'Donnelltown Malcolm Roberts Carolyn Matthews
30/08/2020 NOY 4 Tomalpin Denis Lyons Justin Stafford
13/09/2020 NOY 5 Tank Paddock David Kitchener Dennis Lyons
11/10/2020 NOY 6 Mt Sugarloaf Rob Vincent ??
 
 
 
 
 

Bush Event Entry Fees:

    Adults   Juniors   Family
  Members   $12   $9   $30
  Non Members   $15   $10  

1st timers $12 (includes SI stick hire)

Second map $5

SportIdent stick hire $2

 
 
 
 

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