Event Summary: Over 50 brave souls came out for our annual Spook O at Uplands Park, and enjoyed the thrill of night orienteering with a little taste of Hallowe'en. There was a great mix of beginners and seasoned orienteers alike including Trex Girls, Army Cadets, UVIC students and families. The weather for a change was spectacular, with a nice clear night. After some great runs, participants enjoyed hanging out, sipping hot chocolate and comparing their adventures thanks to the split times provided by the Sport Ident timing system. Best times were achieved by Ben Brooks on the Novice Spook O Course and Hayden Earle on the Advanced Nighthawk Course. Special mention to the top placed junior participants from the Trex Team 2, who completed the Spook O Course with a time of 39 :41.
Special thanks to Scott Sheldrake for all his help in organizing the Sport Ident and electronic timing results.
Details: Come join us for our annual Hallowe'en themed night orienteering event, located in this popular urban park with an intricate trail network. Enjoy the thrill of night orienteering with two courses to choose from. This year we will be using Sport Ident. Be ready for some Hallowe'en surprises and treats.
Location: Uplands Park, Main parking lot south of Beach Drive at Cattle Point.
Registration: 6:30 - 7:00 PM.
Starts: 7:00 - 7:30 pm
Time Limit (control pick-up time): 8:45 pm
Format: Night orienteering event consisting of two courses using the point-to-point (classic) format.
Course 1: ~2 km Spook-O Easy on trail controls, but with the challenge of night navigation and spooky surprises. Suitable for those who have some experience orienteering, but new to navigating at night. Family friendly. Children and youth should be accompanied by adults.
Course 2: ~4 km NightHawk Mix of on-trail and off-trail controls. More difficult route choice. For those experienced in orienteering, and ready to navigate the somewhat complex trail network in the dark. Adult orienteers only.
Bring: a compass, whistle and headlamp (mandatory).
SI: This event will be using Sport-Ident punching bring your stick or $2 to rent one
Cost: $8 per adult, $5 per junior (19 and under). Membership required. (Free for first-time participants)