Organizer: Jim Blanchard (Event Director)
NOTE: SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR EVENT PICTURES AND FOR FULL RESULTS GO TO RESOURCES AND TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST; CLICK ON THE HHF EVENT. YOU WILL SEE YOUR TIME TO EACH CONTROL THE ORDER OF THE CONTROLS YOU VISITED AND TIME BETWEEN CONTROLS; KIND OF NEAT.
THANKS TO ALL, SET UP TEAM OF CHERYL SMITH, PAM JAMES, BRIAN MAC CULLOCH, BRUCE DAVEY, JIM LESLIE AND RON MUIS AND FOR RON'S SPINACH ALONG WITH THE TOWN OF KENTVILLE AND KINGS COUNTY FOR DRAW PRIZES . THANKS TO BRUCE DAVEY AND JIM LESLIE FOR GOING AROUND AND TAKING PICTURES THE DAY OF THE EVENT. THANKS TO CHERYL, TROY AND BRIAN FOR PICKING UP CONTROLS. JIM
PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO READ AND COMPLY WITH ALL COVID-RELATED GUIDELINES BELOW. THIS INCLUDES COMPLETING 2021 REGISTRATION AND WAIVER, AS WELL AS THE COVID HEALTH DECLARATION ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
NOTE: YOU CAN DO THE PDF FORM OF THE COVID-19 FORM AND GIVE IT TO US ON EVENT DAY.
Alternate date in case of poor weather: February 21, 2021 (Any changes to the date will be announced by 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 19, 2021)
NOTE: WE ARE HAVING THE EVENT, AS SCHEDULED, ON SATURDAY, 20 FEBRUARY BEGINNING AT 1:00 PM WITH REGISTRATION BEGINNING AT 12:00 PM. DRIVE CAREFULLY AND START A BIT EARLIER TO COME. ALL 30 CONTROLS ARE SET AND YOU CAN SEE SOME IMAGES BELOW.
Registration: Please ensure you register on this site (or via email to ValleyOrienteering@outlook.com) by Thursday, February 18, 2021, given we must adhere to maximum participation restrictions. On-site check-in will take place on site from 12:00 to 12:45 pm. Please bring completed COVID Health Declaration (signed on day of event) and ensure you have completed membership/waiver in advance (see below).
Start: 1:00 pm; time limit 90 minutes [ Snow is deep and going is slow, in course, so be prepared for us to change time limit to 120 minutes]
Category: Score (30 controls to gather in any order) You may go in your bubble (we suggest 2 - 3 max) or individually.
Course Requirements: compass, water bottle (per person), extra toque and gloves and snowshoes, all with you during event, plus a cell phone (one per group and one with each individual who is going alone). (Note: Kentville Recreation has an equipment loan program that includes snowshoes, should you be in need of this equipment: https://kentville.ca/parks-and-recreation/programs...
Prizes: Draw prizes will be awarded following the event. Prizes have been donated by Kentville Rec Dept and Kings County Rec Dept.
Map: 1:7 500 scale, (note: no contours appear on this map), an Open Street redesigned map
Summary: Hilly terrain with variety of woods combined with open fields and large areas of very runnable woods, even with snowshoes!!!
Entry Fees: The following are the fees for this event (pre-registered):
Senior: (age 21 and above) $10
Junior: (age 20 and under) $5
Family or wayfaring group: $15
Organized Group (e.g. scouts, guides, cadets, etc.: $5 per person
SI (timing device) rental: $3 per unit
Maximum fee per family unit: $25
HOW TO PAY: By Electronic funds transfer to the following email: ValleyOrienteering@outlook.com
In person: A payment container will be available. Please bring correct change.
DONATION: AVOC members have agreed to donate all profit from this event to the 2021 CNOY for the Annapolis Valley. These funds, this year goes to Open Arms.
Directions: Coming from Halifax take Exit 14 at Coldbrook and turn left off the ramp. Coming from Middleton/Digby take Exit 14 and turn right on Hwy #1.
Follow this road, Hwy # 1, West toward Cambridge / Berwick. Go past Frenchy’s (on right)and then a set of lights. Continue West, past FoodLand, Coldbrook which is a grocery store on your right. Just past Foodland is the NS Fish Hatchery on your left. Now look for Spittal Rd on your left or South side of Hwy 1. Take Spittal Rd and follow S. It is a gravel surface road.
After about 1.5 km you will reach a left 90 deg turn. At this turn is Hobby Horse Farm on your right. Hopefully, we will have a parking attendant here.
Please be sure to visit http://www.orienteering.ca/resources/covid-19/ for the most up-to-date information on COVID protocols before completing your event(s). You must have a 2021 waiver and membership form on file to participate. These can be completed online using the links below (the waiver can be accessed from within the membership form as well). A health declaration required to be completed on the day of the event. Please follow all municipal, provincial and federal health guidelines while participating.
Membership (includes link to waiver): https://forms.gle/hiBYx8TfpvdzCokG6
COVID health declaration: http://www.orienteering.ca/wordpress/wp-content/up...
The Event Director, Jim Blanchard, has provided some photos of the area:
Look further down the page for images of the terrain.
The pictures, from left to right: a location on a neat hill where a deer has found a sleeping spot. These are hard to find and was found by just going from trail to trail across the terrain. The two middle pics are of the same location, one w/o snow and one with snow. Trail jct is Goat and Humpback Trails. The Humpback Trail has a very neat feature that is probably an esker. It is a most profound esker and is very beautiful. The Mi'kmag would have used these to travel on throughout millennia as they were up high and often pine tree covered making for generally, easy walking. The last pic is taken into the morning sun showing some of the vegetation.
Three additional photos from 2021-02-12 show snow in one area of woods and the computer while mapping a couple of features.
Three key members of control set-up team on 18-02-2021 at Tupper Lake Brook waterfall by control 73. Another pic is of the waterfall as it was today and control 75.