Terrain: The competition area lies in the upper Glenmacnass river valley, and covers roughly five square kilometres. One side of the valley is forested with thickets of young pine and scattered trees; the other is open hillside. There is considerable rock feature throughout. The valley is divided by a stream (the upper section of the Glenmacnass river) and is crossable by foot. The terrain underfoot varies from rough heather to grass, and in general is quite runnable. There are some paths in the wooded part of the competition area, but no paths in the open hillside. The valley sides are moderately steep. The rock feature and intricacy of vegetation make the area technically challenging.
Crossing Points: The forested area is surrounded by a wire fence, which is 60-80 cm in height. One crossing point is marked near the end of all courses, which competitors may optionally take. When crossing any fences competitors should take care not to cause damage.
Courses: Courses 1 – 8 cross the stream that divides the valley. If weather conditions cause the stream to rise then compulsory manned crossing points may be introduced. If necessary, details of this will be posted on the event web-site and the orienteering egroup prior to the event. Course 12 has one taped route between two controls.
Map: All Courses are planned on a new map surveyed 2010-2011 by Pat Healy using GPS. The survey is based on photogrammetry by Stirling Survey. A map scale of 1:15,000 is used for courses 1 and 2, and a scale of 1:10,000 is used for all other courses. The contour interval is 5m. Generally boulders less than 2m in height are marked on the map with the small boulder symbol. The large boulder symbol is used for boulders larger than 2m in height. The rock pillar symbol (black area symbol) is used for very large boulders. In areas of pervasive rock detail boulders which seem small in relation to neighbouring boulders are not generally mapped. Crags are mapped both with, and without tags. The dark green screen (fight) is used to mark pine thickets and young plantation. The semi-open screen is used to map scattered trees. Lone trees are marked with a green dot symbol.
Note: A ride marked with the narrow ride symbol, used extensively by courses 11 and 12, changes width in places and also merges with open terrain. It will be marked on the ground by red and white tape every 50m.
Course Details: Lengths (Km) and Climb (metres):
There will be two entry on the day courses of approximately Yellow (for beginners) and Light Green standard (for competitors with experience) – details at the Assembly Area.