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Discussion: Canada's Greatest Explorer by Woods

in: Orienteering; General

Aug 10, 2016 1:04 PM # 
This has shown up on various social media feeds:

Challenge 6 is:
"Orienteering at 3100ft" in the Rockies.
I'm sure AZ and others will recognize the terrain. Haven't watched it yet, but nice to see compasses being worn around their necks....
Aug 10, 2016 2:36 PM # 
3100 feet sounds really low to be in the Rockies, but it's Canada, not Colorado...
Aug 10, 2016 3:31 PM # 
Yeah, even Calgary out on the prairies is above that. Is it Mt Laurie? (Looks like they're not using an ISOM map, but the curve of the highway looks familiar, I think, as does the vegetation. )
Aug 10, 2016 4:31 PM # 
They must have meant 3100 meters (metres).
Aug 10, 2016 4:52 PM # 
Does anyone know/recognize the race director (Joel Bear)?
Aug 10, 2016 7:25 PM # 
It's at Kootenay Plains (1330-1340 m) along the David Thompson Highway and North Saskatchewan River. That's the highway heading east from Saskatchewan River Crossing for anyone who travelled beween Jasper and Banff during the Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival. Outside of the national parks, so easy for organizers to run an orienteering event there ;-)
Aug 10, 2016 7:45 PM # 
An yes, the "short cut" back to Edmonton that's not actually that short. I've heard that is stunning in the winter.
Aug 10, 2016 8:06 PM # 
So more like 4400 feet, then.
Aug 10, 2016 9:50 PM # 
I'm guessing they meant the amount of climb. The video says 1000m of climb, so that's roughly 3100 feet.
Aug 11, 2016 8:41 AM # 
No orienteering race is complete without a dnf. They got that part right.

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