Okay, so a few things were left out from the PWF meet. However, when I ran your course at the Run it granite meet (a week and a half after the meet) I noticed how clean was the forest. At each control site there was nothing, no streamers, no trash. At the water control there were no paper cups or GU packs laying about. The finish area was also spotless of orienteering leftovers. It was as if three hundred and fifty people had never been in the woods 10 days earlier.
Orienteering is a very green sport. A soccer field remains after the game, the white paint of a cross-country race stays on the ground for months, and an outdoor music concert leaves food and trash all over the field. In orienteering nothing remains, except the map in hand.
I hope QOC takes pride in their tidiness.
We are proud of our tidiness. You've been doing quite a bit of clandestine training. Shouldn't you be working?
I'm proud of our tidiness. It wasn't fun picking up all those empty, sticky, icky GU packets & used cups.
Glad you appreciate it!
I've often been asked to leave small bits of streamer after an event to allow people to use the old maps for training. Is leaving streamers behind a bad thing to do? (And when I say small bits I mean a tied ribbon with short tails, usually low to the ground or tied to a stick on the ground.)
might be the way to go if you're planning to leave them up indefinitely for training.
I know that the Park biologist for PWF was especially adamant about making sure we removed all of our streamers, so I guess it's a bad thing for some people.
Since you're talking about training the GPS could help in this case. Instead of leaving streamers, give the people the coordinates of the control sites. Then their GPS units can tell them when they are in the correct location.