Red River Ramble Course Setter Notes

Map

The maps for all courses will be at a scale of 1:7500 with a 3.0m contour interval. The map has been updated this fall to more accurately depict the trails as they are.

Terrain

The terrain is hilly with open vegetation. The terrain can be flat or have many gullies, high cliffs and earth banks, and dry stream beds, some with steep sloping sides. The openness of the vegetation will provide opportunities for point-to-point navigation

Trails

Many of the trails are very open and distinct; however, some can be covered with leaves and can be hard to find. Many of these trails have been flagged to assist in following them, though the flagging may be old.

Water Features

Lake Texoma currently has a high water level. The lakeshore is actually closer to the first contour than to the shoreline on the map. Most streams and ditches are dry. Even those shown as permanent streams are dry and crossable. Some runners will be on courses which take them to the far eastern part of the camp near the creek crossed by the monkey bridge. There are no controls located east of this stream, so no runner will find it necessary to cross this creek by either the monkey bridge or the low water crossing shown on the map 175 m upstream

Hazards

Running through unfamiliar terrain is always dangerous. Notable terrain hazards include high cliffs and earth banks, barbed wire, briars, poison ivy, loose rocks, holes, and leaf-hidden hazards. Some trails have small stumps protruding up from the ground and can be an unexpected trip hazard. One other notable hazard runners will encounter when off the trail are short cedar branches protruding out from the tree trunks at eye level. These are a danger to runners' eyes. The weather may be unseasonably warm. There will be water on the courses, but runners should hydrate beforehand and consider carrying their own water.

Sportsmanship

The courses utilize the entire property and pass through all areas of the camp. If there are campers, please take care not to disturb them. There may be school children on the camp studying the wonders of the outdoors. Also, please steer around them and their activities. Do not tamper with the camp property or any orienteering controls you may see. Doing so will result in immediate disqualification from the meet.

Courses

The offered courses are White A, White B, Yellow A, Yellow B, Orange, Brown, Green and Red. Standard punch cards will be used on White, Yellow courses. Orange, Brown, Green and Red will use electronic punches.

Course Length (K) Climb (M) # controls
White-A2.487813
White-B2.4878 13
Yellow-A3.1513213
Yellow-B3.2213213
Orange4.3520714
Brown3.3215010
Green4.2820115
Red5.4225818

The course lengths stated above are short of the normal course lengths; however, when the allowance for the climb for each course is combined with the stated course length, the equivalent course length becomes near the average for that course.

Controls

The controls will be marked with the traditional orange and white bag. All bags will have a plastic pin punch and some controls will also have an electronic punch box. For those runners using an electronic punch, if you do not hear a beep when your e-punch is in the box, then punch your punch card using the pin punch.

NOTE: All Saints has set up its own orienteering course, and NTOA runners may encounter these controls. The All Saints course bags look identical to the NTOA bags but DO NOT have an NTOA number. Be sure to check to see if the control you are at has the NTOA control number on it before punching the control. It is always the responsibility of each runner on every course to ensure they are punching the control specified on their clue sheet.

Special Features

Special man-made features as indicated on the map and clue sheet by an "x" or an "o" can mean signs, tables, benches, poles, posts, or miscellaneous man-made debris.

Archery Range

The archery range (indicated on the map by a heavy black arrow) is not scheduled to be in use during the meet. However, runners should still steer around the range.

Safety Bearing

All creeks run down to the lake. Follow any creek downstream and you will cross a trail, which you can follow to the west until you meet one of the north-south roads. If you encounter the lake instead, head west along the lakeshore, which will bring you either back to the camp or to one of the north-south roads on the western side of the camp.

Out of Bounds

There are a few small areas in the central part of the camp that have been marked on the map with vertical red lines, which indicate out of bounds. These are residential areas for the camp staff. Please respect their privacy. The other areas surrounding the camp which are to be considered out of bounds are also marked with vertical red lines. The area west of the power lines on the western edge of the camp is out of bounds. Fences marked as uncrosssable should be considered as such. All courses have been routed around them.

Wayne

 

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