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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.