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Please join us for

Red River Ramble
11/04/2017
All Saints Camp , Pottsboro, TX

Meet Director:   Meet Director Notes
Course Setter:   Course Setter Notes
Assisting Org:    
 

Courses

White

Card punch
Yellow

Card punch
Orange

E-punch
Brown

E-punch
Green

E-punch
Red

E-punch
  • For an explanation of the course colors, see the course descriptions.
  • Course time limits: All competitors must report to the finish line after 3 hours from their start or 2:00 pm, whichever comes first.

Classes

  • This event will be using standard NTOA classes.
  • For an explanation of how the NTOA classes are determined, see the class descriptions (PDF).
  • Class Adjustments: Classes may be combined or sub-divided based on the number of entrants per class.

The Schedule

09:00 - 10:30 : Registration. You must arrive and register by 10:30 AM. If pre-registered, you must check-in and pay your fees by 10:30 AM
 
09:00 - 09:30 : BSA Merit badge clinic  Find out more.
 
09:30 - 09:45 : Beginner's clinic. Additional clinics may be held if there is a need and an instructor is available.
 
10:00 - 12:00 : Competitor's start the course, 1 person every minute on each course. No starts will be allowed after 12:00 except where the number of participants on a course requires additional start times
 
10:00 - 02:00 : Competitor's on the course. Every person must return to finish and check in by 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 02:30 : Award Ceremony. Or as soon as results are tallied after 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 04:00 : Control Marker Pickup. Get extra experience. Volunteer to pick up a few control bags.

Other Event Information

Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you might like to read this event description .

Equipment: Wear comfortable running shoes or hiking boots, long pants or long nylon running pants for protection against underbrush, eyewear to protect against branches, a watch as there is a time limit (3 hours unless noted otherwise), a whistle to call for help, and a compass. The compass should be protractor-style with a clear baseplate that can be purchased at many outdoor and sporting-goods stores for $10-$15.

Water:Water will be available at the start, finish and at locations on the course. However, all participants are highly encouraged to carry water to prevent dehydration.

Information

Questions regarding preregistration can be sent to the . Other questions regarding the meet should be sent to the meet director.

Fees for Competitive Individuals - Awards given to top finishers
(Competitors that are competing as individuals)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $8 per person $11 per person
Members $12 per person $15 per person
Non-members $17 per person $20 per person
Price includes 1 map
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Orange,Brown,Green,Red)
 
Fees for Recreational Teams - No Awards given
(2 to 5 participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Non-members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Additional People
Maximum of 3 additional people
Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Brown,Green,Red)

Step 1: Registration

Online registration is highly encouraged. The number of maps with preprinted courses is based upon Online registration numbers. Day of race registrants may be required to hand draw their courses on a blank map.

The number of registatrations allowed for this venue is NOT limited by the landowner. NTOA has placed limits to keep event to a manageable size. Those limits are high enough that they have historically allowed everyone to participate. Use the following link to see the limits and the available slots for the event and for each course.

Limits and available slots

Online registration usually opens about 10 days before the event and closes at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Online registration has not opened yet.

Online registration will open about 10 days before the event and close at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Click on these expanding links for specific instructions.

[ "Team or Individual?" ]      [ "Help for Schools" ]      [ "Help for Scouts" ]      [ "Help for Families" ]



Team or Individual?

Individual Competitor:
Any participant that plans to complete the course on their own and without assistance. When completing the registration form, select Male or Female when asked for a competitor type.

Recreational Team:

Two to Five participants that will complete the course together. They will assist each other with map reading and with navigation. Examples include: families, groups of Scouts, adventure racing teams, and any novices who would like to work together.

To register as a team use the Recreational Team registration form.



Help for Schools

Entering Competitive Individuals

Use the Large Group registration form.

The contact person for the school should
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter information for each student participating as a Competitive Individual, one person per line.

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the school

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Help for Scouts

Because Scouts must orienteer in teams (buddy system) we recommend registering the team by a special name, along with your troop designation.

Good examples are: Troop 66 Eagles, Troop 945 Team 1, etc, ...

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select "BSA -- All Troops" for Boy Scouts or "GSA -- All Troops" for Girl Scouts.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the troop

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your troop listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Families and other groups (e.g., friends, corporate teams, ...)

If you want to Enter as Competitive Individuals

Use the Competitive Indivudual registration form.

For each person running as an individual
  • Enter a first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If your Group is NOT listed, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter the remaining information for the person.
  • Submit the form.
  • Use the form once for each person.

If you want to Enter as Recreational Teams



Use the Recreational Team registration form.
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If you are not a member of any of the groups, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.


After submiting your entries

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.


Competitive Individual

Enter
1
Competitive Individual
Recreational Team

Enter
1
Recreational Team
( min 2 people, max 5 people )
Large Group

Enter
1-20
Competitive Individuals
( from the same school, company or family )

Step 2: Download and complete a waiver

Save time on event day! Download and complete the waiver now. Complete the waiver in pen and bring with it you to the event.

NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Online Maps and Directions

 

Directions

From DFW Airport To Lake Texoma:
  • From the airport take the north exit on 121.
  • Exit onto LBJ Freeway (IH635) after about 1 mile.
  • Take 635 about 20 miles to Central Expressway (IH 75).
  • At the "high five" interchange take IH 75 all the way to Sherman-Denison
  • Go west 5 miles on 120 to Pottsboro and then continue west on 996.
  • From here o-signs will direct you to the All Saints Camp headquarters.
 

Maps

location map
 
location map

Meet Director Notes

Welcome

Welcome to NTOA's northern most venue and hopefully some mild weather making for some enjoyable orienteering.

Event Center and Parking

Event Center and parking will be as the same as the past few years for this venue. Enter at the main gate and proceed north until you reach the large athletic field on the left.

Instruction Clinics

Beginner and Boy Scout Orienteering Merit Badge clinics will both be available at times listed on the Schedules page.

Start and Finish

There will be two separate Start areas:

Out of Bounds

Areas marked as Out of Bounds (red cross-hatch) are not to be entered. Violators are subject to disqualification.

Miscellaneous

Water containers will be provided at the Start and Finish areas and varous location along the courses. Please help keep these areas clean by putting your used cups the trash receptacles. Restroom facilities will consist of portable toilets near the Event Center Registration area.

Poison Ivy and briars are scattered throughout the wooded and natural prairie parts of the camp. Protective clothing is highly recommended.

Assisting Organizations

Thanks to North Mesquite High School for providing our meet workers.

Results and Awards

As results are available, they will be posted near the Event Center Registration area. We will be presenting medals for top finishers in each class. Final results will be posted on the NTOA web site soon after the meet.

Final Comments

I look forward to seeing you there!

Carl Bridges

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

NTOA Meet Schedule

NTOA Event List
 
2017 Fall
 09/09, Mesquite-O
 09/23, NOD
 10/14, Gateway
 11/04, All Saints
 12/09-10, Clements
 
2018 Spring
 01/13, James Ray
 02/10-11, Cooper Lake
 03/03, Crawford
 03/17, LBJ
 03/24-25, SR2
 04/21, Tyler
 05/05, Plano Score-O
 

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