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Texas Stampede

Start and Finish

Day 1 - The start (5 minute walk from HQ building) is about 350m South of the HQ building along the East side of the lake. Please follow the ribbons to the start area. The finish is at the small covered shelter 50m north of the HQ building. Day 2 - The start (10 minute walk from parking area) is about 600m West of parking area. Follow the ribbons to the start area. The finish is the covered shelter about 150m North of the parking area

Navigation

Other than localized areas of intricate reentrants, most navigable features at Clements Scout Ranch are broad or even subtle. There are many fences on Saturday's map that will affect route choice -- make sure to look for crossing points or gates. There is green briar throughout the camp; be careful when running at high speed and definitely wear leg protection . There has been extensive lumbering especially in the Meisenbach (Day 2) area. Tree Trunks were removed but branches, some quite large were left where they fell. The branches large and small are mixed with grasses and vines hindering navigation through areas that show to be open.

Trails

The camp has been used by decades of scouts - so there are many old trails that are now somewhat hard to see - often being little more than leaf covered ruts in the woods that you can follow linearly, but are difficult to see when crossing perpendicularly. These have been mapped as indistinct and small trails on the map. Especially in the Meisenbach (Day 2) area there are flagging ribbons throughout marking trails, property boundaries, forest harvest boundaries, etc. Runners will need to be vigilant as to trail junctions and trail directions.

Contours

Slopes and contour features, including depressions and knolls are generally gradual or shallow, and can be subtle. On the other hand, gullies can be deep and challenging to cross.

Vegetation

White and light green forest is fast but there is always a chance of hitting some green briar. Be careful. The dark green can be thick with thorns

Water Levels

Water levels are low. Small streams and gullies are likely to be dry. Larger streams may have water. Nearly all depressions and pits were dry just a few weeks ago. The local soil is sandy and drains well most seasonal marshes are now dry.

Manmade objects

The main objects of consideration are fences. There are many uncrossable fences (indicated with double tick marks) that will definitely affect route choice. The crossable fences are often barbed wire. Be very careful when crossing these; the preferable method is to lie down and roll underneath. There are many new shelters at almost all of the camping areas at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones. Around each of the camp areas are many new tent stands; most of these have not been mapped. Many camps will be occupied by scout this weekend. Please be courteous and avoid interfering with scout activities

Horses

There may be some trail riders in the camp. Do not run up on horseriders, yield the trail and avoid startling the horses

If you open a gate, close it behind you. Livestock in the camp must remain in their pastures. Don't bother the horses in the fields and corrals and give riders plenty of room

Orienteering Rules

Remember, on the competition courses orienteering is a solo event. Working with another person or signaling a control location is grounds for disqualification. Those interested in working as a team should participate on the recreational courses. (Teamwork is permitted on the Black course.)

Water on course

Water is at several road intersections convenient for all courses

Control proximity

There are many controls very near to each other. As always, it is very important to carefully check control numbers.

Gene Wernette

Day 1   Day 2
Course Distance(KM) Course Distance(KM)
White A 2.73White A 2.67
White B 2.51White B 2.85
Yellow A4.03Yellow A3.09
Yellow B4.07Yellow B3.20
Orange 5.35Orange 5.05
Brown 4.32Brown 4.30
Green 6.12Green 5.74
Red 7.73Red 7.06
Black 15.57   


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