Camp James Ray Course Setter Notes

New at the Camp

We did not use this venue last season so its been about 24 months since we were there. There have been quite a few changes made at the camp. We have updated the map with the changes only 5 days before the event. Come see what has changed and watch out for the new out of bounds area.

A million thanks to Ralph Courtney for stepping in an doing map updates and revising the courses for Carl since Carl had to be away this past weekend. Everyone should thank Ralph for his effort which kept us from canceling the event.

About the camp

The Camp is located both north and south of the paved Mill Creek Road. The beginner courses (White and Yellow) are in the northern part of the camp and will not go out to the paved road. The intermediate and advanced courses (Orange, Brown, Green, and Red) use both parts of the camp and cross the road at one of three crossing spots indicated on the map. (Drinking water is available at these crossing spots). You will be disqualified if you climb the uncrossable fence.

Map Notes

Map has a 3-meter contour interval. The map uses some nonstandard symbols to define the unique vegetation. Check the legend for symbols and what they mean. Special feature X (black) can show old cars, trailers, equipment, trash piles and other man-made items. Special feature O (black) can show flag poles, camp boundary markers, and other man-made items. Red circles show fire pits.

Decades ago, the camp used to be open fields with contour terraces to stop erosion. The terraces are subtle but distinguishable as low earthen mounds/ridges about 1 foot high and about 5 feet wide. Many of these terraces are shown on the map as earthen walls. Advanced course orienteers (Brown, Green, & Red) should learn how to identify them on the map and ground while doing the first part of their courses so that they are ready to find them as control points towards the end of their courses.

There are several houses and private property within the camp. These are out of bounds as shown on the map by the out of bounds red lines.

Trails

Some trails may be covered with leaves and may be difficult to find. Some trails have old, faded ribbons or trail signs marking them. Some of the east/west and north/south connecting trails in the north part of the camp are grown over. Some small stumps are on the trails which could be trip hazards.

Someone has been riding a 4 wheeler on the west side of the camp. This has left occaisonal evidence of wheel tracks that have not quite become a track or trail. These will not appear on the map.

Water crossings

The lake is still about normal level as shown on the map. Some orienteers may have to cross streams with water in them Unless it rains further, all orienteers should be able to cross without having to wade through water. Red and Green course participants may have to wade through low water depending upon where they choose to cross streams.

Dangers

Running through unfamiliar terrain is always dangerous. Notable terrain hazards at Texoma include high cliffs, deep gullies, un-crossable streams, barbed wire, briars, loose rocks, tree branches, and leaf-hidden hazards. There are scatterings of poison ivy in the camp with a couple of poison ivy thickets. No orienteers should have to go through any of the thick poison ivy areas. All orienteers are encouraged to wear long pants. In particular, the intermediate and advanced courses (Orange, Brown, Green, and Red) have some control points and/or legs with some amount of brambles.

Rifle Range

The shooting ranges will not be in use during the orienteering meet. You can ignore any signs that restrict entry into this area. Course were designed such that reasonable routes existing without having to go through the shooting area.

Sportsmanship

The courses utilize most of the property, and route choices may pass through the camping areas. Please use courtesy around campsites that are in use. Members of your group should stay within the camping areas and do not use this as an opportunity to explore the camp. Competitors who venture outside the camping areas or tamper with the controls will be immediately disqualified.

Course specifications

All courses were designed within their technical guidelines, but tend to be toward the more difficult end of the range. The Orange thru Red courses can also expect to be on the shorter side of the length recommendation. Winning times are expected to be about normal.

Carl Bridges

 

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