Welcome to the Flying Pig XVI

March 30 - April 1, 2012

May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

Race Details

 

Maps

            The maps for the weekend use a variety of scales and contour intervals.  Be very aware of the differences.  All maps were originally created by Vladimir Zherdev, and all have had recent updating by Mike Minium and others.

 

Courses

            There are 8 courses in each race.  All have a number and a name.

 

                        1 White            All normal OUSA  white classes

                                                Interscholastic Primary School Male

                                                Interscholastic Primary School Female

 

                        2 Yellow           All normal OUSA  yellow classes

                                                Interscholastic Intermediate School Male

                                                Intermediate School Female

 

                        3 Orange         All normal OUSA  orange classes

                                                Interscholastic High School Junior Varsity Male

                                                Interscholastic High School Junior Varsity Female

 

                        4 Brown           All normal OUSA  brown classes

                                                Interscholastic High School Varsity Female

 

                        5 Green           All normal OUSA  green classes EXCEPT M-18

 

                        6 ISVM             Interscholastic High School Varsity Male

                                                M-18

 

                        7 Red              All normal OUSA red classes

 

                        8 Blue              All normal OUSA blue classes

 

            In the Saturday morning Sprint only, some courses will be combined into 5 courses as follows:

                        1 and 2 (white / yellow)

                        3 (orange)

                        4 and 5 (brown / green)

                        6 and 7 (ISVM, M-18, and red)

                        8 (blue)

 

Practice Area

            Camp Michaels BSA Camp will be open much of the day on Thursday and Friday.  There will be 9 practice controls in the area.  Maps may be picked up any time Thursday or Friday at the front desk of the Hyatt Place.

 

Control Proximity

            Orienteering USA recently approved a change in how close together controls may be placed, to bring OUSA rules more closely in line with IOF (International Orienteering Federation), effective immediately.  Controls may now be placed as close together as 60 meters (or as close as 30 meters on “distinctly different” features). In sprint events on 1:4000 or 1:5000 scale maps, these distances are halved (30 meters and 15 meters).  Although we are not trying to trick anybody, there are some control placements closer than the old rules and guidelines allowed (but well within the new rules).

 

Special Symbols

            A brown X is a rootstock on all maps.  Any map-specific special symbols willl be noted with each day’s information.

 

Control Descriptions

            Control descriptions are printed on your map.  Loose description sheets may be picked up when you enter the call-up area 2-3 minutes before your start.   Descriptions for courses 1-2 (white, yellow) are in English only.  Descriptions for Course 3 (orange) and above are in IOF symbols only (ISCD2004).

 

General Notes

            It has been extremely warm.  Ticks are emerging.  We have found a few.  Use repellent, possibly tuck pants into socks and shirt into pants, and check yourself carefully.

            Vegetation is also a couple weeks ahead of normal emergence.  This means the woods are getting greener and visibility is declining.

 

Time Limits

            Time limit is 2 hours on Middle Distance courses and 1 hour on the Sprint Course.

 

Start Procedures

            Clear and check your SI card when you arrive in the start area.

            You will be called up 3 minutes before your scheduled start.

            2 minutes before your start, you will move forward and may pick up loose control descriptions.

            1 minute before your start, you will move forward to the map line.  You may mark your name / number on the back of the map.  Do not look at your map.  Starter can check that it is the correct course.

            When the beeper sounds, you punch “start” and pick up your map.

            There will be a short streamered run to the start triangle shown on your map.  You must run to the triangle.  There is a flag but no punch at this point.  At this point you may begin navigating to your first control.

 

Drinking Water on Courses

            There will be at least one control with drinking water on all middle distance courses of orange length and above.  There will probably not be water on the sprint, or on the Friday and Saturday white and yellow.  There will be a water control on Sunday’s white and yellow.  Please use the cups provided and dispose of in the bag or bin provided.

 

Map History

            Middle Creek (Friday) was first mapped in 2006-2007 by Vladimir Zherdev.  There have been a few updates, mainly of new trails, by Minium and Zherdev.  It has been used for several OCIN local events, last on 27 February 2011.  Middle Creek preview maps may be ordered, and maps / courses from previous events may be viewed on OCIN’s RouteGadget site.

            England Idlewild (Saturday) was first mapped in 2007-2008 by Vladimir Zherdev.  It has been used for several OCIN local events, last on 12 December 2010.  England-Idlewild preview maps may be ordered, and maps / courses from previous events may be viewed on OCIN’s RouteGadget site.

            Big Bone Lick State Park (Sunday) is a new map that has never before been used for orienteering.  It was mapped in December, 2010 by Vladimir Zherdev.  No preview maps are available.

 

Course Length / Climb/ Controls Table

            Please note there are 8 courses identified by number and name.

            Note that M-18 will run on the Course 6 ISVM, NOT on Course 5 Green.

            Otherwise, normal OUSA age classes are on their normal color.

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

 

White

Yellow

Orange

Brown

Green

ISVM

Red

Blue

 

ISPM

ISPF

ISIM

ISIF

ISJVM

ISJVF

ISVF

 

ISVM

M-18

 

 

Friday

Middle

1:10,000

6 m

 

 

 

 

 

Length

2.2

3.1

3.4

3.7

4.2

4.2

4.8

5.2

Climb

80

100

180

160

210

230

250

280

Contrls

14

15

17

15

18

13

18

23

Sat AM

Sprint

1:4000

3 m

 

 

 

 

 

Length

1.6*

1.6*

1.9*

1.9*

2.0*

2.0*

2.0*

2.2*

Climb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contrls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat PM

Middle

1:7500

3 m

 

 

 

 

 

Length

1.7

2.3

3.1

2.9

3.8

4.1

4.5

5.3

Climb

40

60

100

100

130

140

160

200

Contrls

13

15

17

18

21

22

24

26

Sunday

Middle

1:10,000

2.5 m

 

 

 

 

 

Length

3.0

3.6

3.8

3.4

4.2

4.5

4.8

5.3

Climb

50

80

110

100

120

135

135

159

Contrls

12

15

16

15

19

20

22

26

                        distances marked with a * are still subject to review and revision.

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2012

    Middle Distance Courses at Middle Creek Park

 

    Course Setter       Dave Waller

    Vetter                     Mike Minium

    Course Consultant   Linda Kohn

 

    Registration / Check-In

            Packet pickup will be available at Middle Creek from 1 pm.

 

    Parking

            Parking will be extremely tight in a gravel lot.  Buses will park nose to tail along the exit road.  Cars will be directed to park very close together.  Car pooling is essential.  Cars without at least 2 passengers will be asked to continue past the park about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to the Village of Belleview where you may find street parking and either hike or carpool back to the park.  There is absolutely no place to park on the shoulder of KY 18 or Middle Creek Rd.

 

    Walk to the start

            There is an uphill walk of 400 to 500 meters to the start call-up area.  Start out by carefully crossing KY 18 at the crosswalk then going north on the trail.

 

    Maps

            The map is 1:10,000 with 6 meter contours.  This is a steep area with a good network of horse and hiking trails.  There is one major stream with a single large footbridge crossing it.  This will likely be a route choice factor for courses.  Depending on weather, the stream may or may not be crossable at other points.

 

    Road Crossing

            The map is bisected by Kentucky state highway 18, which is a winding road with high-speed traffic.  The crossing will be manned by Boone County Sheriff Deputies who will stop cars if possible.  Follow their instructions.  All courses have a control immediately before crossing.  After punching and verifying that it is safe to cross, please cross the road immediately (don’t make traffic wait while you study your map).

            If you run early, pre-run, or are permitted to start exceptionally late, the Deputies may not be there.  In that case, cross with extreme caution.

            After crossing the road, you will be near a driveway leading to a caretaker’s house.  The house and yard is out of bounds and is marked with vertical purple lines on the map.  You MUST stay away from the house and yard.

 

    White Course – Streamered Leg

            On the white course, one leg is marked with streamers to get you through woods from a trail to an open field.  You can probably look ahead through the woods and see your destination, so you do not have to follow the streamers, but they are there to help you if needed.

 

    Yellow Course – Same Control Visited Twice

            Yellow has a control point which is visited twice.  You must punch this same control both times, in the proper sequence (number 7 and again as number 13).  Since there are 4 connection lines to this control (from 6, to 8, from 12, to 14), be extra careful that you go to the right control each time you leave it.

            To put it another way, after control 6, you punch control 7, you must then go in order to 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, then you come back to 7, punch it again (as 13), then go on to 14.  Both numbers 7 and 13 will be shown on your map next to the control.

 

    Restrooms

            There will be portable toilets at parking / finish

 

    Warm up

            You may warm-up on the way to the start in the woods to the west (left side) of the path to the start.

 

    Clothing return

            Warm-up clothing may be left in the bags provided near the start and will be returned to the finish area.

 

    Food Concession Stand

            Probably not.  There will be free light snacks and water at the finish.

 

    Course Setter's Notes all details under construction and subject to change

 

    Vetter's Notes  all details under construction and subject to change

 

 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

   Sprint and Middle Distance courses at England-Idlewild

 

    Course Setter       Matthew Robbins (Sprint), Stephanie Ross and Ben Hart (Middle)

    Vetter                     Mike Minium, Stevan Vaughan

    Course Consultant   Linda Kohn

 

    Parking

            Before the Sprint, you will be directed to park at the Boone County Fairgrounds, across the road and south of the park.  Sprint parking will be somewhat dispersed in various small gravel lots and road edges.  You may not drive into England-Idlewild Park before Noon.  After the sprint (after noon), you may drive to parking spots closer to the finish.  You should be able to park fairly close to the finish, although you may be competing with baseball leagues for spaces.  Inside England-Idlewild, there is absolutely no parking on the grass! 

 

    Walk to the start

            For the sprint, expect a 500 to 600 meter mostly flat pavement / grass walk from the parking lot to the start and a 1 km somewhat rolling pavement / grass walk back to the parking lot.  After noon, you may move cars closer to the finish (same finish area will be used for both sprint and middle).  For the middle distance, expect a 300 to 500 meter flat pavement / grass walk from the finish to the start.

 

    Maps

            The maps will be 1:4000 for the Sprint and 1:7500 for the middle distance.  Contour interval is 3 meters.  Southern parts of this park are open and rolling with copses and clumps of trees and a world-class forested disc-golf course.  In the north, there is an extremely intricate network of mountain bike trails.  Like Middle Creek, the park is bisected by a large stream with one major bridge.  While this stream likely will remain crossable, crossing other than by the bridge will almost certainly result in wet feet.  There is a smaller stream meandering thru the disc golf course with multiple bridges.

            This map was originally drawn for 1:5000 use (We were not planning to use it for a Middle Distance race then).  It is extremely detailed.  Point symbols have been enlarged from their size on the old (preview) maps, but to keep them from running together in too many places, they are still smaller than ISOM.  So remember that the Middle race is a 1:7500 map, even though the size of the symbols makes it look like a larger scale.

 

    Restrooms

            There will be semi-permanent portable toilets near the sprint start, finish and middle start.

 

    Warm up

            Before the sprint, please confine any warm-up to areas outside the park and immediately along Idlewild Road.  Before the Middle, you can warm up anywhere within 200 meters to the south and west of the finish.

 

    Clothing return

            Warm-up clothing may be left at the sprint start, and will be moved to the finish.  The middle distance will be close to car parking and will probably not have provision for a clothing return.

 

    Lunch and snacks

            concessions tba.  At this point, we do not have a committed vendor. :-(

 

    Setter's Notes    all details under construction and subject to change

 

 

    Vetter's Notes

            Mountain bike trails are subject to rapid change.  If a trail looks very freshly made, it might be new.  A couple new segments were just made (and map updated) last week (March 22).

            There are some segments of old mountain bike trail mapped as indistinct trail.  These are going “back to nature” and are generally quite runnable except the ends may have a dirt mound or a few branches blocking them.  But their visibility on the ground varies substantially, especially as new vegetation is rapidly emerging.

            Disc golf tees (small paved area) and baskets (black circle) are mapped.  The disc golf course has multiple “hole” locations and sometimes the baskets move from one hole to another.  The Course Maintainer has told us that he does not plan to move any baskets between our final map update and our event, but...

            Throughout the park, there are a number of picnic tables with a canopy over the table.  From a distance they look like a kiosk.  They are mapped with the “fodder rack” symbol (which is very much what they look like), and the fodder rack symbol is also used as the control description for them.  (On the old preview map, these were shown with the “T” symbol normally used for a small tower or hunter’s stand)

            The largest creek through this park is smaller and more likely to remain crossable than those at Middle Creek or Big Bone Lick.  On the middle distance race, all courses except white and yellow will cross it.  There is one bridge (mapped), but it will probably not be efficient for you to use it.  Many rocks in the creek are coated with fairly slippery moss.

            Remember OUSA’s new rules on control proximity.  In the Middle distance race, there is a pit and a depression, approximately 85 meters apart, which both have controls.  There is a ditch junction and a ditch bend, approximately fifty meters apart and both have controls.  There may be a few others closer than the old OUSA guidelines.  So be alert and check your codes.

 

 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Middle Distance courses at Big Bone Lick State Park

 

    Course Setter       Mike Minium

    Vetter                     Pat Meehan

    Course Consultant   Linda Kohn     

 

    Parking

            Carpooling is again greatly desired.  There is absolutely no parking on the grass!  There is a 45 car lot adjacent to the finish.  Follow directions of parking attendants and we will get 60+ cars in it.  Another 100 meters down the road, there is a second smaller lot.  Again, attendants will direct you to increase its striped capacity from 19 to about 30.  Another 100 meters past that, the Visitor Center parking lot has 6 long spaces where buses only will park.  We can put a few more cars in this lot if needed, but need to leave some spaces there for general public.  If these lots reach capacity, you will be directed to a parking area across Big Bone Lick, which will add a road walk of 400-500 meters back to the finish.  If you are camping at Big Bone Lick, please leave your vehicle in the campground and walk downhill on the camp entrance road to the event site.

 

    Museum, Visitor Center, and Gift Shop

            The Visitor Center, Museum, and Gift Shop will be opening early (8 am) for our convenience.  Please visit!

 

    Photo Shoot

            There will be a professional photographer at the event, shooting for a future article in Men’s Journal.  When you register, please sign and return the Model Release Form in your packet, giving them permission to use any photos they might get of you doing your course.

 

    Walk to the start 

            The walk will be less than 500m, mostly flat but up a short steep hill at the end. 

 

    Maps

            Map scale is 1:10,000 for all courses, with contour interval of 2.5 meters.  This park is not as steep as Middle Creek, nor are there as many trails.  Much of the forest is light green (slow run).  There is a high fence surrounding a 40 acre pasture with a herd of bison.  This fence may not be crossed and the area inside is shown with an out-of-bounds symbol (olive-green “settlement”, with purple vertical lines).

 

    Out-of-bounds

            There is a fenced area with bison.  The fence is about 6 feet high (a little less than 2 meters).  The bison pasture is marked with both olive green and purple vertical lines.  Do not cross this fence under any circumstances.

            Pasture land to the east and south of the park is private and out-of-bounds.  The boundary fence is mapped as an uncrossable fence in most areas, even though it is generally not high or difficult to cross (although it may be electrified in places).  There should not be a temptation to cross, except one leg on brown, and in this case, (brown course only) the private field has been marked with vertical purple lines.

            Orange course and above will encounter a high fence that used to enclose the bison before they were moved to the present area.  It is overgrown and somewhat dilapidated, but high enough to be a significant obstacle if you don’t climb.  It is mapped with the uncrossable fence symbol, but you may climb it if desired.  There is no olive green or purple beyond this fence.  Orange, brown and green do not actually need to cross it nor is there advantage to doing so.  Red and blue will need to either climb it or use one of the mapped gates or openings.  I have done both.

 

    Restrooms

            There is a large toilet building by the small parking lot 100 meters west of the finish parking lot.  There are additional modern toilets in the Visitor Center.

 

    Warm up

            You may warm up along the road to the start, and in the small patch of woods north and east of the finish area.

 

    Clothing return 

            Warm-up clothing may be left in the bags provided near the start and will be returned to the finish area.

 

    Lunch and snacks

            No concession stand today, but the park has several soft drink vending machines (Coca Cola brands, large bottles, $1.50).  We will again have free water and light snacks at the finish.

 

   Setter's and Vetter’s Notes

            all details under construction and subject to change

 

 


Pig Weather

    In early April, we typically get rain about one day in three.  Snow is possible, but usually melts quickly.

Date

Normal High

Normal Low

Record High

Record Low

Forecast

Thu Mar 29

 

 

 

 

60-65, partly cloudy, lows in 40’s.

Fri Mar 30

59   (15 C)

39   (4 C)

 

 

60-65, partly cloudy, lows in 40’s.

Sat Mar 31

59   (15 C)

39   (4 C)

84   (29 C)

14   (-10 C)

60’s, 30% chance of showers, lows in 40’s

Sun Apr 1

61   (16 C)

40   (4 C)

84   (29 C)

23   (-5 C)

60’s, 30% chance of showers, lows in 40’s.

Mon Apr 2

60   (16 C)

40   (4 C)

85   (29 C)

23   (-5 C)

 

 

Eastern Daylight Saving Time

Fri, Mar 30

Sat, Mar 31

Sun, Apr 1

Begin civil twilight

6:56 a.m.

6:55 a.m.

6:54 a.m.

Sunrise

7:23 a.m.

7:22 a.m.

7:21 a.m.

Sun transit

1:40 p.m.

1:40 p.m.

1:40 p.m.

Sunset

7:59 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

8:01 p.m.

End civil twilight

8:26 p.m.

8:27 p.m.

8:28 p.m. 


 

Flying Pig 2012 Event Information Page

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Location Maps

Orienteering USA Membership Form (paper or online)

Orienteering USA Interscholastic Rules of Competition

Award grants and points scoring system

How to Use Electronic Punching

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updated 11:20 pm  26 March 2012