Update: CPs 1,2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the advanced course are set! All beginner CPs are set too. See you all tomorrow morning!
C'mon out and try those new snowshoes you got for Christmas and if you don't have a set - rent a pair from REI for the day or if military, rent from KAFB. Join NMARC for a little winter navigation fun and look for some checkpoints hidden in the woods. 2 courses, long and short, will be offered. The long course could take about 3 - 3.5 hours and the short course will be about 1.5 - 2 hours. There is a daily parking fee for the Forestry Service of $3 at the trailhead. What you get is a map, some fresh air and if you need a little instruction, we'll provide that too.
PLEASE TRY TO CARPOOL IF YOU CAN! Post in the comments section below if you are willing to carpool. A good place to meet is the Smith's Grocery store at Tramway and Central. Also, please note in your RSVP to indicate which course you want to do so I know how many maps to bring.
Club members orienteering at Valle Caldera 3 years ago
Mandatory gear for both courses:
- Snowshoes or Yak-trax or Ice traction devices
- Warm clothes for winter conditions
- Backpack for snacks and water
- Fully charged cell phone
- Sunglasses or ski mask
- Map case or large 1-quart ziplock bag
Mandatory gear for long course:
- Emergency blanket
- Lighter/matches in waterproof container
- GPS or other device that gives your current coordinates(in case I need to send a rescue party to recover you)
I will check to see if you have the space blanket, lighter/matches and whistle before starting the long course. The long course is, as the crow flies, 6 miles long and 1000 feet elevation change. Your effort may vary!