Snowbank Meadows is a new map on the west slope of Snowbank Mountain. There are some important things to keep in mind:
- Because the meadows are wet through most of the summer months, this meet is scheduled for a time when an early snowstorm over 7000 feet could make access dangerous. The prospect of driving on treacherous roads during or after a snowstorm will cause me to postpone the meet until 2024. An alternate venue is possible. Because the meet might be re-scheduled at the last minute, please include a phone number with your RSVP.
- By mid-October grazing should be done for the season and cattle probably have been hauled to lower elevations. However, it is possible that removal operations will be under way on the scheduled date. Courtesy and consideration should allow us to work around the cattlemen if that happens.
- The start is a little over a half kilometer and 115 vertical meters down from parking. You won't have access to your vehicle at the start/finish. Any injuries will need to be hauled up that hill, so be extra careful.
I spent two days mapping in late September and the middle of October. In my judgement it will provide excellent intermediate and advanced orienteering with lots of varied features in both intermittent meadows and mountainous terrain. Much of the area is runnable even without the cowpaths that make easy travel in some directions.
Cliffs are the predominant feature for control placement and navigation. There are many boulders and a few notable root stocks.
Please RSVP by Thursday evening Wednesday, October 11 with name, course choice, and phone number to ensure you will have a map. You can RSVP either in the comments below or directly to MurrayJohnA1@gmail.com .
Non-members please bring printed and signed liability waivers (available for download at ctoc-boise.org/pub/ctoc_ind_waiver.pdf ) from home. We will have blanks if you forget. If you are bringing a minor who is NOT your own child, you MUST bring a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
Sturdy shoes are a must; we also recommend gaiters to protect your legs and feet from brush. Some slopes are steep and unstable. It's not a city park, so safe travel requires attention to your footing on hillsides. A compass is essential for setting and following bearings.
Starts from 10:00AM to 12:00AM. Course closes at 2:00PM.
Turn west from Highway 55 onto Cabarton Road. Approximately 9 miles on graded gravel road USFS 446 from its intersection with Cabarton/Clear Creek Road.
Park on the west side of the road. It's wide enough to park without interfering with traffic to the FAA radar station and the local lakes.
The Google Map pin below shows the location of the start and finish.
Punching at Control:
This meet won't have e-punching.
Classic format traveling in sequential order. You're welcome to go at whatever pace you prefer :)
The terrain does not support a Beginner Course.
Sport (2.83, 74m elevation gain, 8 controls)
A good choice if it's your first time orienteering or you'd like to develop your navigation skills.
Intermediate (4.03km, 175m elevation gain, 12 controls)
An opportunity to apply compass-bearing and contour-reading in rugged terrain.
Advanced (6.86km, 343m elevation gain, 17 controls)
Same terrain and technical ability as intermediate with a lot more endurance required. Same terrain and technical ability as intermediate with a lot more endurance required and enough distance to satisfy that need to run.
Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members
Single Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members
If more than one map is needed for a team, a small additional fee may be needed per the discretion of the meet director depending on printing costs.
CTOC annual membership:
Regular $45 (pays for all local meets).
Family $65 (pays for all local meets).
Join in October for Monthly Pro-Rata for membership fees:
Month Regular Family
October $11 $16
Membership form and instructions found here.