White Earth 2019

Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14

Forest orienteering event on the White Earth and Wahstao maps.
Same courses both days – come for one or both.
(No extra charge for the second time).

Information on this web page subject to change. Please check back later.

Location: SE of Smoky Lake. Approximately 1.75 hours drive from Edmonton. Location Map

Terrain: rolling sand hills; some areas of subtle contours, but major features are never far away. Very few trails; more plentiful animal tracks, which generally have not been mapped.

Map: 1:10,000 with 5m contours; originally mapped 2005; some updating since.

Registration/starts
Saturday 11:30am – 1pm (beginner & refresher clinics available during this time) Courses close: Saturday 4 pm*;
Sunday 10am – noon (beginner & refresher clinics available during this time) Courses close Sunday 3pm*
*everyone must check back in by this time.
Help picking up controls on Sunday much appreciated.

Possible courses:
1/2 Beginner/novice – controls right on trails to start with, then controls just off trails.
3 Intermediate – controls on major features close to ‘handrails’ (such as trails) and/or with catching features nearby. Simple route choice problems
4 technically advanced but short and on gentler terrain
5 technically advanced long
6 technically advanced longest

Entry fees:
All participants must sign a lilac waiver.
Orienteering Club Annual Members:    $10 per map, which may be shared by a family/small group. Fee includes SPORTident electronic timing card, plus, if necessary, compass and whistle. $5 each additional map for small groups going out together. (Deposit of driver’s permit required for rentals)
Non-members: $15 per map, which may be shared. Fee includes SPORTident electronic timing card, plus compass and whistle. $5 each additional map for small groups going out together. (Deposit of driver’s permit required for rentals)

Organizers: Mary-Lou H (O300 official), Kim K (O300 official)

What to bring: Clothes suitable for the weather, sun screen, insect repellent, your own water supply to carry if it’s very hot. Long pants and long sleeves highly recommended (protection against ticks and rose thorns) Bring a whistle and compass if you have your own.

Location Map

Driving directions:
from the south on SH 855: turn right/east onto Twp Rd 590.
After about 8km, at the ‘almost’ T-junction, turn left/north onto RR164.
Drive 3.2km north.
Turn right/east onto Twp 592.
Drive 1.6km east. Watch for orienteering signs indicating to go south/right down an unnamed dirt road.
from the west on Hwy 28: from the Hospital at the east edge of Smoky Lake, drive about 7.5km east along Hwy 28.
Turn south/right onto RR164.
Drive 3.2km south, then turn east/left onto Twp 592.
Drive 1.6km east. Watch for orienteering signs indicating to go south/right down an unnamed dirt road.

Other Attractions to make it even more worth your while coming: 
Map is quite close to the historic Victoria Settlement and Metis Crossing –  original buildings, interpretive staff.  Take Victoria Trail off Hwy. 855, just north of the river.
You can visit Skaro Shrine, built in 1919 as a replica of the Grotto of Lourdes. NW corner of Hwys. 45 & 831.
Lots of lovely Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, including historic (1904) Pakan Church.
On Saturday 10am until noon, there’s a Farmers’ Market at the Smoky Lake Agriplex (northeast part of town, visible from Hwy 28



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