Morningside 2014

Forest orienteering event at J J Collett Natural Area,

near Morningside, Sunday May 4, 2014

UPDATES: [April 28] snow mostly melted already, prairie crocuses in bloom, wildlife seen include a moose and calf, two owls and a duck in the forest. Courses will go int the NW section thanks to a boardwalk upgrade from the Foundation.  There will be a common control – which will be a water stop – between the second outhouse and gazebo.
The organizers will be collecting donations for the JJ Collett Foundation who have provided the parking lot you will be leaving your vehicle in, the outhouse you might use, the fence round the whole area to stop you getting too lost and the benches and gazebos you might be tempted to rest at while on your course.
Weather forecast for the Morningside area, so you know what to wear/bring;  the event will be held rain or shine, but courses may be adapted if it’s very wet underfoot.
Date:Sunday May 4, 2014
Map:Morningside – 1:10,000; 2.5m contours; original field work: Kitty Jones (1983);  latest revisions: Don Riddle (2014) 
Terrain:Detailed with many small hills, depressions and a few large marshes.  Vegetation is variable ranging from areas of thick undergrowth, deadfall to runnable forest and open land.  Established trail network. A fence surrounds the entire one square mile area.
Location:3 km south of Morningside; allow about one and a quarter hours driving south from Edmonton city limits.  Directions below.   Location map   
TimingElectronic SPORTident timing 
Registration:on-site from 10:45 – noon (beginner clinics available on demand during the same time)
Starts:11:00am – 1:00pm
Courses Close:3:30pm – everyone must check back in by this time, finished or not




1Beginner: controls on paths 
2Novice: controls within 50-100m of linear features such as paths, fences, edges of fields 
3Intermediate: controls across country on larger features 
4technically difficult  – with some map adaptations 
6technically difficult  – with some map adaptations 

*Distances are ‘as the crow flies’

Entry fees
Members (EOOC/AOA/COF), per adult/couple/family with one map, includes
Electronic SI card rental (drivers license or equivalent required as deposit)
Compass rental (drivers license or equivalent required as deposit)
Whistle, compulsory (or bring your own – any kind will do)
Non-members, per adult/couple/family with one map, includes
Electronic SI card rental (drivers license or equivalent required as deposit)
Compass rental (drivers license or equivalent required as deposit)
-Whistle, compulsory (or bring your own – any kind will do)
Additional maps for couples or families going out together, each$5
Map for member junior going out on his/her own$5
Please consider adding a donation to the J J Collett Foundation who maintain the area.
Organiser:         Don R  Orienteering Canada Level 300 Official
More information: organizer – don”underscore”riddle”at”keyera”dot”com or phone  403-844-2520
or     EOOC Information  or 780-455-1916
Directions:   From Edmonton : QEII south to the Morningside exit.  Turn left onto Secondary Hwy 604 and go under the bridge.  After the railroad tracks, turn right into the village of Morningside.  At the far end of the village (3 blocks), turn left.  Follow this road south for 3.5 km.  At the crossroads, turn right.  The entrance to the JJ Collett Natural Area is about 800m on the right.  Park in the parking lot or on the side of the road and walk in through the gate.    Location map 
From Calgary :     Hwy 2 north and take “2A South Lacombe ” exit about 8 km north of Lacombe.  At the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp proceed across 2A onto Milton Road.  Follow Milton Road as it goes through a long “S” bend to the north and then east.  About 600m after the S bend ends turn left (north) onto Range Road 262.  Follow this for 3 km to a T intersection.  Turn right and go about 800m to the J J Collett Natural Area entrance.  Park in the parking lot or on the same side of the road as the entrance (left side).  Walk in through the gate.   Location map from Calgary

What to bring: Be prepared for any weather – jacket or warm underwear if it is cool; hat and sun screen if it is sunny.  Long pants advised.  Water and cookies provided. Bring a watch, compass and whistle if you have one  (any kind will do); if not, you may rent a compass  with driver’s license as deposit) and a whistle.  Bring a change of clothes for after the event, especially dry socks and shoes.

Dogs are allowed in the Natural Area if on a leash.

What to take away:  fond memories, all your belongings and your garbage!

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