AVOC Snowshow Challenge
Time & Location
About the Event
PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO READ AND COMPLY WITH ALL COVID-RELATED GUIDELINES BELOW. THIS INCLUDES COMPLETING 2021 REGISTRATION AND WAIVER, AS WELL AS THE COVID HEALTH DECLARATION ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
Alternate date in case of poor weather: February 21, 2021 (Any changes to the date will be announced by 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 19, 2021)
Registration: Please ensure you register on this site (or via email to ValleyOrienteering@outlook.com) by Thursday, February 18, 2021, given we must adhere to maximum participation restrictions. On-site check-in will take place on site from 12:00 to 12:45 pm. Please bring completed COVID Health Declaration and ensure you have completed membership/waiver in advance (see below).
Start: 1:00 pm; time limit 90 minutes
Category: Score (20 controls (+/-) to gather in any order) You may go in your bubble (we suggest 2 - 3 max) or individually.
Course Requirements: compass, waterbottle (per person), extra toque and gloves and snowshoes, all with you during event, plus a cell phone (one per group and one with each individual). (Note: Kentville Recreation has an equipment loan program that includes snowshoes, should you be in need of this equipment: https://kentville.ca/parks-and-recreation/programs...
Prizes: Draw prizes will be awarded following the event.
Map: 1:7 500 scale, (note: no contours appear on this map), an Open Street redesigned map
Summary: Hilly terrain with variety of woods combined with open fields and large areas of very runnable woods, even with snowshoes!!!
Entry Fees: The following are the fees for this event (pre-registered):
Senior: (age 21 and above) $10
Junior: (age 20 and under) $5
Family or wayfaring group: $15
Organized Group (e.g. scouts, guides, cadets, etc.: $5 per person
SI (timing device) rental: $3 per unit
Maximum fee per family unit: $25
HOW TO PAY: By Electronic funds transfer to the following email: ValleyOrienteering@outlook.com
In person: A payment container will be available. Please bring correct change.
Directions: Coming from Halifax take Exit 14 at Coldbrook and turn left off the ramp. Coming from Middleton/Digby take Exit 14 and turn right on Hwy #1.
Follow this road, Hwy # 1, West toward Cambridge / Berwick. Go past Frenchy’s (on right)and then a set of lights. Continue West, past FoodLand, Coldbrook which is a grocery store on your right. Just past Foodland is the NS Fish Hatchery on your left. Now look for Spittal Rd on your left or South side of Hwy 1. Take Spittal Rd and follow S. It is a gravel surface road.
After about 1.5 km you will reach a left 90 deg turn. At this turn is Hobby Horse Farm on your right. Hopefully, we will have a parking attendant here.
Please be sure to visit http://www.orienteering.ca/resources/covid-19/ for the most up-to-date information on COVID protocols before completing your event(s). You must have a 2021 waiver and membership form on file to participate. These can be completed online using the links below (the waiver can be accessed from within the membership form as well). A health declaration required to be completed on the day of the event. Please follow all municipal, provincial and federal health guidelines while participating.
Membership (includes link to waiver): https://forms.gle/hiBYx8TfpvdzCokG6
COVID health declaration: http://www.orienteering.ca/wordpress/wp-content/up...
The Event Director, Jim Blanchard, has provided some photos of the area:
Look further down the page for images of the terrain.
The pictures, from left to right: a location on a neat hill where a deer has found a sleeping spot. These are hard to find and was found by just going from trail to trail across the terrain. The two middle pics are of the same location, one w/o snow and one with snow. Trail jct is Goat and Humpback Trails. The Humpback Trail has a very neat feature that is probably an esker. It is a most profound esker and is very beautiful. The Mi'kmag would have used these to travel on throughout millennia as they were up high and often pine tree covered making for generally, easy walking. The last pic is taken into the morning sun showing some of the vegetation.