Braemar Mountain Festival

"So you think you can navigate" Challenge

Sun 04th Mar 2018

Type of event: Local Race
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 02nd Mar


Results will be available soon.


This session will be suitable for those with a basic prior understanding of navigation using map and compass, and moderate levels of fitness to tackle steep and rough terrain. Take part on your own or as a group.

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Pre Event Info

Participants will be provided with a specially prepared, pre-marked waterproof orienteering map (1:10,000 scale) showing the location of control points in the forest and on the open hill. The challenge will use some more exposed areas of hill-side than the previous two sessions, potentially taking participants as high as 650m. As befits a mountain festival, the course will include more climb than a standard orienteering course. Understanding of basic contour information and compass work will be useful to help locate control points and navigate successfully round the course in a pre-defined order. The activity will use the Emit electronic system for timing / registering visits to control points. No special equipment is required other than sturdy shoes for walking or trail running / fell shoes with good grip, and clothing and waterproofs appropriate to the weather conditions on the day. Bring your own compass if you have one or borrow one on the day. Take part on your own or as a group.

Directions / Parking

Parking available by Castleton Hall and in main village car park

Registration & Start Times

All sessions meet at Castleton Hall at any time between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. All necessary basic instruction will be given before you will be free to start at any time between 2:00 and 3:00pm. You should allow around 1 hour 30’ to 2 hours for the Sunday session. Courses will close by 5:00pm.

Course Information

Courses will be set at a "light green" intermediate technical standard.

The full course will be longer than a normal light green course and include more climb - 5.0km, 400m

Course cut-offs will be available to reduce the length to 4.4km, 300m climb or 4.0km, 190m climb

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Please pre-enter for this event through the Braemar Mountain Festival website. Only limited entry on the day will be available.

Fees: £3 under 18s, £5 individual, max £10 per family with all profit to Braemar Mountain Rescue

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Sarah Dunn

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Participants in orienteering should be aware of the risk of tick bites - more information here.

SPORTident timing will be used

Please note that a lost hire SI-Card will be charged for at a rate of £30, unless the Club Commitee agrees that there are special circumstances.


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