This is a cross-country ski area, not a hiking area. The ski trails are not used during non-winter except for maintenance, so they can be somewhat overgrown and hard to follow. The snowshoe trails are totally unmaintained, so they can be very hard to see in the terrain.
The ski trails fall into roughly four categories for non-winter use:
The snowshoe trails fall into roughly three categories (all are marked in the terrain in both directions by blue crosses):
In general, boulders here are mapped if they are over 1m in height or very wide. However, you may encounter what you think are unmapped boulders, or small cliffs or knolls. There is just so much “stuff” on the map, that in the end you need to understand that what’s on the map is there, but you may encounter other unmapped things.
The distinctions among boulders, boulder groups, boulder clusters, minor cliffs, and knolls of varying sizes are all open to interpretation. An easy way to think of this is to remember that you are looking for a relatively large “clump” of something. Mapper Mark Dominie described his decision making process this way:
Many of the boulders in this terrain's environment are often moss covered and have flattish tops that allow leaves and general forest "duff" to accumulate. In other words, it is quite often difficult to distinguish these types of boulders, from a distance, from the surrounding ground terrain, or often they may have the appearance of a small "dot" knoll. The mapping "rule of thumb" was: If it could be identified as being made of rock in at least 3 of 4 directions the boulder symbol is used. If only 1 or 2 sides have the look of rock, the brown dot knoll symbol with a small rock-face is used. If it's difficult, even up close, to distinguish that there is any rock associated with the feature, then the plain brown dot knoll symbol is used.
The course statistics are:
Course Straight Line Distance Climb Controls
White 1.7k 50m 9
Yellow 2.3k 65m 9
Orange 3.0k 100m 10
Green 4.0k 185m 10
Red 5.1k 225m 11
Water stops (controls with water jugs and cups):
Perhaps more importantly, you can still do whatever course you think is appropriate. Anyone or any Group not wishing to try their nominal age class championship course, can go ahead and do whatever they like. No problem!
For those trying for the EMPO Championship titles, you must choose the Class you will compete in before you go out on your course. You are not allowed to choose your Class depending upon how others have already finished.
EMPO’s classes are somewhat reduced from the OUSA classes, as we have fewer entrants. The EMPO Champs Classes and their associated courses are:
Course EMPO Champs Classes
White M-12, F-12
Yellow M-15, F-15
Orange F-18, F65+, M-18
Green F-20, F35+, F45+, F55+, M-20, M55+, M65+
Red F21+, M21+, M35+, M45+
The table of past EMPO Champs can be found on our web site here: http://empo.us.orienteering.org/results/club-champs
This is my 12th time directing (or in two cases co-directing) the Club Champs, over the 26 years for which we have records of the EMPO Champs. It has been a very nice run, which I hope to continue on-and-off for some more years (sometimes I want to actually run, and maybe even win). I’ve always enjoyed everyone’s participation and camaraderie. I hope to see all of you again soon!