Event Type:Canterbury Champs
Controller:Carsten Jørgensen / Jenni Adams
Welcome to the 2018 Canterbury Champs regional 2-day orienteering carnival featuring two of our very favourite maps.
On Saturday evening we will have a shared meal, even if you are not staying at the lodge, you are welcome to bring a plate and join in. This is an open event for anyone to enter.
Start / finish: From 12 noon onwards at the St Andrews College Outdoor Centre, also known as the Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge. From 12 noon onwards
Registration: There is no need to go to registration if you have pre-entered, have your own SI card and have paid in full. Otherwise - head to registration.
Costs: We have made these costs comparable to entering an evening rogaine/fun run. We have some event management and planner/controller expenses, etc to cover. We think the event and accommodation are good value for a short summer get-away weekend with excellent navigation in excellent NZ native bush surroundings. This is some of the best challenging South Island terrain available to run in.
- Saturday - Middle distance |Senior: $20 Junior (13-20): $15 Child (12 and under): $5. Maximum family rate $50
- Sunday - Long distance Senior: $25 Junior (13-20): $20 Child (12 and under): $5. Maximum family rate $60
Entry: Enter will be available HERE very soon (we will notify on social media when our entry form link is available)
Terrain: The terrain is a mixture of river terraces and landslip moraine. It is mostly covered with native beech, but includes open tussock and rejuvenating manuka, as well as some developed urban terrain. Includes numerous small hills and depressions. The bush is mostly runnable and includes a detailed track network, but has some greener areas.
Map detail: The Castle Hill map was last used in Oct 2016 and has been updated and extended for this event.
Mapped at 1:4000 with 2.5m contours. The map is drawn to ISOM2017.
Directions: Castle Hill Village is located in the Canterbury high country 100km west of Christchurch and about 33km west from Springfield (great pie stopover) over Porters Pass. take SH73 towards Arthurs Pass to Castle Hill village. Turn off the road towards Castle Hill village, follow the road past the tennis courts on your left, after 300m you will reach a sharp left turn, at this point bear right. After another 200m on the gravel road to your descend a slope to a flat area with a fork in the road, you take the left fork to a gated bridge (which should be open for you). The road after the bridge has a sharp left bend and is quite steep. If you have a four wheel or rear wheel drive you can proceed past the bridge, but use first gear and take it slow. The lodge is 150m past the bridge. Allow at least 1 hour and 15 minutes from Christchurch International Airport to the Castle Hill village and a bit longer for the final gravel section.
Parking: St Andrews prefer that four wheel/rear wheel only drive vehicles are driven over the access bridge. Front wheel drive vehicles have previously destroyed the surface of the gravel road. There will be orienteering event signposting, but please be aware there will be a short walk to the start at the lodge if your car is a front wheel drive. So bring footwear and clothing suitable for both orienteering and walking in and out. Access to lodge is open for those staying the evening. If we have adequate 4WD vehicles, we could pool transport into 4WD/rear wheel vehicles and drive as many people and as much gear as possible. This could take some time, so please allow before event.
Wasps: Extensive baiting operations have been run but the wasps are still present. Usually wasps should not be an issue in early December – it is generally over the height of summer and early autumn that they pose problems. Please be aware if you are allergic and come prepared.
4pm-ish onwards (or at a similar time - TBA)
Control collection - many legs make this go faster. We appreciate help to either collect and sort stakes and control boxes so we can get onto shared meal & socialising.
Shared pot luck meal - all welcome. Time for a bit of socialising and a shared meal - please something savory and a dessert option. There will most likely be a sausage sizzle fundraiser for young orienteers.