Alvie - SOL6

Highland Wolf Weekend
CompassPoint Scottish O League 6

Sun 28th Sep 2014

Type of event: Regional Race-(B)
Type of terrain: Forest, Moorland
Info updated: 03rd Feb


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Pre Event Info

Highland Wolf Weekend

CompassPoint Scottish O League 6

Map updated Summer 2014


  • Coniferous forest, mainly runnable with varying visibility.
  • Longer courses visit the heather covered open hillside; great views of the Cairngorms to the south.
  • No areas of bracken are mapped, some areas are thicker but generally do not impede progress over the ground.
  • Rough open areas with some short bracken are used near the finish.

There are many animal ‘trods’ which are not mapped.  Don’t be put off by the swish-swish of the zip-wire.  All high fences must be crossed at crossing points (gates); these are marked on the map.

LATE NOTE (22:20 Friday):  We are aware of BOF rule 23.4 - for Level A and B events the layout of the control banner, control code and punching stations must be the same for all control sites.  Whilst we don't quite comply with this, for purely practical reasons, we do not believe that this will cause any confusion.

Entry on day

Very limited numbers of maps will be available for entry on the day.  Please go to Registration and ask nicely.

Current map availability

Start info

It's about 1.2km with 50m climb for the walk to the start.

Start times have been allocated. It makes life easier for the start team if you keep to the time allocated, and also avoids you having to stand around waiting for an empty slot.

White & Yellow course maps will be available at the pre-start so parents can go over them with juniors before entering the start box.

Split starts for families

String and Pre-O

Unfortunately we are not able to offer either a String course or Pre-O at this event.

Safety and related stuff

Cattle have been in the parking field recently.  You are reminded to take appropriate steps to clean your hands before you eat.

Toilets will be available in the parking field.  Public toilets are also available in Kingussie, Kincraig and Aviemore.

Registration and Download will be in a barn at the top of the parking field.  Please remember to go to Download even if you do not finish your course.

First Aid cover will be provided by club members.

ScotJOS will run a fund-raising cake stall in the car park field, and the CompassPoint mobile shop will be in attendance.

In the event of extreme weather, you might be required to carry/wear a cagoule on the courses that go onto the exposed hillside.  In this case, prominent notices will be displayed.  If we are forced to cancel the event, we will strive to e-mail all pre-entered competitors, and secretaries of Scottish clubs;  we will also put a prominent notice on this web page.

Streams may become swollen in the event of heavy rain prior to the event, and may become difficult to cross – warnings will be posted at the starts if this is an issue on the day.

Safety route is to the nearest path - probably South if you are on the big open hill - then head downwards.



Directions / Parking

Parking will be on a field in the estate.  You must access the area ONLY from the B9152, north of Kincraig – to get here leave the A9 either at Kingussie or Aviemore. 
From the B9152, turn west at gridref NH841070, signposted to Alvie Estate, stables and zip-wire.  The route then goes through a tunnel under A9, which has a 2.3m height restriction.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN IN HERE IF YOUR VEHICLE IS LARGER THAN THIS.  Tall vehicles MUST use the private track approx. 200m further north, which involves crossing the A9.  Do not use this route unless you are forced to by the size of your vehicle.  The A9 is two-way at this point, with most drivers ignoring the 60mph speed limit.
West of the A9 the two tracks meet;  cars on the main approach are asked to give way to campervans etc., to avoid tailback to the A9.
Shortly after that junction, take the next left, and after 50m park in the field on the right.  It will of course be well signposted with O markers.
Please arrive before 12:30.  No exit before 12:30.  Simply reverse your approach route.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO JOIN THE A9 at the estate – there is insufficient space for acceleration.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: 10:00 - 12:00
Starts: 10:30 - 12:30
Notes: Courses close 14:30

Course Information

Course Distance & Climb Controls
Black 11.1km, 455m 33
Brown 9.4km, 350m 27
Short Brown 8.3km, 290m 27
Blue 6.8km, 260m 22
Short Blue 6.0km, 140m 20
Green 5.0km, 120m 16
Short Green 3.9km, 90m 16
Light Green 3.8km, 80m 14
Orange 2.8km, 45m 11
Yellow 2.6km, 40m 10
White 1.9km, 25m 10

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

Fees: 21 years of age or older (TD5) £12
20 years of age or younger and Students £5
Adult White/Yellow/Orange/Lt Green £5
+£1 for entry-on-day.
Entry: Online and on day

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

We provide a free loan of these if you don't have your own, but if you loose it there will be a £30 charge for it's replacement.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Lynne Walker
Organiser: Hilary Quick
Controller: Donald Grassie

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.


Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Medical Conditions

You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


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