North Granish

Wow - what a turn out for the last BASOC event of 2013! Almost 60 people came along for some fun hunting depressions in an area where there certainly are many depressions of all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Tue 31st Dec 2013

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Info updated: 29th Dec


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Event Report

Wow - what a turn out for the last BASOC event of 2013! Almost 60 people came along for some fun hunting depressions in an area where there certainly are many depressions of all sorts of shapes and sizes. BASOC have 40 SI units so there had to be 40 depressions (I looked at knolls but there were over 50 of them). I counted 39 I could get a 6mm control circle around so used one of the small U depressions to make up 40 (and this also added to the challenge). I could have probably used one of the larger depressions as there is some debate as to whether or not one in particular should have been included. Ah well, it was only a fun event!

The cattle stayed away from the event area - an hour after we finished they had ‘swum’ through the tunnel and were back grazing there. No doubt the deer wondered what was going on and then the area went really quiet again and they probably thought they had been hallucinating on those magic mushrooms again. The sheep not think.

Now to say ‘Thank you’ to people

• First of all to Paul Frost who sorted out the computing side and the results. I gave him a bit of a nightmare with the limited capacity of some cards but he has come up trumps again.

• Hilary Quick for responding to my phone call on Monday ‘Can you please print some more maps?’ and we used them all.

• Marion Maccormick for sorting out the access and the farmer for the field parking (well, he was not actually asked for this but we had to use the field!).

• The control collectors (JOK group) and BASOC folks for helping to sort the kit out at the end.

• All who brought along something for the ‘spot prizes’; some very appropriate things were matched up with people!

• Everyone who came along and smiled afterwards! Thank you for your patience with registration and download.

• Terry O’Brien and STAG as I pinched the idea from the Faskally Knoll bagging and Allean Boulder bonanza.

A copy of the All Controls map is below, so you can see what you may have missed.

The next BASOC event is at Revack on Sunday 12th January 2014; if you are thinking of coming it would really help if you ‘booked a map’ via Oentries.

Thank you all and see you in sunlit forests in 2014, Lynne Walker

Pre Event Info

Lynne is planning a slightly less than 100% serious event for Hogmanay. She's calling it "Dib a Depression" and to tell more at this stage would be to give too much away.  

We'll be using the "North Granish" bit of the Loch Vaa map.


We are testing out the option to enter online via and encourage you to do so. No payment will be collected by oentries, you just pay on arrival at the event.
By having this information in advance we can more accurately judge how many maps to print and it makes producing the results easier and quicker. If you don't already have an oentries account it only takes minutes to set one up and will then save you time entering events in the future.

Spot prizes

Bring along small unwanted gifts - they will be used for spot prizes!



Directions / Parking

From A9 / A96 junction north of Aviemore, follow A96 north for 1 mile. Turn right at Avielochan (look for O signs & kite) and follow track slowly to Bird Hide.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: 10:30 - 10:45
Starts: 11:00 PROMPT; 15 minutes walk to start
Notes: Mass start - don't be late!

Course Information

There are 40 depressions, how many can you find in 40mins.
You will need a timing device (watch, phone, GPS etc.) so you know when your 40mins are up.

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: £3 for adults, £1 for children
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: Lynne Walker
Controller: Hilary Quick

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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