Highland WOLF 2014

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Posted: Mon 29 Sep 2014

27-28 September 2014

Note: Some people have questioned if the 2 finish units had different times. The RtC IT team were testing out kit and replaced 100 with one of their radio control units, but failed to sync the time with the other units. So the overall time is not compromised, just the 100 - Finish leg.

27-28 September 2014

Note: Some people have questioned if the 2 finish units had different times. The RtC IT team were testing out kit and replaced 100 with one of their radio control units, but failed to sync the time with the other units. So the overall time is not compromised, just the 100 - Finish leg.

SOL 6 Controllers Comments

I hope all 326 of you enjoyed your runs today, the weather wasn't quite as good as I have enjoyed while controlling, but it was ideal for orienteering. Most of the comments I have received were very positive. Winning times were very much as planned, although there was a long tail on most courses. A quick inspection of the split times suggests three factors. The area is deceivingly physical – the big courses went onto the open and exposed hillside – best routes here were to get into the forest as quickly as possible. The light green to the West of the starts and the more open woodland just to the North West of the starts caught many out – maybe it was some tricky stuff so close to the start or runners being over cautious before their brain's were fully warmed up. Finally, as Lynne and myself had discussed beforehand, the courses could be won or lost in the green area across the path from the final open area – a tricky area with low visibility, just when you thought you were nearly finished !

This was a real joy to control. Lynne's planning and preparation was meticulous. I think we signed off the courses about 2 months ago. Lynne was experimenting with some new tag tape, which was simple, cheap and easy to deploy and to find. The courses were taken into a variety of differing vegetation blocks, which I think made things much more enjoyable and interesting for the runners and myself. All courses were carefully planned to meet their respective Technical Difficulty. I don't think there were as many helpers on the day that I have seen at other events, but Hilary certainly deployed the 'A' team – everything went smoothly, and she even arranged for a pair of bulls to make sure that no complaints were lodged.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as myself.

Donald Grassie

BASOC's Highland Wolf weekend was the most fun orienteering I've had in a long time. No complaints from me! pic.twitter.com/w2qZsG392X

— Murray Strain (@murraystraining) September 29, 2014

Highland WOLF 2015

Will take place on the 5-6th September

Pre-event info

Split start times for families

The allocated times can't accurately cope with the varied demands of families. We try and manually adjust them but accept it's not perfect. If you feel the times are not going to work for you then in most cases you can go to the start earlier or later and fit into a gap. But bear in mind that some courses are very busy and it might be a longer wait. Look at the start times for your course and identify potential slots. You don't need to pre-arrange this, just be sensible and don't take advantage, just let the start official know why you are changing times.

Winners in the prize draw for early entry are:
Heather Smithard (KFO) £50 CompassPoint voucher
Daniel Baird (EckO) £25 CompassPoint voucher
Alasdair McLeod (EUOC) £25 CompassPoint voucher

All entries received before 23:59 7th September went into the prize draw.

Locations & Accommodation

They are all south of Aviemore and close together, so travelling distances will be short, and makes it easier to choose your accommodation location.

There are plenty of bunkhouses, B&B's, hotels and self-catering options in the area; here are some links to start you off.

Dalraddy Holiday Park has chalets, caravans and tent pitches.

Visit Cairngorms accommodation finder.

Scottish Independant Hostels, Cairngorms area (not all are near Aviemore)

2013 WOLF Survey

We asked participants of the 2013 weekend to complete a questionnaire to help us find out what they liked and what they would like to see in 2014. This image shows a summary of the responses representing 126 people. So we've tried to keep the majority happy by keeping to a similar format in 2014.