Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club

Team BASOC at Nevis Range POC

Cutting the tape
Cutting the tape
Credit: Lynne Walker
Published: Mon 1 Jul 2024

Seven from BASOC made their way over the Nevis Range to take part in the opening of the Permanent Orienteering Course on Saturday 29th June 2024 - with less than a week's notice this was a great turn out from BASOC.

Andy Llewellyn (BASOC member as well as FVO) has worked with Nevis Range to establish a POC beside the top gondola station. The POC has 22 controls with 10 of these being on or adjacent to the paths and the other 12 requiring some navigational skills - and quite a bit of uphill effort! When you visit some of the controls you are at a viewpoint - although the views on Saturday were a bit shrouded in mist.

Andy and Nevis Range had a 'Grand opening' of the course on Saturday afternoon. 29 people turned up to try the course (how many were attracted by a half price gondola ticket?!), some from INVOC, some from EckO, Team BASOC and some had just seen it advertised on facebook.

After a briefing beside the bottom gondola station, we all piled into the bubbles and were whisked up high (well from 100m to 650m, yes it was a lot colder and windier at the top). Briefly inside to dump bags then out for the tape cutting ceremony. Everyone then had an hour to visit as many controls as they wanted to - congratulations to the Cloads who visited them all well within the time limit. Rebecca visited the highest control (control 22 and she might also have got them all, I forgot to ask) while the rest of Team BASOC ambled around the lower controls.

After the exercise, many stayed for a meal and chat in the Nevis Range Bar. During this Cameron (EckO) was tasked with handing out water bottles to all participants - this was quite a task as he could only carry 4 bottles at once! It was then home time for all, except Paul & Lynne who elected to stay on site in their motorhome and have a cycle the next day. It was great to see the team spirit in BASOC, all decked out in club kit and enjopying the impromptu club outing.

If you would like to tackle the POC yourself and visit the highest control site in the UK, maps are available at Nevis Range. Details are on the Go Orienteering page.