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INVOC - Craig Leach Regional event

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Sunday 27th March 2022

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Monday 7th March 2022
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Wednesday 23rd March 2022 at 23:00
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53 Participants
Entry Fees
Senior Member   £8.00   
Senior Non-Member   £10.00   
Junior / Student Member   £4.00   
Junior / Student Non-Member   £5.00   
Organiser - Carolyn Cload
01463 713799

Pre – entries only - no entry on the day. Entries are in 20-minute time slots to help reduce the numbers congregating at the start at any one time. Please try and arrive during but not before your time slot.

Craig Leach is a working pine forest with complex contour and rock detail. The bracken is down in March offering some fast running. We offer you a pleasant day orienteering in this popular forest overlooking Inverness with a range of courses to suit all ages and abilities including beginners, however, paths are unsuitable for pushchairs.

Terrain: The terrain is predominantly coniferous forest spread across the top of Craig Dunain and Craig Leach. Craig Dunain is steep sided with numerous rock features. There is a good path network ranging from well-made forest tracks to more informal paths and mountain bike tracks. The open areas are devoid of bracken at this time of year so are generally quite quick.

Map: Recently update and extended map. Pre-marked and printed on waterproof paper. Scale 1:7500 White to Green, 1:10000 Blue and Brown. 5m contour interval. The map shows mountain bike trails in the forest, however the trails are constantly evolving, so do not assume that all those on the ground are necessarily shown on the map. Due to the number of black dots on the map, the map uses the alternative IOF green dash symbol for a vegetation boundary. Dark green is generally windblown, so avoid these areas. Some crossing points are marked for clarity but these are not compulsory. Some boulders might be confused for crags.

Planner’s Comments: Note the terrain and map comments well. Some of the climb can be avoided through route choice. The mountain bikers have been warned we will be in the forest, but please keep an eye out for them. There are numerous crags, big and small, so please be careful when approaching from the top.

Directions and Parking: Parking is at Nature Scot Headquarters on Leachkin Road (marked as Forestry & Land Scotland HQ on Google maps, or on What3Words). From central Inverness take the A82 out of Inverness towards Fort William. Turn right at the Inverness Crematorium. Immediate turn left up Forester’s Way. Follow the road, cross a roundabout, and Nature Scot is on your right and will be signposted with an orienteering sign.

Start and Finish: The start is approximately 1.2km walk from the car park. Punching starts from 10:30 to 12:30. (Start times are in pre-allocated slots selected when signing up for the event in advance). To avoid too many people congregating at the start please try to turn up during your start time slot but not too soon. The finish is approximately 400m from the car park. A marshalled crossing will be provided over the minor access road on the way to the start and from the finish to download. Please follow directions from the marshal.

Download/Toilets: Download and toilets will be available in the Leachkin Guide Hall 200m from the car park. “Download” will be signed from the carpark and finish, follow these signs for the download and toilets. It is essential that everyone returns to download even if you have not completed your course. This is so that we know you are back safely and don’t send out a search party

Courses close: 15:00

Organiser: Carolyn Cload
Planner: Laurence Cload (Assisted by Erica Cload and Hazel Cload)
Controller: Ewart Scott
SI Lead: Jim Finlayson
Covid Sign Off: Jim Finlayson
Committee member Covid-19 sign off: Colin Simpson

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