Disciplines Winter Challenge'12
ADVENTURE DISCIPLINES (ALL COURSES)
This may be some simple orienteering stages, some rope activities and water sections which do not require any specific skills just sense of adventure and sometimes 'out of box thinking'.
A marked line
is literally a line marked on a map which teams have to follow, without any directional markers or tapes out on the terrain. Teams will need to stay on the line in order to find a number of CPs scattered along it. The exact number of CPs on this line, will be given to teams before the start in their CP description sheet). Most likely you will follow river, creek, watercourse or shoreline to find CPs.
Example is given on the picture, teams should follow pink line (watercourse). There was one CP along this line.
A road book
is a part of the route which is followed by use of a diagram/schematic map of road & track junctions, as well as the distances between junctions. On the course map, there will be an entrance and exit to/from the Road book section shown. In some points of this section there will be CPs and teams will find them by following the Road book. But CPs are not marked on the map. Teams are advised to use bike computers/odometers. GPS devices are allowed if map can not be uploaded.
Kayaking will be on a flat water area of a lake and river. For Pro course kayaks are not provided by organisers (PeakAdventure advanced kayakis hire options available) other option offered during on-line registration- tick the box with extra options- hire of two Finn Endorphins. PFDs and footwear are compulsory. We intentionally give you an option to use your own boat to encourage you to get an advantage of your kayaking skills and to paddle faster craft. Choose boat according your abilities.
For Lite Course kayaks are provided it will be Finn Endorphin, if you're not familiar with this craft, contact Jarad from PeakAdventure and come to his training sessions to build up your kayaking skills. Lite course kayaking section will be very short and relatively protected from winds/waves.
Mountain bike sections will be along mostly unsealed roads. However, there are some sections of sealed roads on the course. Whilst traffic is light, we do not have exclusive use of them. Roads are not closed to other traffic. You should therefore ride defensively and comply with Victorian Road Rules. Generally it’s not technical MTB, but especially where some sections have suffered damage from the recent floods, extra care will be required as well as in some downhills sections.
Trekking stages will be the most technically demanding of the race disciplines, with many route choices between CPs. Terrain will be generally quite flat with gentle spurs and gullies. Good trekking shoes are recommended.
Navigation is a vital part of Winter Challenge. Although your navigational skills will be seriously tested, the organisers have set courses which they do not consider are beyond the capabilities of the less experienced athletes.
Also we run Navigation training session two weeks prior the event- to help you improve your navigation skills. Registration and details are available here>>>