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Jan 30, 2013

Dublin-by-Night Killiney Hill Park

Round four of the 2013 Dublin-by-Night league takes place this Saturday evening, February 2nd, in Killiney Hill Park, Dublin. Starts are from dark until 7PM. The courses will close and control collection will start at 8PM sharp.
Please register here even if you are not certain you will go - it's easier to delete your entry from the computer than to type in your details at the event. Make sure to include your mobile phone and transport arrangements (e.g. car reg number) on the entry form, this information is for safety only. Online registration closes at approx 4PM on Saturday; after that time please register at the event when you arrive.
This event returns to the minimalist style of organisation used for Dublin-by-Night events in days of yore. This means:
- There will be no signposts to the event. Killiney Hill Park is a short walk from Killiney Dart station and various bus routes.
- There will be no loose control descriptions, print your own or use the ones that are printed on the front of the map.
- The start will be unmanned, please start yourselves at approx one minute intervals.
Long course: 3.7km, 140m climb, technical difficulty 5.
Short course: 1.8km, 55m climb, technical difficulty 3.
The area is a mix of open parkland and steep forested hills with a lot of complex rock and vegetation detail. Map scale 1:5,000, with 5m contour intervals. Note that ISSOM conventions are used which means that a solid black line is an uncrossable wall, not a path. The start of one small track near the obelisk at the top of Killiney Hill is marked with red/white tape. Due to the hilly nature of the park the courses are quite steep. Runnability is good but sometimes slippery,  especially in the forest on the northern side of Killiney Hill. 
All roads outside the park gates and the quarry area on the east of the map are out-of-bounds; you will be disqualified if you leave the park or approach the quarry.
We are using Sportident timing. Cards will be available to rent for €2 at the event. You must return to the registration car and download your SI card immediately after punching the finish. Please make sure your Sportident card registration is up-to-date. This event is for experienced orienteers only; beginners and novices should consider one of the many daytime events in the fixtures list. Under-16s are not allowed.
If you use a Garmin 305 GPS watch please ask for your watch to be downloaded alongside your SI card - I want to do an experiment to auto-publish your tracks to RouteGadget so that you don't have to upload them later. Garmin 305 only, not other Garmin models or other manufacturers.
Current Dublin-by-Night league standings after three of five rounds.