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Oct 28, 2018

Leinster League - Carraig na Seabhac - Nov. 4th., 2018

bats.jpgEvent Location: The next Leinster League event (#10) is being organised by Ajax Orienteering Club, and will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4th. at Carraig Na Sebhac and Carrigeenduff on the Old Military Road in Co. Wicklow. (Grid Reference: O 105 055).


Event Directions and Parking: The event will be sign-posted from the Sally Gap and Laragh (see https://maps.google.com/?q=53.088364,-6.347627 for details). 

Parking is on a forest road. Please car-share if possible as there is a limited amount of parking.


Competition Area: The Orange and Yellow courses will use the north end of CNOC's Scarr Map (Carrigeenduff Wood) with their start close to registration and the Military Road. Ajax are very grateful to CNOC for permission to use their map.

All other courses will use the Carraig Na Seabhac map.


Terrain: Carraig Na Seabhac lies in the upper Glenmacnass river valley. One side of the valley is forested with thickets of young pine and scattered pine trees; the other is open hillside. There is considerable rock feature throughout. The valley is divided by a stream (the upper section of the Glenmacnass River) which is crossable by foot. The terrain underfoot varies from rough heather to grass. There are some paths in the wooded part of the competition area, but no paths in the open hillside. The valley sides are moderately steep.

Carrigeenduff lies at the North end of the CNOC map of Scarr. It is an area of mixed coniferous forest with numerous clearings, rides and tracks.


featherbeds1.jpgMap: The Carraig Na Seabhac map for the senior courses was surveyed in 2010-2011 by Pat Healy and partially updated in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Maps will be printed on A4 size water resistant paper at a scale of 1:10,000. Contour interval is 5 meters.

Generally boulders less than 2m in height are marked on the map with the small boulder symbol. The large boulder symbol is used for boulders larger than 2m in height. The rock pillar symbol (black area symbol) is used for very large boulders. In areas of pervasive rock detail boulders which seem small in relation to neighbouring boulders are not generally mapped. Crags are mapped both with, and without tags. The dark green screen (fight) is used to mark pine thickets and young plantation. The semi-open screen is used to map scattered trees. Lone trees are marked with a green dot symbol.


Registration and Entry Fees: Enter at the event. If you are new to orienteering please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do.

Adult:       €8
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Unwaged:   €5
Family:   €20

There is a €2 surcharge for any participant who is not already a member of an orienteering club which will be waived if the participant register as a member of Ajax Orienteering Club at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).


TimingSportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards will be available for hire at registration for €2. Participants must download their SI card at the download station after orienteering, whether they complete the course or not, otherwise the event organisers will not know if you have finished. Remember to return your rented SI card when you finish.


Course Details:


Course Ctrls. Len. Climb Scale Map
Brown 16 8.3 km 195 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Blue 16 6.1 km 140 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Green 11 4.1 km 90 m 1:10,000 Carraig Ma Sheabac
Lt. Green 9 3.2 km 85 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Red 12 4.3 km 90 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Yellow 10 1.3 km 45 m 1:5,000 Carrigeenduff
Orange 12 1.8 km 45 m 1:5,000 Carrigeenduff

The Yellow and Orange courses are not suitable for buggies. There are taped routes on both the Yellow and Orange courses. These are indicated in the control descriptions. All other courses cross the Glenmacnass river.


Start & Finish: The start and finish for the Yellow and Orange courses are beside registration. For all other courses the start is approx. 1 Km. from the entrance to Carrigeenduff with the route along the Military Road. Please take care when walking on, or crossing this road, as it is usually very busy. The route to the start passes the finish.


Control Descriptions: Text descriptions are printed on the Yellow and Orange course maps. All other courses have IOF Control descriptions printed on the map. Loose control descriptions will also be available for all courses at registration.


Safety: Because of the nature of the terrain whistles must be carried by all competitors regardless of the weather. This rule will be strictly enforced with checks at the Start. In the event of bad weather the rain jackets may be compulsory. If required this will be posted at registration. Please check requirements before you leave for the start. Whistles will be on sale at registration. Full leg covering is required on all courses.


Event Officials:
Planner: Anna Musial
Controller: Marcus Geoghegan
Organiser: Marcus Geoghegan


If you are bringing a large group please let us know in advance so we can ensure we have adequate maps available.


Orienteering is an adventure sport.  You take part at your own risk.


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