If you like the outdoors, adventure & exercise then orienteering is for you! Great Eastern Navigators is an Orienteering Club based around South Dublin. Our members range in age from about 8 to 80! We hold training and events throughout the year and welcome any enquiries or new members.

Brockagh – Sunday 24th April 2016

Brockagh Mountain; East Top & Mall Hill

(25/04/16) A fitbit was found in the forest at this event; if you think it is yours, please contact gen@orienteering.ie

GEN is running the 10th event in the Leinster League on Sunday 24th April in Brockagh, (near Laragh, Co Wicklow). We would like to thank the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for access to some lands.

Suitable for:
Experienced orienteers and beginners, adults, children and family groups.  If you planning to bring a large group, please contact us at gen@orienteering.ie
If you have never orienteered or navigated before you are very welcome – we recommend you read the IOA FAQ on http://www.orienteering.ie/frequently-asked-questions
and ask for some advice and guidance from any of the event officials.  We will
be happy to help.

Start Times:
You can start any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Courses:
Yellow 2.1 km, 75 m climb, 11 controls - suitable for parents with children, experienced juniors and novice/ramblers
Orange 3.0 km, 160 m climb, 12 controls – as per the Yellow but slightly trickier/longer
Red 4.0 km, 270 m climb, 14 controls – for runners/strong walkers who would like an introduction to navigation
Light Green 3.4 km, 260 m climb, 9 controls – for experienced orienteers
Green 4.3 km, 240 m climb, 8 controls – for experienced orienteers
Blue 6.9 km, 405 m climb, 14 controls – for experienced orienteers
Brown 7.6 km, 430 m climb, 14 controls – for experienced orienteers

Map:
1:10 000 (red, light green, green, blue, brown)
1:7 500 (yellow, orange)
5-m contour intervals

Magnetic North and Grid lines on the map: the Magnetic North/South grid lines on the map are shown in blue and are at an angle of approx. 5 degrees to the vertical on the paper map.

Control descriptions: text (yellow, orange), text & symbols (red), symbols (l. green, green, blue, brown).

Start and Finish: All courses start at the same location about 500 m beyond registration.  The Yellow course finishes on a forest road, and all other courses finish on the mountain adjacent to the same forest road and about 500 metres distance from it.  The route back to the cars from the finishes will be signed.

Cost:
€8 for adults (+€2 to hire the SI card if required), €5 for children, unwaged, 65+, €20
for family group.
The €2 for SI card hire is waived for GEN members.  If you are not a member of any club then you can join GEN for free at the event. Please ask at registration for details.
There is no pre-entry for this event; just turn up and register on the day.

Directions:
Turn off the N11 at Kilmacanogue heading South following signs for Roundwood and  Laragh along the R755.
From Laragh take the R756 (towards Glendalough). After about 350 m, turn right (towards St. Kevin’s Church).  The entrance to Brockagh wood is on your right after about 200 m (through a parking area behind the school). Drive to the east end of the parking area and take the forest road from here (T1400 9686) in an easterly direction.  Continue for about 700 metres until you reach a junction with the Wicklow Way.  From this junction, take the 3rd exit (right) going more or less due north.  There is parking available along this forest road from the junction at T1382 9736 up as far as registration at T 1364 9768, about 650 metres in all.
The event will be signposted from Laragh.

Trooperstown – Sunday 6th December 2015

GEN is running the 5th event in the Leinster League on Sunday 6th December in Trooperstown, (near Laragh, Co Wicklow).
Suitable for:
Experienced orienteers and beginners, adults, children and family groups.  If you planning to bring a large group, please contact us at gen@orienteering.ie
If you have never orienteered or navigated before you are very welcome – We recommend you read the IOA FAQ on http://www.orienteering.ie/frequently-asked-questions and ask for some advice and guidance from any of the event officials.  We will be happy to help.
Start Times:
You can start any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Courses:
Yellow 1.5 km - suitable for parents with children, experienced juniors and novice/ramblers
Orange 2.2 km - as per the Yellow but slightly trickier/longer
Red 4.5 km - for runners/strong walkers who would like an introduction to navigation
Light Green 3.3 km - for experienced orienteers
Green 4.1 km - for experienced orienteers
Blue 5.7 km - for experienced orienteers
Brown 7.0 km - for experienced orienteers
 
Map:
1:10 000
Cost:
€8 for adults (+€2 to hire the SI card required), €5 for children, unwaged, 65+, €20 for family group.
There is no pre-entry for this event; just turn up and register on the day.
Directions:
Turn off the N11 at Kilmacanogue heading South following signs for Roundwood, Laragh & Glendalough along the R755.
After Roundwood you pass through Annamoe. 2.6km after Annamoe, you will see a Coillte sign for Trooperstown on your left (opposite the Trooperstown Lodge B&B). Turn in here at the ‘Orienteering’ Signpost (Grid reference T155 972). If you get to Laragh you have gone too far, turn back, and the turn is now on your right after 1.6km. When you turn off the R755 into Trooperstown, leave the Mountain Rescue building on your left and continue down a rough road following the parking signs.

 

Cabinteely Park – June 30th (Tuesday evening)

Cabinteely Park Orienteering

Cabinteely Park Orienteering

GEN is running a ‘Come and Try it’ event in Cabinteely Park as part of a series of Tuesday evening events.

Suitable for:
Accompanied children (4 years +), Novices with no navigation experience (ramblers, runners, outdoor enthusiasts etc). Buggies: parents with buggies should justabout manage the short course, but it’s mostly on grass with a few forays into the woods, so it won’t be easy.
You don’t have to pre-enter or have any special equipment. If you haven’t been orienteering before read the IOA FAQ on http://www.orienteering.ie/frequently-asked-questions.
If you have never orienteered or navigated before you are very welcome – just ask for some advice and guidance from any of the event officials and we will be happy to help.
The weather is currently looking nice. Tea & biscuits will be available, free to any participants. Toilets are located at the car park (€0.20c coin operated).

Start Times:
You can start any time between 6pm and about 7pm.

Courses:
Short: 1.6km – ideal for completely novice navigators, children (4+ years accompanied, 10+ alone)
Long: 3.7km – ideal for children 14+, adults with no navigation experience

Map:
1:2,500 scale, printed on waterproof paper

Cost:
€5 for seniors, €4 for children, unwaged, 65+

Directions:
Turn off the N11 at Cornelscourt, heading SW for the M50. Turn up Cornelscourt Hill Road. After 300m take the first left at the roundabout onto Park Drive. Continue straight for 400m until you reach the car park for Cabinteely Park. Park here and walk into the park – registration is in front of Cabinteely House. If the car park is full there is ample parking on the surrounding streets and in the shopping centre car park.

normal Grid Ref = O 227 249
10 digit Grid Ref = O 22799 24918
Latitude = 53.26041 (north)
Longitude = -6.15958 (west)
Latitude = 53°15’37″ (north)
Longitude = 6°9’34″ (west)
Tetrad = O22H

Map (https://goo.gl/maps/HJxLy):


If you have any questions please contact gen@orienteering.ie or 086 262 1445.

Trooperstown on Sunday 12th April

GEN’s final event of the season is on Sunday, 12th April in Trooperstown, Co Wicklow. Details as follows:

Suitable for:
Accompanied children (6 years +), Novices with no navigation experience (ramblers, runners, outdoor enthusiasts etc).
You don’t have to pre-enter or have any special equipment. If you haven’t been orienteering before read the IOA FAQ on http://www.orienteering.ie/frequently-asked-questions.

Start Times:
You can start any time between 11am and 1pm.

Courses:
Yellow: 2.0 km, 70 m – suitable for parents with children (accompanied 6 years +), experienced juniors (10+) and novice/ramblers
Orange: 2.1 km, 90 m – as per the Yellow but slightly trickier/longer
Red: 5.3 km, 150 m – for runners/strong walkers who would like an introduction to navigation
Light green: 3.0 km, 100 m – for experienced orienteers
Green: 4.9 km, 145 m – for experienced orienteers
Blue: 7.8 km, 340 m – for experienced orienteers
Brown: 11.3 km, 445 m – for experienced orienteers

Cost:
€8 for seniors (+€2 to hire the SI card required), €5 for unwaged, 65+

Directions:
Turn off the N11 at Kilmacanogue heading South following signs for Roundwood, Laragh & Glendalough along the R755.

After Roundwood you pass through Annamoe. 2.6km after Annamoe, you will see a Coillte sign for Trooperstown on your left (opposite the Trooperstown Lodge B&B). Turn in here (you should see an ‘Orienteering’ signpost). If you get to Laragh you have gone too far, turn back, and the turn is now on your right after 1.6km. When you turn off the R755 into Trooperstown, leave the Mountain Rescue building on your left and continue down a rough road until you get to the car park. Leave the car park on your left and continue over the bridge. Turn left at the t-junction then keep right and follow parking signs/directions.

normal Grid Ref = T 159 968
10 digit Grid Ref = T 15938 96888
Latitude = 53.01017 (north)
Longitude = -6.27247 (west)
Latitude = 53°0’37″ (north)
Longitude = 6°16’21″ (west)
Tetrad = T19N

Map (https://goo.gl/maps/fGtj0):

If you have any questions please contact gen@orienteering.ie or 086 262 1445.

 

Night Orienteering in Bushy Park on 31st January 2015

Great Eastern Navigators are holding a Night Orienteering Event at Bushy Park on Saturday 31st January 2015. Thanks to AJAX for use of the Bushy Park map.

1. There will be 2 courses; Long: 4.0 km, 16 controls and Short: 2.0 km, 9 controls

2. Registration and Start Times: 18:00 to 19:00; The start closes at 19:00 sharp. Courses close at 20.30pm

3. Entry Prices: Adult €8, Student €5;

4. You must be over 16 and an experienced orienteering to take part.

5. Parking will be along Rathdown Avenue. Registration and Start will be at the Entrance to the park along this road.

6. Thank you for pre-entering. Please pay at the event. Don’t worry if you change your mind about attending.

Orienteering is an adventure sport. Competitors take part at their own risk. It is advised that competitors taking part carry any necessary equipment during an event, and wear suitable clothing. Please respect the environment and ensure you leave the area in the same way you found it. All results will be uploaded to the IOA results webpage after the event.

Junior Training in Cabinteely Park

Last Sunday saw a new initiative by Pat & Jackie McCavana – junior junior training.

14 GEN juniors turned out, ranging from about 4 years to 10 years old. A number of map-based exercises were available which culminated in a mapped ‘tape maze’ relay.

Many thanks to Pat & Jackie and well done to all our budding juniors who hopefully benefitted from the session (and enjoyed it as well by the looks of things!).

Tape Maze relay

Tape Maze relay

 

 

 

 

Junior Juniors find Control 1

Junior Juniors find Control 1

 

 

 

 

expert tutor!

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503

Mick Kellett, RIP, 26th December 2014

Mick Kellett passed away earlier today at his home in Raheny, Dublin. He will be missed by all in the Orienteering Community. He was a long serving member of Great Eastern Navigators. Mick always gave generously of his time to Orienteering, particularly Schools Orienteering, in the last few years. He was one of the founding members of An Oige Mountain Rescue Team (which later became the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team). Mick was part of the outdoors community in Ireland for many, many years. He was a great character who always enjoyed the social aspect of Orienteering. At this year’s Irish Orienteering Championship in Lough Firrib Mick won the M75 class. There are no funeral arrangements known at this moment. His wife Brenda, his children and grandchildren are in our prayers. May he rest in peace.

Corkagh Event this Sunday (14th December 2014)

Join Great Eastern Navigators in Corkagh Demesne for some Christmas cheer on Sunday 14th December!
Start times: 11:00 to 13:00

Parking is in the car park at the North end of the Park, (St. John’s). This will be sign posted from N7 Junction 2. Google map is

Course lengths:
Bauble (short) 1.5 km
Star (medium) 3.1 km
Christmas tree (long) 4.2 km

You can enter on-line here and pay on the day (This makes it easier for us), or just turn up on the day. Beginners and families welcome.

Entry fees:
Adult €6
Concession €4
Reduced rates for families and groups (€15 for 3 to 4 maps)
SI Card Hire €2

Well done Jarvis, our Leinster Champion!

Well done to the GEN winner of the recent Leinster Orienteering Championships, our M10 Leinster Champion, Jarvis Hodkinson!

We had several other junior finishers on the podium, most notably Aoife McCavana who despite being fastest on most of the legs was let down by 5, 6 & 7 (but then caught up on Roisin on several of the legs after that). Other juniors in action were Paul Butterfield, Hans vanGelderen, Joseph Butterfield, Dexter Hodkinson, Eadaoin McCavana. Well done all!

Of the seniors, podium placers were Pat McCavana, Des Doyle, Mick Kellett and Heather Wood. Well done all!

Go GEN, go!

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