Centenary of Canberra Flashback

Enjoy old school orienteering the way it used to be at the Centenary of Canberra Flashback to be held on the western slopes of Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie on Friday 4th October. See examples of the evolution of ACT orienteering maps here…David Hogg, the original mapper and course planner, will set courses similar to those of the early 1970s.

Details of the event can be found below and also in the event program booklet.  Note that a hard copy of the latter will be in your registration bag at the carnival so please use the electronic version before your arrival.

Centenary of Canberra Flashback
(Variety of “hard” courses on 1971 Black and White maps.  Moderate, easy and very easy courses will use modern coloured maps. Competitors will self-start in a time band between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm.)
Classes on offer
Hard1-Men, Hard2-Men, Hard3-Men, Mod1-Men, Mod2-Men, Easy-Men, VeryEasy-Men
Women: Hard1-Women, Hard2-Women, Hard3-Women, Mod1-Women, Mod2-Women, Easy-Women, VeryEasy-Women
Limited Enter-on-the-day, subject to the availability of maps.
Entry Fees: Adults $17.00, Junior $11.00 and Sub-Junior $6.00.

Pre-entries are closed.

Course Information:

Centenary of Canberra Flashback – Friday 4th October
Course Classes Distance
1 Hard1-Men, Hard1-Women 6.7 260 10 Hard
2 Hard2-Men, Hard2-Women 4.6 195 9 Hard
3 Hard3-Men, Hard3-Women 3.3 70 7 Hard
4 Moderate1-Men, Moderate1-Women 4.9 190 11 Moderate
5 Moderate2-Men, Moderate2-Women 3.2 105 8 Moderate
6 Easy-Men, Easy-Women 3.3 85 10 Easy
7 VeryEasy-Men, VeryEasy-Women 2.3 35 10 Very Easy

Further information about this event

Event 7 – Centenary of Canberra Flashback

Friday 4th October

The Centenary of Canberra Flashback is intended to give orienteers an experience of what orienteering was like in Canberra when it was first introduced here on a regular basis in 1971. The map is the one that was used for the second event, which was held in August 1971, with a few basic updates in the interests of fairness to show selected major features that have been constructed since that time. All courses using that map are regarded as ‘hard’, particularly in terms of navigation. For those who prefer something less challenging, conventional moderate, easy and very easy courses will be available using a current map.

Flashback map excerpt - 2013

Flashback map excerpt – 2013

Flashback map excerpt - 1971

Flashback map excerpt – 1971

Location: Mt Majura

Ainslie – Majura Range, 1:25,000, 25 foot contours, black and white, oriented to true north – hard courses. (While there are no magnetic north lines shown on the map, competitors are permitted to add these by hand before they start, if they wish.  The magnetic declination is approximately 13 degrees east.)

Hackett Hill, 1:10,000, 5m contours, coloured – moderate, easy and very easy courses

Mapper: Ainslie – Majura Range: David Hogg (1971) with limited updating to show selected new major features, although many features remain unmapped.

Hackett Hill: Existing OACT map prepared by various mappers with selective updating, September 2013.

Organising Club: Parawanga Orienteers

Course Planner: David Hogg

Controller: Rob Jessop

Day Organiser: Ann Ingwersen

Terrain/Map Notes: Spur–gully eucalypt woodland and forest, generally open with some dense patches, pine forest with thinnings on the ground on Hard 1 course, steep in places.

Directions to the event: From Central Canberra, travel along Antill Street to the edge of Hackett and turn left through a bus turnaround into the parking area.

From the Federal Highway, turn south along Antill Street at the roundabout, travel about 1.7 km then turn right through a bus turnaround into the parking area.

From the back of the Carotel, it is about 900 metres walk to the parking area entrance.

If arriving by bicycle or on foot from the south, you can reach the assembly area from the gate on Rivett Street opposite Hackett Reservoir.

Parking: Park as directed in the open area beside powerlines west of Antill Street.  Please do not park in residential streets in Hackett or in the public car park at the entrance to Mount Majura Nature Reserve.

Assembly: Near Hackett Reservoir.  From the parking area, cross Antill Street to enter the Mount Majura Nature Reserve and follow signs for about 600 metres to the assembly area.

Flashback Arena Map

Flashback Arena Map

Assembly: Approx. 500m walk from parking.

Catering: Blue Lightning will be selling cakes and cold drinks and there may be a coffee van.

First aid: St John Ambulance will be in attendance.

Toilets: Portaloos will be provided.

Start directions: At assembly area.

Start times: Competitors can start anytime between 10.30am and 1pm. The normal start arrangements for the carnival will not be used.  The start official will ensure that starts with the same first control are at least 1 minute apart.  Maps and control description lists/control cards will be available at the registration tent prior to starting.  Competitors using the black and white maps are on trust not to gain extra information from the coloured maps used for the conventional courses.

Course closure: 3 pm

Out of bounds areas: The local parkcare group (Friends of Mount Majura) has been undertaking native revegetation plantings in areas close to the assembly area and in fenced areas around two wildlife dams on the course.  Do not enter these areas, which will be marked as out of bounds on the coloured maps.  Competitors on the Hard 1 course must keep clear of a large obvious construction area on the eastern edge of the map.  Courses have been set to avoid logical route choices through these out of bounds areas.

Safety information: Walk west to Antill Street or the edge of the suburbs.

Water: On longer courses and at the finish.

Enter on Day: Hard, moderate, easy and very easy courses will be available. Register at the Information Tent.

Other Flashback information:

Other features of the Flashback courses (Courses 1 to 3) that are in keeping with 1971 practice are as follows:

  • Flashback control "bucket"

    Flashback control “bucket”

    The control markers will be red and white plastic buckets as shown to the right with coloured pencils attached.  Competitors use a pencil (different colours for each bucket) to copy the letter written on the bucket onto their control description sheets.  A sample marker will be displayed at the assembly area.

  • Control descriptions will be in English only.  If a control feature is described as ‘The …….’, it is visible on the map.  If a control feature is described as ‘A …….’, it is not, but may be inferred from the contours (e.g. a knoll or saddle on a broad ridge).  There is no code number to confirm that you are at the correct control, but controls will be well separated (at least 300m apart).

Features that will differ from the 1971 event include the following:

  • SportIdent timing will be used on all courses, but only at the start and finish.
  • Courses will be preprinted on the maps, i.e. you won’t have to spend five minutes before you start, copying controls from a master map.
  • Water will be provided on the longer courses.

The conventional courses (moderate, easy, very easy) will use conventional cloth markers with hanging punches.  There are no common controls between the Flashback courses and the conventional courses, but some controls for the different types of courses may be quite close to each other.  You should ignore any control markers that are of the wrong type for your course.