SES to compete in navigation comp

STATE Emergency Service members from across the Darling Downs will be put to the test tomorrow at a special navigation challenge in the Passchendaele State Forest, outside Stanthorpe.

Forty-one SES members in six teams of between four and six people, from Gatton, Inglewood, Goombungee, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Wallangarra will compete in a five-hour navigation competition in the forest organised by Eric Andrews from the local Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club.

Andrews said 17 checkpoints had been placed out in the forest and the teams would be required to locate as many as possible using a 1:25,000 topographic map and compass.

“This forest is quite challenging and rough granite terrain, so it should really test their navigational skills,” he said.

“The challenge for the teams is to work as a group to successfully locate the checkpoints.

“Different point values have been allocated so teams also have to decide how to score the highest points in the five hours allocated.

“The teams also had to undertake some additional tasks such as effective communications and first aid, including locating a mock ‘body' out in the forest.”

To earn extra points, Mr Andrews said several Warwick and Stanthorpe businesses, particularly Red Rooster in Stanthorpe, were supporting the event by providing sponsorship for a cash prize for the winning team.

The club will also conduct six-hour and three-hour enduro bike and foot orienteering events.

More information from Mr Andrews on 46836374.

Mass start for the SES is at 8am at the Passchendaele Forest Station.

The six-hour enduro bike event will start at 8.30am, the three-hour at 10.30am and foot events between 9.30am and 10.30am.

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