Israel Open Championships 2024

Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, 2024 – Odem Forest

Odem Forest is a beautiful remnant of the ancient forest that once that covered most of the Golan Heights. It is mostly natural woods, with primarily oak and pistachio. Over time the trees have been trimmed and reduced due to human activities and animal grazing. 

Event Director: Shalev Feldman

Organizer: Galilee Orienteering Club

Day 1  Odem North

Course Planner: Dan Chissick

Course Checker: Yaniv Rainhartz

Day 2  Odem South

Course Planner: Yaniv Rainhartz

Course Checker: Dan Chissick

 

Pre-Championships Training in Odem Forest

On April 2, 3 and 4, it will be possible to do independent orienteering training in a non-embargoed part of the forest. The training will include free-choice orienteering with controls marked by small control flags, but no SI punching. The training opportunity will also include a recommended course of about 4–5 km.

Training maps can be purchased in advance for a cost of 15 NIS. Contact Yaniv Rainhartz (by email or WhatsApp): 
yaniv4671@gmail.com / +972-54-4576789

WAZE Driving Instructions  (from mobile phone):  TBD

Location overview
Odem Forest, Golan Heights

Map info:  Map info and previous events
Map scale:  1:10,00 for Long/Medium courses, 1:7500 for Short courses

Odem sample map

Arena location: TBD
Parking, toilets and other facilities are located here.

Warmup Area: TBD
Distance from arena to start:  
Finish: 

Start Times

Competition Day 1:  9:00 to 11:00
Competition Day 2:  9:00 to 11:00.
Start lists will be published several days prior to event.

Registration

Price / TBD  for 2 days (includes SI card if required).
To guarantee your start time and use of an electronic punch, you must register no later than 4 days prior to the event.
All competitors from abroad must register by submitting the Registration form.
Registration deadline: March 31, 2024

Punching System

All events will be organized using the SPORTident electronic punching system. Competitors who have SI cards can bring and use their own cards.

Health and Safety

ISOA will provide first-aid at each competition site. Emergency care and major hospitals are within a 60-minute drive from the competition sites. ISOA will not bear responsibility related to medical costs for participants.

Awards Ceremony

Winning scores are a cumulative two-day total. Medals will be awarded for each category at the conclusion of the second day of competition.

AWARD CEREMONY – Saturday at 12:30

Contact Info

For more information, and to register, send email to: Israel Orienteering Office

Courses & Categories

DAY 1:
Courses /
Categories

Length
(km)
Controls Climb
(m)
Expected Winning
Time (min)
Long
H21A, H35A
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Medium +
D21A
H18A, H21B, H40
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Medium A
H50A, H55, H60A
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Medium B
D18A, D21B, D35,
H21C, H35B, H45
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Medium Y
D16A, D18B
H16A, H18B
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Short + D
D21C, D40, D45,
D50, D55, D60, D65A
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Short + H
H50B, H60B, H65, H70
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Gold
D65B, D75
H75, H80, H85, H90
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Short
D14A, D16B
H14A, H16B, 
TBD TBD TBD TBD
Shorty
D12, D14B
H12, H14B,
TBD TBD TBD TBD

D=Women | H= Men

Recreational (family) course during the championships.
On-site registration available, depending on weather conditions.

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O-Training and Travel in Israel

Come and enjoy additional days O-training and sightseeing in Israel.Contact Oded (office@nivut.org.il

Inexpensive Accommodations in Israel

Israel Youth Hostel Association – Network of guesthouses and youth hostels throughout Israel.
Israel Hostels (ILH) – Independent Travelers’ Accommodation
Abraham Hostels – Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Eilat  locations

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Odem means ruby, representing the color red. Odem refers to the color of the rocks of Mount Odem, an extinct volcano. The area is covered with some 20 guba, or volcanic crater, with the largest about 250 meters in diameter.  It is believed they were formed by either air or water that was trapped under the lava and eventually disappeared, leaving behind a big hole. Near Odem Forest you can also see Rujum al-Hiri (Circle of Ghosts), a Megalithic structure about 5,000 years old that researchers believe was used for ritual purposes, burial or as an astronomy observatory.

2010 Orienteering Event at Odem Forest
Video clips from a hidden camera at Odem (control 58).