Challenge the Shield 365 (CTS-365) is a year-round series of untimed monthly GPS adventure challenges for groups of two or more at the Georgian Nordic Outdoor Adventure Centre. Run, hike, MTB, ski, fatbike, trek or snowshoe your way to adventures at any time and as many times as you like. Each CTS-365 challenge consists of either a series of checkpoints or a trail segment and participants use GPS apps (MapRun, Strava) to track their progress and performance. The more checkpoints and segments you complete the more points you get and (starting in 2024) the more points you get gives you a better chance of winning some awesome year-end draw prizes. You decide the adventure!
Our CTS-365 challenges are all at Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre.
REGISTRATION & FEE
You must be member or have a day pass for Get Outdoors Parry Sound (GOPS) to participate. Buy your GOPS membership online or at the kiosk at GNOAC. As part of a pilot project of CTS-365, our 2023 challenges are free for GOPS members but we appreciate a donation to GOPS. You can donate to GOPS through your online membership or day pass purchase or add cash in an envelope to to our donation box at the GNOAC chalet.
CURRENT CTS-365 CHALLENGE
Summer 2023: Trek and Run Adventure
This run, hike, or trek challenge has 12 checkpoints and is suitable for both beginners and families and more experienced navigators. This Challenge uses the MapRun app. The challenge is up to 4 km long and includes 6 beginner, 4 intermediate and 2 advanced difficulty checkpoints and is open from June 1 to September 30, 2023. Email for details.
HOW IT WORKS
Each month we release a new challenge or two. You can do all or part of the challenge as many times as you like during the month as long as you do the challenge in a group of two or more where all group members have GOPS membership or day pass. If you participate on the CTS-365 challenge multiple times you must have a separate day pass for each day. To sign up for a CTS-365 challenge, follow these steps:
1) Purchase a Get Outdoors Parry Sound (GOPS) day pass or membership. Link here.
2) Email us with proof of GOPS day pass or membership to register and receive detailed instructions for current and upcoming challenges. While our aim is automate this step we are currently doing this manually so allow 3-5 days to receive an email response. (Email: ChallengeTheShield365@gmail.com). Our email will include a PDF of a map that shows the challenge along with some basic instructions.
3) Install GPS app software.
Checkpoint challenges: Install the MapRun app (version 7 or later) on your smart phone. The latest version of MapRun is available in the Play Store and App Store. This App will track your progress during checkpoint challenges and will register every checkpoint you visit and immediately upload your score after you finish the challenge. Our MapRun checkpoint challenge maps do not include a legend. Get one here.
Segment challenges: You need to sign up with a Strava account to do the segment challenges.
4) Choose your adventure. Once you have all the challenge details and software you can do the challenges as many times as you like while the challenge is open.
CHECKPOINT AND SEGMENT CHALLENGES
A checkpoint is a feature in the landscape that a team must navigate to using the race map while a segment is a marked route on a trail that teams must follow. They are depicted on the GPS-365 Maps with the following symbols.
The colour-shape difficulty rating system is used to indicate the physical and technical difficulty of the segment and checkpoint challenges. We also assign different points to each checkpoint and segment difficulty.