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LAMM 2004 - Final Details

This Supplements the Event Details & Includes All Recent News Updates


Please make any team changes online before you come to the event. The last chance to do this online is 17:00 on Thursday 17th June. This will help us considerably with the smooth running of the event. Report any even later changes to the Information Desk at registration.

Our recorded message on Thursday evening from 17:30 will be available on three telephone numbers - 01539 742077, 01539 742001, 01539 742021. It will be best to visit the LAMM website, which will tell you far more than is possible in a brief message.

The Forth Road Bridge on the M90 just north of Edinburgh will subject to lane closures from 18:00 on Friday until 06:00 next Monday morning. Queues of 1.5 hours are expected and the Kincardine Bridge will also be badly affected by the extra traffic. The suggested route from Edinburgh is via Stirling and join the relevant road there!

This year we will again pull out all the stops to keep those at home informed about the LAMM. Most of the pages will also appear on We may be living on a technologically advanced island but the Scottish Highlands still present significant communications problems and we can't afford a satellite link. We will however try not to disappoint. Those with access to the Internet on Friday night will be able to see something of significant interest by 20:30! As the competitors are setting off on Saturday and on Sunday we will display detailed OS maps on the site showing the terrain and the planner's/controller's choice for each of the routes. We aim to upload photographs and reports on Friday evening, Saturday morning by 10:30, Saturday evening by around 21:00, Sunday morning by 10:00 and Sunday evening by 19:00. Last year we uploaded photographs of each of the prize winners and this was a great success. We will do the same this year. Results will also be displayed at the end of each day showing overall positions on each course and also split times between each checkpoint. Felicity Martin will be taking digital photographs out on the course and writing about the event as it unfolds. Andrew Leaney from SPORTident UK will be "very busy" taking digital photographs, processing results and acting as our webmaster for the weekend.

After the event is over, we will offer 2 prizes of Lowe Alpine kit for best digital photographs taken by competitors while the event is in progress. The two categories are best photo of LAMMers in action and best scenic photo (which should also include a few competitors). The photos will be displayed on the website. Please only send a maximum of 2 of your very best photos and no bigger than 0.8MB. Email them to and don't send them until Sunday 30th June otherwise my mailbox will explode!

If you have booked places on our transport. please visit the relevant page on the site to check your booking is correct. We have recently added some more details for those arriving at Inverness. When the location is revealed on Thursday afternoon, some more information will be provided for those arriving at Inverness. You cannot carry gas canisters on an aircraft. Please contact Rick Houghton at Compass Point (see below) if you would like the right gas cylinders to be reserved for you.

Camping and parking this year are on the same field at the Event Centre. Please do not arrive to park a car before 15:00 on Friday. WILFS will be serving their usual delicious fayre in the large marquee, including a number of Saturday breakfast options. You may leave a tent up on the field all weekend or may leave bags at the LAMM Shop on Saturday morning and collect them on Sunday. There will be no key collection so please find a safe place.

There is some B&B accommodation available within a few kilometres of the Event Centre. We will also have a few beds (price £12) available in a very nice house adjoining the Event Centre and these can only be booked at the event registration Information Desk. Details of the accommodation will be visible on the website when the location of the LAMM goes live at on Thursday 17th June by 14:00hrs. We have arranged with the owners of the accommodation for their details to be removed from our site as soon as their accommodation is full.

Maps (2 per team) are 72cm x 62cm and will be handed out on the way to the start. If you have purchased laminated maps you will hand in your voucher (issued at registration) and receive a laminated map in exchange. No voucher, no laminated map - so don't lose your voucher. We have not used up our entire allocation of laminated maps and so about 50 extra vouchers will be available at registration on a first come, first served basis - price £3 each. For those whose maps are not laminated, map bags will be available for purchase at registration. Plain maps are not waterproof so please ensure that you take a large enough map bag with you and if the weather is really bad we suggest that you save one map for use on the second day. Also carry some money with you in case you get stranded miles from the Event Centre.

After the event is over, plain LAMM 2004 maps will be available in the marquee for the bargain price of £2 each. We suggest that you bring a postal tube to protect any map you purchase after the event, otherwise these will be available from the shop for £0.70 each.

LAMM 2004 DRY ZONE TEE SHIRT - Great 2004 Colours & Fantastic Value
To see the 2004 Colours, logo and details, click here. This year we will offer another a special edition tee shirt bearing the LAMM 2004 logo. It will be Lowe Alpine's Dry Zone T-Shirt, the most technological garment ever offered at a LAMM with special zones woven into the fabric to allow moisture to escape. Even with the special LAMM logo the price of £17 is little more than 50% of the retail price. You will not be able to purchase the LAMM Dry Zone more cheaply elsewhere.

We still have a few LAMM2002 tee shirts (£5) and LAMM 2003 Dryflo tees (£14), available from the online LAMM Shop.

REGISTRATION will be open from 16:00 - MIDNIGHT on Friday but be closed between 22:00 and 22:45 for the marshals briefing. On Saturday morning it will open from 06:00 - 09:15. At registration you will receive your Si-Card and wriststrap, 2 LAMM 2004 car stickers, 2 small polybags for the Control Descriptions (which are not waterproof), a pair of foot shaped plastic bags care of Sidas. The Information Desk will provide your Saturday start time, vouchers for laminated maps and allow you to register any VERY LATE team/course changes.

INDEMNITY FORM Each team must complete one of these forms and hand it in at registration. You will find the form on tables near to registration.

Start times will be provided at registration. If you are registering on Friday and heading off to find accommodation or not arriving to register until Saturday morning you will be given start times nearer to 09.15 unless you are on the Elite/A (07:40).

The midges can be quite annoying if it is humid or still. Try to bring some insect repellent or a net.

Unlike the south of England, this part of Scotland has been very wet of late and the midcamp especially is quite a damp place at the moment. We would recommend that you cut a very thin piece of plastic sheet to the shape of your groundsheet and carry it to the midcamp.

The water at the Event Centre, on the course and at the midcamp is consumed at your own risk and if you are in any doubt water should either be boiled or purified. Please do not wash anything in the water bin at the Event Centre and only dip clean pans and water bottles into the bin. At the midcamp, please do not wash in the water upstream of the camp.

The usual rudimentary toilets will be available at the midcamp field. These must be used for all solid deposits! We will have some portaloos at the Event Centre but you can avoid the queue by using the "traditional" slit trenches.

SPORTident SI-Card
Those who are hiring an SI Card will receive one card per team at registration while those of you who are using your own must present it at registration so that we can confirm the card number. If you have chosen to hire a card, it will be attached loosely to your wrist using a tamper proof wrist strap. This will remain attached all weekend and be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire. If you lose, break or take a hire card home with you the charge will be £18.00. This is one reason why we are now using these wristbands for non-orienteering events of more than 2 hours duration. Also you will quickly get used to carrying the card on your wrist. Wrists do swell during exercise and providing you have attached the card loosely, you will hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight.

The six figure grid references you will be given represent the bottom left corner of a 100m square. The exact location could be anywhere within the 100m square and the description should enable you to locate the checkpoint precisely. Due to the steepness of the ground, some checkpoints will be described as being, for example, 'on the 540m map contour'. This is to enable you to locate the precise point on the map and it may not always accurately reflect the height you are seeing on your wrist altimeter (should you be lucky enough to have one)! If a checkpoint station doesn't beep or flash, please memorise the 3 letter word written on the station and tell us at the finish.

Please remember not to touch any deer calves, even if they appear to be distressed as the mother will often reject them if human scent is detected. Also try to avoid stepping on nests of baby grouse - the estates get annoyed. A number of rivers in this area soon become uncrossable after prolonged rain or even a heavy shower. If in doubt, move UPSTREAM, not DOWNSTREAM to cross and if moving downstream, ensure that if all else fails you can cross by a bridge. Carry all your rubbish back to the Event Centre on Sunday and be prepared to show it during a kit check.

DOCTORS: Please collect a 'Barrier Tape Streamer' at registration and attach it to your tent at the Event Centre and midcamp so that we can locate you in an emergency.

This is printed on the control descriptions and should only be used in extremis. Rescue facilities are only available to deal with potentially life-threatening situations. Emergency medical facilities will be available both at the midcamp and at the end of day 2.

The start regime for the Sunday morning will be flexible, as in 2003. Chasing Start times will be displayed on the final column of the results sheet by 19:00 on Saturday. There will be a Chasing Start for the leading teams, which will begin at 06:00. This will carry on until 06:50 and the majority of the teams will start from 07:00 onwards at any time of their choosing until 07:30. In 2003, we introduced race position numbers which were worn by teams in the Chasing Start on each course Elite -> D. This was very successful and we will extend this to include the first 15 teams on each of these courses. All teams in the first 15 positions on their course at the end of day 1 should come to the midcamp results tent after 20:00 to be given 4 race numbers which indicate your course and position. Each team member will wear the numbers pinned on the front and on the back of the rucksack.

Teams that retire or are disqualified on Day 1 are very welcome to start Day 2. Teams will start from a taped area close to the mid-camp and all will use their Si-Card to record their start time. Course description sheets will be issued in the taped area. Competitors will receive description sheets just after they start. Any teams taking more than 9 hours to complete Day 1 or who are concerned that they will miss the coach at 14:00 will be given the opportunity of starting at any time from 06:00 onwards. We hope that this will help to draw the slower teams along and when the majority of teams catch up, they will help to motivate the slower teams. Also we hope that the range of finish times will be compressed.

PRIZEGIVING will take place at approximately 13:15 and this will allow the Glasgow coach to depart at 14:00.

If you have space in your car and are heading back to the Glasgow or Inverness areas, please locate Martin Stone when you are almost ready to leave and offer lifts to those who have either missed the coach to Glasgow or need to get to the centre of Inverness. This will be very helpful to us.

CAMPING IS AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT You are very welcome to camp at the Event Centre on Sunday night. The local hostelries will welcome your custom.

Sheena Privett of Liverpool John Moores University, is carrying out research into problems that competitors in events such as the LAMM can suffer immediately after they finish an event. She would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to look at the information at and help her by completing the questionnaire. Forms will also be available to complete and leave at the event centre Information Desk.

Rick and Angela Houghton will have their mobile shop at the event. Telephone: 01253 795597 or email Order online from

18"x24" map bags, fine waterproof pens, Blizzard Packs, videos of the LAMM 1997 Jura Classic, the handbook "Mountain Navigation For Runners" by Martin Bagness (at a special event price of £4) and maps from previous events. Additional maps from LAMM 2003 can also be purchased at the end of the event.

Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

Racing together - the spirit of the event