Location and Photos
Novohradské hory are one of the biggest forest complex in the Czech Republic. Its uniqueness is based on preserved nature. The former border zone of the “Iron Curtain” during cold war preserved the area from human impact and it is still scarcely populated. In 2000 the area was claimed as Natural park Novohradské hory. In Novohradské hory spring rivers Lužnice, Malše, Stropnice, Černá and Pohořský potok. There are 16 hills higher than 1000 m.a.s.l.
Location on the Czech-Austrian border enables to organize the event in close collaboration with Austrian rogainers. In 2008 and 2009 we successfully held common Czech and German National Championships on Czech-German border. Similar approach was used for WRC 2012 in the Czech Republic, also held on Czech-German border in Prebuz. We would be happy to shift this model to the different location and community and to support a rogaining community in Austria by this project.
The hilly terrain of Novohradské hory (Gratzener Bergland) passes in the highest parts of the mountains in the open areas of dwarf pine. Elevation is between 650 and 1040 m a.s.l. Mountain meadows alternate with deep forests and swamps with heather. Abandoned villages and the remains of the guarded border contrast sharply with new tourist guesthouses. Vegetation and geomorphological varied terrain allow course setter to combine difficult passages with the less difficult ones. From athletes the terrain requires quality work with a map and a well-chosen strategy. To select the control points it is possible to choose both orienteering and tourist attractive places.