Aguiar da Beira area is located between 600 and 900 meters above sea level. Forest is mostly covered by pine trees (Pinus pinaster). In some areas you can find some deciduous trees, as chestnut trees (Castanea sativa) and oak trees (Quercus).
The area has moderate to high climb and large areas of bare rock can be found. A lot of rocky details are present in most of the areas, both boulders and cliffs.
Some undergrowth and dense vegetation can be frequently found, especially on the deepest valleys. Darker vegetation is typically impassable, consisting mostly of blackberry bushes (Rubus fruticosus). Genista (Genista cinerascens) is also very common in the region. Runnability varies a lot from place to place. It can be very easy to very difficult.
Forest discipline areas will be mapped by Finish map makers Janne Weckman and Timo Joensuu using the most actual International Specification for Orienteering Maps. Map scales will be 1:15 000 for Long and 1:10 000 for the other forest disciplines. Contour interval of 5 meters.
Carapito is a small old village located between 660 and 720 meters above sea level. The area has moderate to step climb (for a sprint race). Most of the roads are small and narrow. High density of roads. No asphalt on most of the roads. Runners can expect pavê (granite blocks) instead.
Sprint map will be mapped by Portuguese map maker Rafael Miguel using the most actual International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps. Sprint map scale will be 1:4 000. Contour interval of 2,5 meters.
The embargoed areas are completely forbidden to visit by competitors, team officials and other persons who, through knowledge of the terrain, may influence the competition’s results.
No orienteering maps of the embargoed forest areas have been produced before. Carapito has already been mapped in 2017. Old map will soon be published here.
1. JWOC 2021 Sprint and Long will be held in Carapito – East embargoed area.
2. Middle Qualification, Middle Final and Relay will be in Quinta das Lameiras – West embargoed area. In the Northeast part of this embargoed area is a road allowed to drive to access Aguiar da Beira Norte map (Pinheiro side). No stopping is allowed when driving through the embargo.
3. Reserve area for forest competitions is in Coruche – embargoed area in the middle.