What: Beginning Orienteering Skills
When: Wednesday September 3, 2014 @ 8:00 a.m.
Where: Croom Forest, Tucker Hill Fire Tower - note: $2.00 per person at kiosk
Besides being a hike leader for the Florida Trail Association, I am also a member of Florida Orienteering (FLO). Orienteering is like a scavenger hunt in the woods, and a load of fun. There are different levels so you can gradually learn (If you're like me, that will be learning by mistakes).
This day will be an introduction to orienteering and include about 5 miles of hiking. There will be many stops as we discuss strategy to use a map and the best way to attack a destination: possibly looking for hunting stands, man made objects, kiosks, cemetery, posts, fences, rarely used trails, depressions. We will locate (hopefully) several points that you would not ordinarily see in the Croom forest.
We will discuss safety bearing, catch points, compass reading, orienting the map to north, judging distance, ways to attack the objective, map legend and the symbols. Those that want can take turns leading to reach particular objectives.
After this day, you may be encouraged to participate in a FLO activity. It is a great day trip or a short weekend getaway, depending on how far you live from the site. And a great way to get off the beaten sofa, I mean path, as you get out in the woods. Here is the Florida Orienteering website which includes tips and schedule - you do not need to be a member to participate. As always, the best way to learn is to get your feet wet (that could well be an appropriate chose of words) and this day will be a good start.
Remember, it can be slow moving and it is Florida in August. The more you do orienteering the better and quicker your decisions/choices become. Those that sign up, please email me at my personal email so I have your email; I will scan the legend, i.e., map symbols that are relevant to the day. You will want to familiarize yourself with the legend in advance. You'll/we'll be glad you did.
What to bring: Two quarts water, insect repellant, sunscreen, snack, sandwich, wear long pants (light weight) as we will be bushwhacking, compass if you have one.
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