Beginning Orienteering With 5 miles of hiking

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.
 
http://floridaorienteering.org/
 
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.
Gordy [masked]----

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  • Henry R.

    Great hike and orienteering. Good group of people to spend the day with and Gordy is an excellent teacher and guide on the trail.

    September 4

  • Elke C.

    Thanks for organizing the event and instructing us, Gordy! I enjoyed it very much. I will have to practice my compass and map skills so that I don't forget what I learnt.
    I've been watching the meet-up posts online for a long time and finally came out to participate. You would see more of me if I wasn't so busy doing stuff with a Boy Scouts Venturing Crew.

    September 3

  • Emma

    I enjoyed this very much, and learned a lot about using a compass.

    September 3

  • Emma

    I had so much fun today, and learned a lot. I never knew there was so much information on a simple little compass. Good to know. Thank you so much, Gordy. I'm looking forward to the next step!

    September 3

  • Dale M.

    Well that was fun! I think we did better than we thought we did. Fun group. Let's move on to the next step,

    September 3

  • George M.

    Well we never had to head north for Croom road so it was a success! Nice seeing everyone today. Thanks for sharing your orienteering skills with us Gordy.

    September 3

  • Allen F.

    Most excellent. Looking forward to a Part 2.

    September 3

  • Sherry K.

    Dang it! I was really looking forward to this, but will instead be getting work done on my car.... Hope someone else can take my spot.

    September 2

  • Peter

    Have work assignment that I can't get out of...sorry all.

    September 2

  • Linda

    We are unable to go. Sorry we will miss this. Hope all have fun.

    September 1

  • Sheri A.

    Gordy this is dependent on my job situation - it can change and does on a moments notice. If I have to go out of town I will delete myself immediately.

    August 29

  • kim

    Wish I could go. I really want to learn this skill. I'm currently nursing a sprained ankle and it will be another 4 weeks before I can hit the trail. I hope this type of event will be offered again in the near future.

    August 29

    • gordyhawkins

      Keep the interest. You'll be back when the weather starts to cool down.

      August 29

  • Henry R.

    I should be there early this time. Looking forward to the orienteering hike.

    August 29

  • Elke C.

    Sounds like fun! I've been reading a lot about all the great outings this meetup group is doing. It's time I come out of the closet and actually join you for an event :)

    August 28

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