We will be joining the Chicago Area Orienteering Club at one of their events. Here is info from their website:
What is Orienteering? "You are given a detailed map of the forest preserve, a Punch Card, a compass and a Clue Sheet. The Clue Sheet tells you what natural feature to look for inside each of the 100m circles drawn on your map...then you're off into the woods, trying to find each of the control features, where you punch your card, and return to the finish line."
We'll attend a short beginner's clinic and learn how to use a compass. Then we'll break into teams of 2-4 people and find our way through the novice course (approx 1.8 miles). After completing the beginners course, we can do the intermediate course (approx 2.5 miles), for free. Doing both courses will take approx 2-3 hours.
NOTE: Most of the hiking will be off-trail, long pants and so hiking boots or trail-running shoes are recommended. In addition, if there was rain recently, the ground is likely to be soft and/or wet and muddy.
If you need or can offer a ride, please note it in your RSVP. Since we will be separating into groups of 2-4 people and may not meetup after completing the course, you should plan on orienteering with the people in your carpool.
FEES: (bring CASH, NO credit cards or checks.)
Course fee: $15 (per individual or team, includes 1 map)
additional maps: $3
rental compass: $1
Take Route 53 north of I-90 for 6 miles. Exit on Dundee Road, turn left, and go west 3 miles to Quentin Road. Turn right and go north 0.5 mile. Turn left into the forest preserve. Continue straight at the first intersection within the preserve. The registration area will be at the Grove 2 shelter. Follow the orienteering signs from the second parking area on your left. IMPORTANT: Park in designated spots only. Otherwise, you will probably be ticketed by the Cook County Forest Preserve Police.
For more information about this event, please see: http://chicago-orienteering.org/events/2012/deergrove_grove2_120325.php
Waiver: Read the waiver in the files section (under the MORE tab). By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of the waiver.