Orienteering at Deer Grove

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

Directions:
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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was great fun. An activity that the group should do again.

    March 26, 2012

  • Nhut

    I had a good time learning about Orienteering, using a compass as well as getting more exposure to using a map to find the checkpoints. Since you have to find checkpoints and figure your way, you tend to notice more of the woods and features to keep you headed in the right direction. Very educational for a hiker... highly recommend as a future event.

    March 26, 2012

  • lynn c

    So glad to be introduced to Orienteering, I will look forward to going out and giving it a go once again. Thanks Linda

    March 26, 2012

  • M.E.

    You will have great fun. Get a crack team together and make a good showing. 3-4 is perfect size for newcomers to cover the basics: runner, strategist, topological map interpreter, puncher. I've been on CAOC courses several times including one of their Night-O events, and have some winning stats. The pros are fun to watch on their expert runs. Have fun!

    March 23, 2012

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