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Tired of all the concrete? Come explore the forests surrounding NYC and feel at one with nature. Using just a map and a compass, choose to walk or race your way through a series of 'control points' that will take you on and off the trails. All events will have courses for beginners (with instruction provided) up to advanced navigators. Events will typically be held on weekends and venues will range from the boroughs of NYC to the surrounding suburbs.

This meetup will provide the opportunity for folks to learn about upcoming events, arrange to travel together to events and share our adventures in the forests!

What Is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a sport that exercises both mind and body. It challenges you to read a map, make decisions, plan a route, all while moving across streams, over rocks or along scenic trails. Moreover, it can be done at any age, leisurely or competitively, by families and couples out for a day’s stroll, or by more serious runners or hikers running individually.

You (or your team, if you prefer) will follow the course – a series of lines and circles drawn on your map – to find posted flags/markers, called controls. At each control, you will "punch-in" to prove that you were in the right spot.

The easiest course, for children and adult beginners, is usually 1-1.5 miles in length, and has controls that can all be reached from existing park trails.

The most advanced course is considerably longer and requires off-trail navigation, with excellent understanding of the map’s contours and symbols.

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