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(NEW! Please scroll to the bottom to see the schedule for 2023 events.)

The fun way to find your way!

Hello, and welcome-

I've formed Colorado Navigation Games (aka, 'CoNav') to introduce people of all ages to the sport of orienteering, to offer challenging skills development events to experienced orienteers, and to offer customized private events for organizations ranging from schools to scouts to corporations. CoNav is a Supporting Member of Orienteering USA, the sport's national governing body.

Orienteering is a fun, low-cost way to enjoy Colorado's forests and fields while running or walking in the woods using a specialized, custom-made map.

Please join the CoNav meetup to be kept informed about upcoming events.

Events will be held on public lands convenient to both Denver and Colorado Springs.

At skills development events you'll typically have the option of:
Begintermediate: a series of easy, self-guided courses on mostly gentle terrain designed to take you from "I can't even read a map" to the Advanced Beginner level.

- OR -

Advanced Track: for experienced orienteers only, this track will offer a set of challenges, customized to make the most of the terrain, to help you further develop your orienteering skills outside of a race environment. The terrain will likely be rugged, possibly very rugged. There will be a Green/Red level practice course to cap things off.

Practice events will be like a meet, but more informal and without actual scoring, timing, etc.

Q&A
- Wait, what is orienteering?
Orienteering, it its most basic form, is a solo running sport in which participants navigate through a series of controls located on mapped features. Many recreational participants just walk their courses and enjoy a special kind of a hike. Visit https://orienteeringusa.org/explore/what-is-orienteering/ for an excellent overview.

- How long does orienteering it take?
You'll likely be on-site for about 1-4 hours depending upon the particular event. Courses will generally close in the early afternoon (see event listing for specifics), so you'll have plenty of time for other activities later in the day. Total distance for the Newbie Track will be around 3-5km, 5-7km for the Advanced Track. Fun meets (like a competition, but without the fuss) will usually take around an hour and will be 1.5-6km in length.

- What if my skill level is above "Begintermediate" but below "Advanced?"
No instruction will be offered for the Advanced track, so you must be comfortable with all aspects of reading, interpreting, and using an orienteering map, and with standard orienteering meet procedures. If you'd like to get some experience, I recommend running a few Orange or higher courses at events hosted by other orienteering clubs. I'll be happy to include such courses according to demand.

- How much does it cost?
With complete pre-registration (fee payment online via PayPal and online submission of a waiver for each participant), skills development events are $20 per person, no charge for children aged 12 and under participating with a parent (but a separate registration and parent-signed waiver is required). The fee day-of registration will be substantially higher, cash-only, exact change. Simpler events may be offered at lower prices.

  • Do I/we have to pre-register?
    Yes. As a small, simple process, pre-registration through a service called "EventReg" will be required. RSVP-in via Meetup is great, but is not pre-registration. No one will be turned away if they show up unregistered (unless the event permit includes a headcount cap), but day-of fees will be substantially higher (cash only), check-in will be slowed down, and there's no guarantee that I'll have maps available for those who've not pre-registered using EventReg.

- What should I wear?
Sturdy hiking or running shoes, comfortable clothing that you won't mind getting a little roughed-up if you go through brush. Don't forget sunscreen and whatever you deem appropriate for the weather.
You must wear a watch (or have some kind of timepiece) and carry an emergency whistle (free from the meet director).

- What should I bring?
Snacks, drinking water, a watch or phone (to keep track of time) and your desire to have a bit o'fun outdoors.

- Do I need a compass?
Not for the actual courses, as the emphasis will be on map reading and keeping yourself located on the map. You're welcome to bring a compass if you wish. CoNav has loaner compasses you can use at no charge. If you want to purchase a compass, the "Silva Starter 1-2-3" and "Suunto A-10 NH" are recommended.

2023 Event Schedule, all subject to change. 
Online registration via EventReg will open typically at least 30 days before the date of the event. 

Sat, 28Jan            Elizabeth
Skills Development, Begintermediate-focused, all levels welcome

Sat, 11Feb           Cherry Creek State Park (slightly different area than for the 07Jan event)
Skills Development, Begintermediate-focused, all levels welcome

Sun, 05Mar         Auraria Campus
Urban Sprint - Fun recreational event, all levels

Sat, 11Mar          Special Event, TBA

Sat, 08Apr           Elizabeth
Skills Development, Begintermediate-focused, all levels welcome

Sat, 29Apr           Fox Run
Skills Development, All Levels

Sat, 20May          TBA
Skills Development and or recreational event, All Levels

23-26May            Various
Multiday private session

Sat, 17Jun            Homestead Ranch
Skills Development, All Levels

Sat, 08Jul             Fox Run
Skills Development, All Levels

Sat, 15Jul             Elizabeth
Skills Development, Begintermediate-focused, all levels welcome

Sat, 19Aug           Homestead Ranch
Skills Development, All Levels

Sat, 26Aug           Manitou Experimental  Forest
Skills Development, All Levels

Sat, 09Sep           TBA
Skills Development and or recreational event, All Levels

Sat, 28Oct            Cherry Creek State Park               
Halloween-O: Skills Development and/or rec meet, all levels

Sat, 25Nov          Buzzard-O, Elizabeth
Fun recreational Score-O event, all levels

Sat, 30Dec           Penultimate Day-O, CCSP
Skills Development, Begintermediate-focused, all levels welcome

(This is a mirror of my CoNav Colorado Springs Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/conavcos/ )

Upcoming events (2)

Begintermediate Orienteering #2 at Cherry Creek State Park Campground

Cherry Creek State Park

$20.00

Please share a link to this event with your friends and family - everyone is welcome!

This is a low-key, low-stress opportunity to learn and practice basic orienteering skills. It is designed for beginning and intermediate orienteers, but participants of all levels are welcome.

We'll use the same parking, HQ area, and restrooms as we did for the 7th Jan event, but will be on all-new courses and using slightly different parts of the map.

As a with all CoNav events, advance registration is required via EventReg separately for each and every participant, regardless of age or relationship.

There will be three events within this event, recommended in this order:

  1. A map-only, no compass course to help you focus on relating what’s on the map to what you see around you and orienting your map accordingly
  2. An intensive compass-and-pace counting exercise to get you very comfortable with precision compass work.
  3. An Orange (intermediate) course so that you can put it all together!

Advance registration is required - please click to EventReg to register (RSVPing on Meetup is fine, but registration via EventReg is still required.
Every participant (all children, relatives, team members, etc) must have their own separate registration and waiver.

$15 Early, $20 Regular, $25 Late reg. Please see the EventReg page for cut-off dates. Children 12 and younger accompanied by their fully registered parent/legal guardian are FREE!
N.b: Park admission is not included.

Here's how to register*:
-1st, individually register each of your 12-and-unders, signing their waivers for them and skipping the payment part (I'll clear this on my end).
-2nd, start all over again to individually register yourself and each of your 13-and-overs including waiver and payment via PayPal/Credit Card.
Bring the puppies! Dogs are welcome at this event. Lease and pick-up rules apply.
*Select "Competing/Participating," to be properly registered for this event. Please do not select "Not Competing"

Rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the event may be canceled at the Registrar's discretion (in which case 100% refunds will be issued).

100% refund if you notify me by email (conavgames at gmail dot com) that you will not be attending later than 8pm the night before the event.

BYO water, snacks. Free loaner compasses will be available, just ask for one when you check-in.

I hope you'll be able to attend!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Galen

Sunday 5th March - Auraria Sprint Orienteering Event

Auraria Campus

Please join us for an urban orienteering experience on the Auraria Campus using a brand-new, Sprint-spec map!

This will be a fun/practice-type event with self-timing and no formal scoring, reporting, etc. The courses will be suitable for orienteers of all levels. Limited instruction will be available.

On offer will your choice of three courses; two point-to-point courses of about 3km each and one Score-O (re-using controls from the point-to-point courses).

Online registration is required. Every individual (each child, team member, etc.) must have their own separate registration including a properly signed waiver.

The total fee (regardless of the number of courses you select) is $15 online and $20 for day-of registration.

Children 12 and younger accompanied by their fully registered parent/legal guardian are FREE!

Here's how to register*:
- Go to the EventReg page
-1st, individually register each of your 12-and-unders, signing their waivers for them and skipping the payment part (I'll clear this on my end).
-2nd, start all over again to individually register yourself and each of your 13-and-overs including waiver and payment via PayPal/Credit Card.

*Select "Competing/Participating," for each event that you want to do. Select "Not Competing" for each event that you do not want to do. This will help me get the right map count.

Rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, the event may be canceled at the Registrar's discretion (in which case 100% refunds will be issued). Refund requests received by email (conavgames a.t gmail dot com) prior to 8pm the night before the event will be honored.

BYO water, snacks. Free loaner compasses will be available (not really necessary on this map), just ask for one when you check-in.

PARKING/ACCESS: There is no free parking on campus (anywhere, anytime), but there should be plenty of $2/hr metered parking nearby, limited free street parking downtown (N of Speer), and meet HQ will be abt 600m from the Ball Area Light Rail Stn and about 700m from the Colfax at Auraria Stn. There's no embargo for this event, but try not to peek on your way in! :-)

I hope you'll be able to attend!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. conavgames a.t gmail dot com

Thank you.

Galen

Past events (6)