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Orienteering Meet at Oak Mountain State Park
October 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vulcan Orienteering Club local meet will be at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday October, 19th.
Start/finish will be at the Tranquility area. Beginners are welcome.
Start anytime between 9am and 11am. 3 hour time limit on all courses.
Meet is open to everyone and offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses as well as free beginner instruction. There is a nominal fee of $6 per map. We use electronic punching, for which there is an additional $2 e-stick rental fee. Small groups may go out using a single map and e-stick. Each additional map for a group is $1. (I’d recommend everybody in the group should have a map and a compass). If you want to go as a group, but are not bringing your group with you, please, arrive by 9:30, and we will try to form groups of 2 – 3 people (no guarantee). VOC has few compasses, which you can borrow, or you can bring your own (preferable). The best option is an orienteering baseplate compass. Please, ask meet organizers questions about rules, maps, courses, etc. before you start the course. We want everyone to have a safe and fun time in the woods and to learn/improve orienteering skills. More details about orienteering and VOC events/schedule/contact information are at the VOC web site http://www.vulcanorienteering.org. Here is a basic information about orienteering. What is Orienteering? Orienteering is a sport in which orienteers of all ages use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk with family/friends in the woods or as a competitive sport. A standard orienteering course consists of a start, a series of control sites that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish. The control site circles are centred around the feature that is to be found; this feature is also defined by control descriptions (sometimes called clues). On the ground, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit. To verify a visit, the orienteer uses an electronic device to register the time into an e-stick the orienteer carries. The route between “controls” (refers to the flag or the site) is not specified, and is entirely up to the orienteer; this element of route choice and the ability to navigate through the forest are the essence of orienteering.