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Forgetting your compass will be a lot more fun this fall - loaners upgraded to bubble-free thumb compasses, and they even point north (when they are not right next to each other!)
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If you're not headed to Cadillac for some adventure racing this weekend, NEOOC has a five course orienteering meet on Saturday just south of Cleveland, about 2hr45min from Ann Arbor. Carpool options available - let us know and we'll link you up with one likely attendee. http://neooc.com/classic-o-oak-hill-area-cvnp-saturday-june-9-11am-1230pm-starts-courses-close-3pm/
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Our season flew by, so if you need more navigation, check out some friends-of-SMOC events while we trace trails and ready brand new maps for our fall series: Nitrogaine IV - 2, 4, or 8 hours of overnight orienteering - 6/23 @ Pontiac Lake. https://metronav.org/nitrogaine/ TurtleHead Paddle Orienteering - 3 hrs of canoe/kayak navigation 7/15 @ Kensington Metropark. https://lostarrowsports.com/turtlehead-paddle-o/
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Results pending, in the meantime, load up your tracks for Waterloo to LiveLox! https://www.livelox.com/Events/Show/32031/2018-Spring-Waterloo
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It's almost here! The final scheduled meet of the season, at the super fun Crooked Lake. If the season ending bums you out as much as us...be sure to join us at Waterloo Rec Sunday, but also consider becoming a course planner. You needn't be challenging Team Kiwi for the win - if you can stumble around orange with a reasonable amount of cursing, we can train you to have a successful event. We promise you'll be better at navigating when you're done. You can dive all in like Ati did this season to great success, or partner up with your favorite course setters for a softer intro - like your route to the next checkpoint, it's your choice! Plus Event Director Clint does all the heavy lifting, freeing you to focus on checkpoints and flags. Sign up for Crooked Lake by 6 pm to preregister, in order to enjoy those sweet hills and Jess's nefarious parallel traps: https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3426 (or join us same day for a few bucks more) Contact us via email (any of them) or facebook if you have interest in learning more about course setting opportunities.
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Welcome to SMOC

The Southern Michigan Orienteering Club hosts events in southern Michigan.

Using a map and compass, find your way to checkpoints marked with orange and white flags. Courses range from beginner-friendly on or near trails to expert navigation courses with points far off trail in the wilds of Michigan woods.

You choose your route - climb the hill or go around. Jump the stream or use a log. Run for the win or go for an afternoon hike - it's up to you!

Many of our events have beginner clinics - check the events page.

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