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We are excited to return to Heritage Park! Alan reports that it's much drier than last year, which will open up a lot of different route choices. There will also be some interesting twists: Red will feature a map exchange, where you'll only see a portion of the course before later trading for the second half. The feel will be more middle/sprint, with lots of quick decisions and a potential for higher speeds. Heritage Park is super beginner friendly - there are lots of buildings and a strong trail network on those courses, so you won't get too turned around even if it's your first time. We'll do a lesson to get you started on Yellow if you like. https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3195
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It's harder to place a game cam well than to find flags at night! Results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/189BUS0jx_KhSUidmmqevqqDiATCEnMYeHP_v08L-j5U/edit?usp=sharing https://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_39405 http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/default.asp?page=classes&databaseId=52825
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Congratulations to everyone who survived the confusing hills and confusing flats of Chilson Impoundment for Night Orienteering! Results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/189BUS0jx_KhSUidmmqevqqDiATCEnMYeHP_v08L-j5U/edit?usp=sharing Phil Shrader wins the Night Owl, which Jens forgot in his garage, but the honor is there - fastest on the challenging point-to-point 20 cp course that was not any easier than your standard daytime Red. Team Kiwi ripped the score, clearing with several minutes to spare, despite Tom having headlight issues right as the 7 pm start time alarm sounded. Thanks to an extensive helper crew - Barbara Niess May, Jennifer Kilbourne, and Jennifer Tislerics (who also helped pack up) kept registration moving along well. Getting 30 flags out of the woods before the park closed was no small feat - thanks to Greg Gibbard, Ati Tislerics, Cooper Green, Dale Waldo, Jennifer Kilbourne, and Drew and Friends for cleaning up the woods so quickly! Watch for game cam photos once Jens warms up enough to go back out to his car to grab the sd cards.
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A few more sampler photos for our night event at Chilson, which has a beginner-friendly almost-always-nice 30 checkpoint any order, as many as you like, and a 20 cp fixed order course, of which 19 legs are great, one is so-so (a few scattered brambles), and one is a little iffy if you go straight (I wouldn't!). https://www.facebook.com/events/958990157592115/ https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3178
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Night orienteering returns! You have just under two weeks to (find?) charge your headlamps so you can pinball around Chilson Impoundment on 12/2. Using a map and compass, locate 30 flags scattered around the woods. We firmed up the timeline a bit, see details at either link: https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3178 https://www.facebook.com/events/958990157592115/ This event will have something for everyone, from beginner-friendly checkpoints near open park areas and trails to flags well off into Chilson's most confounding contours. New to orienteering? We'll happily help with planning your route.
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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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