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Meet Sunday's host, Ken Lemieux! What’s your navigation / navigation sport background? In 2011, I took an Adventure Racing class through SOLAR. Later that year I did my first SMOC meet. Jeff McWilliams let me tag along with him at a Score-O at Huron Meadows. Luckily for me he tripped over a tree root 50M into it and slightly sprained his ankle (or did I trip him?), enabling me to semi-keep up with him! I've been hooked ever since. My skills have improved enough that I've helped teach a couple of orienteering classes. I also enjoy backpacking/dayhiking. In October, I climbed Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in NY, and while at the summit enjoyed referencing my map to point out the names of the various peaks. What inspired you to host? I think anyone who is into orienteering, when they are out for a hike, often has the thought "Hey, look at that cool land feature, that would be a great spot for a control point!" I had just had one of those ruminations while hiking at Independence Oaks and stopped to read my email. And wouldn't you know it, Jens was asking for people to consider hosting a meet. So I asked how hard it would be to get a map put together for Independence Oaks. Igor got involved and has done a great job creating it. This all came together pretty quickly since it was August when I had the "sure, what the heck" thought. How did you choose your venue? I hike a lot at Independence Oaks as it is only a 15 minute drive from my house. Plenty of opportunity to scout. What’s it been like working with a brand new map? I was surprised when Igor sent version 1.0 of the map to me. Using just the the LiDAR data, he was able to put together a pretty accurate rendition. In order to get the trails on the map, I walked them and sent him my GPX track. It's been cool to see how the map has evolved from that first version to what it is now. Has developing the courses affected your orienteering prowess? Absolutely! All the scouting I've done has without a doubt improved my orienteering ability. What are you most excited about on the upcoming courses? Since it's a location far from the normal SMOC area, my hope is that people who have never tried the sport before will give it a whirl. Hopefully there will be more meets in the future up in this neck of the woods. That and I think the racers will really appreciate how runnable Independence Oaks is. How competitive are you when orineteering: My knees no longer allow me to run, so I walk the courses, usually doing the Green ones. I've competed in three 6-hour ROGAINE meets out of state, earning medals in two of them. My goal is to keep improving. It's always rewarding when you're on a long leg of a course and you say to yourself "the control should be right over this ridge" and when you crest that ridge, voila, there it is! See you Sunday at Independence Oaks! https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3113 https://www.facebook.com/events/137381140211781/
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SMOC returns to Heritage Park in Adrian, Michigan. Check back soon to confirm times. Expect the usual suite of courses in an interesting venue with a mix of open park, woods, active oil wells, replica mountains, tricky trail jumbles.
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We have TWO debuts Sunday: Ken Lemieux has crafted five different options for his first time course planning, and they are on the brand new map of Independence Oaks that looks really enticing. Ken says not to bother with gaiters - the woods are great! Sign up below to help plan map and snack quantities. And also note that we'll start an hour earlier, and it's an Oakland County park so you might need a daily parking pass if you don't have theirs (it's separate from the rec passport and the metro park sticker systems) https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3113
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These are the people that we didn't leave out in the woods with hypothermia
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Wild conditions today at Park Lyndon! Even the most stalwart of short sleeves, no hat was compelled to don more gear for the rainy run around Park Lyndon and southwestern Pinckney Rec. Results are up at WinSplits: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/default.asp?page=classes&databaseId=52555&ct=true and Attackpoint: https://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_38330 LiveLox has lots of routes up already - add yours! https://www.livelox.com/Events/Show/29189/SMOC-Park-Lyndon Thanks to Steve, BJ and Julie for hosting. They had an extensive helping crew: Scott Dye did the lesson. The pickup crew was huge, handy for making short work of flags in challenging conditions of rain and fading daylight: Jason, Barbara, Greg, Tim, Tom, Igor, Jens, John, Ellen, Julie and Angel. Tim Williams won the selfie challenge - pic pending! See you next week EARLY at Independence Oaks - 11 am to 2 pm rather than 12-3 to make sure we can get flags up and out before dark. Note that it's an Oakland County park, which is separate from the usual park passes. More info at: https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3113
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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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