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Join us Sunday for 2.5 hours of any order, as many as you like flag finding at Haven Hill (Highland Rec main entrance - not the mountain bike area!). ~30 checkpoints, ~8 miles straight line to clear. Pretty sure Jen put a few things in the way of going straight! Beginner lesson available - sign up at https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2788
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Jess and Karl and family finally get to host without freezing rain! We are super glad they kept trying again until they got nice weather. Results: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/default.asp?page=classes&databaseId=48144&ct=true Any errors/corrections, please let us know. Livelox here: https://www.livelox.com/Viewer/SMOC-Silver-Lake/Red?classId=68712 Can't wait to see some of the route choice comparisons. Note to members: If you are a member and expect to use Livelox with some regularity, let us know and we'll activate your account (new benefit for membership!). Send requests to miclimber {over there at} yahoo.com
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Sure, Silver Lake host Jess seems sweet and nice - her event pics are wildflowers! But, when not identifying plants, she is busy plotting clever traps for you, notably creating situations where you may make a parallel error. She's gotten so many of us before! Here is what her signature trap might look like and how to beat them.
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Jess's notes on Sunday's Pinckney Rec event (https://www.facebook.com/events/985181724948047/ ): This will be a traditional point to point event, with red, green, orange, yellow, white and training. The Silver Lake map was updated last year with correct vegetation, and the new map shows most trails and features well. This is the most beautiful time of year for Michigan outdoors, with spectacular views and spring wildflowers. Hepatica is all over, blood root is just finishing up, and skunk cabbage leaves are 6inch tall. Sparrows are back, and we are just before peak spring migration for warblers. Red 6.8 Km and Green 5.4 Km have long stretches using off trail navigation. The woods are still 75% open, and this is a park made up of hilly moraines and open woods. Orange 3.9 km has both trail legs and large handrail off trail parts. Yellow 3km is mostly short trips away from trails, but does include a 3 flag section of navigation from swamp tip to swamp tip to hilltop before returning to a trail. There will be two short courses, training and white designed for beginners and scouts. Sign up for the beginner lesson at https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2779 Long pants and long sleeves are recommended Bring or rent a compass. Please contact Jess Franklin at 734-429-1zero57 (leave message) or preregister at https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2779 if you are coming with a large group to help with map printing counts and more importantly, snack counts.
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ILRA results: https://storage.googleapis.com/smoc/ilra-april-2017-score-results.txt (Any errors/corrections? Let us know, smoc.mi{at}gmail.com) It was a hot one at Island Lake! We hope that everyone had as much fun as we did. Kudos to the 5 racers who cleared the course! It was great to see many of our fellow students getting out and enjoying the park. University of Michigan students who are interested in more adventure racing, orienteering, and rogaining events should join ARRO (mailing list: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X87WB3Q ; fb group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arroteam/ ), a new UM club that seeks to encourage students into adventure racing, orienteering, and rogaining events. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who helped us make our Meet Director debut! We'd like to thank Ashley, Arash, Tim, Laura, Seth, Leo, Kevin, Jennifer, Tizoc, Sandy, Karl, and Jess for helping us pick up controls; Kevin, Michelle, and Cooper for hosting the beginner lessons; and Jess and Karl for helping us after the meet. See you all at the Silver Lake meet next Sunday! https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2779 -Team Kiwi (Tom, Tim, and Lauren)
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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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