Organizer: Steve Simpson (Event Director)
If the main parking lot is full, please drive to the Toboggan parking area about 1.7 miles clockwise (assuming the regular lot was on your left). Just a short 300 meter walk from there to the regular lot.
Normal registrations are processed and set up for timing etc. If you register now, expect to not necessarily have a waiting packet and perhaps needing a few minutes to get checked in, which will be worked in with the earlier registered starts and not necessarily as walk up 'n' go.
Join us for orienteering at Kensington - Spring Hill area on Sunday 11/19 12pm-3pm. (Metropark pass required).
Pre registration required!! Be sure to sign up by 11 pm on 11/17!
Normal P2P courses:
White 1.8km - 5 CP
Yellow 3.2km - 10 CP
Orange 4.1km - 12 CP
Brown 4.3km - 11 CP
Green 5.6km - 14 CP
Red 6.9km - 17 CP
Gaitors/Leg protection advised for Brown/Green/Red
Until 11/17, 23:00: Regular $5/members, $10/non members
Until 11/18, 23:00: $10/members, $15/non members. Limited to small extra map quantities; may close sooner if we run out.
After 11/18, 23:00: Contact us about flag pickup to join.
We charge per "start"/group ($10, reduced to $5 for members with coupon code SMOCMEMBER or RECIPROCAL for other OUSA clubs), not per person, so if you have extra folks in your party, just have them fill out online waiver. An extra map is another $5. Interested in racing for free? Ask us about volunteer opportunities like flag pickup, giving a lesson, etc.
NOTE: As a Huron-Clinton Metropark, you'll need a daily or annual Huron Clinton Metropark pass. This is NOT the same as the recreation passport, it is available at park booth entrances. https://www.metroparks.com/
What is orienteering?
Using a detailed topographic map, navigate to a series of checkpoints (in order for this event). Race competitively, or enjoy a relaxing nature hike with family or friends - the choice is yours! The route between checkpoints is also your choice - take a longer trail option, or head off cross country across hills and over logs..you decide!
11:xx Courses generally are available, but not promised, depending on how long it took to hang flags, etc.
12:00 Courses are definitely open, you can start now
2:00 No more starts
3:00 Courses closed, flags may get pulled at any time. You may wish to start earlier if you are new and/or taking on a difficult course.
White/Beginner - One to two miles. Takes 30-60 minutes to walk. Points are on trails.
Yellow/Intermediate - Two to three miles. Takes 45-90 minutes to walk. Flags are visible from the trail, but on nearby major features.
Orange/Advanced - Three to five miles. Takes 90-120 minutes to walk. Flags are generally not visible from trails. Cross country travel is common/generally necessary at some points.
Green/Expert - Four to five miles. Takes 120-150 minutes to walk (w/out many mistakes). This course also has the highest technical difficulty.
Red/Expert Long - Five to seven miles. Takes 150-180 minutes to walk (w/out many mistakes). This course also has the highest technical difficulty.
What to wear
Your mileage may vary; you can't go too wrong with this:
- Long pants
- Long sleeves
- Layers for the temp
- Shoes that can get dirty. Trail running shoes work great (whether you are running or not)
- Shoes for afterwards in case you find mud or marshes
- Snacks and water for on the course
We have loaner compasses if you don't have one.