November 20 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Use Map and Compass Skills to Navigate A Course in Wind Creek State Park!
Orienteering is a sport in which orienteers of all ages use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk with family/friends in the woods or as a competitive sport.
A standard orienteering course consists of a start, a series of control sites marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish. The control site circles are centered around the feature that is to be found; which is also defined by control descriptions (sometimes called clues). On the ground, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit. To verify a visit, the orienteer uses an electronic device to register the time into an e-stick the orienteer carries.
The route between “controls” (refers to the flag or the site) is not specified, and is entirely up to the orienteer; this element of route choice and the ability to navigate through the forest are the essence of orienteering.
Orienteering is a sport for everyone, regardless of age or experience.
The competitive athlete can experience the exhilaration of running through the woods at top speed, while the non-competitive orienteer can enjoy the forest at a more leisurely pace. Most events provide courses for all levels–from beginner to advanced.