Advanced in-the-Forest Instruction

Filed under: Latest News by Joseph on January 7th, 2018

The Classes are Full

Here is an update with the Class Outlines.  There are still a few spaces left in both classes.  Registration is at the end of the article.

  • Expert Class (Dave Waller) For people beginning or in the Brown, Green, or Red courses.
    • Review of how to use a compass to
      • (a) determine a direction of travel
      • (b) maintain a heading
      • (c) identify linear features
      • (d) determine location
    • Navigation without a compass
    • Relocation
    • Map simplification
    • How to approach and exit a control
  • Advanced Class (Joseph Huberman) For people beginning or in the Orange course.
    • Thumb Compass techniques
    •  Handrails
      • Linear feature parallel to your course
    • Catch Features
      • A feature that tells you that you have gone far enough
    • Collecting Features
      • A group of features that signal to you that you are approaching your destination or help you locate your position along your route.
    • Attack Points
      • A prominent feature near the control
    • Pace Counting (All the time, especially if you don’t have a catch feature.)
    • Trail running – always identify how you will get off the trail before you decide to use one.
    • We will put these skills together in the field to locate advanced controls

We are offering two classes for advanced in-the-forest instruction on January 21, 2018. Both classes will start at 10:30 am, and finish before noon so you can participate in the “Open” event the same day.

The Advanced class, to be taught by Joseph, is for those currently on the intermediate level Yellow course.  It will include hands on instruction to help intermediate orienteers advance to Orange.  This is probably the most difficult transition.

The Expert class will be taught by Dave.  It is for those currently on the advanced, Orange course, who want to learn strategies for success at the expert levels of Brown, Green, and Red.

Both classes will start at 10:30 am at the event shelter which is the large shelter at the end of the road on the north side of Umstead (from route 70).

Each class is limited to 8 people. (Kids under 14 should have an adult with them and only count as 1 person.)

We will assemble at 10:30 and then each class will go out on a mini 2k course for a hands on orienteering lesson in the woods where we will be discussing and practicing the skills needed to move to the next level.

The plan is to finish before noon in time for the “Open” event so you can practice the skills you just learned.

Be sure to register here for the class:

Sorry, the classes are full.  We will do this again another time.


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