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Try Orienteering for FREE on National Orienteering Day
NOTE: Only White and Yellow Courses will be used at this event.
The Georgia Orienteering Club invites you to try the sport of Orienteering at their annual National Orienteering Day, Saturday, September 3, 2011, from 10a.m. to 1p.m. at the Jones Bridge unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta. No entry fee will be charged for this special one-day event.
Orienteering is a fun and challenging activity for individuals, couples and families. Each person or group goes out in staggered starts and navigates their way through a beautiful natural environment, using a large-scale topographic map and a compass. Orienteering is "the Sport for All" as there are several levels from a competitive and difficult wilderness race to an easy and enjoyable short hike with the added challenge of navigation.
Please note that the National Orienteering Day event will be directed towards new and novice participants with ONLY beginner (white) and novice (yellow) courses being offered. Beginner-friendly courses will highlight the basics of navigating in the woods. Experienced orienteers will help you under topographic maps and finding your way with a compass.
GAOC members and advanced orienteers are encouraged to bring a new orienteer or volunteer to assist with training at the meet. Introduce your friends to a new sport. Runners, hikers, scouts, and nature lovers will have fun on both the white course and yellow course.
From I-285 in Atlanta, take GA-400 north. Go approx. 9 miles to the Holcomb Bridge Rd (eastbound) Exit 7A. Follow Holcomb Bridge Rd. approximately 4.5 miles, turn left on Barnwell Rd., then approximately 0.8 miles to first park entrance on right. The gate is the entrance to the Jones Bridge education center.
White Courses – for brand new participants who have not orienteered before. This will keep you on, or very near, paths. Markers will be generally very visible.
Yellow Courses – for novice participants who want to get a bit more challenge off paths and for a slightly longer distance.
The Jones Bridge map, being used for the NOD meet, is a scale of 1:7500 which means that 1cm on the map is 75 meters in actual distance. The contour interval is 3 meters. This means that the upward (or downward) distance between the brown contour lines is 3 meters (or about 10 ft.)
|White X - Trainer||Easiest for those who have never orienteered before.|
Instructors will be available for the first 3 markers.
|White Y||Easy with a slightly longer walk.|
|Yellow X||For those with some extra experience; if you enjoyed the white|
course and want something a bit more interesting.
|Yellow Y||More off path excitement using some land features as handrails |
(obvious features that can be followed).
|Course||Distance||Elevation (total of upward climb on the course)|
|White X - Trainer||1.3 km (0.8 mi)||10m (~30 ft)|
|White Y||1.7 km (1.1 mi)||15 m (~45 ft)|
|Yellow X||2.5 km (1.6 mi)||30 m (~95 ft)|
|Yellow Y||2.7 km (1.7 mi)||45 m (~135 ft)|
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Jeff Lybarger 404-245-7398