GAOCers Give Orienteering
The Georgia Wilderness Society requested a presentation on
orienteering at their meeting in Macon. David Farrier and I were
volunteered and gladly accepted their invitation. Ed Hicks of
Orienteering Unlimited provided a PowerPoint slideshow and
sample o-maps for the meeting.
The orienteering demonstration went very well. We had an
interested audience of about 25 adults, who were eager to learn.
Most were naturalists, hikers, canoers, and campers. One
person even asked about mapping a cave! This audience was
experienced with reading USGS quads, so most of the talk was
about our sport, the differences between O-maps and USGS maps,
and how to read contours.
At the end of the meeting, we had refreshments and a little
orienteering course. My co-host, David, drew a quick map of the
auditorium and flags were placed in the hall and along the
stairway. We used the stairway to demonstrate contour lines and
The group's next hike is at the Dauset Trails Nature Center. I
provided all with copies of a mountain-bike-orienteering map,
and informed them of the up coming GAOC event at Dauset. Several
members expressed interest in attending our next C-meet.
See you in the woods,
-- Kevin --