Are you an able navigator in the great outdoors, on and off trails? Do you feel safe using a map to go somewhere new to you? Can you read a topographic map with ease? Do you get much use out of your compass? If your answer to any of these questions is "no", orienteering with New Mexico Orienteers can help you turn "no" into "yes".
Learn field navigation skills from expert coaches, then apply your new skills on one or more sport orienteering courses designed specifically to help you practice these skills.
Our next meet, November 20 (a Saturday) on our Doc Long/Cienega Canyon map, is going to be a large meet for us. Several JROTC groups are coming, possibly also a handful of Scout troops (BSA and GSA) and some other youth groups, in addition to our own members. Register in advance to save precious meet minutes and get a pre-printed course map. Multiple White, multiple Yellow, Orange, Green, and Red courses have already been set.
Sunday, July 10, 2011 (All day) - Saturday, July 16, 2011 (All day)
Boy Scouts of America conferences at the Philmont Training Center include a weeklong course on Orienteering and Scouting. From the 2010 schedule: This course offers instruction in basic orienteering skills, planning and leading orienteering events across all Programs - from Cub Scouts to Second and First Class ranks and Orienteering Merit Badge to Venturing. Time will be equally divided between classroom and outdoor activities.
Due to popular demand, New Mexico Orienteers is planning a fall training meet in the Cibola National Forest east of Albuquerque, NM. It will include a beginner (White) course, multiple advanced beginner (Yellow) courses, and an intermediate (Orange) course. Everyone should have time to run a course, get their score and debriefing from a coach, then run at least one more course.
Serious orienteers and adventure racers, do not miss the Red course designed by Robi Mulford!
Four courses. Yellow is very short for a Yellow course but has more technical difficulty than usual. Orange is short too but is both physically and technically more challenging than usual. Be sure to read the course setter's notes! Red and Green (aka short Red) are moderate in length but have some legs that should give advanced orienteers a physical and mental workout.