Saturday, June 3, 2023
7:00 to 8:30 AM
Beginner's Orienteering ClassDirections
Pre-register (Deadline Thursday, June 1, 11:59 PM)
(Requires City of Buckeye Recreation Login.)
(Search Filter: Type="Outdoor Programming", Location = "Sundance Park".)
(Look for Compass/Navigation 101)
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Beginner's Training Details
On Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:30 AM, members of the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club and the City of Buckeye Parks and Recreation Department will present a clinic teaching basic navigation concepts used in orienteering. The clinic is offered outside at Sundance Park in Buckeye, approximately 30 miles west of downtown Phoenix. (see directions). Participants will learn important techniques to navigate with a map and compass. While GPS receivers provide an easy way for people to navigate, conditions sometimes make the GPS units unreliable or unusable (navigating in deep canyons, dead batteries, etc.) Navigation techniques used in orienteering are an invaluable complement to navigating with a GPS receiver.
Additional information concerning our Beginner's Orienteering Training is found here.
Special Note: Early Start/Finish We realize that starting the clinic at 7:00 AM could seem very early for some. However, for those of us who have lived in the Phoenix area for some time, we know that nice, springtime weather in Phoenix continues into June for those who get up early in the morning. The sun can be oppressively hot already later in the morning in June. By getting started and finished early, we hope to enjoy the morning temperatures while we offer a nice introduction to navigation with a map and compass.
|7:00 AM||Clinic begins. Please be on time for the class. We'll do our best to make our way through as much of the course material as possible. (Click here for general course information.)|
|8:30 AM||Clinic ends. For those who want to practice what they've learned, we'll provide a map for a short course in Sundance Park. You're also welcome to join us at one of our many orienteering events listed at gphxo.org.|
|Compass||We prefer that participants bring their own compass. This will allow them to learn techniques during the training, then practice the techniques further at home. We will provide compasses to those who are not able to bring their own. See our classroom training summary here for additional details.|
Follow this link for directions to the Sundance Park.