Cariboo Chilcotin Orientation Club event orients newcomers to sport – Williams Lake Tribune

On Wednesday, May 25, the Cariboo Chilcotin Orienteering Club held its first event in over two years.

Twenty people gathered at the Alex Fraser Experimental Forest for an introduction to the sport of orienteering by Bryan Chubb and to test the orienteering course he recently created.

The course spans the 55 acre property on Campbell Road, spaced across the property are 22 “checkpoints”, which are points that are marked on the map and on the ground.

Orienteers would spend part of their evening going to all the checkpoints, noting where they went on their scorecard, and then coming back to see how fast they completed the course.

The session was offered to help newcomers discover the sport of orienteering and enjoy a beautiful spring night.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Orienteering Club is planning more events this spring and summer, with more scheduled for June.

On Sunday, June 19, another orienteering event will also take place, this one in the Bond Lake area. The event will be open for registration and course participants from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

To get there from Williams Lake, start on Highway 20, then turn left on Dog Creek Road and drive to Mountview School. Turn right at Mountview School and follow the signs. Watch for the orange and white orientation flags.

Maps will be provided to participants. A compass is recommended and can be borrowed. No other special equipment is required. Hiking or running shoes and outdoor clothing or an old tracksuit are

conducive. Please bring a bottle of water, especially if it is hot. Printed instructions and an instructor will be available to help you before starting a class and you can walk or run the class.

You can orient yourself alone, as a couple, in a group or as a family.

Three courses will be available to try.

If you would like to know more about orienteering, the club or future events, follow the Cariboo Chilcotin Orienteering Club on Facebook or contact them by email at [email protected] and if you would like to attend one of these events, email or message so they know to print enough cards.

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Dino J. Dotson