Orientation course offered at Briar Hill Preserve on October 16

AMBLER, PA – Nature enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor challenges may want to free up two weekends from now and plan to set aside time to indulge in the sport of orienteering.

Wissahickon trails, an advocacy group from the Whitemarsh-Ambler-Whitpain area, is presenting an orientation course on October 16 starting at 9:30 a.m.

Orienteering is an outdoor sport in which participants use a map and compass to find various checkpoints along a mapped route.

The program, which is open to people of all ages and abilities, will begin and end at Prophecy Creek Park, located at 205 W. Skippack Pike in Ambler. The park is located on the border between the borough of Ambler and the townships of Whitemarsh and Whitpain.

The real orientation course will be set up in the neighboring reserve of Brian Hill.

All the tools necessary to complete the course will be provided and participants will receive approximately 30 minutes of instruction before starting the program.

Participation is free but donations will also be accepted.

Orienteering is “easy to learn and a fun way to exercise your body and mind while enjoying the outdoors,” Orienteering USA says on its website.

Orienteering USA is a fully voluntary, nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia. He says he is the national governing body for all orienteering activity in the United States. It was founded in the 1970s.

According to the group, the very first orienteering race was held in North America at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1941. It was organized by an officer in the Finnish Army.

The group said popularity grew rapidly, and in the 1960s the Delaware Valley Orienteering Club was formed and began to hold orientation events on a regular basis.

Today, orienteering is a popular activity for experienced hikers, competitive runners just a “family or group for an activity in a park,” Orienteering USA states on its website.

“Orienteering can gradually develop your map reading skills, from exploring a local city park full of obvious structures to navigating remote terrain with little or no man-made features,” the group wrote. .

The group says orienteering events are generally timed, which makes them look somewhat competitive.

To learn more about orienteering, visit Orienteering USA’s website.

Dino J. Dotson