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  • Getting Started

    Getting Started with Orienteering

    The Ark-La-Tex Orienteering Society sponsors meets from September to April. There is a beginners clinic and

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Getting Started

Getting Started with Orienteering

The Ark-La-Tex Orienteering Society sponsors meets from September to April. There is a beginners clinic and instruction is available at every meet. The thirty minute class starts about one hour before the meet starts. You will receive information on "how to play the game", read a map, and use a compass.

Maps are provided at the event site. Bring a compass if you have one (a few loaners are usually available) and also a whistle. Whistles are required for all participants. Wear old cloths, preferably long pants and sleeved shirt, and comfortable outdoor shoes. Wear a watch, there is always a time limit. Normally two hours.

Most events cost $8, unless you are a member of ALTOS, then it is $5. This cost is per map. Most people go it alone but many families and groups share a map. Too many sharing a map usually means one or two read the map and the rest just follow along with little real Orienteering being done.

All our events are open to the public but you should try to register early so we can make sure you have access to the meet site. When you arrive, go directly to the registration area. Someone will meet you and make sure you are registered, have a start time assigned, and direct you to the beginners clinic. You can also corner an old timer and pump him or her for more information. Have a fun run!

All you need to bring is a compass and your wits! We look forward to seeing you there.