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Learn About Orienteering & The Battle of Kings Mountain!
September 16, 2017 - 09:30 to 13:00Price: Free
Wow! What a turn out for the 2017 Fall Heritage Festival at Kings Mountain National Military Park. The COK was asked to provide information and a short demonstration course. As big fans of the National Park Service and in recognition of the park’s exceptional support of orienteering – the club was eager to participate. KMNMP is not only an iconic place of American history – it’s also one of the club’s best venues for orienteering.
As stated on the club’s website – orienteering for this event was not an official COK meet and was limited in size and scope. Nevertheless, approximately 100+ people went out on the 2.5 km course to find 5 controls (all close to a paved trail). Three COK veterans (Dan Davis, William Jameson, & Don Christensen) went out with groups and gave others instruction on basic map reading & compass use.
For anyone wondering why this wasn’t a full-on orienteering event with multiple courses out-in-the-woods, the explanation boils down to six issues:
- heat exhaustion
- yellow jackets
- poison ivy
There’s no need to expose so many people to potentially harmful conditions. Hopefully, before the first official COK meet on October 7th, we’ll have an early freeze and lower temperatures.
Congratulations to the wonderful staff of KMNMP and to COK volunteers for making the Fall Heritage Festival huge success.