Quick List

☐ Cash for maps, finger stick, or compass rental

☐ Compass with clear baseplate

☐ Lanyard for Compass

☐ Whistle

☐ Water

☐ Snacks

☐ Weather appropriate clothing

Before The Event

Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport and for the enjoyment of everyone participating in club-sponsored events – we ask for your cooperation with a few rules so that the experience of orienteering is safe, fair, and fun for all.

Before participating in any vigorous outdoor activity – please assess your own personal fitness level and review any medical condition you have with your physician that may impact your health. Groups leaders and other adults are responsible for this with under-age participants brought to a meet.

All participants (or responsible adult) must sign a waiver prior to participating in an orienteering event. All participants are exposed to risks and there are no on-site medically trained personnel available during events (which are held at remote locations). Carolina Orienteering Klubb (COK) provides all maps for the event after payment is received (see Registration Form for fees).

For those who have pre-registered online, a preprinted map will be made available. For all others, a blank map will be provided at the event location. Blank maps are used to copy control locations and clues from master maps presented at the event location. A compass may not be needed for a beginners’ course. If you have one, bring it. COK has a limited number of compasses available for a small fee.

Day Of The Event

Check the weather and if any ice or snow is forecasted, check the event location’s website to see if the park is closed. Otherwise, orienteering is a rain or shine sport – so come prepared!  Dress appropriately for being outdoors and expect to get dirty. Good, sturdy shoes suitable for off-trail hiking are highly recommended.

Once you enter the park, be on the lookout for directional signs to the event location. Park in designated areas only. Group bus parking should not impede other parking spaces. Proceed to the event registration table for processing and getting your map.

During The Event

  • A strict 3-hour time limit beginning from your start time is imposed. If you can’t finish a course, proceed back to the start location.
  • Always check in and out with the time keeper.
  • Do not remove or change a control.
  • Be aware of any horses that may share the trail. Give them lots of space.
  • Be aware of any “Out-of-Bounds” areas marked on your map.
  • Keep close watch on your personal items since the COK does not have a “lost and found.”
  • Be respectful of nature and park property. Orienteering is a “Leave No Trace” sport.
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