With the course, participants use a detailed topographic map of the park to find a series of checkpoints. A standard course generally consists of a start, a series of control sites or checkpoints that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish. There are typically eight to 15 checkpoints per course. The map is the main tool participants use. However, some participants may choose to use a compass.
“This is an opportunity to get outside, and to get some exercise, and to burn off some of the calories they may have indulged in the night before, and hopefully, they will have a good time participating,” Minium said.
How to go
What: New Year's Day Orienteering
Where: Camp Timberhill, 3976 Hamilton-Middletown Rd., just north of Hamilton.
When: Sunday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., approximate one-hour course.
Event Fees: $10 for non-members (includes a map and a timing chip), OCIN members will receive a discount. MetroParks of Butler County vehicle permit required and may be purchased at the event. $5 daily, $10 annually, park permit is free for Butler County residents with an ID.
More info: At www.OCIN.org, or by emailing Mike Minium at email@example.com.