North American Orienteering Championships in New Hampshire 2016

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Every two years, the biggest orienteering competition in North America lands in the skilled hands of US orienteers.  And this year, it is coming to our little neck of the woods. I say coming as if it just arrives and we have some fun, when actually, it is a lot of work for many  individuals.  It takes years to make the maps, set up courses, register all those forest runners and tie up all the loose ends.


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Check out this article in Dartmouth’s Alumni Magazine:

Over the River and Through the Woods

JESSICA FEDIN ’17 | SEPT – OCT 2016
The sport of orienteering, a.k.a. Tiedustelujuoksue, returns to its North American birthplace.
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National Orienteering Competition Returns To New Hampshire

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Every two years, orienteers from around North America and across the ocean, return to the rocky terrain of New Hampshire and run around our woods.  On Columbus Day weekend, 2015, Up North Orienteers hosted the event at The Harris Center for Conservation in Hancock, NH.  Intense rain in the days before the competitors arrived brought wet forests and deeper streams.  The fall colors and heavily laden apple trees created a stunning back drop for the 250 runners that came to the event.

Anyone can participate in this activity at any level.  Beginners are always welcome and encouraged to try it out.  Club members volunteer their time to make sure everyone’s needs are accommodated for difficulty and length of courses and snacks at the end.

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