Dec 1: Navigate Frick Park

The Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club is sponsoring a Map and Compass Land Navigation event in Frick Park, the best outdoor playground the city has to offer.  

What is Orienteering? It’s a competitive form of land navigation. It is for all ages and degrees of fitness and skill, and all-weather. It provides the suspense and excitement of a treasure hunt. The object of this activity is to locate and find control points sequentially by using only a topographic map and compass as navigational tool (no GPS).

What to bring? All you will need to bring is a compass (if you do not have one, we can loan you one) and appropriate footwear to walk in the woods.  The East End Food Co-op will be providing some snacks and beverages.

Event Details:  Four courses will be offered:  beginner, adv beginner, intermediate,  advanced.  Start anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM (there is no mass-start like in a running race – here the starts are “staggered”, each participant at least two minutes apart from each other). Come early if you plan to do more than one course.  Can start either as an individual or as a group/family.

  • Sign In any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.;  must finish the course by 2:30 p.m. -- perfect timing to stroll over to Maren's house for the eleventh Sustainability Salon which begins at 3 p.m.  Instruction for novices will be available on site.  Cost:  $5.00 per map;  a group or family can do the event together with just one purchased map.  Event Location:  Frick Park, Pittsburgh.  Enter on east side of Park.  Go to the lower parking lot next to soccer field.  Look for the red-and-white arrow signs.  Questions?  Contact Jim Wolfe at
Check our website, for complete details and driving directions for this event and the entire WPOC schedule of events.  And check out the group on Facebook

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