June 5, 2005
Busse Woods North

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Meet Director: Lisa McNerney
Course Setter: Tom Favale

9:30 a.m. Beginners' Clinic
10 a.m. Registration and Start
12 p.m. Registration closes
2 p.m. Courses close

(Maximum time on course: 3 hours)

Cost: (per individual or team)
CAOC members $5
non-members $8
additional maps $2
rental compass $1
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(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)


Busse Woods, just east of Woodfield Mall, will be a delight for precise navigators this spring. We'll be using the wooded section on the north side of Higgins Road. Because this is one of our most popular meet locations, please plan to get there early, or be prepared to park in one of the overflow lots and walk 10-15 minutes to Registration. Busse Woods is one of the Midwest's oldest, most established forest preserves, and has very little underbrush in the extensive forests. As a result, travel is fast and courses will be longer than normal. But it is also very flat, with large areas without trails or other man-made features, so it is easy to get lost! Plan on practicing pace counting, walking a compass bearing, and other orienteering techniques such as use of handrails, attack points and catching features. Come to the Beginners' Clinic at 9:30 if you need to brush up on these skills!

Take I-90 (Kennedy Expwy and Northwest Tollway) northwest of the Loop 21 miles. Exit at Arlington Heights Rd. and turn left (south). Go 1 mile to Higgins Rd. Turn right and go 0.7 mile to the first entrance to the forest preserve on your right. Watch for the red and white orienteering signs to direct you to the registration area.

You can also take I-290 / Route 53 to Higgins Rd. and go east 1.6 miles to the third forest preserve entrance on the left (north).

Public Transportation:
The Pace #208 bus runs every half-hour starting at 7:45 a.m. from the Davis stop on the Purple Line in Evanston. The bus travels along Golf Road which borders Busse Woods on the north. A much shorter bus ride is available on the #606 Pace bus that leaves the Rosemont stop on the Blue Line at 8:15 and 9:45 Sunday mornings and also travels west on Golf Road. Get off either bus at the intersection of Golf and I-90, cross the drainage ditch near Salt Creek, and walk south into the fields and woods of the forest preserve, making sure you've brought an old copy of the orienteering map for guidance. On the way back to the City, you can stop for a hamburger and beer at Portillo's or Chili's on Golf Road near the bus stop (under 1 mile of walking from the bus to the meet location).

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