Meet Director: Tim McMahon
Course Setter: Rich Gaylord
|Registration and Start
(Maximum time on course: 3 hours)
Cost: (per individual or team)
(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)
New Map—1:10,000 full color, IOF mapping
standards, field checking completed in November 2002 ( with revisions
as recent as September 1, 2003)
Six point-to-point Orienteering Courses will be set:
- White (2 kilometers—beginners)
- Yellow (2.5 km—beginners)
- Pink (6 km—beginners)
- Orange (4.5 km—intermediate)
- Green (4.8 km—advanced)
- Red (7.2 km—advanced)
Maps with preprinted courses will be available for the Orange,
Green and Red Courses. White, Yellow and Pink will copy their courses
using master maps.
Busse South has more topography than Busse North. It has modest
sized sections of excellent running woods with lots of trails, roads,
and open and semi-open areas. This is one of the heaviest used preserves
in summer for company and family picnics. The extensive biking trails
(including a bridge over Arlington Heights road that links to Busse
North) are heavily used any time of the year.
Unless we get a lot of rain in the next month, all of the mapped
small seasonal marshes and intermittent streams are bone-dry. In
general, the map is dominated by Busse Lake in its north-central
part. Busse Lake, as well as the extensive marshy area in Busse
North, provide not only recreational and nature preserve areas,
but are also an important part of the flood control plan for Western
In season, boat rentals are available at Busse Lake. East of the
lake are good running woods with modest topography and several "not
too bad" running semi-open areas. West of the lake are many
more open areas, and a lot of slow running woods with not much topography.
South of the lake is dominated by a large man-made hill (from the
dredging of Busse Lake).
There is no pre-registration.
Events are held rain or shine.
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 on Higgins Rd. and go about
1/4 mile west to the first access road on the left side. Drive south
and west down the access road about 3/4 mile to Shelter #12. Watch
for the red and white orienteering signs to direct you to the registration
You can also exit I-290 at Higiins Rd, go about a mile east and
turn right into the parking area right next to the pedestrian overpass.
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).