October 26, 2003
Busse Woods South

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Meet Director: Tim McMahon
Course Setter: Rich Gaylord

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.)


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 Chicago Suburbs.

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 area.

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.

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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