November 6, 2005
Swallow Cliff

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Meet Director: Joe Sackett / Charlie Shahbazian
Course Setters: Lenny & Greg Shatskin

9:30 a.m. Beginners' Clinic
10 a.m. Registration and Starts begin
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.)


The location is still in question. Check back here for more details later.

Located on the ridge formed by the lakeshore of the pre-glacial Lake Chicago before Niagara Falls was formed, the Chicago and Illinois Rivers carried most of the water from the Great Lakes. Swallow Cliff Forest is on some of the steepest terrain in our area.

A high east-west ridge intercut by steep-sided ravines and reentrants runs the length of this map, and allows some interesting courses to be set. Should you run up and over the big ridge in front of you, or follow the meandering trail around the reasonably flat valley? And how accurately can you follow your compass once you get to the top of the broad, featureless plateau...? Can you dependably continue 300 meters and hit the small side reentrant where the control is located?

While White, Yellow and Orange courses will be located in the trail network to the east and north of the start, the Green and Red advanced courses will cross the road and plunge into the extensive Cap Saucers Holding map to the west.

Public Transportation: Take Pace bus #381 from the 95th Street Terminal (in the middle of the Dan Ryan Expressway) on the Red elevated line at 8:30 a.m. Get off bus at end of line at Moraine Valley Community College and walk west on 107th Street one mile to turn south on Hwy 45 (96th Avenue) which takes you across the Sag Channel. Turn west again on Calumet Sag Road (Hwy 83) for a mile, then turn left on 104th Avenue and up the hill half a mile to Registration. On the return, ask someone in the parking lot to drop you at MVCC where return buses depart every 30 minutes all afternoon.

Driving: From the north, take LaGrange Road-South from Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Go South on LaGrange Road until Hwy 83 / West Cal-Sag road, Turn right (west) onto Hwy 83. Turn south on 104th Avenue (next left) and then follow orienteering signs into the first parking area and follow the trail south to registration. This is the overflow lot; the lot near the registration shelter at the top of the hill has limited capacity and will be full by 10 a.m. Do not park on 104th Avenue!! The Club will be cited by Forest Preserve police if congestion or dangerous parking occurs. Please cooperate.

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