Welcome to orienteering
in the age of social distancing!
We have created a set of orienteering courses that you can
enjoy at a time of your choosing. We have set up novice, intermediate,
and advanced level courses with QR-coded markers placed in
the forest preserve. You download and print a map, go the
woods, and scan the QR codes with an app on your phone as
you run the course.
COST: Free -- This event is being provided
by Chicago Area Orienteering Club for free to club members
and the public to promote the sport of orienteering and the
enjoyment of being outside in nature.
TIME: The courses opened March 22, 2020
and will be available until further notice.
- Look for the Glenview Woods sign at the entrance -- that's
the official desgination of this section of the Harms Woods forest
- You might want a ziploc or other waterproof cover for your phone
-- it's slippery and muddy out there right now!
1. Get your map: We have designed three courses - novice, intermediate,
and advanced. Download and print the map of your choice here. For
best results handling the QR codes, print the map at the highest
resolution option available with your printer.
2. Install the iOrienteering app on your Android or Apple phone.
For more information on iOrienteering, see their website.
If you want to upload your results when you are done, you'll need
to create an account and register on iOrienteering.
3. Go to the start location marked on your map. Using the iOrienteering
app, scan the 'Load Course' QR code printed on the map.
4. When you are ready to start, scan the 'Start' QR code and begin
your orienteering. Look for the QR codes along the course (currently
in ziplock bags) and scan them in order.
5. When you return to the start/finish area, scan the Finish control
on the map.
6. You can upload your results to iOrienteering website when you
are done (optional).
7. Please email us at webmaster@chicago-orienteering
with your feedback and comments.
Harms Woods is the wildest and most northern of our three maps along
the North Branch, and is characterized by a large sloping hillside
along the west side of the River that is intercut by a dozen or
more reentrants, white and light-green woods and only a scant trail
system. It is a technically challenging area with many point features
such as depressions, rootstocks, and man-made objects.
Take the Eden's Expwy (I-94) 7.5 miles north (west) of the Kennedy
(I-90) to Exit 35 (Old Orchard Rd). Take Old Orchard road west to
Harms Road. Turn right on Harms Road and continue north to the forest
preserve entrance and small parking lot just south of Glenview Road.
Look for the Glenview Woods sign at the parking lot entrance.