The Buffalo Orienteering Club 2015 season is underway and includes an adventure run and hike, a series of trail runs in county parks, and orienteering meets for navigating with map and compass.
If you’re interested in a physical and mental challenge in beautiful terrain, look out for the Sept. 26 Ellicottville Adventure Run and Hike in the hills overlooking the Holiday Valley ski resort. There will be a choice of events, one for three hours and the other for six hours, in which competitors run or hike with a map to find as many checkpoints as possible in the time limit.
Two trail runs remain in the season: a 10k race at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at Sprague Brook Park in Colden, and a 5.1-mile race at 6:30 p.m. July 16 at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.
There are standard orienteering meets: Saturday at Chestnut Ridge Park, June 6 at Emery Park in South Wales and June 28 at Hunter’s Creek Park South in Wales. All of these are combined with instructional programs for beginners.
There also are three orienteering events in which participants try to find as many checkpoints as possible in a given amount of time. They are Aug. 2 at Sprague Brook Park, Aug. 29 at Schoellkopf Boy Scout Camp in Cowlesville and Oct. 17 at Sardinia County Forest.
Events are conducted as competitive races, but can also be leisurely hiked alone or in groups, and are designed for all ages and abilities. Map and compass instruction is available at all orienteering events.
The club also sets up permanent orienteering courses for the season at county parks, for which participants can buy maps and try to find checkpoints on their own, or try the courses in guided groups.
For more information on all of these events, visit buffalo-orienteering.org.