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Permanent Orienteering Course

Seidman Park
8155 Conservation St NE, Ada, MI 49301

Permanent orienteering courses are an ideal introduction to adventure racing and orienteering and can be used to train for a Michigan Adventure Race, another event, or just for fun. The objective is to locate checkpoints on a course using a compass and map. The challenge comes from not knowing their locations ahead of time and the test is determining the best route between them (and some will also challenge themselves with finding them as fast as possible). The fun, of course, is the satisfaction of finding all the checkpoints you set out to visit! It’s an Easter egg hunt for grown-ups.

The Seidman Park permanent orienteering course contains 13 checkpoints marked by wooden posts with numbers that match those on the map. You can start your hunt from either the Honey Creek trailhead kiosk or the Conversation trailhead kiosk. Dawn to dusk please.

Download and print the freeĀ course map here. The map contain the checkpoint locations and a description of the terrain each is on.

For instruction on how to use a compass with your map to establish a bearing that will send you in the correct direction of the checkpoint/post, review our Adventure Racing/Navigation 101+201 Clinic Presentation. As you develop skill in reading the map and the terrain reflected on the map, you will find that you will need your compass less and less.

Hear gunfire? The Kent County Conversation League is to the east/southeast. Their range is far from the park and faces to the east, away from the park.

Check out other permanent orienteering courses in Michigan.

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