On Monday, November 5, the outdoor ed class headed to the Hornet's Nest to compete in an orienteering meet. The weather was perfect as the skies cleared and the sun came out. There were two divisions, beginner and intermediate, and 4 courses. The beginners set out to find 11 controls, while the intermediate course had 15 controls. The courses were between 3 and 5 km in length, but as you will read in the students' own write ups, many more kilometers were covered.
As they followed the map through the woods and bushes looking for car wrecks, re-entrants and trail crossings, the many route options took them through creeks, mud and burs. Success was had by all, with some setting fast finishing times and others exploring golf courses. Everyone came back and at the very least has a story to tell.
Check the comments to this post for some of the students' experiences, as well as, the experience of some students who didn't attend as they challenge themselves this coming Sunday in Gatineau Park on a course organized by the Ottawa Orienteering Club.