Lone Pine will host an orienteering race on Sunday
April 30 — It’s time to grab a compass and a good pair of hiking boots as Lone Pine State Park hosts its very first orienteering race at 10:30 am Sunday.
Presented by Grizzly Orienteering of Kalispell, the event is free to all newcomers as the group seeks to introduce Flathead residents to outdoor sport.
Orienteering is fairly straightforward on the surface; participants receive a map with a predetermined route that includes several checkpoints. Participants must determine their route from one checkpoint to another with only their map and a compass to guide them. Electronic boxes at each checkpoint indicate the time as participants progress through the course.
With divisions for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, the course is sure to have something for everyone.
“One thing I love about orienteering is that the whole family can get involved,” said Boris Granovskiy, co-founder of Grizzly Orienteering. “The kids can go out and the grandparents can go out and there will be classes to suit them. It’s a great sport to play with the whole family.”
Classes are expected to last from half an hour to two hours and rental compasses will be available.
Orienteering organizer and enthusiast Will Dickinson of Whitefish said all people need to bring on Sunday is a good pair of hiking boots and a sense of adventure.
“We’re just trying to get the word out and build momentum so that more people can enjoy this sport because it’s a fun sport with a low entry level for beginners. All you need is a compass and good walking shoes, ”he said. “When you get into this business, you really learn more about the topography and how to get off the trail. It’s a skill that most people don’t think about. I think a lot of people are pushed back because of all the necessary equipment like paddle boarding or mountain biking. It doesn’t take much for orienteering to be a lot of fun. “
For more information visit Grizzly Orienteering online at www.grizzlyorienteering.org.