Sunday, September 16, 2012

Squamish Living

After a summer of orienteering fun, I’m now getting settled back into university life in Squamish. While there is an active orienteering club in Vancouver and a newly developed club in Whistler, there aren’t many orienteering events or trainings within Squamish itself.  I have to transition into physical training by myself again.

One fun orienteering related activity in Squamish is the Stawamus Chief. It is the second largest granite monolith in the world, standing at approximately 700m. It’s a mecca for rock climbing, but it also has an orienteering map on top!  The hike up is a training in itself (it took me around 45 minutes) and the views from the top are spectacular.

Some sections are quite steep!

At the top with my Chief hiking buddy.

The orienteering is unique. There is lots of rock to say the least and some fun contour detail! 

Section of the Chief orienteering map.

It’s important to try to keep training fun, even when you can’t regularly get out to orienteering events. I hope to see some of you at the BC Orienteering Championships in Whistler this coming weekend. To the rest of you, happy training!

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