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Discussion: Volunteer Mapper for Florida?

in: Orienteering; General

Jan 7, 2019 8:23 PM # 
Would you be interested in a volunteer mapping job in Florida in March? Room and meals at a military base would be covered, probably also transport to and from nearest airport JAX or MCO, train or bus station.
Here is the thing: I'll be doing field work at a National Guard training centre March 10th to 15th inclusive.
The camp has a new rule - everyone going in the field must have at least one 'buddy' - work in same area, be in constant contact.
It's their camp. They make the rules.
So I need a buddy. I'm asking around locally but how about you AP folks? Anyone want an adventure? want your name forever on an orienteering map in Florida?
The dates Mar 10 to 15 are non-negotiable. You could come a day early and participate in a Florida Orienteering event on the 9th, if you wished.
We'll be sharing a two bedroom cabin so if you want to bring a partner to share your room you are welcome to do that.
Pay? Same as I'm getting. ZERO!
Jan 10, 2019 2:43 AM # 
By the way you don't have to do any mapping. You can sit in the car making origami or whatever or run made up courses while I do the mapping. The camp's rule is that I need a companion in the area. Apparently this is because of a fatality during an army orienteering exercise at the camp last summer.
Some 500 young Florida orienteers will thank you over the next two years.
Jan 10, 2019 3:09 AM # 
Gordhun, listen to the sheriff on the video describing the terrain (start at 1:38). Are you sure you want to go to that haunted place?
Jan 10, 2019 5:09 AM # 
Can you pay the airfare to get there? About $415 (Cdn) YVR to Fort Lauderdale.
Jan 10, 2019 5:18 AM # 
Are they also going to require orienteers to complete their courses with a buddy?
Jan 10, 2019 4:15 PM # 
Ross: you were supposed to be here two years ago. You owe us!
bb: nope, just need others in the area.
Yur: Did you see that sheriff? He'd think anything outside a Dunkin Donut was bad terrain. But I'm telling you of the two areas where we are orienteering at that camp one is the best you will ever see in Florida. Blanding is HUGE!
But be smart June to September are not good times to go orienteering in Florida. I'm guessing that young man's instructors did not teach him about hydration and safety bearings. I don't think any area in Blanding is more than a mile from a boundary trail. Google it for yourself.
That young man's death should serve as a reason why every person should learn orienteering, not why they should avoid it.
Jan 11, 2019 5:04 PM # 
Florida terrain is really fun - subtle contours, sandy ground. Wish I could come for a few days, but the timing won't work for me. Gord, I hope you get plenty of help for your mapping.

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