Permanent Orienteering Course/Geocache

Orienteer on your own time and pace, finding markers in the forest (in this case, Nottingcook) using map and compass (compass for locating some of the more challenging markers).

Permanent O markers
This is a map of Nottingcook you should print out at 100% size so as to have an actual 1 to 10,000 scale. You may need to experiment with pdf viewers depending on your browser. There are 24 circles with the feature (eg, boulder, cliff) in the center of the circle. These 24 circled features correspond with those listed below.

Permanent O markers – description of what/where they are:
(in general, markers are out of sight if feature is near a trail…in the hope they won’t be vandalized/removed)
1. trail junction (on trail sign) (easy)
2. boulder (easy)
3. top of knoll, to east of trail, about 10” diam. tree –  look at eye height (easy)
4. trail junction, obvious (vulnerable, put out 4/16/13) (easy)
5. on top of knoll, obvious (easy)
6. boulder on east side – easy to see
7. southeast edge of clearing – should be easy to see
8. boulder (hard)
9. boulder (marker south side) (easy)
10. on top of cliff on tree trunk (easy)
11. boulder, south side (easy)
12. end of marsh (harder)
13. cliff foot (harder)
14. north edge of marsh (harder)
15. east end of marshy area – facing marsh (hard)
16. boulder (harder)
17. southeast part of knoll (hard)
18. pond-stream junction (hard)
19. top of knoll (harder)
20. between the boulders – on tree trunk, facing away from trail (hard)
21. boulder (hard)
22. pond outlet (hard)
23. end of stone wall (hard)
24. marsh, north part (harder)

To do this, you will need the pdf of the orienteering map of Nottingcook (above) with the 24 locations indicated by magenta circles, best printed out at 100% size (1 to 10,000 scale). Read the map legend carefully. The web has many explanations of how’s and why’s of orienteering. Here is a link to one. Most of the markers in Nottingcook require little more than trail reading. Some contour savvy would help. The easy markers are generally at a trail junction or a nearby boulder visible from the trail (the actual markers may not be visible at first glance). Several, as noted above, are more challenging, calling for use of compass and reading terrain – but not far from some other readily identifiable place.  You should be familiar with the legend and have a sense of distance travelled. It would be  best to draw a proposed route before departing the house. Keep in mind a “safety bearing” which could be due north (or south) to Woodhill-Hooksett which runs E-W thru the map. Please let me know what you think or ask qustions. Email me thru bowopenspaces@gmail.com with “Nottingcook permanent O” as subject.

I will move the markers to different places as the need arises (interest dependent).

Geocaching:
Here are the latitude & longitudes for the above markers. Presently, markers 1, 4 & 5 are missing. The difficulty column is not pertinent for geocaching.

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