Hi, all, my name is Chris Gkikas and I am new here.
Nikolay said I wasn't a real orienteer until I had an Attackpoint account, so here I am. I do have a question, after some background about myself.
I have been running trail ultras for a few years, and live with my family in beautiful, mountainous Asheville, NC. I picked up interest in off trail bushwhacking and navigation when I was in the Barkley Marathons in 2015 (same year as Nikolay, hence the reconnection.) I recently attended a local Carolina Orienteering Klubb meet down in SC and was immediately hooked.
I am in computers for a living, and fell completely in love with the awesome technology in orienteering, and quickly began mapping using a workflow around karttapullautin, OOM, purple pen, and the Android app GPS Orienteering. This tech is overwhelming and rather intoxicating.
I've gone so deeply overboard that I've formed the Western North Carolina Orienteering Club (wncoc.org
) and installed RG1 and RG2 and the new live GPS tracking goodies from Jagge. I lose a lot of sleep nowadays, making maps and setting courses for my rapidly growing number of friends who are catching the orienteering bug through me.
So, my question for you experienced folks ---
Can y'all offer me some advice, and ideally some sample letters or verbiage, on how to ask for permission from a property owner to do some orienteering?
So far, we have been just going guerrill-O (if this isn't a term, it should be) and assuming forgiveness will be easier than permission. We've been only "GPS points courses" with no actual controls placed, and will obviously want to change that and implement some electronic timing when we raise the funds.
My dreams and plans are growing, though, and doing legit events as a legit club will require going above board with parks, schools, forest areas, etc.
Thanks in advance. I hate to reinvent the wheel, and want to maximize my baby club's chances of getting off the ground in a sustainable way.
Gkikas (pronounced GEEK-us) in Asheville