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Find all the old SMOC Bearings and news articles here.

SMOC Bearings 2005 to 2009

Our club newsletter, SMOC Bearings, is published three to four times a year and is mailed to current club members.

Recent issues of SMOC Bearings are available below in pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

Vol. 20, No. 1 March 2005 198 KB
Vol. 21, No. 1 January 2006 781 KB
Vol. 21, No. 2 April 2006 201 KB
Vol. 21, No. 3 September 2006 495 KB
Vol. 22, No. 1 January 2007 173 KB
Vol. 22, No. 2 April 2007 105 KB
Vol. 23, No. 1 January 2008 193 KB
Vol. 23, No. 2 April 2008 126 KB
Vol. 24, No. 1 March 2009 126 KB

News Articles

Local newspaper articles featuring SMOC and orienteering:

"Orienteers Find Sport a Challenge", Detroit News, August 27, 2001.

"Off the Beaten Path: Orienteering Challenges the Mind and Strengthens Muscles", Detroit Free Press, April 4, 2001.

"Orienteering Gives Meaning to Running", Detroit News, January 12, 2000.

"Over the River and Through the Woods", The Holland Sentinel, May 6, 1999. read it >>

"Above All, Orienteers Persevere – Running, Map-Reading Combine in One Sport", Detroit Free Press, October 5, 1993. read it >>


Orienteering Is

Orienteering is a sports that combines navigational skills, using a highly detailed map and a compass, to navigate through diverse and often unfamiliar terrain and visit control points in sequence.


Rain (snow) or Shine

Southern Michigan Orienteering Club races go on despite the weather.



Orienteering maps are a very detailed topographic map. They show such things as vegetation density, water features, trails, roads, ditches, pits, fences, buildings, boulders, and many other features of the terrain.



Want to try orienteering? Free instruction is available at all meets, just ask when you sign in. You may rent a compasses for a nominal fee