Extreme-O is patterned after a three-day military competition held in a member NATO country each year. Typically, competitors orienteer from several different types of maps, including aerial photographs, quads and topographical maps. Past events have included rope bridge crossings, canoe legs, culvert controls, memory legs and other interesting tests. Due to the nature of the event, advance registration is a must and space is limited to approximately 50. The cost is $15 per set of materials/maps. Couples or groups sharing a set of materials/maps count as one and pay a single fee. The event begins by 9:00am on Monday and everyone must be finished by noon. First start will be announced at the training meeting on Sunday afternoon.
All participants must attend a mandatory briefing on Sunday immediately following the awards ceremony at the HQ Shelter. Important information will be presented that will be necessary for the competitor to be successful - such as instruction on how to plot coordinates. Further information and supplies will also be passed out, as needed. After receiving the necessary information, the competitors decide if they will attempt the long or short course. Individuals can also be paired up with a teammate since it's more fun as a group.
Group leaders must pre-register for the Extreme-O and list the other group members in the Notes section.
Hard Labor Creek State Park is approx. 50 miles east of Atlanta. Directions from Atlanta: I-20 East to exit 105 and go North into Rutledge and proceed 3 miles on Fairplay Road. The nearest big town is Madison, GA, just a few miles to the East.
It is 60 miles from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is usually a 70 min to 90 min drive.
Park website: http://www.gastateparks.org/info/hardlabor/
Park Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
GPS coordinates: N 33.664333 | W 083.606500
Park Hours: 7am-10pm
Park Office Hours: 8am-5pm
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