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There are lots of great tools for orienteering, and mappers interested in creating their own maps. We have put together a small sample of the tool we use in the club for creating maps, setting up events, and so on. Our favorites are probably OCAD (the industry standard) and Purple Pen (for route setting), and many of the club members track their runs using GPS, and then some sort of analysis tool. Visit our Mapping Resources page for more.
Emelie, 7, describes and demos how she rotates the map as she goes orienteering, always keeping it track of map vs. reality.
Here are five basic skills that you need to practice to help you get better at orienteering. 1. Fold your map – Always make sure that you fold your map so that you can easily see the part of the map where you are. 2. Orient your map – Always make sure that your map is the correct[…]
Orienteering is so much more than running – it’s about adventure, engaging your brain, skillful navigation, and constantly making choices to route, terrain, and tactics.
UPPSALA, Sweden — About 100 yards inside one entrance of the Lunsen forest is a rock ledge formed millenniums ago when all of Scandinavia was covered by ice. A thicket of bushes lines the near edge of a gully that drops down 15 feet. On the far edge, a group of trees rises, like fingers splayed wide, providing the false impression that they are not so far away when in fact, a steep fall awaits anyone who steps off the precipice. To the side of the ledge is a medium-size stone. Click here to read more…
All Scouts are invited to a weekend of Orienteering. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventure as Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their adult leaders, learn and practice map and compass skills, as well as work on orienteering related badge requirements.
Here’s a great video compilation of Thierry Gueorgiou running – both what he sees, as well as GPS / map tracking as he goes a long. A great visual, and some good learning tips from a master of orienteering.
The history of orienteering begins in the late 19th century in Sweden, the actual term “orientering” (the original Swedish name for orienteering, lit. “orientation”) was first used in 1886 and meant the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and a compass.
Join us for a classic orienteering event at the Camp Manatoc Scout Camp in Cuyahoga Valley on September 19, between 10 AM and 1 PM EST. The event is open to the public, and all are welcome.
Boulder Bob has created a new Kendall map starting with new contour lines and aerial photos. After that, more than 250 hours have gone into field checking of every nook and cranny of this wonderful section of the CVNP. Bob wanted to be the first to design courses for this map so that participants could explore areas that have seen little use over the years. All of the old rootstocks have rotted away. Huge new ones have appeared! Streams have changed their course. Would you believe there are 154 boulders and 84 giant rootstocks?