Our compasses aren’t surveyors’ tools – any bearing you measure on the map will likely be off by one or two degrees. As you follow the bearing, you are likely to unconsciously veer off another degree or two. Sometimes these errors will offset each other and you’ll end up exactly on target. But at other times they will compound each other. Over a 100 meter leg, a 3 degree error will put you 5 meters off course. You will likely still be able to see your target. But over a 500 meter leg, the same error would put you over 25 meters off course. You might very well not be able to see the control. So use your compass wisely as you apply the Five Key Skills: Use it to orient your map, and use it to aim yourself in a general direction, but when you use it to try to pick a precise line to a specific point, keep the distance as short as possible.
The Python was a great event, and we’re thrilled so many came out to join us. Cool temps and some sun made for perfect conditions for the first Python Adventure Race/Rogaine/Mega-Score Event. Read the recap, see the results, and browse the photos.
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Join us for orienteering at night (dusk, at least!). Bring a headlamp, and be ready to maneuver through the woods as it gets darker in the evening.
Race results from Manatoc XC NOSOC 2016.
The opportunities to make mistakes while orienteering are virtually limitless, and a standard catalogue of errors looks uncomfortably like a graduate-student reading list. Instead of focusing on a frightening multitude of potential mistakes, let’s work on a few specific techniques to avoid them.
Enjoy beautiful Camp Manatoc, and run (or walk) the WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, or RED courses. Camp Manatoc, and Camp Butler, offers a challenging but fun terrain, lakes and water features, and plenty of reentrants and spurs to navigate on. Littered with trails, the location is ideal for beginner as well as seasoned orienteers wanting to improve their skill.
Score Event – find as many controls as possible in a given time limit.
Come run a quick campus, with interesting features including buildings, open paved areas, roads, wooded areas, and water features. Practice those map reading skills by selecting the best route in a limited area. Multiple options for most legs on Orange and above. White and Yellow courses for beginners, with instruction available. The area is very family friendly, with plenty of amenities, restrooms, and a playground for the kids.
Picture yourself orienteering in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park just as the leaves are changing in early fall. Call it a ROGAINE, an Adventure Race or an Extreme Navigation Challenge. It all adds up to a long score-style orienteering event in one of the most visited National Parks in America…