Orienteering - An exciting outdoor adventure sport for everyone
Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and body. The aim is to navigate (on foot or mountain bike) between control points marked on a unique, highly detailed Orienteering map while deciding the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. Orienteering can either be a highly competitive individual sport or, when family or friends do a course together, a totally recreational activity. It is suitable for all ages, fitness and experience levels.
No special equipment is needed to start with, just comfortable outdoor clothing and footwear. Compasses are not necessary for beginners and most people soon master the map reading skills.
At Orienteering events there is usually 3-6 courses to choose from that take between 20 and 120 minutes to complete. Easy courses are suitable for children or beginners, are no more than 2 km long and mainly on tracks. The more difficult and technical courses can be up to 13 km in length and are designed for fit and experienced athletes. Orienteering is done all year round and events are hardly ever cancelled.
Jean Cory-Wright has published an excellent handbook on orienteering called the 'Little book of orienteering techniques'. It is available from Jean for $25. Jean is contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the words of Sally Lattimore - NOC club member - ""Invaluable with heaps of little tricks. And pocket-sized so you could even take it on your course with you!"