What is Orienteering?

ORIENTEERING involves using a special detailed map to choose and follow the best route from one control (checkpoint) to the next. ‘Best’ route depends on YOU; it could be the shortest, or flattest, or smoothest or driest, or least prickly or the most certain to find the control easily. It all depends on skill level and physical ability and personal preference. 

It is important to keep the map oriented with the terrain. Often, especially in the City Parks, this can be done by lining up obvious, visible features, such as a trail or a river, with the corresponding features on the map. In the forest, where obvious features may not be visible, lining up the north arrows on the map with a compass needle does the job. Illustration

Orienteering can be enjoyed by all as a sport or as a recreational activity. You can RUN, JOG or HIKE the course. You can do it ON YOUR OWN, WITH A FRIEND or AS A FAMILY. (In a competition, the competitive orienteer has to compete on his/her own, but there will usually also be recreational courses for hikers, couples and families).

For the competitive orienteer, fastest one round the course (loop), wins. For the recreational orienteer, there is the personal satisfaction of finding the controls, at the same time as having an enjoyable hike, jog or run through the woods.

Participants of any age or experience are welcome at all Edmonton Orienteering events. Every event, from a low-key city park event to a major championship, has instruction included in the entry fee and an easy course/loop for beginners.

You don’t need special equipment to get started – just wear clothes suitable for the weather and old comfy shoes. For forest events, as a safety precaution, you must carry a whistle – bring your own if you have one.  Fees at forest events include rental of SPORTident electronic timing card, compass and whistle if you don’t have your own.

The Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club runs regular events in city parks and in the forest, from mid May until September. Just turn up at the place and time indicated in the schedule.  

New to orienteering? Check out the  Beginners’ Clinic page and the Hints and Tips section

Latest News:

Last scheduled event of the season:

Saturday Oct 21 Season Finale at Elk Island Park with at least 10 different orienteering activities, including;
– test your knowledge of map symbols, or learn more of them by exploring a tiny map where nothing is more than 100 m away from the registration area.
– warm up on a micrO course – only 600 m long!
– absolute beginners and the smallest kids should try the simple 1 km course with controls on or close to trails
– go on an intermediate loop (one to the north, and one to the south of the registration/BBQ area, 1 km & 1.5 km)
– follow a line on the map to discover the location of some controls
– a short advanced course inside the fenced area, which goes into the woods  (1.7km)
– a completely different advanced course (3.3km)
– venture outside the fence on one of two courses (about 2km each, one harder than the other.)
and an afternoon mass-start 30 minute score O – time tba
Details and a link to RSVP

Results of the Goat event here  No snow, no rain, no mosquitoes – and all the full Goat participants beat the time limit to win a mug!

Casino Volunteers Needed!! Oct 24 & Oct 25

The EOOC generates a significant part of our funding from supplying volunteers for casinos, and we need your help! We have a casino coming up on October 24th and October 25th, 2017 and we need volunteers to fill the positions. Please don’t wait – sign up now! This casino is vital to the organization, so please consider donating your time to support the club. Click the button below for more information and to sign up!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Kids Run Wild Camps

The EOOC’s youth division (Kids Run Wild) is hosts camps? These camps are a great option for a fun and active camp that engages the brain! There are multiple registration options, too. See the Kids Run Wild website for full information and to register.

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EOOC Spring Newsletter

Spring 2017 EOOC Newsletter now available! View here (PDF).

Buy your  2017 membership online

Get ready for the 2017 orienteering season the hassle-free way by getting your EOOC membership online. (And don’t forget your O-pass!) Find out more details on the membership page or skip right to registration here if you’re already convinced.










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