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.
Orienteering Canada Feb Newsletter
Kids Run Wild programs for Kids 5 – 17
Registration is now open for the club’s Kids Run Wild spring series for kids 5 – 17. There’s a choice of Tuesday or Thursday sessions for 6 or 12 weeks. More details and a link to register at kidsrunwild.ca
2017 Adult Intro to Orienteering Classes
Interested in orienteering but want to get a grasp on the basics? We’ve got the course from you! This EOOC course has two options: four-week beginner course or two-week refresher for those with some experience. The course runs Thursday nights in March. (Now starting on March 9th and March 23.) Click here for more information and to register! Tell your friends! Registration still open for the 2-week course.
Did you know you can now buy your 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, available until March 31 at the early bird rate!) Find out more details on the membership page or skip right to registration here if you’re already convinced.