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.
Much of the following information is not valid during Covid-19 restrictions:
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.
NO PUBLIC ORIENTEERING EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME, but the club has orienteering courses that 2020 EOOC/AOA members can do ANY DAY, ANY TIME, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.
Buy your 2020 EOOC/AOA membership here.
Find out more about the club’s independent orienteering at www.orienteer.ab.ca/independent
Summer OUTDOOR Day Camps for kids
July 20 to 24: all ages (5+) afternoons only camp, all week or individual days.
August 10-14: for kids 9+ full day, half day, every day or individual days.
August 17-24: for kids 8 and under, full day, half day, every day or individual sessions.
More information and a link to register: kidsrunwild.ca/summercamps
ORIENTEERING CANADA WEBINARS:
Map reading strategies webinar here
Looking for a thumb compass? your own SPORTident card? gaiters or any other orienteering gear? Check out the Canadian O Store. Fast, friendly service from an Ottawa orienteering family business. (Be sure to buy a $2 strap for your SI or compass)
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