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 skills camp
Mark your calendars for May 24-26 for Alberta Orienteering’s skills camp for all ages and all abilities, this year being hosted by EOOC at Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area and Redwater Natural Area, with accommodation at Strathcona Wilderness Centre. Details
Spring orienteering schedule
The first few Wednesday events are listed on the events page, along with the first forest event.
Learn to Orienteer for Adults
EOOC is offering a 4 week Learn to Orienteer for Adults program on Wednesday evenings beginning on April 3rd.
More information and a link to register here
Kids Run Wild
Registration is now open for the club’s junior program for kids aged 5 – 17. There will be a choice of six-week programs on Tuesdays or Thursdays, beginning April 2nd/4th. Then another two six-week programs, also on Tuesdays or Thursdays, beginning May 14/16. More details and a link to register here.
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