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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.  

New to orienteering? As well as information on this page, check out the  Beginners’ Clinic page and the Hints and Tips section

Latest News:

Independent orienteering event
Until Sunday March 14: independent ski orienteering event with real control flags at Strathcona Wilderness Centre. Info

Become a 2021 member
Online membership is now open for 2021 on Zone 4
More information on the membership page.

Jigsaw puzzle page  Puzzle #4 added

Orienteering Canada Newsletter
The February 2021 edition is here. There is a link at the very end to subscribe for your own copy via email. Archive of previous editions here.

Canadian Rockies Festival Postponed until 2022
Due to the continuing safety uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, the Kootenay Orienteering Club, Foothills Orienteering, the Alberta Orienteering Association and Orienteering Canada have made the decision to once again postpone the Canadian and Western Canadian Orienteering Championships and associated events until July 2022

Alberta Orienteering Newsletter
The December 2020 edition of Winter updates is here  There is a place to subscribe for your own copy via email on the same page.

Equipment
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)

Follow the EOOC on Facebook
Like or Follow us on our Facebook page to keep up to date on club events and other news.

Annual memberships
More information about memberships is available on the membership page.

New to orienteering? As well as information on this page, check out the  Beginners’ Clinic page and the Hints and Tips section

 

 

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