Independent Orienteering

Independent orienteering
[last updated June 18]

This type of orienteering allows EOOC members to do a course on ANY DAY, at ANY TIME, using an app downloaded to your smart phone, which will ‘beep’ at each control and time you, plus a map you have printed yourself*.
* or you can send the pdf to Staples (or other print shops?) to print.
You can do the course with app and printed map (for the best experience),
or just the app, (which will beep but does NOT have a control description)
or just the map with control descriptions (but there are no ribbons or flags).

Course styles
Some courses will be point-to-point (take controls in the correct order) like Wednesday courses used to be.
Some will be scatter style (visit controls in any order). You do not have to do all the controls.
There will occasionally be a course as a trivia O (answer questions at each control). App. not needed for this version.
NB: you could do any of the courses with just the printed map, but there are NO ribbons or flags in the terrain.

More things to do with independent courses

Expectations during Covid-19:
– that you will go out on your own (or with people with whom you reside).
– that you maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres from other park users (including other orienteers – you can wave to them!)
– that you obey restrictions as mandated by Alberta Health and/or City of Edmonton.
– that you do NOT participate if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, or if you are required to be in isolation at home.

Personal safety
If you are going out completely on your own, tell someone where you are going, and notify them when you are back
Take your own water, sunscreen, bug spray? etc.
Check the weather forecast before you set off.

The parks:
City Parks are open from 5am until 11pm; most of those 18 hours are daylight hours in May, June & July. Try to pick a quiet day and time to go.
Some park shelters/washrooms are CLOSED. Some water fountains are turned OFF.

Map legend for most city park maps
Control descriptions to international standards, with illustrations starting at page 18.

There is NO FEE to participate or to download the app, but you MUST BE A 2020 EOOC MEMBER and also register for Independent orienteering.
IMPORTANT: Go to the end, including the Checkout.  Zone4 will send you a receipt for $0, and Marilyn will put you on her list to receive each code and printable map, if you are a 2020 EOOC member.

Using the app:
Download MapRunF from your preferred app store.
Click on Select Event: Canada – Alberta – Edmonton – name of event.
Press go to start, enter code xxxx.  Map and course will appear.
Check that it is the right map/course before you leave home!
If you get a list of changing numbers, tap the waving flag symbol.
Close the app. The icon for the app is a green square with the letters M & F in it.

When you get to the park, open the app. At this stage you can change the punch tolerance in the options and settings. 10 metres will be good for city parks (needs to be done every time). Click on Go to start and enter the 4 digit code again.
Before you go to the start triangle, it might be good to give your phone time to find some satellites.

The app. does NOT use data while you are on the course. You can turn off data (many phones work better without data on). Turn off Bluetooth, too.
Approach and walk through the start triangle. The phone will tone at the start, at each control, and at the finish. Each will turn green on the phone map as you reach them. If you are doing a scatter O or Score O, avoid going back through the start/finish until you HAVE finished.
If you have a printed copy of the map, you can put your phone in your pocket with the sound turned ON. (You will hear the phone beep, but it will be easier to read the paper map.)  This will save your battery, too.

After you have gone through the finish, you will be able to see your track. When you get back home to WiFi, open the app and click on ‘show results’. Select the event you just did, click ‘all results for this event’.
If your name is there, you are good. If your name is not there, go back one page. Choose menu (three bars, top right corner) Select Upload (Manual).
If you do this, we will know how many people have done the course (and the organizers will know whether it is worth doing more of them!).
Click on show details for your split times. If you did not use MapRunF, please email Marilyn to let her know what you did (and with whom)

The app works on GPS, which is not super accurate. Sometimes you will get the notification when you are approaching a control location; sometimes you might have to wait up to 30 seconds. Try turning round on the spot. If nothing happens, just go on to the next control, the same as you used to if a ribbon was missing. GPS has problems in the trees and on slopes.
GPS seems to work better on a sunny clear day.
For improved performance, try turning off data (as the app does not use it); try waiting a few minutes after clicking Go to Start and before actually going through the triangle.

Emergency BAIL OUT (especially for forest events)
If you are lost /do not know where you are, you can:
Click on home (little house) and then exit.
Click on Go to Start and enter the 4 digit code.
Stand still for a little while. A red dot will appear to show you where you are (perhaps you will have to zoom out to see it). You will now be able to head back to the finish, either the shortest way or by finishing the course and you will be able to see your track as you go. If you do all of the controls, you will be DNF’d (did not finish) but when you upload your results, you will see splits for the controls you found before bailing out.

Control description document Scroll to page 18 for sketches of each location and the matching piece of map.
Basic legend for the maps

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