Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.
The aim is to navigate between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, and you can run, walk or jog round the course and progress at your own pace.
It can be hard finding out what is happening for orienteering - here is something to help you with this.
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Activities are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.
MapRun is an app which allows you to use your smartphone to enjoy orienteering without needing to set up physical control points on the ground. There are now MapRun courses set up all across Scotland which you can go and run right now, with more new ones being added all the time.
Using MapRun, you can run an orienteering course using either the map on your phone screen or a paper version; the only difference from a “traditional” course is that there are no physical markers on the ground. Instead, the phone tracks your location as you run and vibrates or buzzes to confirm when you’ve reached each control point on the course.
These courses have fixed marker posts in place. Your challenge is to
discover checkpoints in the form of posts or plaques, in forests,
heathlands, parks and green spaces.
These are images of the map symbols you will find on orienteering maps. The first one is for normal forest maps and the second one is for urban maps.
Below is an image of the the sorts of things you will see on the control descriptions that are given to you (and usually printed on the map). These describe your course, the numbers of the controls (checkpoints) and the land feature that you will find the control marker (kite). The small graphic is shorthand and internationally understood.
RouteGadget is a Web application for drawing and comparing orienteering routes. Many SOS events have uploaded results to this service so you can add your route choice (manually or by uploading a GPS track) and see the routes taken by others.
Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers): We provide a free loan of these if you don't have your own but if you lose it there will be a £30 charge for its replacement.