Orienteering with Tara – 5th May 2013
Orienteering map

Location: TBC

Here is a quick insight in to Orienteering for those that have never done this before….

The aim of orienteering is to navigate your way around a set course, collecting the checkpoints in correct numerical order, as quickly as possible. You can compete as an individual or as pairs, families, etc. Orienteering requires not just physical fitness, but also mental cunning and stamina. The fastest road runner does not always make the fastest orienteer. Making the best route choice and walking the distance often beats the runner who sprints off, only to overshot the checkpoint or get hopelessly lost. 

Orienteering events generally have courses of 4 levels of difficulty to choose from. BLUE courses are the easiest with all checkpoints located on tracks around 1.5-2km in length. GREEN is slightly harder and 2-2.5km – mostly following tracks or creek beds with checkpoint features being located usually within 50m of the track. ORANGE courses are moderately hard, around 3-4.5km – usually there will be a track or other handrail (creek, fence etc.) option that takes you most of the way or has a ‘catching feature’ – for example there might be a track or creek that you will end up on if you go too far. RED courses are the hardest, come in usually 4 lengths from 3km up to 12km – often the only thing you have to follow is your sense of direction and a compass.
Course distance for orienteering events is measured ‘as the crow flies.’ This means that a course may be listed as 4km, but you probably end up physically running/walking 5km on average or possibly even 8km if you get lost! As a general rule of thumb for an experienced navigator you could expect to do the 4km course in around 30-50mins. For a first timer, doing a red course this could be closer to 90mins. Generally I would recommend someone with no navigation experience to try an ORANGE course first OR a short 2km GREEN course to get used to reading the map – followed by a short RED course. Or if you want to do a red course, it’s probably best to do it in pairs.

Tara will have our course distance, what level of course we will be doing, and what we need to bring on the day up on our Facebook Group page closer to the time. Look forward to something different, exciting and fun with Tara.


Tags: , , , , , ,