I can still recall my first orienteering event ever. I was a fresh 20 year old, completing a degree in Outdoor Education at university. Part of the unit of work was to undertake an organised competition.
Myself and two friends entered the women’s team event. We bumbled along to the YouYangs, a beautiful national park in Victoria. I was amazed at the community gathered for such an event on a brisk autumn day.
We were one of many groups and individuals who spent three hours running around a designated course, and we collected the various pins and markers needed to complete the race successfuly.
So many elements are needed for a successful orienteering race – map navigation, teamwork, endurance, compass work. Using the compass helps orientate the map (which direction is north), helps orientate yourself (which way you are…