Introducing you to the Ten Elements of Orienteering - Reading the Map Part 1

Post date: May 17, 2014 9:2:53 AM

At our recent event in Fota House and Gardens we were delighted to welcome so many new people to the sport of orienteering. For some it was there first time orienteering and thus their first time seeing an orienteering map. For all those new to the sport we would like to ensure you enjoy our events and would therefore like to introduce you to one of the ten elements of orienteering - Reading the Map Part 1

This is the first in a series of short training videos produced by the Irish Orienteering Association to help you learn the skills needed to orienteer. This video explains what an orienteering map is and how to use it. We hope you enjoy the video and if you have any questions regarding the map be sure to seek assistance from any of our experienced club members at our events. You will find them at registration and at the start.

Currabinny Wood Map Preview

We hope you all enjoyed the first event in our orienteering Summer League and will join us at our next event in Currabinny Wood this Tuesday May 20th. 

Below is a preview of the Currabinny Wood map which you can use to help familiarise yourself with the area and it's various map symbols. As mentioned in the video you should be able to identify the roads, paths, easy running forest and fight. Note also the contour lines which indicate the shape and height of the terrain.

Furthermore, for those new to the sport you will find other useful information under the Try Orienteering menu on our website. For example the map below was used for one of our training courses during last year's Autumn League series and you can find further information on this under the Training Exercises sub menu.