Orienteering is a sport where the competitors use a very detailed map and a compass to find their way through pre-specified control points in the landscape. Orienteering is special because it can be enjoyed by everyone, from a highly competitive endurance sport where the runners are among the strongest endurance athletes of any sport in the world, to a slow walk in the woods at your own pace. Needless to say, it is a sport where brainwork is essential, it is therefore said that orienteering is like "playing chess while running." This section emphasizes the sport of orienteering, not the act of navigating in the woods, so you will find related sites in the Recreation: Outdoors hierarchy. Orienteering Sports.
Orienteering is a group of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: Orienteering is a group of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but almost any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation with a map is a type of orienteering.
- Orienteering Category
- Cross-country running - Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. Sometimes the runners are referred to as harriers.
- Geocaching - Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
- Letterboxing - Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly accessible places and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several web sites, or by word of mouth.
- Trail blazing - Trail blazing is to make a mark on a tree by slashing the bark to indicate the direction of a trail through forested wilderness. Way marking with signs, or other markers, is used in non-forested landscapes, and in outdoor recreational areas.
- Underwater orienteering - Underwater orienteering is an underwater sport that uses recreational open circuit scuba diving equipment and consists of a set of individual and team events conducted in both sheltered and open water that test the competitors competency in underwater navigation.
- Wayfinding - Wayfinding encompasses all of the ways in which people orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place.
- Outdoor locating games
- Individual sports
- Description What is Orienteering? www
Description of the sport, Orienteering?, as well as map legends, control symbols and how to teach the game. What is Orienteering?.
- Online Map Reading and Land Navigation www
Online manual on map reading and land navigation based on US Army training materials which includes instructions on maps, Reading and Land Navigation, compasses and other navigational aids. Map Reading and Land Navigation.
- Clubs, Orienteering in Ireland www
Clubs, Ireland, fixtures, results, news, magazine, forum and links are provided, as well as an explanation of the sport and details of the Irish Orienteering Association. Orienteering in Ireland.
- Illustrated Magnetic Compass from "How Stuff Works" www
Illustrated tutorial explains magnetic compass operation and shows how to make your own compass. Magnetic Compass from "How Stuff Works".
- Describes Wilderness Survival: Field-Expedient Direction Finding www
Describes how to use the sun and shadows for determining direction with illustrations. Survival: Field-Expedient Direction Finding. Also includes information on how to use the stars for finding direction and making an improvised compass. Wilderness Survival: Field-Expedient Direction Finding.
- An World of O www
An extensive index of orienteering sites maintained by Norwegian orienteer Jan Kocbach. World of O.
- Offers Orienteering Online www
Offers news, Online, articles, gallery, event calendar and interviews. Orienteering Online.
- Links Navigation With Map and Compass www
Links to resources that deal with navigation. Navigation With Map and Compass.
- Offers Treasure Hunt Adventures www
Offers orienteering training events throughout the US. Hunt Adventures. Specializes in school programs, teacher training seminars and corporate team building. Contact information and explanation of services. Treasure Hunt Adventures.
- Britain's Compass Sport www
Britain's national orienteering magazine. Sport. Features full event coverage with worldwide circulation. Compass Sport.
- Information Slovakian Orienteering Homepage www
Information about Slovak Orienteering in English by Juraj Petrinec. Orienteering Homepage. Terrain descriptions, news, archives, contacts, and links. Slovakian Orienteering Homepage.
- Provides Orienteering Unlimited www
Provides information about the sport of orienteering. Unlimited. In addition, it describes the program and map making services offered by Orienteering Orienteering Unlimited.
- Includes Hungarian Orienteering www
Includes general facts about Hungary, Orienteering, council members of the Hungarian Orienteering Federation, list of local Federations and clubs, links to Hungarian orienteers, results, profiles of the Hungarian National Team, 2000 and 2001 Hungarian Cup results, clickable local maps, Hall of Fame, and related links. Hungarian Orienteering.
- A Orienteering for the Young www
A booklet about orienteering by James Baker. for the Young. It explains in several pages how a course for beginners is made. Orienteering for the Young.
- A National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering www
A non-profit organization offering information on the objectives of the sport, Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering, membership, ride calendar, ride results, chatroom, newsletters, and links. National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering.
- Information TREC UK www
Information about the sport of TREC, UK, which includes mounted orienteering, and discussion forum. TREC UK.
- Catalog 866gaiters.com www
Catalog of orienteering supplies. 866gaiters.com.
- Developer SILVA www
Developer and producer of compasses, SILVA, weather instruments, marine instruments and outdoor equipment. SILVA.
- Events Wisconsin Adventure Racing Society www
Events include orienteering, Adventure Racing Society, on and off road biking, canoeing, trekking, and land navigation. Wisconsin Adventure Racing Society.
- Includes World Orienteering Championships www
Includes news, Orienteering Championships, calendar, registration information, and a list of competitions open to the public. Denmark. World Orienteering Championships.
- Présentation Course d'orientation à skis www
Présentation du SkiO en France et dans le monde. Course d'orientation à skis.
- Portail Course d'orientation www
Portail sur la course et le raid d'orientation. Course d'orientation.
- Includes Orienteering Association of Hong Kong www
Includes information, Association of Hong Kong, events, maps, training and results. Orienteering Association of Hong Kong.
- Information, Hong Kong O! Day www
Information, Kong O! Day, guidelines, applications and sponsors of the activity. Hong Kong O! Day.
- Includes Three Rock Orienteering Club www
Includes a listing of upcoming events, Rock Orienteering Club, current and past newsletters, results, and membership details. Located in Dublin. Three Rock Orienteering Club.
- Includes Kerry Orienteers www
Includes description of the club and its activities, Orienteers, upcoming event details, results of previous events and contact details. Kerry Orienteers.
- Alexa: Orienteering Sports
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Orienteering Sports
- DMOZ: Orienteering Sports
dmoz.org Directory: Orienteering Sports