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About Orienteering PDF Print E-mail

Orienteering is a sport that combines racing with navigation using a map and compass. The oldest form (sometimes referred to as "Foot Orienteering" or "Foot-O") involves cross-country running, though other forms have evolved. The competition is a timed race in which individual participants use a detailed topographic map and a compass to navigate through diverse terrain (often wooded) and visit, in sequence, control points that are indicated on the map. The location of control points is kept secret from the competitors, until the start, when they are provided with a map. The map may be pre-printed with the control points, or the competitor may be required to copy control points onto their map from a master map.  Competitors start at staggered intervals, are individually timed, and are expected to perform all navigation skills on their own. Standings are determined first by successful completion of the course, then by shortest time on course. Rules and principles of the sport are defined by the International Orienteering Federation.

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