Have you tried getting your mind
around The Thought Sport.
This adventure sport calls for a perfect harmonious balance
between mind and body. You use your mind to interpret the map and
compass and your body to tackle the strenuous physical
achievement of completing the course.
Orienteering originated in Scandinavia as an ideal family event
for all ages and skill levels. Parents and their children can
fully participate together. The sport allows you to set your own
pace at somewhere between a leisurely navigation exercise to
dashing at break-neck speed through the forest while making
split-second decisions in map and compass reading.
Orienteers navigate as quickly and accurately as they can between
control points. These are usually marked by orange and white
flags beside distinct features such as a round knoll or stream
junction. The map is the central focus of attention and map
reading skills are the key to determining the best possible
The most common kind of orienteering is point-to-point - finding your way across country by
the most direct route. Another type is relay where
teams of 3 or 4 members collaborate. Nocturnal orienteering in midnight to dawn events offers a special kind of
intensity as competitors are limited to the visual range of their
torchlight. Orienteering clubs are mainly based in the cities.
Check the yellow pages for contacts or inquire at the nearest
Be prepared to push body and mind to the limit of endurance on
this very competitive sport. Go hard or go home is
the only way to approach it - its the
professional way to get lost in the woods.