What is Orienteering?
Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport which involves finding the quickest route between control points using a special map to navigate. It uses brain as well as body and is similar to Adventure Racing which you may have seen on television. If you enjoy hill walking, cross-country running or geocaching there is a good chance you will also enjoy orienteering.
Do I need to be a member?
No! just come along to one of our events and try orienteering.
Who is it for?
Anyone! We have members of all ages from toddlers to Senior Citizens, many are family memberships. Some local schools such as KHVIII are members.
We use the parks around Coventry and Solihull and have many areas of the Warwickshire countryside specially mapped.
Saturday informal events during autumn / winter / spring.
Wednesday evening informal events during the summer.
Sunday morning colour coded and badge events throughout the year.
More details can be found on the Club Events Page
What should I wear?
Normal rules are that the legs and torso must be fully covered while orienteering (short-sleeved tops are allowed but not vests). This applies even in warm weather because courses can include sections through the undergrowth.
At some events (e.g. if there is no undergrowth) the rules are relaxed and shorts can be worn. Ask the event orgainiser if you're not sure.
Where can I buy equipment?
There are two on-line shops: http://www.compasspoint-online.co.uk/ and http://www.ultrasport.co.uk/
One or both of the shops take a van to the larger regional / national events. The event details will say which traders are attending a particular event.
Do I have to run?
Only if you want to. There are a range of courses on offer including ones suitable for walking or jogging.
Will I get fit?
Yes! Walking is best when you start so that you don't get lost, but getting fitter is a distinct possibility. We provide coaching and development for everyone.
Where can I get additional information?
- Come along to one of our coaching sessions or events.
- Join the OD Facebook group (members only).
- A free, printable summary of control descriptions and map symbols is available here (external link).
- A free comprehensive guide to control descriptions including examples is available here (external link).
- A free comprehensive guide to map symbols including examples is available here (external link).
- A guide to orienteering jargon can be found here on the British Orienteering website (external link).
- Our on-line training can help you learn the IOF pictorial symbols and improve other technical skills.
- List of links to orienteering training related websites.
- PDF User Manual for v3 EMIT electronic timing cards (external link)
- Video explaining how to use EMIT electronic timing cards (youTube)
- A book by Carol McNeill has recently been published (2010) covering orienteering skills, techniques and training for all levels. It is available direct from the publisher, but is also available via serveral on-line book shops.