It is funny but when I originally saw that episode of Lost with the "I'm orienteering" line I thought the speaker was being sarcastic as in 'what do you think I'm doing? I'm sitting on the ground trying to make sense of a cryptic map. But if you can't figure that out I'll tell you I'm doing the sport of orienteering.'
I thought we had reached the mainstream.
Now as I look at the re-run my illuion is shattered. The writer actually thought that was what orienteers do - sit on the ground with a makeshit compass looking at a cryptic map.
But the best TV shows to appeal to orienteers 1) Mantracker 2) Amazing Race Of course these are not dramas but I love the terrain shots.
@Nixon and TomN - yeah try watching Blair Witch the night before you go race on that map, get to the start look at your control descriptions and the first one is a rock pile!!! Get over being freaked out about that and then one of the junior guys comes running up behind you half way through the course and you jump 6ft in the air out of fright. Yeah I will never forgive the COC boys for having us watch that before the Interscholastics there!
The Blair Witch was filmed in our area in Maryland. We had an National meet in the terrain where the house was located. The house torn down after the movie so all that remained was foundation stones. The area they walked through we haven't mapped as it mostly green.