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Discussion: TV Shows that might appeal to the orienteering crowd

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 27, 2015 11:26 PM # 
I just had the delightful joy of binge-watching the first season (six episodes) of BBC's "The Detectorists" (available on Netflix).

The quirkiness of the characters and their obsessions left me slightly cringingly drawing parallels to orienteering. Which made it even funnier.

I recommend wasting three hours to watch the series.

And I wonder what other TV shows might appeal to orienteers?
Dec 27, 2015 11:30 PM # 
Some of the forests and terrain in the New Zealand show 'Top of the Lake" had me drooling.
Dec 28, 2015 12:14 AM # 
Top of the Lake was a great show - not sure about the locals though!
Dec 28, 2015 2:31 PM # 
A Walk in the Woods is out on Netflix tomorrow. Not highly rated, but look forward to the indulgence. Also, I highly, highly, recommend the movie "The Way Back." Some old school nav in it.
Dec 28, 2015 2:53 PM # 
The Blair Witch Project is especially good before night-o
Dec 28, 2015 5:16 PM # 
Also, I highly, highly, recommend the movie "The Way Back."

I haven't seen the movie, but the book it's based on (The Long Walk) is quite good... even though it has been thoroughly discredited.
Dec 28, 2015 9:36 PM # 
Yeah, saw that too...and still love a good story.
Dec 29, 2015 2:55 PM # 
Here is a clip from Lost. I don't remember which episode. This is what passes for orienteering on TV.

@Nixon, for maximum creep factor, try it on this map, which covers much of the area where the Blair Witch Project was filmed, including the cabin.
Dec 30, 2015 12:09 AM # 
Someone went to a lot of trouble to put all those lines and circles of rocks on that map, or are they a natural phenomenon?
Dec 30, 2015 12:16 AM # 
@TomN - shouldn't you be pointing to the map on the other side of the river for Blair Witch?
Dec 30, 2015 1:18 AM # 
Oops, yes. As jtorranc says, it's actually this map. A mere click away in digital space.
Dec 30, 2015 11:14 AM # 
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.
Dec 30, 2015 11:54 AM # 
If you want a movie that actually made an attempt to have realistic orienteering, there's the obscure State Park. (Not to say it's a great film, or anything...)
Dec 30, 2015 10:36 PM # 
Maybe some Kiwis can correct me but I had an idea that Zena Warrior Princess was filmed in Woodhill Forest - but not the bit being used for World Masters in 17
Dec 30, 2015 10:59 PM # 
I'm not a New Zealander so I could be discredited for this info but this professional looking website mentions it as the location of one of the episodes.

It even mentions orienteering by name on one of the pages!

I never ran up the passing dune from Bethells to O'Neil bay in such a sprint.
Jan 2, 2016 3:45 AM # 
For general public sighting of orienteering in progress is like a scene from the Walking Dead.
Jan 2, 2016 4:04 AM # 
Spooks in the Park was big winner with the kids (and few adults) in Perth

Photos here
Jan 2, 2016 7:17 AM # 
Someone went to a lot of trouble to put all those lines and circles of rocks on that map, or are they a natural phenomenon?

Those are fresh graves.
Jan 3, 2016 2:45 AM # 
I quit this thread. I can't unsee that Blair Witch map. I may be a wimp, but I had to leave the theater to get my bearings during that film. No kids in corners!
Jan 3, 2016 3:20 PM # 
Gordhun, where does one get such compasses?
Jan 4, 2016 12:34 AM # 
Easy. You write a post to Attackpoint very early in the morning and a 'makeshift compass' can come out made of anything.
Jan 10, 2016 4:27 PM # 
@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!
Jan 11, 2016 3:34 AM # 
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Jan 23, 2016 12:20 AM # 
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.

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