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Jun 30, 2016 1:40 PM # 
Great summary of the analysis for the weekend Jan Erik!
I loved seeing the recognition that the focus needs to be on executing the basic skills - that will always come out on top.

By the way, you should probably be aiming to read the map more like every 6-10 seconds than 15. The appropriate frequency depends on the person of course based on how good your map memory is and how much you can take in with a single look but my understanding is that most top orienteers are in the 6-10 second range.
Jul 2, 2016 10:09 AM # 
Jan Erik Naess:
Thanks Jeff, I got the advice from the best ;P

Hmm yeah I can understand that, so how long is each glance though?
Jul 3, 2016 8:01 PM # 
The length of the map glance depends on the purpose of the map glance. If you are looking to build up a mental image of the terrain ahead of you then you need a long enough glance to really take in what you are seeing.

If you see a boulder on the hillside and are then checking to find it on the map your map glance can be really short. The key is to look at the map with purpose and look at the map until you have achieved that purpose.
Jul 4, 2016 12:18 PM # 
Jan Erik Naess:
Hmm, I've never really thought of it like that, I really like that point of view... I'll keep it in mind :)

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