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Discussion: running straight

in: TGIF; TGIF > 2016-07-28

Jul 28, 2016 5:38 PM # 
I've noticed several legs over the last few days where you ran very straight. Are you using your compass for that or are you picking something out in the distance that you know is on the line? Or, do you have a different technique?

Also, if you are using your compass, do you run straight by frequently checking the needle or do you use it to pick out an object in the distance? Or is it a combination?
Jul 29, 2016 5:31 AM # 
Jul 29, 2016 8:52 PM # 
White Kenyan:
Carlch, do you not need to use your compass to pick a distant feature on the line?
Aug 1, 2016 8:46 AM # 
Running straight is a really important skill for an elite orienteer.

In those open terrains, I must say it is pretty simple. Most of time, you first take a direction with compass, and then look as far as possible to pick a visible feature (a remarkable tree for ex.) to be more effective. But the other way round is also common - on the way to the 20th control for ex., the roof ot the skilift´s house was visible from far away, no need to check compass there.

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