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Discussion: Scale - What ISOM2017 Sadly Side-stepped

in: Orienteering; General

Apr 6, 2017 5:25 AM # 
Elsewhere, Invisible Log identified what some would call "the elephant in the room," although there might be several elephants. So, following JimBaker, here's a thread for that. I hope "The Beginning" can be a place where we move forward on the good and acceptable changes in ISOM2017.

So here's a place for scale issues. Can anyone reconcile the published spec with the requirements of the IOF council, that scale rules would be defined by the discipline commission and the RC?
Apr 6, 2017 5:33 AM # 
Apr 6, 2017 5:33 AM # 
Thats nope to your question, not nope to you putting me in the naughty room all by myself. And to elaborate-

The previous ISOM said this-
"The scale for an orienteering map is 1:15 000. Terrain that cannot be fieldworked at a scale of 1:7 500 and legibly presented at a scale of 1:15 000, is not suitable for international foot-orienteering....[some educational mapping detail omoitted].. Other scales may be produced for other forms of orienteering. For practical reasons a map should not be larger than is necessary for the orienteering competition. Maps larger"
than A3 should be avoided.

The Council response to the draft was this-
"The specifications’ wording regarding Map scales and Map
enlargements. Council would therefore task FOC and RC with consulting and commenting on these two issues. FOC agrees with Council’s view on this to leave out the unnecessary sentence and paragraph. The map scale issues should only be handled in the rules. Action AL to inform TH and Map Commission."

The MC minutes recorded this request as a "political decision".

The ISOM 2017 now says this.
"The base scale for an orienteering map is 1:15 000. Generalisation shall follow the requirements for the scale 1:15 000."

This seems even more prescriptive than the previous specification. Can we label the IOF as in a state of dysfunction?
Apr 7, 2017 2:05 AM # 
I started writing a response to the scale arguments in the other thread, but deleted it. Its more fun to go out now and put put controls for tomorrows event.
Apr 7, 2017 3:57 AM # 
If you come across any gold mining terrain, remember its not proper orienteering. Hang on Log, this should be in the Fun thread:-))
Apr 7, 2017 4:58 AM # 
I read that you Kiwis are giving me maps printed at 1:7,500. You know, I might be able to read them.

This discussion thread is closed.