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Discussion: Canada's First Orienteering Movie

in: Orienteering; General

Sep 25, 2017 1:48 PM # 
This movie was released in 1968. I understand it was put together from film taken at the 1967 Ontario Orienteering Championships.
I first saw the film about 1970 and it helped hook me on the sport for ever since.
Now with using black and white topo maps, master maps, self-inking stamps at the controls, guys running with compasses around their necks, etc a lot of it looks pretty antiquated. Yet some things never get old.
Cameo appearances by Sass Peepre and Bjorn Kjellstrom are pretty interesting, too.
So 50 years on... enjoy.
Sep 25, 2017 2:11 PM # 
The hazards of running through woods in shorts were well depicted. :-)
Sep 25, 2017 3:18 PM # 
Great movie, thanks for sharing. I remember copying courses from master maps, sometimes on the clock. That was fun once you got the hang of it. I never had the experience of running to the master maps first. That would add another whole dimension!

"The test is in navigating the route between control points, not in trying to find the markers."

Now there's one antiquated thought that deserves to be brought back...
Sep 25, 2017 3:33 PM # 
The music was hidious; the map was black and white, and they had to copy courses on the clock! How often did they use a "self-inking" stamp at the control?
Sep 25, 2017 4:32 PM # 
The map in that movie is Corwhin just outside Guelph (maybe Klepperton will post the most recent version here). Unfortunately the land is 100% private and hasn't been used for about 15 years. Excellent area.

Here is google street view of the Start/Finish area.,-80.1191377...
Sep 25, 2017 7:25 PM # 
This is amazing.
Sep 25, 2017 8:02 PM # 
Here is a link to the most recent Corwhin map
Sep 25, 2017 8:13 PM # 
Sep 25, 2017 8:35 PM # 
Kevin, the self inking stamp and the self writing pencil were used up to 1968 then replaced by punches made of metal and resembling the punches used by railway conductors and bus drivers to punch tickets.
About 1971 or 72 Silva began a big time import of the red / orange pin punches which stayed in fashion until the end of the 20th Century.
But the music Kevin: I thought it came from down your way?
Hammar and Jagge: thanks for the map and street views. From the aerial view it looks as if the estate lots and the forests are having a good fight to see which takes over the old farm land and the forest is winning the center while the estate lots dominate the roads.
Sep 25, 2017 9:53 PM # 
self writing pencil? 1968? that was about the time my parents kidnapped me and moved to Georgia.
Sep 26, 2017 3:51 AM # 
love this
Sep 26, 2017 4:36 AM # 
Awesome movie.

There's some stuff to salvage on that map. Maybe a 1:5000-1:7500 training map.

Strip of light green forest along the eastern road is bleach white forest now.

Many landowners to sort out/get a hold of. I don't think a developer has plans to annex anything in there - yet.
Sep 26, 2017 4:45 AM # 
I used to like orienteering. Then I saw this video and decided it wasn't for me.
Sep 26, 2017 3:57 PM # 
The film was produced by Frank Crawley. Interestingly one of his films won an Oscar. Not this one.

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