Tarentum, PA, US
Apr 22, 2018
Type: Orienteering - Local
added by: sherpes
Deer Lakes Land Navigation Orienteering Workshop
22 April 2018
Novice: 11 am and 1 pm;
Intermediate: 12 noon;
Advanced: 11 am to 2:30 pm
Free for Everyone
ALL PARTICIPANTS must wear appropriate clothing (shoes that cover the feet and long pants). There may be ticks or other biting insects. Using insect repellant is an exceptionally good idea. It is Spring, so it is likely to be somewhat wet or muddy.
There will be two identical sessions, one starting at 11 am, the other starting at 1 pm. In each session, there will be instruction on map reading, simple use of the compass (orienting the map) and how an orienteering course works. If time allows, there may be additional instruction topics. There will also be an exercise in which participants can put what they have learned into practice. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. Compasses will be loaned to those who do not have them.
There will be a single session that starts at 12 noon and will last 1 ½ to 2 hours. The focus will be on off-trail navigation (following a bearing) and keeping track of distance, combined with terrain association. Various navigational and map handling tips will be introduced. Instruction will be done through a series of exercises that go around a short orienteering course, much of it off trail. Compasses will be loaned to those who do not have them. It is not recommended to try to do both the beginner and intermediate instruction on the same day.
There will be three types of exercises to choose from. Each involves doing a short orienteering course in one way or another. The courses are kept short to allow participants to do more than one exercise: starting on an exercise may be done between 11 am and 2:30 pm.
Activity: Find the controls in a normal cross-country orienteering course using a map on which all clearings and trails and possibly other black features have been removed. If you are thinking of doing more than one exercise, do this one first - the other exercises will show the trails, roads, etc. which would partly defeat the purpose of this exercise.
Purpose: To practice using contours and vegetation features in terrain association; also to practice using the compass and making distance measurements.
Activity: Given a map that has been erased for some distance surrounding a control location, make your way around a short cross-country orienteering course. Only the control circle appears in the erased area. There are no control descriptions but control flags are placed on standard orienteering features at the center of the control circles. Control flag numbers are shown, in sequence, on the map. Beware, there are controls from other courses nearby.
Purpose: To practice choosing attack points, then practice using precise navigation from the attack point to the control location.
Activity: Follow the line marked on the map and find the controls which have been placed "on" the line (+/- 5 m); the control locations are not shown on the map. Controls are on standard orienteering features; controls from other courses are not near or on the line. To avoid hiding important information, the line is drawn next to (not on top of) the control feature and next to features like paths and streams. The control descriptions consist of only the control flag numbers in sequence order.
Purpose: To practice precise terrain association and navigation.