There's a variety of material for planners out there, some old, some new.
Choose which one suits you, depending on your level and your learning style.
There are a few different formats that we use. The most complicated one to understand is the Blocks format, but those who have ran in our after dark events will already be familiar with the concept.
"Open Orienteering Maps"
We use these maps when there is no bespoke OCAD map for an area- so every where except certain parts of Taunton. They are produced from open source mapping data. This article explains the difference in the specification of the two types of map used.
Jenny West relives her first MapRun experience for the benefit of others new to the format.
I thought that it would be an interesting novelty event but wasn't sure about there being nothing to see at the control site.
for planners & controllers
GPS devices are an excellent resource when updating maps and plotting where control locations are to be.
This article explains how to use:
- the club EtrexH GPS units to collect data during field survey work.
- free GPS software
Here's a document with advice on using our GPS units for mapping surveying operations
The following timetable contains suggested latest possible deadlines for completing each of the main tasks in planning courses for a QOFL. Actual timings will vary from event to event, but ideally should be earlier.