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Lost Compass

Lost Compass
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Last edited: Sat 25 Nov 2017

A series of themed training articles and videos. It is aimed at all from those attempting Orange courses to those who would be considered experts. Most of the articles were written by Richard Sansbury but we have borrowed from other resources on You Tube and other clubs' websites.

Index


BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
The map & symbolsMap basics
Hand rails
Vegetation
Folding map
Contours
Control descriptions
Thumbing map
Look with purpose
Memorise
Decisions & techniquesCorner cut
Decision points
Attack points
Bearings
Route choice
Distance judgement
Skill not luck
Over/around
Catching features
Safe routes
Setting map
Aiming off
Handrailling

Contouring
Relocation

Preparation & reviewClothing
Equipment
Splitsbrowser

Good start
Share & learn
Serious?
Season plan
Play to your strengths
Preparation
Thinking & mindset Look around
Map contact
Simplify
Fine v coarse
CARE & RAG
Flow
Dynamism
Visualisation
Race managementDon't rush
180° error
Missing control

Motivation
Racing

The pdf links above are to material on the Berkshire OC website.

The above classification is a bit rough and ready and tips for beginners may continue to apply for those further up the ladder, for example.

For the purposes of this classification:

  • Beginner would be an adult beginner doing Orange
  • Intermediate covers those doing Light Green and above
  • Advanced contains higher skills for already competent navigators looking to increase their speed

Richard's articles were not intended to be exhaustive. In particular, if anyone has any tips to provide, please submit them to the webmaster. A few articles from external sources have already been added above to compliment Richard's offering.

Some subjects have not been covered in any great depth yet, in particular the skills required for the most junior courses, White and Yellow.

Further tips

The QuOnicle club magazine archive also features occasional training articles, other than Richard's.

Wessex OC training tips - scroll down to the bottom of the linked page to see the tips


Richard S, Forest of Dean '15

Richard S, Forest of Dean '15
Credit: Mark Lockett

Richard's series originally appeared in our now dormant newsletter, the QuOnicle. Over to Richard...

You can either learn from your own mistakes...or from mine! I've made a lot of navigational errors while writing this series of articles. So I'm wondering whether I should be writing this column or reading it. Though maybe its easier to learn from someone who knows what they get wrong? I hope this helps improve your orienteering skills and in turn increases your enjoyment. It is frustrating when your run is affected by mistakes, but very satisfying to complete a course without error.

Richard Sansbury

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