Orienteering contests are a great way to get outdoors and have some fun. Each competitor is given a map showing checkpoints and they then have to walk or run around as many checkpoints as they can in the allotted time.
Each checkpoint is worth a different amount of points – checkpoints that are easy to get to are usually low points with those further away or in tricky locations scoring higher.
A good orienteer will work out a strategy that enables them to gather the most points – that might mean that they only go for three or four very high scoring checkpoints, or they might choose to visit lots of easy, low scoring checkpoints.
A fun way to keep fit
Orienteering is an excellent way to improve your map reading skills while enjoying the great outdoors and getting fit. Why not give it a go sometime?