30 May

Racing Tips – Orienteering Part 2 – Taking a Bearing

Over the coming weeks we will be posting information that we hope will help you improve your adventure racing skills. If you have topics or questions you would like us to cover, send us an email at flatfeats(at)gmail(dot)com and we’ll try to address them in the near future.

In the previous post we talked about the basics of orienteering by following terrain objects like hills, paths and man-made objects to move through your route. If you get to a spot where there are no terrain objects in front of you, it’s time to take a bearing .

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23 May

Racing Tips – Orienteering Part 1 – The Basics

Note: Over the coming weeks we will be posting information that we hope will help you improve your adventure racing skills. If you have topics or questions you would like us to cover, send us an email at flatfeats(at)gmail(dot)com and we’ll try to address them in the near future.

Unlike many other racing events, it’s not necessarily the people who run the fastest or pedal the hardest that will win an adventure race. Don’t get us wrong, it’s definitely helpful to be in shape – we recommend it – but if you are the fastest at going in the wrong direction you won’t be winning anything.

One of the most important and often overlooked disciplines when people first get into adventure racing is orienteering. Orienteering requires you to use a map and compass  to navigate from point to point in any type of terrain. Some people like to use a GPS to track how well they did once their race is completed, but it is against the rules to use a GPS to navigate during adventure races.

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