18 Jun

Racing Tips – Orienteering Part 4 – Judging Distance

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 our last post we discussed how to properly measure distance on a map. Now that we know how far to go, it’s time to learn to keep track of distance traveled as you move along during a race.  Before we get to race day, however, we need to do a bit of prep work and that involves figuring out your pace. Read More

09 Jun

Racing Tips – Orienteering Part 3 – Measuring Distance on a Map

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.

The topic for this post is measuring distance. But before we get too far, our previous posts talked about the basics of orienteering and taking a bearing. The following video gives a brief overview of these concepts with an orienteering twist. Notice the orienteering maps. In future posts we will give more detail on reading these types of maps and some of the techniques to improve your speed.

Understanding Distance and Scale on the Map
Before we discuss distance in the real world let’s first get to know more about how to read distance on a map. Maps are a scaled down representation of the real thing. A short distance on your map can represent a much longer distance in real life. “How much longer?” you ask. Well, that all depends on the ratio of your scale.

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