14 Jul

Racing Tips – More on Maps

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 post about Measuring Distance on a Map we discussed  the importance of scale and height to figure out our distance. In that post we showed examples of contours and scale bars but there are other useful bits of information on maps.

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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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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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