Store Blog Promos Events About Contact Account
social
My Account

SCS Survival Blog
Free Guides, Information, and Stories.

What is Orienteering?

Posted by on 2/15/2012 to Recreational

Orienteering is the ultimate challenge that tests physical endurance, rapid decision making, and teamwork or independence. It is an outdoor activity that some view as a sport or a recreation. Orienteering requires an individual or a team to navigate their way through the wilderness from checkpoint to checkpoint using nothing but a map and a compass.This is generally done competitively where individuals or teams are timed and the winner completes the course in the correct order in the least amount of time.
 
What Orienteering has to offer:

One of the great things about orienteering is that it is suitable for any skill level, age, or ability. Some courses may be no longer than one mile with 'highly visible controls (checkpoints). Other courses may be over 20 miles, in extremely tough terrain, and contain well hidden controls, which may take hours to even days to complete.
Orienteering Control
 
One of the most rewarding components of orienteering is that it allows the individuals to through dense woods, climbing over rocky terrain, crossing rivers and streams, trudgingexperience and 'get in touch' with nature. There is no feeling comparable to that of trekking 
through swamp lands, and plowing your way through fields of grass 4 feet high. This could all be during the dead of winter with a foot of snow on the ground, or during a terrential downpour in early spring, or in the blazing heat of mid summer with temperatues nearing 100 degrees! At the same time you must remain focused on the task of accurately projecting yourself towards the control as being off a single degree can lead you miles in the wrong direction, and keep a keen enough sense to locate the well hidden control no larger than a foot high and a few inches wide.

In addition to the physical hardship and mental challenge of properly navigating, there is also strategy involved when it comes to route choice. When traveling from one control to the next there are often many different paths one could take, depending on the terrain. Some people opt to take the shorter but more difficult paths, others choose a longer and easier route. It is important to properly judge your potential energy expenditure to choose the most optimal route according to your skill set and ability.
 
Orienteering is a wonderful activity for anyone to engage. Challenging and simple, relaxing and invigorating, you may choose your own path and set your own pace. Orienteering is such a revitalizing sport that many people can find enjoyment from whether they want to challenge their mental abilities or physical abilities.
 
Add Comment
Name 
Email 
Body 
 

Water and Hydration
Shelter and Warmth
Fire Starting
Food Procurement
Signals & Navigation
First Aid and Medical
Wild Animal & Insect
Self Defense
Dog and Pet Survival
Outdoor Survival
Emergency Preparedness
Recreational
Survival Gear
News
Survival Humor


October 2017
September 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
June 2014
May 2014
January 2014
December 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
September 2012
August 2012
May 2012
April 2012
February 2012
January 2012
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011

We know survival does not begin or end with the gear and tools you have at hand, but the knowledge you have in mind.