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Getting Started With Orienteering

Course Decisions

What course do I choose?
This course guide is written by Karen Dennis, former MVOC member currently residing in San Diego. The link takes you into sconet (Southern California Orienteering NET) where her course guide page is posted.

Local event courses are usually classified using a color scheme: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, and Red.

There is a new scheme being used by some clubs that do not use the colors, but it is not official yet.

For courses at the Miami Valley Jr. O Champs, refer to the Jr. O Champs rules.

Orienteering USA A-Meets use a Competitive Course/Class Structure. It is for A-meets only. These are listed on the National Events Calendar.

Compass Headings

How to use a compass.
Orienteering originated in the Scandanavian countries, and this link takes you to Norway! Don't worry, the pages are in English. This illustrated guide by Kjetil Kjernsmo is internationally renown. Move in the right direction, and get training from the best!

High Technology

Many of our events use electronic punching, a fun and new way to keep track of your time on the course. Take a look at our electronic punching page for all the ins and outs of its use.

Do you know your map symbols? Get familiar with them and then see how good you are with the Orienteering Map Skills Test.

How about the clue sheet? Do you know all your control description symbols? Test your knowledge!


Most importantly, Dress Appropriately for the Weather Conditions.

  • Orienteering is an outdoor activity.
  • Be prepared for chilling rain, extreme cold, and extreme heat. Carry water when conditions dictate.
  • Wear a long sleeved shirt and long pants. This is mainly for protection from cuts and abrasions from thorns and branches. They also protect you from noxious plants such as poison ivy and poison sumac.
  • Layer your clothing in cool and cold weather.
  • Break in shoes and boots before using them for orienteering.
  • Wear comfortable socks that perform when wet such as wool.
  • For reduced friction, wear a polypropylene liner sock under your regular socks.

More Training

For more trianing info look at the Orienteering USA training page.

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