What is orienteering?

Orienteering

Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but basically any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation using a map is a type of orienteering.

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Some articles on orienteering:

Orienteering and The Olympics
... Efforts to develop a format suitable for Olympic competitions have focused on park orienteering, micro-orienteering, and short-distance relays ... Sprint Orienteering on foot as a format of the sport is most likely to be included in Olympic Games, as this discipline is becoming more and more popular worldwide and can have a significant ... According to the website of a Chicago Orienteering club, "the International Orienteering Federation is committed to entering the Olympic World." Although not an ...
South African Orienteering Federation
... South African Orienteering Federation (SAOF) is the national Orienteering Association in South Africa ... SAOF was founded in 1981, and is recognized as the orienteering association for South Africa by the International Orienteering Federation, of which it is a member ...
Staffan Tunis
... Staffan Tunis (born December 5, 1982) is a Finnish ski-orienteering competitor ... medal in the middle distance and a bronze medal in the sprint at the 2007 World Ski Orienteering Championships ... Tunis finished third in the overall World Cup in Ski Orienteering in 2006 ...
Stine Hjermstad Kirkevik
... Stine Hjermstad Kirkevik is a Norwegian ski-orienteering competitor and world champion ... She received four gold medals at the World Ski Orienteering Championships, in 2004 and 2005 ... She won the overall World Cup in Ski Orienteering in 2005, and finished 3rd in 2001 ...
Lars Holmqvist
... Lars Holmqvist is a Swedish orienteering competitor ... He received a bronze medal in the relay event at the 1995 World Orienteering Championships in Detmold, together with Jimmy Birklin, Johan Ivarsson and Jörgen Mårtensson, and placed fifth in the short distance ... He placed 12th in the overall Orienteering World Cup in 1994 ...