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I used to do orienteering in the Scouts but have never come across it since

Discussion in 'The Bothy (off topic)' started by Slowandsteady, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. Slowandsteady

    Slowandsteady Regular Member

    My only exposure to orienteering was as a young lad in the scouts. Map, compass, first marker point placed at the start in an open field, then heading off into the woods and countryside to get nettle stings whilst clambering through the undergrowth and never quite finding all of the markers (cheating occasionally by keeping a watchful eye out and following other groups ;)).

    Doing a quick Google search throws up British Orienteering (https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/) and surprisingly there are a lot of permanent courses: https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/pocs

    Do any of you enjoy orienteering or include it in your outdoors activity calendar occasionally?
     
  2. classic33

    classic33 Member

    Is there any local park that may have one set up/in place. Usually used by schools to get pupils into the sport. Built one a few years ago behind the local reservoir.

    Which form of orienteering, Star, along a route or spell a word?
     
  3. Podali

    Podali Member

    Not orienteering specifically, but in the scouts we were taught to use a map and compass and refer to features of interest in the landscape to get our bearings such as windmills, church steeples, etc. Not a skill I've found a use for since.
     
  4. classic33

    classic33 Member

    Have you never, whilst walking round(town/city) picked out a landmark and aimed for that. A step up, and you'd have been doing it without thinking about it.
     
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