Orienteering Courses and Formats
orienteering courses are organized around a 'classic' orienteering
format. This requires the orienteer to visit all controls
in order. All controls must be visited and none can be
skipped in order to finish successfully. The object of this type
of orienteering format is to find all controls within the fastest
here for the rules guiding the
sport of orienteering.
events are typically organized into several types - Canada
Cup Events, Provincial and Local events depending on the
intended calibre of competition and level of organization offered.
Please see below for a description of different orienteering formats
'classic' orienteering there are several other orienteering
formats to create different levels of challenges. The most
common of these are described below:
O - An orienteering event where participants are
given a time limit (usually one hour) to collect as many controls
in any order. This events makes for some interesting
route choices. Orienteers must find as many controls as possible
without exceeding the given time-limit or penalty points will
O - A very fast-paced orienteering event usually
organized in an urban area or non-technical terrain such as a
park or university campus. Controls are relatively easy, with
good route choice and running speed being the deciding factor
in achieving the fasted time.
O - Usually set up as a score O, except participants
use canoes or kayaks to collect controls only reachable by water
or to access points requiring the orienteer to travel a short
distance on land to the control.
- Orienteering in the darkness with the aid of a headlamp.
O - This is a unique event set up using a classic
event format, however, orienteers start with a mass start and
are encouraged to 'follow' each other. The trick is that orienteers
are permitted to skip a control of their choice. This format makes
for a fast hectic start, and some interesting discussions at the
finish as to which control was the best to skip.
O - Orienteers carry no map, but are required
to memorize their route to the next control by looking at a map
segment located at each control flag.
- This is a form of extreme endurance orienteering with events
typically lasting 6, 12 or 24 hrs. The event structure is similar
to a score-O in that controls (50 or more) can be collected in
any order, but the event covers a wide area and requires strategy
and stamina in order to collect as many points as possible.
O - An orienteering course set up in an urban
environment using city streets, and parks. Great event for when
the weather makes it more difficult to venture into more wilderness
O - This is not an actual orienteering event,
but an indoor training session where map interpretation, orienteering
strategy and route choice are discussed using maps from past events.
These gatherings are usually fun social activities designed to
help improve the 'mental' aspects of orienteering.
- Types of Events:
Canada Cup Events (Formerly
known as A-Meets)
- A Canada Cup Event is an
established competition style event, where participants compete
in many different course levels based on age and gender categories.
- Examples of Canada Cup events
include the BC Orienteering Championships and the Western Canadian
- A B-Meet is a local event
featuring usually 3-4 different levels of courses.
- A typical event usually includes
four courses ranging from C-1(Novice), C-2 (Intermediate), C-3
(Advanced - Short Course) and C-4 (Advanced - Long Course).
- Beginners are welcome at
B-Level events and can participate in C-1 or C-2 courses based
of other clubs, who are looking for a new terrain to orienteer,
are also welcome on the advanced courses.
- A C-Meet
is a local event that usually only has two courses. A typical
C-Meets consists of a novice course and one other more advanced
- The nature
of these events is more informal with the aim being recreational,
training and practice.
- X-Meets are
special events, with usually only one course available.
- These are
special meets that can include different orienteering formats
such as Night-O, Canoe-O and Score-O as described above.