Due West interviews David Bakker

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David Bakker may be a relative newcomer to the BC orienteering scene, but he has already had a very big impact. David somehow manages to combine a demanding academic program with physical and mental training, production of high-quality O maps, organization of excellent competitions and other service both within his club (SAGE) and on the […]

Indoor O = ‘Intensity in a Box’

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With the continued growth in urban sprint orienteering, both as a competitive sport and as spectator entertainment, it is not surprising that sprint orienteers have been exploring other ways to enjoy ‘fast and furious’ navigation. In addition, in northern regions of the orienteering world, where the winters can be long and dark, and footing on […]

COVID19 and Orienteering

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Orienteering might be one of the safest sports in the world when it comes to the risk of contracting the COVID19 virus – we are more or less alone in the outdoors, we compete individually without bodily contact, and we don’t share infrastructure and facilities with other users. However, we are not perfect in this […]

Due West interviews Linda Hildebrandt

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Linda Hildebrandt is a long-time member of the Victoria Orienteering Club, where she has been active as both as competitor and volunteer organizer. She has also served as President of the VicO club, and is currently a Member-at-Large on the Orienteering BC Board of Directors. Linda has a particular interest in on-line learning modes for […]

What is the Process for Re-opening Orienteering in BC?

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As you are certainly aware, group sporting activities of all types have been banned in BC during the present COVID19 pandemic. However, British Columbia has been notably successful in controlling community transmission of the COVID virus, and the province has therefore decided to carefully begin loosening the current restrictions. Overall provincial guidelines for this staged […]

The OBC Indoor O-Maze-Building Contest is Launched

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One of the more exciting orienteering exercises for both experts and newbies has to be navigating an orienteering maze, using electronic (SI) timing at the maze control points. O-mazes are fun to design, and easy to set up outdoors by simply using the usual metal control stands (or other in-ground posts) and running flagging tape […]

News from the OBC Board of Directors, and from the Clubs

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At the OBC AGM in December, a new slate of Directors was elected, as follows (new Board members are in bold font): President Brian Ellis (GVOC) Treasurer Don Haliburton (GVOC) Secretary Holly Hendrigan (GVOC) Members-at-large Kevin Matrosovs (SAGE) David Bakker (SAGE) Jackie Bonn (SAGE) Linda Hildebrandt (VICO) Chris Ling (VICO) Ross Burnett (VICO) Chris Bullock […]

Need A Quick Map?

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OOMap (OpenOrienteeringMap), is a UK website with a nifty mapping tool designed to convert the freely available OpenStreetMap files into perfectly usable street-O maps with just a few keystrokes. The accuracy of the mapping is dependent on the quality of the OpenStreetMap data for your area, but for quick mapping of your local neighbourhood for […]

Trails in ‘olive green’ areas of an O map

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Course planners and Controllers take note! Information extracted from the IOF Event Advisors newsletter – Feb 2020 The recent World Cup Final in China took place in terrain that was quite unfamiliar to Western competitors. Overall, the events went well but there were problems in the Middle Distance race where competitors had difficulty interpreting exactly […]

Due West Interviews Rachel May

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Rachel is a 20-year-old athlete from a strong O family in Salmon Arm, BC, and has been orienteering with the Sage O Club for most of her life. She was both BC Champion and Canadian Champion in her age-class in 2018, and has represented Canada internationally at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in both Hungary […]