COVID19 and the Future of Orienteering

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This has been a year like no other in the history of orienteering. Essentially every major competition, from the Canadian Orienteering Championships to the World Orienteering Championships, from O-Ringen to the World Masters Orienteering Championships, has been cancelled, or postponed until 2021. These were very hard decisions, especially for the organizers who have often been […]

Yes, mapping just keeps getting easier….

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Thanks to ever more sophisticated and abundant satellite imagery, it is becoming possible (with enough time, money and computing power, of course) to consider mapping the entire surface of the earth in extraordinary detail. Here is an interesting glimpse into the future of terrain mapping.

Newly Certified Officials in BC Orienteering Clubs

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When you participate in an orienteering event, you are probably focusing on the terrain, on getting to the start on time, maybe keeping your excitement under control, or making sure you have your whistle. It’s a complicated business, and it can be hard to get all these pieces lined up. What you perhaps don’t see […]

Due West interviews Diana Hocking

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Diana has been a pillar of the Victoria orienteering community for many, many years. As a professional cartographer, and lover of the outdoors, orienteering was always a natural fit for her, and she has pursued it with her typical passion. Here is how she describes her long-term relationship with our favourite sport. DW: How and […]

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 […]