Exploring the Orienteering

May11

Exploring the Orienteering

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If until today you did not know what Orienteering is like as a sport, here we explain it better. Like many others, this is a sport that constitutes a physical-sporting practice that starts up body and mind, and that provides the opportunity to enjoy direct contact with nature, without limits of age or physical form.

And what is the sport about

It is quite simple: A race is made through a space (normally in natural terrain), in which there are placed a known number of posts or beacons, that each runner must find and visit with the help of a compass and following the indications of a map of the terrain, previously drawn.

The order in which the beacons are crossed is free, so that each runner designs his own route. The number of beacons, the length of the route (or extension of the terrain used) and the difficulty of the terrain (slopes, forest, natural obstacles, etc.) are variable and are chosen according to the level of the participants.

So the basic elements are:
The maps, which are of specific use for this sport because they are the most accurate that are made of nature and whose most important characteristic level curves (the equidistance of the maps is normally 5 m, but 2.5 m it is common in flatter areas), roads, forest and clear areas, different densities of vegetation, rocks, objects created by man, etc.
The compasses: that facilitate the Orientation of the map and help to make more precise routes. While any type of compass is useful, finger compasses are very popular in this sport, which currently use a magnetized needle or disc inside a capsule filled with some liquid, which causes the needle to stop quickly instead of oscillating repeatedly around magnetic north.

The Beacons or Controls: they are the essential elements in the careers of Orientation According to the regulation of the international federation, the element for the signaling of the controls, is a triangular prism of fabric with squares of 30 × 30 cm divided in two triangles of color white and orange, which has a verification code. The support may vary, however the most important thing is to make it as visible as possible for who is looking for it.

The clamps: They are the way to control the passage of the corridors by the beacons and they are used to drill the control sheet in its corresponding place; They have a variable number of “spikes” arranged in different ways, forming different figures with the holes made according to the beacon number.
Electronic clamp: In recent years and thanks to new technologies, this innovative system has been used in major competitions much more comfortable to use. Its operation is simple: the corridor carries with it a small device that introduces, when it reaches a control, in an apparatus, called a base, placed on the beacon; in this device it keeps the information of the runner throughout the race, the controls through which he has passed, the times he has made in going from one control to another and the total race time.

If you liked all the things we exposed, we invite you to do some of our activities. In this club we conceive the Orienteering as a sport for all. The variety of categories allows the same competition to work both: for those who consider it a high performance competition, as well as for those who want to explore their environment and relate to nature in a different way.