Gone are the days when we would stop and ask strangers directions to a place. Google maps has become our go-to now. Have you ever thought that getting from one place to another using a map could be a sport? Oh yes, it is! Orienteering is a sport of navigation using detailed topographic or Google maps. Orienteering has its own world championship.
It is an endurance sport that sharpens and challenges your mind. You need to make quick, calculated decisions as you run against the clock. Orienteering is running, biking or skiing in unknown terrain with the help of a map and compass, confirming the checkpoints using control descriptions, checking in using a dibber or control card, deciding which path to take next and going ahead with full speed and strength to complete the race.
Though a sport by itself, orienteering is an integral part of Adventure Races. A team with a good navigator is stronger than teams that are physically fit. Intelligence along with fitness can make winning an Adventure Race easier. Deciding on the right path to the next checkpoint based on the strengths and weaknesses of the team is the navigator’s job and orienteering helps with this.
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