Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Taking things for granted


When I was reading about the World Meeting I remember being surprised that I couldn't find the course online. The World Meeting took place last weekend in Sweden. Until this morning, I hadn't seen the courses on the Internet.

This morning I found the courses at staff-valdstad.com. Here is the first part of the F21 course and here is the second part.

I take for granted that I'll be able to look at the courses from international orienteering races. I shouldn't take it for granted. I should be grateful for how easy it is.

When I began orienteering in the 1980s, getting results, let along maps, from international races wasn't so easy. I remember getting a U.S. Team News in 1983 within a few weeks of the WOC in Hungary and being psyched to see black and white photocopies of the courses. And now I'm annoyed if it takes a few days to find the color map online.

In a comment a few days ago, Eric wrote:

I think the online sources of maps deserve special mention in the context of map study. Great maps and courses are so much more accessible today. This is like a fantasy for me.

Eric is right. Online maps are much more accessible today. And that is great. The Internet could -- and probably should -- make it easier for orienteers to prepare for events. That might just be a topic for another day...thoughts on how to use the Internet to improve your orienteering...

posted by Michael | 1:03 PM


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