Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Valstad on micro O'


Bjornar Valstad finished 2nd in the Norwegian middle distance champs. The course included a micro O' section and Valstad wrote a bit about it on his home page. Here is rough translation of some of what he wrote.

The question I've asked myself is, "what is the difference between micro and regular orienteering?"

Looking at the maps from the middle distance champs shows the course in three loops, one of them is micro. You have to race a course on a map. The course includes a certain number of controls. You had to visit the controls in the right order and punch at the right controls. Do you recognize the idea? What is the main difference between micro and a "regular" O' race?

Seen from this point of view, isn't micro just a short O' course on a large scale map. That isn't something new. What is new with micro?

1. We are forced to adapt to a different scale during the middle of the race.
2. We have to actually orienteer all the way to the feature and not just run to the circle and look for the marker.

Both of these things mean that the orienteer is stressed and it increases the demands on orienteering technique. It is tough.

Micro...is demanding. I have no doubt that the concept favors the best orienteers. The legs are short and that puts a huge demand on map reading and concentration. A second's lapse or running at the wrong speed can cause significant time loss.

Forget about the name micro. It is orienteering and so the name should remain "orienteering."...

That gives you a taste of what Valstad wrote. The translation is a bit rough, but you get the general idea.

After reading Valstad's comments, I went over to the Norwegian Champs results. North American O' fans will be glad to see that Sandy Hott Johansen finished 6th in the F21 middle distance.

posted by Michael | 8:21 PM


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