Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, March 16, 2006

More mapping talk


I got an email about yesterday's post. The email pointed me to a summary of a mapping forum in Sweden last weekend where. If you can read Swedish, the summary of the forum is worth a look.

If you can't read Swedish, I'll quickly (and roughly) translate a bit that most directly relates to yesterday's post:

It is said that Swedish mappers' consistency with the mapping standards is a little inconsistent. But, we've seen that the Swedish mappers do a relatively good job compared to mappers from continental Europe. On the continent you'll see a lot of colorful maps with lots of green and yellow splotches over the whole map. The result is difficult to read and almost impossible to make sense of at competition speed.

To illustrate the IOF standards, Christer Carlsson put together a very interesting map walk. A few decimeters of snow in the forest didn't stop us from spending time in the terrain.

We began with an open area marked with tapes to show the size different vegetation areas have to be to be included on the map according to the standards....

At the map forums we don't usually have elite orienteers who share their views of orienteering maps. But this time we had the pleasure of having Michael Wehlin at the meeting. As many of us suspected, elite orienteers' knowledge of the mapping standards isn't always so good. It is time to encourage elite orienteers to study the standards behind each symbol on the map. That knowledge should help improve their speed in the terrain. Of course, everyone who orienteers should know the mapping standards.

Again, if you can read Swedish, there is a bit more about the mapping forum and it is worth a look.

posted by Michael | 7:44 PM


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