Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Vitalturen seems like a good idea


Vitalturen seems like a good way to introduce people to orienteering maps.

What is Vitalturen?

Basically, it is a very simple (and free) chance to take a short hike on an orienteering map. You can go on the Vitalturen web page and download a PDF brochure with a bit of an O' map and a simple route on it. There are hikes spread out all over Norway. The maps have a route drawn in and include text description of the hikes.

If you want to, you can register on the web page and send a text message with a code you get on each Vitaltur. If you do that, you can get small prizes.

Vital sponsors the Norwegian O' team and a bunch of the hikes are named after Norwegian orienteers. The map below is the Holger Hott Johansen.

You can see a bunch of the routes by going to the main Vitalturen page and then following the links on the left side of the page under the heading "Steder." Click on a link and get to the page for each specific route. If you want to see the PDF brochure (which comes complete with photos of the top Norwegian orienteers), look for the link labeled "Last ned brosjyre."

It seems to me like it'd be very easy for an O' club to put together some similar hikes and make them available on the web. It probably wouldn't result in a bunch of new orienteers, but it is really simple and cheap and might expose a few more people to orienteering and O' maps. No harm in that.

I guess I've got a new project - create a Vitalturen-like hike for Orienteer Kansas.

posted by Michael | 7:03 PM


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