Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Super detailed map


This map is worth a look. Notice how detailed it is (1:7,500 scale).

The map generated some interesting discussion about generalizing and mapping vegetation over at Alternativet. One of the more interesting comments was (roughly translated):

A new, professionally draw maps costs several times more than the income a club can make at a competition, and that isn't sustainable.

Iceland snapshots of the day

Yesterday I posted a photo of Svartifoss. The waterfall is created by a stream going over a layer of basalt columns. Driving around Iceland, we saw basalt columns in different places. It is a common feature of the landscape. It is also a feature of some Icelandic architecture. Check out the snaphots of Hallgrims Church in Reykjavik and a gravestone in the cemetery near the center of Reykjavik.

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posted by Michael | 8:02 PM


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"A new, professionally draw maps costs several times more than the income a club can make at a competition, and that isn't sustainable."

Agreed, the first part of this comment is often true, but I'll ask the author and readers to check their math and history about the "isn't sustainable" part.

This comment has been repeated for decades, and it has never been realistic, and I believe there are harsher words that more accurately describe an old but continually disproven position.

In what other field or situation is a capital investment expected to be paid off after one event, or even one year?!.

I'll suggest a more representative time frame for the economic lifespan of an O map is on the order of 5-8 years, and I'll gladly accept depreciation input from business professionals. Granted, a large chunk of an O map's return comes from the debut national event, but that leaves the map available for many more years of service. With a large or special area, this includes the possibility of a second national event, and at the very least, many years worth of local events.

If a club, or other map producer, cannot create income from a map after the debut event, that seems like strong evidence that the map project should not be commenced. The remaining options are, find a more appropriate map project, or find more capable leaders.

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