Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Sketch maps


Drawing your own sketch maps is a good way to practice your orienteering. As you study a map and draw your own sketch map, you're forced to simplify. You also get a bit of extra time to study and plan your leg. When you run the course, you typically run cleanly and quickly.

Here are a couple of courses from a recent HOK training:

And here are some examples of the sketch maps (click on the maps for a larger image, if that isn't legible, try this link):

In reviewing the sketch maps, the common "mistakes" that showed up were:

1. Not enough focus on contours.
2. Too much focus on small trails.
3. Too many unnecessary details (small boulders, dot knolls, etc).

If you can read Norwegian, the description of the training and the analysis of the sketch maps are worth a look.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 7:44 PM


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