Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Crazy idea of the day


What about having races where the organizers don't reveal the map scale in advance and don't use a "normal" scale? Instead of knowing, for example, that the race would be on a 1:10,000 map, you'd get a map at the starting line that would be something between, say 1:7,500 and 1:12,500. Maybe it'd be 1:9127, just some randomly selected scale.

I was thinking this would reward map reading a bit more than some of the more mechanical techniques (like pace counting or cheating with a GPS). You'd have to tune your measures of distance while you were on the clock.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 1:09 PM


i prefer:
sprint race scale under 5000
middle race scale 10000
long race 20000
except you could calibrate your gps or calculate the scale after about 500m...
This format, map of unknown scale, was used at several of the 1000 day prologue runs back a few years.
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