Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Maps to compare


OPN.no showed compared maps. The first one is from 1976:

The second is from 2004:

Compare the two maps and look for differences. Looks like maps have come to be much more detailed and precise. And the mapper shows more levels of vegetation. When I say "precise" I mean that cliffs and contours are drawn with more distinct shapes.

Another interesting comparison is to look at Eva Jurenikova's draft of the final sprint race compared to the actual final sprint race.

Looking at those two maps reminds me that it wasn't all that long ago that organizers map an effort to keep anyone from knowing what was coming. Those days are past. In the race Jurenikova wrote about, the terrain was open to competitors before the event and the map was available, too. I guess that is fair.

Maybe the next step will be to publish the courses in advance (which actually might be an interesting experiment for a local event).

posted by Michael | 11:55 AM


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