Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, September 30, 2011

WOC of the past


With all the talk about the World Champs of the future, I thought it'd be interesting to reflect on the WOC of the past.

I started orienteering in 1980.  The first World Orienteering Champs after I began orienteering was in 1981 in Switzerland.

The first thing that you might notice about WOC in the past is that WOC was only held every other year.

The winners of the individual races were two of the all time greats - Oyvind Thon of Norway and Annichen Kringstad of Sweden.  Norway took all three medals among the men and a silver among the women.  Sweden took the women's bronze.

Another thing you might notice about WOC in 1981 is that there were only 2 individual races - one for men and one for women.  No qualifiers.  No middle or sprint.  One day, one race, one champion.

The relay champions were Norway (men) and Sweden (women).  The winning times were over 4.5 hours for the men and just under 4 hours for the women.

You might notice that the relays were a good bit longer.  If you looked at the results lists, you'd also notice that "back in the day" a relay team had 4 runners.

If you were to look at the results lists, you'd see 83 men and 72 women.  But, you wouldn't see any runners from some of the nations that you see at most WOCs these days.  There were no runners from the Baltic nations, for example.  No runners from Spain or Portugal.

If I could take one feature of the 1981 WOC and bring it back, I think I'd return to having a WOC every other year instead of every year.

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posted by Michael | 7:09 PM


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Early GPS for orienteering mapping


Back in the early 1990s, Lou Betros began using GPS for making orienteering maps. This is his early set up. The GPS is a prototype from Garmin. He added batteries and an external antenna. The gear is attached to a board that fits into a backpack. Lou passed away last week.

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posted by Michael | 7:25 PM


Sunday, September 18, 2011

NOD sprint course


The "long" sprint orienteering course from today's "National Orienteering Day" event. Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 7:53 PM


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Orienteering video from Wyoming


Mary and I just got back from a long weekend of orienteering practice in Wyoming. I shot a bit of video of the terrain. I put the video together as an experiment - trying to see what I could do with just a few minutes of work. I shot all of the video on an Iphone in about 5 minutes. I edited the clips in another 5-10 minutes. It was not a lot of work. The segment where I ran behind Mary while holding the Iphone in front of me uses Dollycam to stabilize the video. I think it worked well. You can judge for youself by looking at the raw video as shot and then after being stabalized. Here is another video. This one took less time to shoot but more time to edit (mainly spending time trying to get the map clips to look ok). Total time was about 20 minutes. Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 6:57 PM


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