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The MapRun orienteering app allows you to take part in “Virtual” orienteering courses using the GPS in your smartphone (or watch) at a time convenient for yourself. You run a course using either the map on your phone screen or a paper version, and your phone will beep when you reach the correct location of each control.
As part of our ‘Go Orienteering’ Programme, EckO offer a Temporary Orienteering Course that is available for anyone to use.
The TOC will be in the area that EckO are using for training/coaching and an event for that particular month. The courses (usually 2) will be available for the whole month.
A little while ago, we received a request from Ardkinglas Estate to see if mapping their woodland garden might be a possibility. John and Suse Coon very kindly volunteered to facilitate this so an enjoyable morning was spent guddling around the gardens pondering various aspects of mapping this little area and discovering little gems like the Gruffalo Trail and marvelled at the 'Mightiest Conifer in Europe' in the process. Could this lead to an EckO event here in the future?
Well done to all the EckO Juniors who competed at Auchingarrich on Sunday. Auchingarrich is noted for its navigational difficulty and if map contact is lost, it is very difficult to relocate in places. Everybody including the EckO adults managed to complete their courses and survive! Our best position was Finlay who was 2nd M12 on the Orange Course. He felt that the SWAT training which was at Light Green standard really helped him to feel confident about his navigation round the Orange course.
The next SWAT training session will at Craig Mhic Chailein. Training in the morning and competing in the afternoon.
Six members from EckO enjoyed a very informative mapping session late last month. Did you know that not every feature is marked on an orienteering map? An orienteering map is very much the mappers interpretation of what is seen and one mapper's map could be very different to another mapper's map! Ahhh...that could explain a lot of my orienteering difficulties - it has to the mapper's fault.
Orienteering is a sport that combines map reading and running. Competitors have to find their way between a series of checkpoints, called controls, as quickly as possible. There’s no set route between the controls, so you have to decide which way to go and then find your way there without getting lost.
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