Orienteering Exercises - Theoretical exercise

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Theoretical Exercises

Course planner for competitionTake the job as course planner for a competition.Route choice, Theoretical exercise, Route planning
Draw simplification mapDraw a simplification map of a leg / a course. A simplification map is a map containing only the details which are necessary to use in the orienteering. There is also a variant involving map memory. It is instructive to run the course on the simplification map afterwards.Map memory, Simplification, Theoretical exercise
Keep the pen runningTake any map, and draw your planned route choice while keeping the pen running all the way from start to finish - never stopping even for half a second, planning your route as you draw.Route choice, Flow, Theoretical exercise, Route planning
Leg splitting - theoreticalTake a course with several long/half-long legs. For each leg, divide the leg into parts by identifying your attackpoints, i.e. the points on the leg which are your safe points where you need to be 100% sure about where you are. Mark these attackpoints on the map, and then continue with drawing your planned route for the leg. Repeat for all legs in the course.Simplification, Route choice, Theoretical exercise, Route planning
Map surveyingMap surveying is a good exercise in order to understand properly how a map is built up.Map reading, Theoretical exercise, Distance evaluation, Map understanding
Play Catching FeaturesPlay the computer game Catching Features.Map memory, Theoretical exercise, Mental exercise, Terrain memory
Prolong the controlFocus on making each control easier by "prolonging the control". Prolonging the control means to find features close to the control which are wider than the feature the control is placed on, i.e. you can have a larger error in your compass course and still find the control easily. There are several variants of this training - also a theoretical exercise.Simplification, Theoretical exercise, Attackpoints, Inside the control circle
Route to ChristmasThe Route to Christmas series gives you a lot of Route Choice cases to solve. You first get to see a leg without routes, and then the routes of the runners.Route choice, Theoretical exercise, Route planning
Traffic light orienteering - theoreticalPick a course, and draw your planned route in three colors: Green for the parts where you can run without much attention to the map, orange for parts where you have to give some attention to the map and red for the parts where you have to put a lot of attention to the orienteering (e.g. probably slow down significantly, based on your technique). You can also continue with a practical part in which you run the same course either on the map with your planned colorful route drawn, or on a map without planned route.Simplification, Theoretical exercise, Speed adaption