Experience the thrill of racing through the woods with just your wits and map and compass to guide you. Whether it is team adventure racing, foot orienteering, or doing it on skis that is your interest, you get the solid navigation skills you need for all of them. Depending on the season the course is taught, one sport will be the main focus each semester. (Fall 2016 Foot Orienteering) Some running fitness is a plus, but not required.
Learn the standard symbols for competitive orienteering maps both by navigating on existing maps and creating new ones using a digital mapping program. Early classes focus on particular aspects of map interpretation and decision making. Later classes put all the pieces together. The skill development progression will mix on terrain travel with on paper map exercises, and digital map drawing. Several weekends the class will travel to orienteering competitions to test skills and see how events are run. (an individual student would only be required to attend two weekend events) The end of semester goal for the class is to host a quality orienteering event. The course will enhance your personal skills and also prepare you to teach orienteering to others.