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Why orienteering is different

Map and compass

The seven point plan

At a control

Between controls

At the Start

Compass bearings

Getting lost .... and found again

Punching at the wrong control

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At the Start

At the start you should first take a moment to identify the location of the start - shown by a red triangle on the map - and relate the features around you to what is shown on the map.  Then pick up the seven point plan at step 3; i.e. decide your strategy for getting to the first control.

Resist the temptation to dash off immediately before you've established where you are and decided on your strategy.  And make sure that you set off in the right direction.

It generally pays to be a bit more cautious with your navigation at the start of the course, until you get the feel of the map and settle into your navigating routine.  There will be plenty of time to run hard later on the course.

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