Orienteering Terms

Orienteering Terms

This is a partial list of Orienteering terms. For a full list of useful terms, please visit Orienteering USA’s Orienteering Lingo page. Aiming Off – to deliberately aim to one side of a control or feature so that you know which way to turn upon hitting the...

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering originated in Sweden in the early 1900’s as a military exercise and came to the U.S. in the 1940’s.   In 1971 it became officially organized in this country when Orienteering USA  (previously U.S. Orienteering Federation) was founded. The U.S....
Beginners’ Instruction

Beginners’ Instruction

A short orientation session is usually available. This session will give you a few quick pointers on reading a map and doing an orienteering course so you can do your first course. It is a good place to ask a lot of questions. Make sure you review other General Info...
Registration

Registration

Registration is the first place you should go at an orienteering event. Registration is open for a specified time, usually 10:00 AM to 12 noon (for most events). You can arrive and register any time during that period. However, make a note of anything that may not be...
What To Expect

What To Expect

Quick List ☐ Cash for maps, finger stick, or compass rental ☐ Compass with clear baseplate ☐ Lanyard for Compass ☐ Whistle ☐ Water ☐ Snacks ☐ Weather appropriate clothing Before The Event Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport and for the enjoyment of everyone...