Explaining the Course Color Code

Explaining the Course Color Code

The courses are named by color, using a scheme established by the U.S. Orienteering Federation.   Generally, the longer courses involve more challenges, and more difficult off-trail navigation. As a courtesy to others on the course, please limit your group per map to...

How to Choose the Correct Course

Following is a description of orienteering course levels, and the skills required to do them.   This is to help you decide which course is right for you.   Above all, remember that orienteering should be fun.   Choose the course that challenges your current skill...
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....