Deer Lakes Workshop
9 April 2017

ALL PARTICIPANTS must wear appropriate clothing (shoes that cover the feet and long pants).  There may be ticks or other biting insects.  Using insect repellant is an exceptionally good idea.  It is Spring, so it is likely to be somewhat wet or muddy.

Beginner Instruction:

There will be two identical sessions, one starting at 11 am, the other starting at 1 pm.  In each session, there will be instruction on map reading, simple use of the compass (orienting the map) and how an orienteering course works.  If time allows, there may be additional instruction topics.  There will also be an exercise in which participants can put what they have learned into practice.  Each session will last approximately 90 minutes.  Compasses will be loaned to those who do not have them.

Intermediate Instruction:

There will be a single session that starts at 12 noon and will last 1 ½ to 2 hours.  The focus will be on off-trail navigation (following a bearing) and keeping track of distance, combined with terrain association.  Various navigational and map handling tips will be introduced.  Instruction will be done through a series of exercises that go around a short orienteering course, much of it off trail.  Compasses will be loaned to those who do not have them.   It is not recommended to try to do both the beginner and intermediate instruction on the same day.

Advanced Exercises:

There will be three types of exercises to choose from.  Each involves doing a short orienteering course in one way or another.  The courses are kept short to allow participants to do more than one exercise:  starting on an exercise may be done between 11 am and 2:30 pm.  


Activity:  Find the controls in a normal cross-country orienteering course using a map on which all clearings and  trails and possibly other black features have been removed.  If you are thinking of doing more than one exercise, do this one first - the other exercises will show the trails, roads, etc. which would partly defeat the purpose of this exercise.

Purpose:  To practice using contours and vegetation features in terrain association; also to practice using the compass and making distance measurements.

Short-term Memory-O  

 At the start, you will be allowed to study a map showing the start and the location of your first control; you may study this map until you are ready to start.  You must navigate to this control without a map.  You will be allowed to take with you only a set of control descriptions and a punch card.  When you reach the first control, you will find a small piece of a map showing the location where you are and the location of the next control.  You must navigate to this next control without a map.  This process will continue until you have reached the last control where you will find a map showing the location of the finish.

Purpose:  To practice navigating without constantly looking at the map.


Fog Orienteering.  Maps have been prepared that block out the map on either side of the connecting line between controls.  Use only the compass to navigate to the controls.  This may be done in two versions, one in which narrow corridors between controls are blocked out and one in which wide corridors are blocked out.  

Purpose:  To make effective use of the compass