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This is a website about navigation - primarily the navigation that occurs in
adventure racing, or in rogaines
(a type of orienteering event), or when out in
the wilderness using just a map and a compass to get around.
There are quite a few sites on navigation - mostly land navigation and mostly
slanted towards orienteering. However, navigation during adventure races can
be (and usually is) a bit different from the type of navigation that is done
at orienteering meets.
Orienteerers use a map and a compass, but the maps are typically at 1:10000 or
1:15000 scale with a lot of detail and mostly, they are very accurate - having been
created for the event. A typical orienteering course is 3-10 kilometers and
takes up to about 90 minutes.
Adventure racing is quite different. For one thing, the distances are much
greater. Racers can travel for days covering hundreds of miles over vastly
different terrain. Adventure racers find themselves
navigating in forests, deserts, river systems, oceans, and deserts. And not always
on foot. There's a different approach when navigating on a mountain bicycle or
in a sea kayak.
For now, I'm going to post an article every week or two on some random tidbit dealing with adventure racing
navigation. I'm also going to create some short practice exercises with some of the posts.
If you want to get an email when I post, just add yourself to my email list.
Eventually, I plan to organize all the posts into some nice categories and maybe even make a
book out of them, so please let me know what you think by commenting on the posts - good or bad.
There is also a glossary (in the works) of
pertinent terms about maps, compasses, land features, and navigation.
Here's a searchable list of all the navigation tips so far.