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Do you like a little mental challenge mixed in with your outdoor physical activity? Prefer to wander off the beaten path – but carefully navigate your way? Orienteering combines exploration of the beautiful Canadian wilderness with navigation using detailed maps and a compass. Many people are finding a passion for this challenging sport and Canada offers countless opportunities to participate!
Whether your orienteering plans are for a low-key experience in a local park or a high-energy adventure through the backcountry wilds, ensure you are well-prepared by practicing and honing key skills:
- Strong map reading skills are a must! Have a detailed map of your destination and ensure you know how to read it.
- Got a compass? Know how to use it! Be sure you can take bearings and triangulate.
- Ensure you can use your map reading and compass skills together to plan and follow routes, and to relocate if you go astray.
- If you’re new to the sport, or your skills need a tune-up, take a course or workshop with your local Orienteering club. Many clubs also organize orienteering events for all levels of experience.
Before you set out:
- Check the weather and be prepared for it to change.
- Be bear aware and cougar aware. Bears and cougars aren’t just in the backcountry – our parks and cities encroach on their habitat. Ensure you know what to do if you meet one.
Taking The Essentials
- Fire making kit
- Whistle or mirror
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothing
- Navigational / communication aids
- First aid kit
- Emergency shelter
- Pocket knife
- Sun protection
specific to Orienteering
- Comfortable, warm clothing
- Appropriate footwear
- Small backpack/ water system
- Bug spray
- Moleskin for blisters
The two Kitchener girls who spent the weekend lost in the woods of Algonquin Park did everything they should have say police.
When they realized they were lost, they put down roots and stayed put until they could be found.
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