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Beginner's Guide to Orienteering
Orienteering is a sport that combines hiking or running with map reading. It is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by persons of all ages and fitness levels.
Courses are color-coded by level of expertise and length.
White: beginners. Generally 1-1.5 miles.
Yellow: advanced beginner. 1.5-2.5 miles.
Orange: intermediate. 2-3 miles.
Green: advanced. 2.5-3.5 miles.
Red: advanced. 3-5 miles.
You may register and start anytime between 10am and 1pm the day of the event. Compasses are available to rent and you may also purchase a whistle. Whistles are for emergency use only.
You should wear long pants and sneakers or sturdy shoes as much of the terrain may be rough.
For more information on SVO, visit the contacts and membership pages.
Click here for a step-by-step account on how to enter your first orienteering event!