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What is Orienteering ?

THE DEFINITION OF ORIENTEERING

Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport, whether walking or running, for anyone who loves nature, games, activities involving analysis, sports or leisure activities.

It can be on foot, mountain bike, cross-country skis, snow racquets, horseback or in a wheelchair for people with reduced mobility. The idea is to use a map to find, at your own pace, a set of control points situated in pre-determined locations.

The sport allows all participants to enjoy themselves: whether discovering the natural and cultural heritage of a site, having fun with a treasure hunt, or competing is a more serious sporting challenge.

It is necessary to have an adequate map of the urban or country zone involved, and a set of control points and markers.

 

PRACTISED OVER ALL TERRAINS

An orienteering route can be over a variety of terrains, from forests to school grounds, dunes at the seashore, vineyards, urban parks or in sports complexes. The route can be on a Permanent Orienteering Course, or over a temporary course, for example for a competition for a seminar.


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AN ACTIVITY FOR EVERYONE

Whether as a recreation or a sport, orienteering can be adapted to cater for everyone. It can take place at school, with your family and even in a leisure centre. From 2 to over 80, schoolchildren, families, tourists, people with reduced mobility or with learning difficulties, whether you are fit and sporty or not. CAP Orientation develops products and services to help enjoy learning about orienteering while developing the necessary skills and progressing: the idea is to make the sport accessible to everyone.

Schools have included orienteering in their curricula as a way of educating and forming the character of individuals. It is estimated that around 300,000 schoolchildren participate in an Orienteering Course each year in France as part of their school activities.


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AN ACTIVITY USEFUL IN EVERY DAY LIFE

Knowing where you are is about establishing a connection between the map and the terrain and recognising the direction you have to take.

It is the same process in daily life, when you have to analyse a situation and make a choice. It is important to know where you are and where you are going. CAP Orientation has accepted the challenge of making orienteering a simple activity, achievable by everybody.

 

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