NMO Albuquerque basic orienteering class

Event Time: 
Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, New Mexico Orienteers offer a 2-3 hour class in basic orienteering skills at Albuquerque's newest open space The 66 On 66 (the Route 66 Open Space now expanded to 66 acres). NMO member Jerry Boyd and friends have been doing computer GIS and field cartography to prepare a new detailed orienteering map of this exciting new open space and this class will be NMO's first event on this new orienteering map.

This no-fee class is part of the Open Space Summer Series. Pre-registration is required (details below).

Basic orienteering skills include the following:

  • read the map legend
  • orient the map to the terrain
  • locate yourself on the map
  • use terrain features as navigational aids:
    • handrails
    • attack points
    • linear features
    • catching features
    • collecting features

For comparison, advanced orienteering skills include:

  • route choice
  • aiming off
  • contouring
  • pace counting
  • follow a compass bearing

Experienced orienteers use pace counting and compass bearings only when terrain features are lacking or visibility is poor.

Basic training courses are designed by NMO to specifications of Orienteering USA and the International Orienteering Federation. These courses make use of terrain features so that the student learns to navigate from experience.

To pre-register and get driving and parking directions, download and follow instructions in the printable schedule of the Open Space Summer Series from their website.

To sign up for e-mail announcements from NMO, on the right side of NMO home page in the "News" panel enter your e-mail address, check the "Subscribe" button, and click the "Save" radio button.

To volunteer to help with field checking this new map and other tasks to make this class a great success, contact Jerry Boyd (wb8wfk@covad.net).