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Discussion: Old maps?

in: Orienteering; The Website

Apr 28, 2015 5:01 AM # 
(Caveats: I'm new to Orienteering. Also, I've searched Attackpoint, but couldn't find the answer. Please let me know if I've missed something obvious.)

Is there a place here on Attackpoint where maps are uploaded from past events? I'd love to look at some maps of past events so that I can work on my map reading. Learning the hints (I think that's what they're called), that sort of thing.

I've been to o-training website, but boy oh boy, those maps are so huge and the details so, well, detailed, that I think I'd like to start with easier courses first. ;)

Thanks in advance, and again, if I missed an area of this website where these maps already are, please let me know then delete this post!
Apr 28, 2015 6:16 AM # 
origamiguy: collects maps, but those would likely be of advanced level courses. You could look at, where maps are posted and people plot out the routes they took on their courses. All the course at an event are likely to be there, but the posted routes are usually mostly done by advanced runners.

By "hints", do you mean control descriptions? The best way to learn the symbols is to read the IOF specifications. There's even one with little drawings to give you an idea how the features might look. That's here:
Apr 28, 2015 6:22 AM # 
Thanks @origamiguy! I'll check out those two URLs. Yes, I meant control descriptions! haha.
Apr 28, 2015 6:37 AM # 
I quite like this page for finding maps:
Apr 28, 2015 6:53 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
Or your local DOMA (Digital Orienteering Map Archive) site
Apr 28, 2015 7:15 AM # 
You guys rock. What a great community!
Apr 28, 2015 8:00 AM # 
If you're on Twitter just follow


That will give you a daily dose of numerous maps from around the world.
Apr 28, 2015 8:02 AM # 
I must say, @hillanddale, you have just given me the only reason to date for me to get a Twitter account. ;)
Apr 28, 2015 8:58 AM # 
Lots of US maps at, though most of those should also be found at the WorldofO link from tnipen.
Apr 28, 2015 10:10 AM # 
Also, for learning the IOF control descriptions, there's an online interactive quiz for learning or reviewing the IOF symbols:
Apr 28, 2015 11:29 AM # 
Orienteering simulation games are good for learning orienteering or for training when you cannot get out to park for a run.
Apr 28, 2015 12:05 PM # 
Oh wow, O games. I'll have to wait till I return to the land of faster-than-Compuserve-speed Internet, but some of those identification games look fun. Thanks!
Apr 28, 2015 5:18 PM # 
interactive quiz on IOF control description symbols
Apr 28, 2015 7:20 PM # 
Many US clubs have active routegadget sites where they post the maps from all of their local events. Here are links for QOC and DVOA. I'm sure there are others.
Apr 28, 2015 7:26 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
I always liked this image - clue sheet, map appearance, and text
Apr 29, 2015 12:39 AM # 
And there's an app for control descriptions (clues) - O-Symbols. Includes the symbol, what it looks like inside the circle, and a sketch of what it looks like in the terrain.

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