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Discussion: Best books in Orienteering

in: Orienteering; General

Sep 20, 2017 8:03 AM # 
Mr O-memes:
Hello Attackpoint.

Does anybody know which are the most intresting books in orienteering. I am talking about fiction and educational. I have read a few but nothing really that interesting if you arent a beginner.
Sep 20, 2017 9:48 AM # 
This one is a classic crime story. I havenĀ“t read it though...
Most of the educational books I know about would be in Swedish (unless the odd one has been translated).
Sep 21, 2017 5:30 AM # 
There is a Hardy Boys mystery story based on orienteering, #75 in the 'Case files' series; called "No Way Out":
Sep 21, 2017 5:37 AM # 
One of the multitude of scandinavian noir genre starts with an orienteer discovering a body. In this case fiction is no stranger than fact.
Sep 21, 2017 8:22 AM # 
Crowood Sports Guide - Orienteering by Carol McNeill is the best current guide in English for everyone from beginner to expert.

Older (late 1970s) are 2 books by Wilf Holloway: Modern Orienteering Training (a good text for advanced orienteers), and Murder at the 14th Control - fiction.
Sep 21, 2017 4:38 PM # 
Related to noir genre bodies - A few years (decades) ago, a Finnish mapper came across a body while working in the US on a map. Fearing what might happen to him if he went directly to the police, he waited till he was back in Finland to notify the authorities by sending them a O map with the bodies' location marked with an X (man made object). It turned out to be a murder victim and I believe he came back as a witness for the trial that ensued.
Anyone recall or have more details?
Sep 21, 2017 6:03 PM # 
Wilf has republished all his books. They are now available for reorder direct from him
With "Modern Orienteering Training" and "Murder at 14th control" his on the top authors both educational and fictional
Sep 21, 2017 7:41 PM # 
For instructional books above the beginner level the two best in English that I found were/ are Orienteering: Skills and Strategies and Orienteering: Training and Performance.
Both were written by two Canadian orienteers from back in the 1980s. They are most certainly out of print now but two years ago I found the links to PDF copies somewhere on line and downloaded copies.
They are worth the search.
I know you say Canadian orienteers: how good could the books be? They were good writers and the books are generously illustrated. The authors were Ron Lowry and Ken Sidney. Their list of resource material acknowledges drawing on th wsork of Carol, Wilf and others mentioned above.
Well in the interest of full disclosure in one of the books you can see younger versions of such present day orienteering luminaries as Sara Mae Berman, Sharon Crawford (and myself) as well as Oivind Naess and the Hammer. Well okay the Hammer was younger but he hasn't changed.
Added: in one of the books Hammer is listed as responsible for the cartography. Eugene Mlynczyk is the illustrator for both books. Both these guys are still around orienteering today, still great guys.
Sep 25, 2017 12:59 AM # 
I'm currently reading and enjoying Wilf Holloway's "Autobiographical Orienteering Anecdotes" (2014). Just as named, a collection of short reminiscences about a variety of his orienteering experiences. Laugh out loud funny in some places ("Emitting Endeavours" comes to mind), a little boring in others; overall, a good read. (Of course, YMMV.)

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