Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club

Armidale NSW Australia

Course standards

Orienteering events are set in forests, generally in daylight though there are occasional events run at night. Most events offer a range of different courses to suit different abilities. The different levels of difficulty are indicated by the colour codes blue, green, orange and red. Courses can be line events or score events.

Blue:  Very easy navigation with the course following very distinct linear features (handrails such as roads, tracks, fences and well defined watercourses.  A compass is not required.  Controls are easy to see, frequent and placed at changes in direction.  Length approximately 2 km.

Green:  Easy navigation with the option to take a direct cross country route, or to follow a more indirect route using handrails.  Controls are on large obvious features close to handrails.  Use is made of contour handrails such as spurs and gullies.  Limited use of compass.  Length approximately 3 km. 

Orange:  Medium level navigation with route choice to control points that have good attack points (a big feature close to the control point) and catching features (a feature such as a fence or road that  ‘pulls you up’ when you have gone to far). A compass is essential.  Length 3 to 5 km. 

Red:  Difficult navigation with controls on small point features with no obvious attack points or catching features.  A compass is essential.  Length depends on age and fitness - 3 to 8 km.

Line event: Controls must be visited in a fixed order (1, 2, 3, etc.). Most events are line events.

Score Event: Control points can be visited in any order with each control point often having a point value with harder controls attracting more points. There is generally a time limit - typically one hour.

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