Eastern Washington Orienteering Club

An Orienteering Event

Before The Start

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Control markers are not hidden in orienteering. They're placed at locations that are specifically on the map. For example, a course designer wouldn't place a control out in the middle of a featureless field, but he might put one in the northeast corner of it. The idea is that if you navigate well, you'll know when you've arrived at the designated spot. Once you're there you should have no trouble finding the orange and white control flag and punch station. To make it very clear where you should look, you'll be given a clue sheet at the start. People typically tape them to the corner of their map.
The clue sheet at the far left is written in plain english. The other one says the same things using a system of symbols sanctioned by the International Orienteering Federation. At our local events we always have english clue sheets but we often have the international ones available too, in case someone would like to practice ahead of bigger events.
Clue sheets tell you the following information:

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