CHOOSE THE RIGHT COURSE
Course Color Coding W, Y, O, Br, G, R, B
Orienteering courses are set by degree of difficulty and at A-meets are assigned by age
In the US the courses are named by color. All courses are set with the expected winning
time of around one hour (Although most courses allow a 3 hour time limit):
You can learn more by consulting the USOF age class table
The most important thing to remember:
courses are NOT set by length, but by the skills they test
White, for beginners, all on trail, learn the logistics of the sport (punching etc)
start learning the map colors and symbols
Yellow, .next up, still close to trails and other handrails (fences. streams)
use this course to learn all the map symbols and colors, dont just go from control to
control as fast as yo can (unless this is your competitive CLASS by age F/M-14)
Orange is for intermediates, where you first go cross country.
It is very challenging, sometimes as long as Green, but still with safe navigational
features. ie an strong attack point within 100m of a control. It is planned
to help you learn all your advanced skills Stay with the Orange course until you know
all the advanced techhniques, and regularly come in near the top 3.
This is a good course for those with navigational skills honed by
backpacking etc, but no specific "Orienteering, the sport", skills
Br,G,R and B Brown, Green, Red and Blue are all equally technically advanced, with
very subtle control points. The navigational techniques required are quite complex
and you should be able to really 'read the map' at a detailed level and have all the O
techniques mastered. Brown is the least physical and for older, experienced
orienteers (F60+, M65+), and Blue being a long tough haul.
These advanced courses are NOT for you , even with (topo) backpacking
or other navigational experience, until you have tried the ORANGE and been successful
several times. We urge you to respect this for your own safety and enjoyment, and in
consideration for the organisers.