George Huffman (HUFFMAN_GEORGE_W@LILLY.COM)
Wed, 13 Apr 1994 12:58:16 -0500
From Mark Wilson:
>All the markers at the usual "O" event are the same color, size, and shape
>even though there may be as many as 6 courses laid out. Different courses
>may share one or more controls depending on the course setter. Part of the
>challenge of orienteering is to insure that you locate the controls for your
>course even though there may be one nearby at a similar feature, but the
>next one over. Good "O"ers need to rely on the map and their nav skills and
>not the color of the controls.
Agreed, markers should be the same color, but for the majority of participants
this is the first such orienteering event they have competed in; my objective
was to make it as enjoyable as possible without frustrating them by having
confusing markers of the same color.
>You might try to locate the local orienteering club. In return for use of the
>property for occational events, they may be amenable to creating a quality
>color map which you could use.
I have tried numerous times to contact the local orienteering club with no
response. The nearest local club was an ROTC address at Rose-Hulman
Institute as I recall. The concept of "Scout Camp use" for "maps" was one
that I tried to sell to our professionals. I got a ho-hum response.
>The next step, as I see it, is to get a copy of an aerial photo of the area.
Way ahead of you here....Scout leaders can get aerial photos of any part of
Indiana from the State Surveyor just for the asking. If you wanted multiple
copies, there might be a charge. We have used aerial photos for several events
and even Woodbadge courses. Just by asking many times you can
get maps and resource materials from the government or commercial
Silva has been very helpful along this line. I taught map and compass use when
I was in the army way back when and I teach the Woodbadge Map and Compass
section. I think this sort of thing gets in your blood after a while.
George W. Huffman Lilly Research Laboratories DC 1523
Huffman_George_W@Lilly.com Lilly Corporate Center
(317)276-4251 Indianapolis, IN 46285
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