Orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate around a course using a map and compass.  Orienteering ACT is the body that organises and promotes Orienteering in the ACT.

Approaching Events - All are welcome (see "Events" for later events):

- Sat 2 Aug: Mt Taylor Saturday/JL Event #11
- Wed 6 Aug: The Pinnacle Midday Event #15

Entries for ACT Long Distance Championships (24 August) now open on Eventor

All the details for ACT League # 9 (Teams Event) (10 August) are here and entries now open on Eventor

For tips on how to read maps - see the coaching pages

Fine Weather Greets Competitors at Foxlow Flats for ACT League 8

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


For the first time this year an Abominable O-men event day dawned with fine and sunny weather (see photo above) albeit there was a very heavy frost, but that was before the competitors arrived. Careful, first time, organisation by Lizzie Ingham had gone into arranging the weather for all to enjoy the courses and after run picnics.


After setting some challenging courses for the older orienteers, first time setter, Jacqui Doyle (on right), required the assistance of Max and Mira (below) to construct a suitable string course for the younger brigade. Perhaps this should be a requirement of our course setting workshops in future!

Most people enjoyed the challenges set while some did do a little swimming in the creek. The tussock grass also disguised numerous wombat diggings which made fast running in the open areas difficult.

There were several members who, having purchased new superfast SI chips, need to remember their new numbers and a couple who have purchased new vehicles who need to learn their registration numbers. Even those with old cars could do better than record “white Subaru crashed” as a rego number!

Thanks to Bob Allison for producing several versions of the A4 map to enable printing of all maps to be done in house. Thanks also to all the Abominables who assisted on the day. Jacqui should also be congratulated for making me persevere with OCAD for the course setting – an old dog can actually learn some new tricks, but may not be able to remember them.

But the main reason everyone went to Foxlow Flats was to earn points in ACT League # 8. Copies of the course maps and many photos of the day are here. The results are here, the splits are here and the ACT League progress points table is here. In another cameo appearance Rob Walter was the top competitor on the day with 102 points, just ahead of Matt Crane on 100, David Shepherd 99, Liz Abbott 97 and Allison 94.  After eight events Crane leads with a total of 552 points from his best five scores, with Jones second on 545 and Liz Abbott on 514 points.  Jo Allison and Lizzie Ingham have dropped out of contention because they only have four scores.  They will need to score points in the final two events to be competitive.

With the local season during to a close two coming events will impact on the outcome of the Inter-Club Challenge and the ACT League competitions. Those events are:

- 2014 ACT Teams event on 10 August (entries close 6 August), and
- 2014 ACT
Long Distance Championships on 24 August (entries close 11 August).

Photos and story by Ann Scown

Fine Weather Greets Competitors at Foxlow Flats for ACT League 8 Wednesday, 30 July 2014 Abominables arrange fine weather for Foxlow Flats
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Vale Fiona Calabro A Stalwart of Orienteering Saturday, 26 July 2014 Australia has lost an orienteering stalwart with the passing of Fiona Calabro on Thursday
Wander Through the Wombats’ Wonderland at Foxlow Flats Friday, 18 July 2014 Abominable O-men invite you to experience the “wombats’ wonderland” of Foxlow Flats on Sunday 27 July
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