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

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

- Fri 10 April: Cooleman Ridge Night Orienteering

- Mon 13 April: Ainslie Street Orienteering
- May Map Mates registration is now open. Get your team of friends ready now.     

- For Tips on how to navigate  - see  Coaching  Page
- For current updated Embargoes - see About OACT Page
- For Sporting Schools -see Juniors and Schools

Night OWL Series Returns after 15 years

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Night Orienteering with Lights Series (OWLS) returns after a 15-year break.  These events were last run in the late 1990s.  The new series will be making the maximum use of technology introduced in the past 15 years. Full SportIdent will be used and the flags will have reflectors. Just remember to bring your headlights or torches! Plus two computers will be a networked to constantly up-date electronic display of results of all finishers!!

OWLS will again have a points scoring system to decide the winner of the three courses (with one class per course) on offer over the four events in the Series.  The scoring will be 5
points for first, 4 points for second etc. with each finisher after the first four scoring one point each. And the top points-scorers in each course in the series (best 3 of 4) will be named after one of Australia’s owls. The Classes and Courses will be:

  • Powerful Owl on the Long course – 5.5 km
  • Barking Owl on the Short course – 3.5 km
  • Barn Owl on the Novice course – 2.2 km

For each event Registration will open from 6.15 pm (standard OACT entry fees will apply), Starts will be from 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm, with course closure at 8.15 pm.

The dates and venues for the four events will be:

  • Friday 10 April at Cooleman Ridge with the Assembly area at the end of Kathner St Chapman. (Moon last quarter 12 April)
  • Friday 17 April at Mt Rogers with the Assembly area at the end of Wickens Place Fraser. (New Moon 19 April)
  • Friday 1 May at Yarralumla Bays. (Full moon 4 May)
  • Friday 8 May at Mt Ainslie North. (Moon last quarter 11 May)

OWLS has its own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OWLS4events which includes an interview with Julian Dent (Australia’s leading elite male orienteer) about his current experience of night orienteering in Sweden.  In the interview Julian says:

“I think night orienteering is probably one of a best ways to improve you technique for normal O races. Orienteering well with only 30% of the vision you have in the day is going to refine and make you focus much more on your technique.”

And great news the Blue Lightning Squad will also be selling hot chocolate and marshmallows at events.

Night OWL Series Returns after 15 years Monday, 30 March 2015 The Night Orienteering with Lights Series (OWLS) is back after a 15-year break.
SC-ORE School Orienteering finishes on a high! Thursday, 26 March 2015 9 teams, 4 runners a team, equal number of boys and girls, great team work, high spirits and lots of new skills - that’s how the inaugural SC-ORE School Orienteering competition can be summed up.
Quick Thinking Saved ACT League # 1 to Farewell Lizzie Ingham Thursday, 26 March 2015 ACT League # 1 was able to be staged as scheduled thanks to quick thinking and prompt action by Abominables
Map Mates registration is now open for May Thursday, 26 March 2015 The popular kids adventure series.
Hey Presto! A New Venue for ACT League 1: Stromlo West Wednesday, 18 March 2015 Stromlo West (aka Arachnicopia) is the replacement venue for ACT League # 1