We’re putting a deadline on the map comp ⏰

You have by the end of next Tuesday to email with your map attached.

With a free weekend before the next Lockdown Orienteering you can squeeze in some last-minute fieldwork and get your map looking as perfect as possible.

To send us the area you want:

“Draw some closed line or area (symbol doesn’t matter) around the border of the part which you want to keep. Ensure it is selected then go Map > Export Part of Map > Selected Object”

We originally said 300 x 300m but if your maps is better larger we’d love to see it!

Please include your email:
• Name
• Age
• Name of area, why did you pick it
• Comment on your previous mapping experience and how you found working on this map
• Fieldwork: Real-life or Streetview?

Shout if you want any help. Good luck!

You can upgrade your mapping to the next level with an OCAD subscription. Available from Ben Mitchell (the new UK reseller) at

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Here’s your brand new map to plot the controls on. Give it a screen shot and message it back with the control sites you spot in the previous video.
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Thanks to Ben Mitchell for mapping and filming and last year’s winner Megan Carter-Davies for racing!
If you or you club wants to upgrade your map-making game and make the most OCAD’s industry leading planning tools email

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1️⃣ Watch the vid 🔊sound on for beeps
2️⃣ Screenshot the map in the next post
3️⃣ Send it back to us with where you think the controls are
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Fastest / most accurate wins 🏆

🙋‍♂️Stick your hand up if you can make round two 🏡 either headcam or followed 🏃‍♂️📹

Watch and listen carefully - good luck!

🏃🏻‍♀️ Megan Carter-Davies
📹 Ben Mitchell

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With the season on hold we have had chance to get prepared for races in the future.

In response to feedback we have worked with the British Orienteering Map Advisory Group to create a new symbol to make competitors aware of where filming may be taking place on the course.

We are pleased to release the specs of the new 714 GoPro Zone symbol which is now included in the ISOM 2017-2 and ISSprOM 2019 symbol sets on the British Orienteering website.

You can look forward to seeing the symbol debut at Midland Sprint Meet later this year (if orienteering restarts...)

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From zero to mapping hero in 10 steps.

Follow these instructions to get a georeferenced background map of your chosen area into OpenOrienteering Mapper.

There are instructions on how to use OpenOrienteering Mapper on their website.

We’ll put some tips and tricks videos up soon. The key shortcuts are:

F6 - Grab map
F7 - Zoom in
F8 - Zoom out
Shift - Snap to existing object
Ctrl - Make 90-degree bend
F10 - Hide background map

You may want to adjust the opacity of the map in the Template set-up window in the bottom right corner.

We recommend doing building outlines first, fill them in, then property edges and curbs, fill the open areas then fill the roads.

Big thanks to Ben Mitchell for these instructions which are on the 2020 page of our website in a more detailed Word doc format.

Only students have access to Edina Digimap...

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