Further articles on skills

Insights from elite orienteers and coaches to help you follow their success

The structured material on Better Orienteering has been designed to get you from a beginner or improver to a higher level of orienteering skills in manageable steps. There is of course much more that can be said and much more to learn and build into your orienteering skills base.

This section includes articles on a range of orienteering skills and strategies to help you keep developing. I hope that this section will keep growing with other contributions being offered.

What has happened to maps since 1965?

This presentation is a summary of some key points and also detailed map extracts from a discussion by Mats Troeng with Simon Eklov of O-Ringen TV called What has happened to maps since 1965?

Articles at On The Red Line

Preparing for a single race. Alasdair McLeod

Discusses the preparation process before you get to race day


Let’s Start Well. Alasdair McLeod

Looking at race day routine


Building the basics


A Process Model of orienteering developed by Kris Jones

In this article Kris Jones discusses the analysis of orienteering navigation that led to a Process model of orienteering that has been incorporated into Better Orienteering. This discussion will be of most interest to orienteers wanting to develop their ideas further on orienteering analysis and coaching. This version of the article is published here in 2019.

Plan, Picture, Direction is a simplified version of this model developed by Duncan Bayliss to use across skill levels on BetterOrienteering.org

World of O articles on Thierry Guergiou’s orienteering technique

These articles are also linked to in the Beyond Advanced section



An article by Martin Lerjen responding to Thierry’s technique.


British Orienteering – advice to experienced and elite competitors on improving performance

The Coaching and Training advice by Goran Andersson is aimed at elite competitors, covering a range of factors that affect performance including nutrition, psychology and planning training.


Systematic Orienteering. A top-down approach to navigation by Mark Nixon


Scientific Journal of Orienteering

The back catalogue of the journal is available on the IOF website. It covers every aspect of the sport. There are scholarly articles on skills and navigation. Unfortunately it has been published less regularly in recent years.


Using Better Orienteering in club training – BASOC

Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club (Scotland) run a regular training series. They have used Better Orienteering alongside training exercises to help orienteers of a wide range of abilities. See link to an article by Lynne Walker:


Articles about Better Orienteering website

CompassSport article

This article in CompassSport the UK orienteering magazine gives an overview of how Better Orienteering came about and what it aims to do.

Skogsport article

Skogsport the Swedish Orienteering Association’s magazine ran an article on Better Orienteering in October 2019.

You can download the article in Swedish here:

A translation into English of the Skogssport article is here:

Orienteering by Design article

An article exploring the approach to explaining orienteering used by Better Orienteering.