Books and Resources

Free downloads from Better Orienteering

New to Orienteering some tips

(These tips are scaled for easy reading on a smartphone screen)

Basic navigation routine

Skills Tool Kit

How well am I orienteering?

Some questions to help you diagnose how well you are orienteering

Race Analysis table

CompassSport article on Better Orienteering

Skogsport article (in Swedish)

A translation into English of the Skogssport article is here:

Free Resources

Orienteering Canada – All about orienteering

All about orienteering, is a very convenient quick overview.

Orienteering Canada has many helpful resources for learning and coaching orienteering that are worth exploring.

IOF leaflet Go orienteering

Cunning Running, An article about orienteering for Juniors (on Orienteering Canada’s website)

Orienteering New Zealand introductory leaflet

Goran Andersson (2017) ‘Cool, Awesome, Educational – Orienteering in Simple English’ (28 pages) available to view for free at issuu see below

This introductory guide is a translation of an introduction first published in Swedish. It covers the basics of orienteering and map reading and includes many helpful exercises to work through. The exercises are suitable to work through on your own or use in teaching orienteering. Very well illustrated with Swedish map examples.

Jean Cory-Wright (2000) ‘The Little Book of Orienteering Techniques’

The original short booklet is free to download. It gives another take on a range of basic skills and techniques. See:

Updated 2019 edition in colour available for purchase:


As of 2019 the following books are easily available.

Carol McNeil (2010) ‘Orienteering: skills, techniques, training’, The Crowood Press Ltd 128 pages

A comprehensive introduction by one of the best orienteers Britain has ever produced.  Carol has been involved with every aspect of the sport. Thoroughly recommended. 

Charles Ferguson and Robert Turbyfill (2013) ‘Discovering orienteering’, Human Kinetics 196 pages

A large book with lots of detail.

The excerpts on Human give a flavour of the book:

5 Techniques that are key to successful to orienteering

Bjorn Kjellstrom (1994) ‘Be Expert with Map and Compass’, 3rd edition 258 pages

A classic book. It is long, and thorough and covers more than just navigation for orienteering races. If you love maps and navigation you it is worth having a look at this book at some point.

Many used copies are available. It can be viewed for free at

Gueorgiou, Michel (2019) ‘The winning eye’

available in the UK from Harveymaps

This detailed book by the father of the most successful orienteer ever, Thierry Gueorgiou, is aimed at successful experienced orienteers wanting to take their map reading to another level. If the material on Better Orienteering is all familiar to you then this book may be of interest in taking your skills development further.

The French Orienteering Association produced a special edition of their magazine on the retirement of Thierry Gueorgiou from top level competition, avaliable as a download from the IOF. It reviews his orienteering career and development as a map reader, with some useful insights into his technique.

Download at:

There have been quite a few good books on orienteering techniques that are now out of print or hard to get hold of.  Hence one of the reasons for creating this short guide to help people get Better at Orienteering.

Not surprisingly there is a lot of excellent material on orienteering in other languages such as Swedish and Finnish. Hopefully more of this material will make it into English.