Books and Resources


Free downloads from Better Orienteering

Better Orienteering Summary

This summary contains the key graphics that are across the Better Orienteering website in one document. It is a web-linked pdf document that links back to the corresponding sections on betterorienteering.org when you click on headings or diagrams. It should be used together with this website. The skills, concepts, routines, and strategies that are in the summary are discussed in more detail on the website.

Note that the most recent version of Better Orienteering Summary is available to download here. Large file size (9MB)

You can also download the key diagrams and downloads individually below for easy reference

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

Better Orienteering Navigation Model

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.

http://www.orienteering.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/AllAboutOrienteering_OrienteeringCanada.pdf

Orienteering Canada has many helpful resources for learning and coaching orienteering that are worth exploring. http://www.orienteering.ca/

IOF leaflet Go orienteering

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

http://orienteering.ca/pdfs/YesMagazine_Orienteering.pdf

http://www.orienteering.ca/

Orienteering New Zealand introductory leaflet

https://www.orienteering.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/NZOF_Orienteering_Brochure.pdf

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

Cool, Awesome and Educational pages 12,13
Cool, Awesome and Educational pages 24,25

https://issuu.com/byorienteering/docs/orienteering_in_simple_english_emit

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:

http://papo.org.nz/news/the-little-book-of-orienteering-techniques/

Updated 2019 edition in colour available for purchase:

https://www.orienteering.org.nz/news/fundraiser-little-book-orienteering-techniques/

Books

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 Kinetics.com give a flavour of the book:

5 Techniques that are key to successful to orienteering

https://uk.humankinetics.com/blogs/excerpts/five-techniques-that-are-the-key-to-successful-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 issuu.com

https://issuu.com/gv913313/docs/compass_mapreading

Gueorgiou, Michel (2019) ‘The winning eye’

available in the UK from Harveymaps

https://www.harveymaps.co.uk/

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:

https://orienteering.sport/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/COMag-HS-Thierry-EN.pdf

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.

IOF Magazine – Orienteering World

IOF release back editions of Orienteering World as free pdf downloads. The current edition requires a donation to access it. Orienteering news and stories from around the world.

https://orienteering.sport/iof/communication/publications/orienteering-world/

One of the big stories of 2018 and 2019 is the incredible success of Tove Alexandersson, who seems to win most races she enters, being top in foot orienteering and ski-o.