Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.
An orienteering course is marked on the map, but no route is shown. The ultimate quest for an orienteer is to find the balance between mental and physical exertion, to know how fast you can go and still be able to interpret the terrain around you and decide how to get from each point successfully. It is a true endurance sport which involves a huge mental element and requires extremely high levels of fitness at the elite level. To find out more see the newcomers guide and orienteering jargon pages on the British orienteering website.
So if you've tried to read a map whilst running over rough terrain as fast as you can, at the same time making route choice decisions and checking the landscape for features, without getting lost or falling over, then you've experience the thrill of orienteering!
DUOC is the orienteering club for Durham University. Part of Team Durham, we compete at BUCS every year, and in 2016 secured 4th place at the event held by Bristol University. We are a small group of approximately 25 members from all years and courses and levels of experience at the university.
Whether you have been orienteering for years at a lower level, are aiming for international selection, or want to start orienteering from scratch, then DUOC is the place for you! Our training and participation in local events allows you to learn the sport, or fine-tune your technique. We aim to be inclusive and spread our love of orienteering!
See our calendar to find out what we're up to.