Coming Events

Wed 17 Aug 9:30 am
Sydney West Primary Orienteering Championships

Wed 17 Aug 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #4
1st Lindfield Scout Hall, Seven Little Australians Park, Slade Avenue, Lindfield.

Sat 20 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head

Sat 20 Aug 11:30 am
ACT Middle Distance Championships: ACT League #10, NSW SL #12, Pine Island

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
Goldseekers 2022 Bush #6 - Oaky Creek South
Oaky Creek South, Mullion State Forest.

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
ACT Long Distance Championships: ACT League #11, NSW SL #13, Tidbinbilla

Sat 27 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park – Jenkins Hill Picnic Area (this is by the weir, Cafe and Playground. It is best accessed from the Lady Game Drive, Lindfield)

Sat 27 Aug 10:00 am
NSW Stingers Training Camp

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #7
Sugarloaf North.

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
MetrO League 2022 #4 - Wianamatta
Roads to Nowhere. Scale 1:7,500 with 2m contours., Wianamatta Regional Park.

Welcome to Orienteering NSW

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the body and the mind. It's also loads of fun!

The aim is to use a special orienteering map to navigate your way around a course and visit marked check points along the way. You choose a course that suits your age and experience and proceed at your own pace: walk, jog or run. It is a race but you decide if you want to just race yourself or be the next world champion! The course may take you through urban areas, parks, schools, farmland or forests.

Events are conducted weekly across NSW and beginners are welcome at all events.

New to orienteering? Click here for more information.

Want to enter an event? You can see what's on by looking at the Coming Events at left or by going to the Event Calendar. Some events are enter on the day - you just turn up and register at the start. Other events require pre-entry and for that you need to know about (and register with) Eventor - read the Eventor FAQ.

Super Swede Patrik serves up Ski-O

Is there no end to Patrik Gunnarsson's talents?View Ross Martin-winner inaugural NSW SkiO-1982(lo).jpg in slide show

Big Foot's Swedish star last month headed down to the snow to put on what we believe to be the first ski-O event in NSW for almost 30 years. Garingal member Peter Stevens has emailed to say he hosted two events in the 1980s at Perisher, and a photo of one of them graced the cover of the Australian Orienteer (right). The report from 1982 said winds were so strong that two flags were lost and four others damaged. 

Patrik's long-awaited return to the powder heralds a potential new outlet for orienteers.

He raced back to Sydney that night to run in the MetrOLeague finals the next day at Cataract, where he anchored the Feet to a fifth straight Division 1 title and also took out the individual medal. Read about Patrik's ski-O adventure... 

"Coming from Sweden with white winters and a lot of snow and being used to participate in a fair amount of ski-o event every winter, I just felt that I needed to go cross-country skiing again. I knew that it is possible to ski in Australia in winter time so I brought my pair of skis when we moved to Sydney. I had hoped that I would be able to participate in an event during the winters I have been here, but since we moved in the beginning of 2011 I hadn’t even skied once.

This winter I first planned to go to Lake Mountain in Victoria for a ski-o event organised by a club in Melbourne, but since the elevation is not high enough to keep the snow for a longer period of time the event didn’t happen. Instead Perisher had still a lot of snow, although some really hot days in the week before melted much of the snow away. So together with Jason Rutkowski we drove to Perisher on Friday for one day of cross-country training on Saturday August 31.

The road leading up to the resort at Perisher didn’t reveal any signs of snow. But after the last crest before Perisher resort a totally new landscape appeared. There was about a half-metre layer of snow in the area.

The temperature was 4C in the morning with a light breeze and during the night it had been below zero, making the tracks hard and good for skiing. Almost all of the tracks have been groomed, making the conditions perfect. During the day it got warmer and after lunch the tracks got slushy as the mercury climbed over 10C.

I organised a little ski-o competition (unofficial NSW ski-o championship) with an 11km course around the cross country trails at Perisher. I used a 1:25,000 topographic map but rescaled it to about 1:15,000 with the ski trails marked in various colours. There were plenty of trails which made for some interesting route choices on the course. The competition was run as a mass start and I took an early lead and finished first in 84 minutes. Jason had to put in his best effort to grab second place in 91 minutes.

For those who are familiar with MTBO, the concept of ski-o is quite similar with the controls located, on or next to, the ski trails and the main goal is to find the quickest trail to the controls. If the layer of snow allows it, the competitor is permitted to cross between tracks as well, in opposite to MTBO where it’s usually forbidden.

For next winter I hope we will be able to organise a small event at Perisher for all people who would like to try out ski-o and hopefully on a proper orienteering map this time."