One of the delights of orienteering is how little stuff you need to do it. Essentially all you need is;
- A map.
- A compass.
- A SportIdent stick for controls.
- A good pair of running shoes, preferably trail or orienteering shoes.
Maps are given to you at the start of each race. So you really only need to think about the last 3.
Generally thumb compasses are used, which enables you to easily hold the map and the compass in the same hand.
SportIdent sticks track your time across the course as you insert or wave them at the control stations that you’re hunting down through the race with the aid of your map and compass.
They’re made by the good people at SportIdent GbH. You can buy them through suppliers but also through Uringa from the Club Treasurer by arrangement.
You can also rent these sticks at most races for a nominal fee.
Orienteering shoes are a lot like trail shoes with often times deeper tread and a lower heel than in many other runners. Trail shoes or any shoes with a good tread are solid options too.
You can, of course, go crazy with other gear such as;
etc, but feel free to just start with the basics! The beauty of orienteering is how little you need for maximum fun!
We have great local suppliers/importers of orienteering gear who have also provided tremendous support for the sport in NSW;
- Peter Shepherd (0419 610 797 or )
- Colin Price at aussieogear (0415 210 339 or )
- Ralph Koch at OSOA (03 9714 8540 or 0419 577 514 or )
Obviously, there are online suppliers too who have a wide range of gear and ship to Australia. While delivery is from Northern Europe, it is only about 3-4 weeks. Some good ones are;