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Route to Christmas: Day 4 2012

The fourth day of Route to Christmas 2012 takes us to France to a very special training. This labyrinth was one of the suggestions for “Course of the Year 2012″ – but was not within the Top 10.

The leg in question is leg number two. The rules are simple: Don’t cross any of the red lines in the labyrinth – and find the fastest was from control 1 to control 2!

PS! Sorry about late delivery of Route to Christmas Day 4. I was busy with finalizing “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” until early morning – plase take a few minutes to look at & vote for the greatest orienteering achievements in 2012!

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger):


You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.


Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners who have drawn their route choice solved this leg below.


Some might say that this is not real orienteering – so why include it here?My answer: Because orienteering for me is all about having fun – and this really looks like fun!

As to analysis: The most tricky part here is probably not finding the way on the map, but finding the way in the terrain. Taking the “easy way around” like PA does seems a bit long, doesn’t it….?

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2012-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

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Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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  1. “easy way round” is not that easy ;-)

  2. Nothing is easy in this terrain and on this course – but easier :)