Orienteering USA

Permanent & DIY Courses

What is a permanent / DIY course?

Permanent Courses: Most orienteering courses are removed when the event is over. A permanent course is not tied to an event, remains available year-round, and can be used at any time by anyone who has printed a course map from the web.

In these courses, the control markers are not flags. They may be numbered posts, signs, or in some cases, simply urban features that require a question answered at the feature as proof of visiting.

DIY Courses: In the current era of social distancing and reduced group activities, many clubs have developed a series of courses designed to be run Do-It-Yourself style: visit the club website, agree to the waiver (these are not formal ‘events’), download and print your own map and venture out into the woods. These events are typically in place for a couple of weeks and may have regular orienteering flags and/or streamers marking the control locations. These are marked “Temporary” on the map. Please read all notes on the club websites pertaining to these courses as they will have important information about the courses.

In some cases a course map is provided, but no markers are hung in the forest. For these courses you can download an IOF 3.0 XML file along with the map and use your smartphone and/or select sports watches to alert you when you reach the control. Among the software commonly in use is UsynligO for IOS & Android and O-Range for select Garmin watches. These courses will be marked “Electronic” on the map.

These DIY courses are provided as a service to the orienteering community and OUSA would like to ensure that everyone has a safe experience. Please refer to OUSA Safety Recommendations for Do-It-Yourself Orienteering Events if you have not already done so.

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