Now that social distancing restrictions are easing, you can take yourself on an orienteering adventure. These adventures are open to anybody and are a fun way to exercise outdoors. Best of all, they are FREE.
There are two kinds of adventures being offered. In both Hobart and Launceston, if you are new to orienteering, you can Try a Permanent Course. And in Hobart, for a harder navigation challenge, you can also do The Covid Canter.
You can go solo, with friends or as a family group. But to participate you must continue to follow whatever social distancing restrictions are in place, and you must also respect landowner rules. This includes not touching the controls/tapes at the control sites you are looking for. In other words, this is "eye spy" orienteering. Once you spot the control/tape, simply go within a few metres of it but don't touch it.
It's easy to take part in The Covid Canter, simply follow these 3 steps:
- Download the maps and information. There are 4 areas you can potentially go to. But you can do as many as you like. The venues are Gordons Hill (on the eastern shore), The Domain, Gorringe's Beach (on South Arm) and Peter Murrell Reserve (near Blackmans Bay).
- For each place, pick what course you would like to do from a short, medium or long course. If you are newer to orienteering, we recommend the short which will take you about an hour (if you find the tapes quickly).
- Do it in your own time.
If you like, you can even time yourself. And if you do this, you might like to upload your result.