Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

MTBO map extract from Turkish Orienteering Federation Cappadocia 2015

Mountain Bike Orienteering – an introduction

Keith Dawson points out some rules and gives useful guidance for anyone trying Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) for the first time.
This article appeared in the May-June 2021 issue of Capital-O.


ESOC in CompassSport

The October issue of CompassSport magazine includes an article about some of ESOC's recent activities.



Introduction to this category.


Doctor-O: Problem 5

I have been following your advice and want to step up from local events to events in the South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL). On the day of such competitions, what should I do to prepare for success once I arrive at the event and in the three boxes at the start?


Doctor-O: Problem 4

Can you suggest how I can improve my recall / interpretation of control descriptions? I can get confused between them and features on maps.


Doctor-O: Problem 3

I am trying to follow coaches' advice and work my way through to more difficult levels of courses. This means that I can panic and forget all the things I should be trying to do and, on occasion, I have been completely lost. Is it permissible to carry a crib sheet while competing?  If so, what should it contain?


Doctor-O : Problem 2

I find it very hard to find controls in forests, particularly boggy forests. I find them featureless and it's hard to maintain a bearing, so I often get completely confused (and at times have been lost). What can I do to stop this happening?


Doctor-O: Problem 1

I am neither a great runner nor interpreter of maps.  Which should I try to improve first, and why?