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If you’ve never watched an orienteering headcam video from start to finish before, now is the time to start. This is probably the best sprint orienteering terrain I’ve ever seen, captured by Daniel Griff:

The route is in part of the Old City of Jerusalem – the Jewish Quarter. Unfortunately I couldn’t participate, but hopefully I’ll be able to go next time. Having seen some of the areas used for major international events over the past few years (and last week’s EOC sprint areas weren’t too bad), this would definitely be an upgrade. Much of the adjacent area outside the city walls is also mapped, and has been used before. I think the mapper, Alex Lipovich, deserves enormous credit for several years of work.

By coincidence, the first stage of the Giro d’Italia was held in Jerusalem a week before, proving that it is possible to stage a major international sporting event here, including television, security, closing roads, and all the other stuff.

So what next? Sprint WOC 2028 in the Holy City?



Posted 15/05/2018 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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Orienteering in Jerusalem   Leave a comment

On Saturday Emek Hefer O-Club, who are trying (and succeeding) to inject some new spirit into orienteering in Israel, set up a sprint orienteering event in Yamin Moshe, a relatively old suburb of Jerusalem right next to the old city. Normally we wouldn’t travel so far from home for 20 minutes of orienteering, but this time it fit in with some other plans so we went, and weren’t disappointed at all.

The parking was comfortable, the assembly area was in a park with grass, shade, a playground, and a warmup map, the course itself was fun, and near the finish there was a large fountain for the children to play around. My time was slow because I ran with a strained muscle in my back (which is now keeping me at home), but I ran with the headcam and the video can be seen here. I had a few small hesitations, notably at 2 and 8, and a detour between 12 and 13 that was caused by a group of scouts blocking the way.

Thanks to Alexey Marchenko for the course and to Alex Lipovich for the map – I know how much patience is needed for an area like this. I’m sure it will be helpful in promoting orienteering in Jerusalem.


Posted 18/05/2015 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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