40th Anniversary novelty event (club members only)

Setanta Orienteers is 40 years old having been founded in 1976. We thought that the occasion should not go unmarked, so we are going to have a celebratory novelty type event on Sunday 23rd October in honour of the occasion. The event will be at Ballinascorney using the 1979 version of the map. There may have been some changes to the area in the intervening decades (to say the least), but that’s part of the fun.

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Permanent Orienteering Courses at Hellfire and Massy’s Estate

p4250426Setanta Orienteers have 2 Permanent Orienteering Courses (POC) on their maps. Both in Coillte woods in south Co. Dublin, one on HellFire and the other across the road in Massy’s Estate. Both accessed from the Hellfire carpark.

The courses which were installed in 2009 are marked on the ground by wooden posts with red and white on top. Unfortunately since 2009, the POC map has not been updated and the posts on the ground have not been maintained.

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Orienteering maps

This section gives some information on the areas and maps produced by Setanta Orienteers. For those interested in the technology, orienteering maps are drawn using a special computer aided drafting system called OCAD. Maps are updated continuously to reflect changes in the terrain and the club actively pursues new orienteering areas for mapping.

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A Brief History of Rogaining

A Brief History of Rogaining
by David Rowlands

The Melbourne University Mountaineering Club twenty four hour walk was invented by Niall Brennan and Bill Bewsher, with the first in 1947 taking a course from Healesville to Mt Donna Buang and attracting only 5 entrants. The walk was modeled upon navigation exercises used by troops during the Second World War.

The annual event continued for more than 30 years; with numbers varying up and down from 50 to 200.

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