Orienteering-Thinking Sport Champion Mindset # One
Champion Mindset Aapo Summanen
Orienteering ” Thinking Sport”
San Diego Orienteering Club hosted Anza-Borrego Desert O-Fest 2011 in January 15-17. People from all over the world came to this event. Aapo Summanen young man from Finland is one of the fierce competitor.
Have you ever been lost in the woods and not know where you were at all? Did you wish you had a compass and map so you can figure out how to get back to a house or car? Orienteering is called the “Thinking Sport” where you use a compass and topographic map to find an orange and white triangle flags. The topographic map tells where the flags are in sequence. Every flag has a different code and you have to find the right flag in the right sequence. That is the proof that you succeeded. Learning to read the compass is the most important skill to start with, then learning how to read topography map symbols. The sport of Orienteering is for everybody: kids, adults, individuals and families together. You can run through the woods or walk the pass. It is a fun sport. No GPS allowed!
I was introduced to Orienteering back in 1978 by Donna Gookin of the San Diego Orienteering Club. Gookin are champions.
Since I was little I loved the concept of getting lost and finding my way home. I often went out of my way from school to explore a new street I had not taken before. So Orienteering turned out to be an excellent activity for me when I grew up. I highly recommend finding an Orienteering club so you can safely learn the “Thinking Sport.” Oh, don’t forget to take your whistle with you in case you get lost. Pack your lunch and take your whole family to the woods. Enjoy nature!