ORANGE will play host to some of the east coast’s best navigators this weekend.
Competitors from all over the eastern seaboard will come to compete in the Goldseeker’s Orienteering Christmas Five Days competition, from December 27 to 31.
Over 300 competitors of all ages and skill levels will be pitted against each other, navigating one course per day.
The courses cater for all skill levels, with the easy courses set out over known tracks and fence lines.
The hard courses see checkpoints scattered randomly throughout heavy bushland.
Phillip Schwebel from Goldseeker’s Orienteering said the event shoudn’t be seen as a competition and everyone is welcome.
“Obviously some people will be racing,” he said.
“But we encourage everyone to come along and have a go. We supply maps and compasses and it’s a pretty good excuse for a good walk after Christmas.
“We’re expecting a pretty big turnout. People are coming from Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and even a couple from Europe, who happen to be here and wanted to have a run.”
Schwebel warned potential competitors not to underestimate the more difficult courses.
“Some of the courses are very tricky,” he explained.
“The easy ones are perfect for beginners because they follow tracks, they’re more a sprint type course, but the harder ones will require some pretty detailed compass work.”
Orange CSU campus plays host to day one of the competition, with the event to start at 4pm at the entrance on Leeds Parade.
The other four days will begin at 8am and will be hosted at Khalis Rocks Property, Rocky Falls, Ophir Diggings and Macquarie Woods respectively.
Anyone who wants more information about how to enter the event should contact Goldseeker’s Orienteering via their website at www.goldseekers.org.