New mapping standards were adopted back in 2017, but it takes time for such a change to take effect for all new maps and competitors. As a result, many orienteers will see the new symbols for the first time during O-Ringen 2018.
- These changes will lead to a clearer and more easily readable map, which is one of the goals for the new standards, says Hans-Åke Öström, who is the map controller for O-Ringen 2018 together with Sven Lundbäck.
All of the new maps created for O-Ringer follow the new mapping standards. This includes all of the training maps, which means that you can become familiar with the new standards by arriving a day or two earlier and training on these maps. The training maps can be found here. Information about the training maps can be found here.
Rocky hilltops that lack any kind of vegetation will now be marked with grey, but such spots will not be especially common during O-Ringen. On the other hand, various shades of yellow will be frequent on top of Örnsköldsvik’s open mountains, which are often covered with moss or some other type of low vegetation.
- Two of the stages will feature large open areas with bare rock and scattered trees here and there. This will be shown with the “scattered trees” symbol, yellow with white dots, which is meant to indicate areas that have occasional trees, but are mostly very open, says Öström.
The new map standards introduce several other changes:
Hans-Åke Öström is issuing a challenge to all O-Ringen participants:
- It’s important to be aware of the changes ahead of O-Ringen in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes. Pre-runners made several mistakes when testing the