Clothing: Full leg cover is usually required
at orienteering events, so shorts are not suitable. Apart from this rule,
any old clothes and trainers will do as long as you don't mind getting
them a bit muddy. More experienced orienteers will wear a light fully
sleaved top and cross-training footwear for extra grip in the mud.
Waterproofs can be a good idea if the weather is nasty, and a spare set
of clothing post-event is highly recommended!.
Dibber: For the uninitiated, a 'dibber' is
an electronic punching aid used at mid to large orienteering events
[see the Punching
page for details]. If you have one, then bring it anyway as it
will mean that will not need to hire one at the event. Dibbers are available
for hire at all of Saxons' electronic punching events.
Compass: A compass will help you navigate and keen orienteers
always carry one. Use of a compass is vital to success on the longer,
more difficult courses and they are usually a worthwhile purchase. Saxons
usually have a small stash of compasses available for loan at their orienteering
events if you'd like to borrow one.
Entry Fee: The cost of entry for events varies with the
event type and size. Entry fees are always stated on the event flyer and
are typically of the order of £5-7 for seniors and less (or even
free) for juniors.
Whistles: One rare occasions, whistles are
compulsory at events. This usually occurs when the terrain
is particularly remote or when bad conditions would make
a rescue difficult. They are for emergency use only, and
should not be used as a toy.
Map Bag or Case: Orienteering maps are usually
printed on water-resistant paper. However, if you wish to protect them
further then you may consider placing them within a waterproof case or
bag. A bag of A4 size is usually sufficient to take most orienteering
maps - a large freezer bag will do.