The Orienteering Map

The orienteering map is made specifically for orienteering. It shows a lot of detail on a smaller area than most maps. The maps below illustrate how these features appear on the orienteering map.  Maps are oriented with magnetic north at the top.

Photos illustrating some common map legend symbols are contained in the attached document - Map Symbol Photos

The map legend uses standardised symbols to describe the terrain for orienteering.

LANDFORM - brown

Contours to show the shape of the land - commonly 5 m contour interval

Other earth features such as earth mounds, banks and termite mounds

Three Dimensional View

 

 

 

 

 

WATER FEATURES - blue

  • watercourses - mostly dry in Australia
  • lakes and ponds
  • marshes

 

 

 

 

 

MAN MADE FEATURES - black

  • tracks and paths
  • buildings

ROCKS AND BOULDERS - black

 

 

 

 

VEGETATION - white, yellow and green

  • white is open forest, fast run
  • yellow is open land such as ovals and parks, fastest running
  • light green is forest with some undergrowth, slow run
  • mid green is forest with more undergrowth to make running difficult
  • dark green is for thickets which are very difficult to pass through