Orienteering is the also called the “thinking sport”, because navigating through open country challenges the mind as well as the body. While running, the athletes consult the map and use a compass to decide in split seconds which route is best to get from one control point to the next. The detailed map shows the controls and indicates the types of terrain the athletes have to contend with. Rough ground, dense forest, steep hills – it is cross country in the true sense of the word. In orienteering, the clock is the judge. Fastest time wins! And electronic equipment verifies that the athletes have passed all control points.