Hiking and outdoor sports


orienteering in the Callong forestOrienteering

Alone, with your family or with your friends, orienteering is the ideal sport to discover the forests in a fun way!

Permanent course in Callong forest:

  • 40 markers hidden in the forest
  • 4 levels of difficulty
  • Free access
  • Starting point at the Maison forestière of Callong, marker 30
The route map is for sale at the Tourist Office of the Pyrénées Audoises (2 euros + postage costs if required).
Contact us to order it.

Other permanent orienteering courses:

  • Lac d'Arques
  • Sougraigne : domaine de l'Eau Salée

Orienteering contacts:

  • Réseau de découverte des Pyrénées audoises
    Christophe Coulloux - Tel: 00 33 (0)4 68 20 77 92 - rdpa.sportnat.com

Extract from an interview with the Réseau de découverte des Pyrénées audoises:

What is orienteering?

It is an outdoor race where competitors have to find their way on a route with the help of a map and a compass. The route is marked out with markers and competitors have to find them in the correct order. The races are usually timed, so that you can't win by simply following another team. At the highest level, the competitors cross wild areas at full speed with only small details on the map or changes in vegetation to guide them. Children and beginners can start on easy routes and paths with maps with simple features. They then progress to more technical and physically-demanding routes, depending on the experience and confidence of each of them. The maps are very precise and large-scaled (1/10000 or 1/15000) with a contour interval of 5 metres.

The winner is the fastest to find all the markers. To prove that they have found all the markers, the competitors' control card must be punched at each control point. Until recently, a motif of small holes was punched into the control card, now there is often an electronic punching system. Competitors can decide on the route they take, so they must not only run fast and navigate, but they must try to make the right route choice at the same time. The markers are two kilometres apart, so the right choice can make the competitor gain one or two minutes.

More information on rdpa.sportnat.com
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