This spring (2018) Foothills Orienteering is running a coach-led series of training sessions and events on Sunday mornings on our challenging forest maps.

Schedule and Locations

The Forest Orienteering Training program is a series consisting of 8 training sessions in the spring and two session in July as pre-NAOC training. The program is scheduled around the events that have already been planned (Rumsey, Sage Stomp and the FWOC Training Camp with a Sunday event) so that you can put your honed skills to good effect. You can see a schedule below; permissions have not yet been granted so everything is very tentative. For a more up to date version see the events listed on the club calendar.

Coaching will be provided at all sessions with instructions before hand and a debrief afterwards.

Date Location (tbc) Training Exercise / Focus Description of session Comments
April 8Bow Valley

April 15 S Mount Laurie
April 22 Aspen Creek
April 29No training - Rumsey April 28 Event
*May 5Fish Creek (Morningside is May 6)
May 13 Canmore Nordic Centre
May 20 No training - Sage Stomp
May 27 FWOC Training Camp @ Kamp Kiwanis

June 3 Fish Creek

June 10Sandy McNabb

Session Format

Each training session would consist of 15-20 minutes of instruction at 10:00 prior to sending participants out onto the course for the training exercise. After the exercise the coach will touch base with as many participants as possible to see how it went and provide them with specific comments and feedback based on their comments.

Anyone that wants to do a warm-up before the main exercise should arrive early and do their warm-up before 10:00.

All exercises are set up so participants can do as much or as little as they like. Often they will consist of multiple loops or will be a technical drill based in one location so you can do more or less depending on your speed or interest and the head coach can check in with participants during the training. Alternatively exercises and courses will be set up with multiple cut points or with multiple course of different lengths so you can do the length appropriate for you.

Note: Volunteering is an important part of being able to run programs. Please consider volunteering to set out controls or pick them up. The coach will coordinate the setting of the flags and will provide personal advice and assistance during this process which WILL make you a better orienteer. We appreciate the help. The logistics of putting out all the controls each week is too complicated to do without volunteer assistance.

Registration Info


All sessions in this program are aimed at every level of orienteering from beginning to advanced orienteers. We will have an experienced orienteer available each week to coach beginners.


$15 per training session. You MUST be a member of FWOC or another orienteering club to participate.


Registration will be on the FWOC website. Please register each day you plan to attend. Pay in person to the coach each Sunday.