Route choice (orienteering)

Route choice (orienteering)

Route choice is a tactic in orienteering and related sports such as rogaining and adventure racing. These sports involve navigating point to point and, in most cases, the choice of route is left to the competitor. Route choice involves considering trade-offs among such factors as distance, amount of "climb", extent of "fight", mode of travel, technical difficulty, and the competitor's own preferences.

Among orienteering sports, route choice has varied importance. It is arguably the single most important tactical factor in rogaining, it is very important in mountain bike orienteering and ski orienteering, and it is less important in some other forms of orienteering. Route choice is completely absent from the Parcours d'Orientation et de Regularite (orienteering and pace racing phase) of Techniques de Randonnée Équestre de Compétition (TREC) competitions. In that phase, orienteering involves following "exactly" a course marked on a map but not in the terrain. [The British Horse Society - Competitions: BHS TREC, [ Phase One: Parcours d'Orientation et de Regularite (P.O.R.)] , accessed 2008-09-30] For example, if a course follows the east bank of a ditch then traveling in the ditch or on the west bank would be an error.

ee also

*Control point (orienteering)
*Military tactics
*Route assignment
*Passage planning
*Path selection in routing
*Travel behavior


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