Olles Maps

On orienteering maps. By Ales Hejna, leader of Olles - the orienteering map maker. http://www.olles Need an advice or even a map, write me :)

09/11/2022

A photo from three-day training of novice cartographers in the Czech Republic. Twenty-three mappers-beginners learned how to make maps.

This year I only took part as a slide :D

The guy pointing stick at me is Libor Pecháček, diligent OOM developer (among many other things).

Photo by Luděk Krtička. Is it correct that no more mylar and pencil is taught - only digital cartography?

Photos from Olles Maps's post 17/06/2022

Orienteering with zombies. Jukola impressions by AI.

Photos from Olles Maps's post 30/05/2022

So rewarding to read such orienteer's comments:
(I made part of the map :)

✔ This is what I do orienteering for.
✔ Beautiful terrain, plus a very challenging course.
✔ Terrain 11/10
✔ The Ore Mountains in all their beauty and hardness!
✔ Erzgebirge survival
✔ The best orienteering I've run in the Czech Republic
✔ Great terrain, which is hard to find elsewhere in the Czech Republic

Screenshots and translated from O-News.cz.
Photos from Oddíl OB, Nejdek Orienteering.

How to make a sprint orienteering map – beginner’s guide | O-Map Wiki 17/02/2022

How to make a sprint orienteering map – beginner’s guide | O-Map Wiki

I had the opportunity to contribute to the O-Map Wiki, which is a new project initiated by Map Commission IOF.

I prepared a simple “first-time-mapper” guide for orienteering mapping.

If you spot any mistakes, please let me know in comments.

Orienteering Federation

How to make a sprint orienteering map – beginner’s guide | O-Map Wiki

03/01/2022

There is an interesting background story to WOC Long.

The WOC director Jan Picek writes: "It was Friday, November 6, 2015. We were with 58 juniors and youth on a training camp. In the evening Petr Karvánek visited us and gave a lecture "How to prepare in winter for summer". After the lecture everyone had to write down their orienteering career goals. Someone listed running out of A license, another winning the Czech Republic Champs. Petr Karvánek joined in and wrote a completely different wish from the rest. It said, "Set a classic course at the World Championships." He commented that he will probably never make it, but it is his secret dream. I promised him that if one day I would have a chance to influence the choice of WOC course setter, I would approach him.
Neither 10 nor 15 years have passed. In the year and a half since that memorable camp, the Czech Republic won the bid to host the 2021 World Championships. And Petr Karvánek was the #1 choice to set the long course."

02/12/2021

MapAnt.es is going vector! Some "test" areas in Spain can be directly downloaded in OOM. Such a cool feature!

11/11/2021

German Wikipedia has a very comprehensive classification of Hochsitze :)

- Ladder seats (simple, partly covered ladders with seating, often leaning against trees, partly covered),
- High seats (free-standing construction with side facing, often with roof),
- Pulpits (semi-open and fully enclosed raised seats with side facing and roofing),
- Mobile perches (mobile by being mounted on trailers or by wheels),
- Climbing seats (portable seat frames that allow a hunter to climb up tree trunks),
- Driven hunt stands (simple, relatively low stands without a roof, which allow the standing shooter freedom of movement for shots in all directions during driven hunts).
- Ground-level hides or pulpits (partly semi-open, partly closed and covered hides)
- Portable hunting umbrellas (made of different materials, partly mirrored for a particularly good camouflage effect)

10/11/2021

I found a T´s hatchery!

09/11/2021

30 hunting towers per square kilometer!
What is your record?

On the last map I found 63 hunting towers on 2,1 km2 map.

Photos from Olles Maps's post 26/09/2021

What mapper does on holiday?
He can't help himself and maps anyway 😂
All streets and paths of Kaprije mapped ✔️

15/09/2021

Garmin Glo after 5 years of use. Still going strong. Just tested battery and it lasts 12,5 hours.

07/07/2021

WOC Course preview - Middle distance MEN

The visuals and tv production of World Orienteering Championships 2021 Czech Republic is just stunning.

Mapování a život orientačního běžce | B running magazine: běžecký časopis 04/06/2021

Mapování a život orientačního běžce | B running magazine: běžecký časopis

"On more than one occasion, I have also made very peppery comments about the quality of a map at the finish. I often blamed my mistakes on the mapmaker. However, when one delves a little into the world of mapmaking, one gets a very different perspective than the average member of the orienteering community. In short, it is not at all easy to translate reality into the plane of a map, and to do so in a way that is both standards-compliant and provides clear and readable information."

That is an excerpt from article Mapping and the life of an orienteer by Vojtěch Král who is also an active mapper.

Published in B magazine. The whole eight issue is devoted to orienteering. The hardcopy has 250 pages! and is beautifully designed. Many photos, illustrations, maps, interviews.

Mapování a život orientačního běžce | B running magazine: běžecký časopis Všichni to známe, ať už z poslechu, nebo jsme sami v cíli nadávali na mapaře. Často můžeme slyšet ten typický nevybíravý slovník naštvaných orienťáků, kteří kvůli domnělé chybě mapaře pokazili svůj závod. Pokud jste zrovna na straně závodníka, rádi si svou troškou p...

31/05/2021

Such sad news, Håvard Tveite passed away.
I met Håvard during my years at Map Commission IOF. He was the driving force behind ISOM 2017 and a strong proponent of legible, well generalized maps. Long distance was his king discipline - he would never permit deviations from 1:15000 scale maps.

Håvard was always helpful, good humored. I remember how he smiled and winked at me at times when I needed encouragement.
My condolences to the family and Norwegian orienteers.

Photo taken by Lazslo Zentai at MC IOF meeting in Frankfurt 2015. I assume we were discussing the minimum size of boulders.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A5vard_Tveite

17/05/2021

Happy birthday Norway!

That reminds me I am out of Stabbur-Makrell and dringendly need to get up there. I hope it goes this summer :)

Timeline photos 09/05/2021

I fondly remember this terrain! Beautiful area indeed.

Our first ever O-Talk is tomorrow at 7:00! The theme is “The Best Race of Your Life”. This is your opportunity to share your story about that one amazing orienteering race that you'll remember forever.

Check your email for the link!

06/05/2021

And one more 3D map. This time with WOC2021 event centre in Staré Splavy on the left and some sand stones on the right.

Photos from Olles Maps's post 25/04/2021

Made a comparison of autogenerated laser orienteering map by Mapant ES and an old orienteering map we did in La Seu d'Urgell. Pretty good job - given we had no lidar available back in 2006.

For the Mapant ES kudos to Manu Juradović!

01/04/2021

Experimenting with new definition of sprint impassable fence.

03/03/2021

19,8 kilometers, 774 meters climbing covered in one mapping day. That might be my record.

What is your walking average per mapping day?

Walked at Kost - training area for World Orienteering Championships 2021 Czech Republic.

02/03/2021

I updated the map just in time for Catching Features World Orienteering Championships :)

I hope runners were happy and all the features depicted on map were well recognizable in terrain :)

I watched the Relay Final and it was quite gripping. Many interesting route choices . Kudos to the organizers and orienteers!

https://cfwoc2021.trainingsharp.com/

Timeline photos 11/01/2021

Can you find the BUCHbox on map?
Link on map in comments.

Sprint training in Marbach SG to prepare the coming season and EGK European Orienteering Championships Neuchâtel 2021
Photo by Rémy Steinegger

06/01/2021

Stumbled upon my map from 1996! Ocad 6, free hand, no laser, no ortophoto, no gps, weird colours, rootstocks in brown, everything measured with compass and pacing (even contours).

Orienteering maps (and mee too :) ) traveled a long distance since then.

Photos from Olles Maps's post 05/01/2021

The right way to draw multilevel structures on sprint maps:
✔ Symbols 501.2 Paved area in multilevel structures, 512.1 Bridge and 512.2 Underpass or tunnel should be used together.
✔ Sides of bridge that is passable only on the upper level shall be mapped as impassable walls (typically bridge over impassable body of water).
✔ If a multilevel structure is too narrow, dots for underpass could be omitted.
✔ An impassable barrier that connects to the lower level of multilevel structure shall be drawn with a graphical gap. Such an impassable graphical gap shall be 0,15 mm wide and white to ensure legibility.
✔ A barrier inside multilevel structure shall be always clarified in competition guidelines.

✔ I started to use the white graphical gap also on the whole edge of the lower entrance into multilevel structure. It further enhances clarity and shows distinctively the slope direction.

That is a short part (and a rough translation) of a very thorough document on sprint orienteering by Czech Orienteering Federation published at the end of last year.
https://metodika.orientacnisporty.cz/upload/2020/11/metodika-sprint-2020-po-strankach-A5-Final.pdf

24/11/2020

Customizable palette!

Open Orienteering Mapper will offer customizable palette.
This will make scribbling more legible and thus efficient.
Kudos to the OOM developers!

What would be your choice of colours?

06/11/2020

And how do you map greens and bunkers?

Leading up recording my @skillshare classes, I always test drive the class project. This gives me total understanding of what it is we are doing and a sense of what questions and insights come up along the way.
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The class is going to be called True to You, or maybe The Joy of Style, or perhaps Working Out Your Style. or maybe just The Style Class. The whole premise is that it takes work and experimentation to discover ways of illustrating that become your style or styles. So I’ve decided a multi day project that challenges you to commit to trying out techniques and ideas, to see how it plays out. It’s truly the only way to know what works for you.
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Well find some inspiration, analyze aspects of what we love in it (or in our own work) and then apply it to a series of illustrations in a theme that interests us. I’ll share more about exactly how this works in the class!
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Leaning into our inspiration and seeing what we can add to it is huge where it comes to developing a style of our own.
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My theme is trail running. Can you guess whose work I am inspired by?
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#trailrunning #lostinthewoods #bear #hiking #fraservalleyrunner #illustration 18/10/2020

Leading up recording my @skillshare classes, I always test drive the class project. This gives me total understanding of what it is we are doing and a sense of what questions and insights come up along the way.
.
The class is going to be called True to You, or maybe The Joy of Style, or perhaps Working Out Your Style. or maybe just The Style Class. The whole premise is that it takes work and experimentation to discover ways of illustrating that become your style or styles. So I’ve decided a multi day project that challenges you to commit to trying out techniques and ideas, to see how it plays out. It’s truly the only way to know what works for you.
.
Well find some inspiration, analyze aspects of what we love in it (or in our own work) and then apply it to a series of illustrations in a theme that interests us. I’ll share more about exactly how this works in the class!
.
Leaning into our inspiration and seeing what we can add to it is huge where it comes to developing a style of our own.
.
My theme is trail running. Can you guess whose work I am inspired by?
.
#trailrunning #lostinthewoods #bear #hiking #fraservalleyrunner #illustration

Nice orienteering themed illustration.

Leading up recording my @skillshare classes, I always test drive the class project. This gives me total understanding of what it is we are doing and a sense of what questions and insights come up along the way. . The class is going to be called True to You, or maybe The Joy of Style, or perhaps Working Out Your Style. or maybe just The Style Class. The whole premise is that it takes work and experimentation to discover ways of illustrating that become your style or styles. So I’ve decided a multi day project that challenges you to commit to trying out techniques and ideas, to see how it plays out. It’s truly the only way to know what works for you. . Well find some inspiration, analyze aspects of what we love in it (or in our own work) and then apply it to a series of illustrations in a theme that interests us. I’ll share more about exactly how this works in the class! . Leaning into our inspiration and seeing what we can add to it is huge where it comes to developing a style of our own. . My theme is trail running. Can you guess whose work I am inspired by? . #trailrunning #lostinthewoods #bear #hiking #fraservalleyrunner #illustration

09/10/2020

Map legend can be done in a creative way :)

01/10/2020

"Swiss sprint mapping" - I am summarizing how to make sprint maps the Swiss style (is there a better name?). If you could add your observations and tips on maps that follow this style, I would be most grateful.

- Linear impassable barriers only shown when approachable from both sides.
- Area that shall not be entered is delineated by a 0,1 mm black boundary line.
- All linear details that are on the edge of Area that shall not be entered are generalized into 0,1 mm black boundary line. Exceptions apply.
- ?
- ?
- ?

Sample bellow from this year Swiss sprint champs, perhaps too many details (archive Daniel Hubmann)

Photos from Olles Maps's post 24/09/2020

Working on supplementary comments on ISSprOM 2019 for Czech Orienteering Federation.

And I see some disrepancies:

Symbol "Gigantic boulder or rock pillar" is from definition impassable, right?
However its minimum width is defined as only 0,3 mm, which implies it is passable.
In contrast - Impassable cliff has minimum width 0,5 mm...

Opinions very welcomed.

Mobile uploads 03/08/2020

Eerie shot of Daniel Hubmann running through sandstones.

18/07/2020

What is the best Windows/ Ocad tablet?
It is Android/ Open Orienteering Mapper tablet!

A friend asked me lately what Windows tablet I recommend. I might have suprised him with my answer :D

Below my arguments for Open Orienteering Mapper, could you add any?

➡ There is a straightforward way how to get data from OOM to Ocad (and from Ocad to OOM as well). So if you wish you can use OOM on tablet and Ocad on desktop.
➡ Ocad on Windows tablet can not take digital field notes (drawing into bitmap). That is a big disadvantage, because only vectorising slows you down in the field.
➡ OOM is easier to use on tablet than Ocad.
➡ The choice in Android tablets is much bigger.
➡ Android tablets are cheaper.
➡ Android tablets have much better battery life.

Timeline photos 11/07/2020

Thinking from the start. Leg no.1 at Supí Hora.
Czech orienteering team training at sand stone terrain.
(I revised this map in spring.)

World Orienteering Championship 2021 Czech Republic

Zhmotněný sen každého stavitele trati.

08/07/2020

19th International Conference on Orienteering Mapping shall stream today at 16:00 CEST at Orienteering Mappers Int.

I shall moderate questions from Facebook. The topics are:
Open data in Austria as a source for orienteering maps,
Import of open data in OCAD,
Mapping with Drone Data in Alpine Terrain,
Fly your own orthophoto under 600 USD,
Mapping of multilevel structures on sprint orienteering maps: recent developments and proposals,
Practical guidelines for laser printing of maps,
Handheld Imaging Laser Scanner - new chance for producing orienteering map.

If you have any questions, you can drop them here or later at Orienteering Mappers Int.

Photos from Olles Maps's post 25/06/2020

Ocad improved in the latest release rendering of buildings. Now it is possible to have the outline within the area symbol. This definition was chosen in order to have the object path be the real boundary, making it easy to work with imported data. Especially sprint maps would benefit from this tweak.

Thank you OCAD AG for responding so fast. maps will benefit from that.

24/06/2020

More maps to make!

As you propably know the World Orienteering Championships 2021 Czech Republic will host also sprint competitions.

I am more than gratefull to be part of the mapping team :)
Beautifull terrains - sandstones (Kokořínsko), granite (Jizerské hory) await competitors. And I can tell how splendid these terrains are, I have walked all over it :D

At the same venues there will be also public 6day orienteering - WOC Tour 2021, check it out at https://tour.woc2021.cz/

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