The summer heat is not over yet—not the orienteering heatwave either. The World Orienteering Championships are upcoming in Norway. Then comes the Asian Junior and Youth Orienteering Championships in Japan. But there are much more going on in Asia just now:
1. Newer orienteering nations step up in national teams
Nations like Malaysia and Singapore are preparing for the Asian Junior and Youth Orienteering Championships. The championships are enjoying an expansion in participation since its inception in 2015.
Orienteering activities in Southeast Asia are increasing thanks to people who are passionate in developing the sport.
Remember our upcoming Tropical Orienteering Week in Malaysia!
2. Sprint events for summer chill
What better way to chill in the summer heat than running a sprint? In fact, by running a sprint, you’ll let your sweat carry the heat away, while not stressing your body too much. What’s more, orienteering trains your brain as well!
Despite the recent troubles Hong Kong is having, orienteering continues to grow strong here with more venues and events:
Don’t forget the upcoming METVIGATOR and training events in Hong Kong, as you head to Foshan, China for the World Cup Finals in October.
3. Prepare for winter, before winter comes…
We’re actually already over halfway through the year, and (northern hemisphere) winter is coming soon. That includes the Asian Trail Orienteering Championships (AsTOC), which will be in Hong Kong in November/December. In fact, the Orienteering Association of Hong Kong is asking for volunteers to help with the AsTOC, and next year’s (2020) World Trail Orienteering Championships as well:
Scandinavians know best: the night is dark and… (sorry for the Game of Thrones quote 😂) but you get the point: winter is high time for an escape to Asia. In fact, besides the usual Hong Kong Annual Orienteering Championships every December, this year you’ve got more options!
Nepal is hosting an 8-day orienteering tour that brings you from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back. The Himalayan Orienteering Championships boast an all-inclusive package, with accommodation, food and outdoor activities included.
But the ultimate surprise is…
…Thailand! The Thai Orienteering Association will be hosting 3 days of orienteering fun in Chiang Mai, the ancient but cool city in Thailand’s upland north. Sure you’d mark that down on your calendar and register straight away?
It goes without saying that Christmas and New Year holidays are high season; it pays to plan early and beat the crowd! Search for flights to Asia with KIWI.COM below, it works even in the absence of same-airline, codeshare or interline connections: