From time to time, the captioned competition turns up in orienteering websites and discussions. Yes, this is the Stockholm Indoor Cup, which has inspired orienteers around the world to organise similar events.
The competition usually takes place in a school: (note that in many Germanic languages the term gymnasium refers to a high school)
A few rules need to be observed:
- All staircases are marked with orange plus a letter to identify them across all floors, e.g. the staircase K in the above map will bring you to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor.
- The violet lines, which block the corridors in the map, must not be crossed, and they are taped exactly as it is (so no chance of accidental disqualification). (The hatched and solid violet areas, of course, are also out of bounds.) This makes the entire school a maze, and has the effect of lengthening the course plus throwing in a lot of fun.
- Unidirectional arrows in orange are one way (2/F, near staircase G) are one-way, with one-way signs and “do-not-enter” sign posted onsite.
- The green rectangles and squares are tables.
- That the library shelves (2/F, the room that control 20 is in) are marked in grey, DOESN’T mean you can cross them like canopies in sprint maps.
Note that this school has the main entrance on 2/F. (1/F being the “basement” that is level with the ground outside)
The following is an illustration of how controls 3 to 4 can be tackled, using staircases L->K->E->G. (I lost upwards of 5 minutes on this leg, taking two full loops to get out of the error)
A few more photos:
To be continued tomorrow (day 2).