Family?s pastime can be a bit of a lost cause

By RACHAEL BORICH

ROCKHAMPTON'S Scott Simson hopes his family is heading in the right direction.

Scott and his wife Gayle Quantock, along with their children Kaitlin, 12, Jessica, 16 and Ben Radstaak, 19, are all into the sport of orienteering.

The Simson family left Rockhampton today for a week-long journey in Tasmania which culminates with the Australian Orienteering Championships at St Helen's on Tasmania's east coast.

Their Australian titles campaign is on October 1 and 2, but leading into that event they will contest the Tasmanian titles in sand dunes near Hobart and some smaller races in central Tasmania.

Success in this sport depends on one key factor ? the ability to correctly read a map.

"You have to combine your map skills with the ability to run fast,'' Scott said.

Scott first tackled this sport as an 11-year-old.

He admits to having his fair share of "experiences'', and that includes stumbling across the common parallel error.

"That's when you think you're on the right feature, but you're on a similar feature beside it,'' said Scott.

How to complete each course is entirely up to the individual ? they can take the direct approach over landmarks or choose the around option.

"I used to be very proficient at the straight, but I'm a lot more of an around option person now,'' Scott said.



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