Scandinavia is the home of orienteering , and the British Federation knows that potential international runners must gain experience in the toughest and most technical terrain.
If you enjoy running or walking, if you are interested in maps and navigation, or if you like outdoor sport, then orienteering is for you.
Anyone new to orienteering can try the beginners' event at Rawcliffe Bar Country Park on Sunday between 10 am and 12.30 pm, where help and instruction will be available.
But the image of a soggy day out walking with teachers as they struggle to decipher an upside-down ordnance survey guide is miles from the reality of orienteering as a serious sport.
Queensland Orienteering Association development officer Liz Bourne says that probably more than any other sport orienteering has suffered from the loss of bushland, particularly around Brisbane.
‘Ski orienteering is probably one of the toughest cross-country disciplines,’ he said.
Activities will include canoeing, indoor rock-climbing, abseiling, archery and orienteering .
Brgs has a long history of achievement in sport and has enjoyed recent success at national and county championship level in netball, basketball and orienteering .
Scandinavia remains the spiritual home of orienteering , and most of the world's best competitors still come from Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Teams have joked that winter orienteering is a non-issue because all you need to do is follow the course-setter or leader's tracks.