This section is about an odd combination of topics which requires some explanation.
I have always been fascinated by maps. I was never much interested in sport but at school I was good at cross-country running. I got involved in the sport of orienteering around 1970 and quickly found that it is a fascinating combination of running and maps.
As a student I also discovered I had an aptitude for programming. When personal computers became available at the end of the 1970s I wanted to see how programming could be applied to orienteering. Apart from race timing and results production which other people were covering, I thought about maps on computers and how they might help people to learn navigation skills, particularly with regard to understanding contours on maps.
I developed a program to simulate orienteering, called The Forest. It was written first for the Tandy TRS-80 and then in 1984 for the Sinclair Spectrum. The latter had more success in the open market. A friend then converted it to work on the BBC Microcomputer too. It was written mainly in assembly language (low level, rather cryptic), with a little BASIC as a container.
Try The Forest: myforest.uk
User Guide for The Forest with useful hints and tips.
A programmer's guide to The Forest is also being written.
Better Orienteering - a site containing a huge number of references and links to useful orienteering resources.
Food for thought: Philosophy of The Forest