If you've ever volunteered at your club's orienteering event to help pick up control flags and markers, you've likely wondered the best way to package those flags for storage.
Perhaps you securely package control flags by wrapping the loose punch and hanging strings around the side(s) of the flag so that they don't flop around. Or maybe you tuck the corners into the opposite side. These methods are not only time-consuming for the next flag hanger to undo, but can also damage the control flag's frame.
The following method stores orienteering flags in a neat, compact package that is not needlessly difficult for the next user to unwrap. Use it the next time you pick up controls and your club's equipment manager will thank you!
Credits: Thanks to Ann and Charlie Leonard of CNYO for teaching me this method!
*Note: Instead of leaving control marker flat at this point, you could turn the top frame so that you're holding the next corner (this twists the flag somewhat) before securing the hanging string. This method reduces the amount of loose flag fabric, but still allows a pocket for the punch and string. (Thanks to George Walker for this suggestion.)
Photos by Janet Tryson