, from the moment I first heard the ep name announced, I had the same thought. Orienteering is a huge sport in Scandanavia and the British Isles (I'm told), if less well known in the States. According to the official British site:
Orienteering is a sport where competitors navigate their way between control points marked on a specially drawn map. . . .
Foot Orienteering is the original form of orienteering: cross-country running or walking using a map and compass to find your way through a series of control points marked on the map. Foot-O originated in Scandinavia 100 years ago, but is now a popular competitive sport in all parts of the world.
I had no idea how varied the sport had become until I visited its premiere magazine, O-sport
What we do with lost is similar to Orienteering: collecting clues as we travel through a confusing terrain. This entire episode feeds my own pet theory on the self-reflexive nature of Lost, and the multiple meanings inherent in major plot developments.
And I do wonder, were we to begin
at the hatch and proceed as Another lostaway
suggests, where would we end up?