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Competitive Autostop is a (new) form of the orienteering sport, combining hiking, orienteering and exploration with autostop as a means of transport. Competitions are organized on a regular base by clubs in Russia, Lithuania and Germany. Elements of sport orienteering & navigation in (un)known territory off and on the road are an inherent part in such competitions, establishing a more adventurous form of autostop.
Next to that, research and lectures are conducted regarding a broad range of topics, including e.g. training for giving first-aid on the road, survival training in specific conditions, perfecting night hitchhiking or strategical autostop. In 2013, there will be a third attempt for the World Championships. While competitive autostop is currently mostly based in the Baltics and Russia, there are attempts to establish competitive autostop in Western Europe as well. A first German club has been founded in November 2011.
In the past PASL created a set of competitive autostop rules & regulations with regard of the TransGlobal Race. The competition rules can be found here.
- PASL, Russian based St. Petersburg Autostop League
- VHHC, Lithuanian Vilnius Hitch-Hiking Club
- DTSG, German based Deutsche Trampsport Gemeinschaft
- TransGlobal Race, Website of the World Championships (English), (Russian)
- DTSG, German competitive autostop club (German)
- Alexey Vorov explains the idea of the TransGlobal Austostop Race (Russian)
- German TV about competitive autostop (German)
- Illustrations by a TransGlobal participant, Ukraine November 2012.