Veteran's Memorial Park and Willow Lane
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1d ago
Barb, Rhonda, and Jan with a couple of great sniffers. Easy peasy. For all you future CTOC meet directors (yes, we need you), once you've directed a meet at the same venue 2 or 3 times, with great helpers, it gets easy. So it was for me on Sunday Feb 8, for this pre-superbowl, 'participate don't spectate', event. And if it's the first one or two holding you back from volunteering -- there are many of us who'd love to show you the ropes. Helping with even just one meet is greatly appreciated!   Thanks so much to Sergey for jumping in on the unexpected greenbelt closures and ..read more
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Eagle Island Meet
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1M ago
It was a relatively warm day for January, warm enough to have just a little intermittent light rain instead of snowfall. The significant weather was not what occurred on Saturday. It was what had happened in the week before. Some weather alarmists called it Snowmageddon 2.0, a foot of snow and low temperatures approaching zero. As difficult as the week's weather was, I believe Snowmageddon is a little hyperbolic. The real weather story of this meet was the aftermath of the week's storms that left 10 to 12 inches of snow on the ground at Eagle Island. As you can see by observing how much the s ..read more
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December 9 "Frost" meet at Ann Morrison park
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2M ago
It was really cold this past Saturday. At the time of courses' setup ice patches covered trails and paths, lakes and canal were frozen and grass was painted in silver colors. It didn't dissuade brave souls who came to enjoy outdoors and occasional sun picking trough the clouds. Few images of happy finishers: Most of participants took on intermediate course, five on advanced (could be 6 but I ran out of maps, next time I will print more!), there was one taker for sport course and one very large and happy family who tried beginners course. Results: Advanced  (5)      &n ..read more
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Got Lucky...Again
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3M ago
I have been a member of CTOC since Dec 2019 and while I really look forward to our events out in the hills/mountains I also look forward to the events in the "off" months because that means we are closer to town, have maps that many can use for fine tuning skills and we get to see faces new and familiar! We haven't been to Columbia Village in four (4) years so it was time we revisited the area.  We started with walking the original course and after the almost 4.5 miles we understood the vast area that we would be covering.  We took several trips out to the area to compare the old wit ..read more
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Confirmation Bias: Gold Rush South 2023
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5M ago
Confirmation bias is the innately human characteristic of seeking information that confirms an already held belief (and ignoring things that refute it). Most orienteers will be familiar with this phenomenon, having had the experience of going through all sorts of machinations to make the lines on the map force to fit the (wrong) belief in their head about where they are. In medicine, doctors are taught to combat confirmation bias in a diagnosis by deliberately asking ha"what can I look for that would prove me wrong?" (not what proves me right).  Now, confirmation bias on the part o ..read more
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Super Scenic
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7M ago
Photo courtesy of Kirsten Severud I long ago learned that when I compose a piano concerto, design a nuclear fusion reactor, or draft an orienteering map there is always a flaw or two. As you undoubtedly suspect, the first two-thirds of that sentence are lies. However, it is true that I have actually drafted a few orienteering maps, and every map has been littered with flaws. It's inevitable. Maps are abstractions of reality, and therefore depart from that reality. Mostly the representations of the terrain's reality so overwhelm the flaws as to render them inconsequential if they are ..read more
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  Bear Basin East orienteering meet July 9, 2...
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8M ago
  Bear Basin East orienteering meet July 9, 2023 It was a beautiful day to spend wandering around in the woods and those with an early enough start got to enjoy some of the cool mountain morning before the heat came on.    Sergey topped out those brave enough to attempt the challenging advanced course which made a tour of every part of the eastern Bear Basin map with varieties of terrain and lots of route choice options.  Late comer Melanie narrowly beat out John on the intermediate, dashing his hopes for a victory in their rivalry.  The intermediate runners got to joi ..read more
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Ponderosa Pleasures June 10, 2023
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9M ago
Bill's Dog  Orienteeering with the CTOC can be a lovely way to spend time among the flowers or intense competition or both. I believe Bill Pilcher's dog got the first option right. It was, indeed, a beautiful venue punctuated by several displays of wildflowers. Lynette and April came equipped with a mesh bag to carry the morels they hoped to find. Alas, it was not to be a fungal feast. Instead, there were places laid out with banquets for the eyes. Photo by Kirsten Severud Early June in the McCall area brought nearly perfect weather for orienteering and mosquitoes. I ..read more
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Did Anyone Actually See Rabbits? Rabbit Creek Annual Meet
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9M ago
    Our annual Rabbit Creek meet is my favorite meet of the year, and while I missed most of the meets this year, a consequence of going to a school thousands of miles away, helping to direct and set one of my favorite maps was a wonderful way to begin the summer. As CTOC has grown over the last couple years, thank you Meetup, meets that used to bring out 5-10 competitors now bring out 20-40. These new numbers make the endless hours of mapping, checking, and setting the course worth it for the wonderful volunteer meet directors. (Although, we didn’t exactly check the course thi ..read more
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Fairmont Motala Results
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11M ago
Small area of the Fairmont park experienced interesting mix this past Saturday. When I just arrived in the early morning to place controls, about 30 knights in shiny armor were practicing their fencing skills under the tree canopy, a little later tennis players started to flock into the courts for their morning session. Little they knew that about 50 more would start coming at 10:00 am to enjoy motala loops with colored pieces of paper and compasses. Small urban area that surrounds the Fairmont park offered excellent opportunity for fun and refreshing motala courses where all courses used firs ..read more
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