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Just a quick update that we had to move our July meet just a little bit into August, so you will have the bonus of two closely spaced August meets to prepare you for the US Orienteering Nationals (http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/2019/Big_Basin and we know CTOC will be well-represented!) in September.  And even if you are not an advanced orienteer with eyes on a national meet, there will be plenty of recreational fun for everyone at both CTOC August meets. 
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The road to orienteering is not always a lonely road.
 First they had to navigate circuitous, pot-holed, and deeply rutted logging roads. Some mastered the task. Others (To protect his dignity and reputation for awe-inspiring navigation I won't mention Sergey's name.) found themselves befuddled and desperate to the point of resorting to following another car. Then fifteen orienteers took on the Saturday challenge of five different courses ranging from 1.1 K to 1.5 K.

Every orienteer experiences a minor navigational disaster from time to time. It's not that you are lost like some poor soul you read about in the newspaper. It's really not that you are lost; it's the control that's lost. Having withheld Sergey's name, I am obligated also to withhold Innes's and Mike's names from the roster of humbling mishaps. However, a quick examination of the results below will let those cats out of the crumbling wet paper bag. Congratulations, Mike, on your Loop B performance outpacing Innes by almost an hour. And, Innes, having suffered some of my own disasters, I can only hope that Melanie was gentle with you on what must have been a long ride home.

Kudos to the team of Vivian and Joe Kosak. I first met them at Eagle Island earlier this year when they were entirely new to this sport. Since then they've taken on everything from urban landscapes to the wide open rugged terrain at Rabbit Creek and now the mountain woodlands of our Gold Rush map. Those of us who are getting to know you admire your growing skill and obvious determination.

Veronica Fletcher is a new member this year. She brought her friend, Monica, to team up on the Sport course. Veronica is an avid hiker. There was some mention of having gotten lost on a hike or two and that they hoped orienteering is the cure. Well, we all get lost at one time or another, but I have no doubt that orienteering reduces the probability and builds the skills necessary to work your way out of being lost.
Angela, Jack, and Torin
Orienteering stalwart Great Uncle Jerry Stewart came accompanied by Jack, Angela and Torin. the three of whom navigated Loops A, B, and C. When all was said and done, they came out of the woods with smiles. For that matter, I think everyone was smiling. For some of the more serious competitors the smiles erupted over the memories of a mistake here or there.

Five orienteers completed all five loops. They are noted by a green background in the following spreadsheet.

Note that Norma completed three loops with no times recorded. Norma helped me set controls and was my forerunner for the Sport course. I can tell you from our conversation on the way home that she was very pleased with her performance. I was almost as pleased as she was. This sport isn't easy for any of us, and it's not intuitive for many of us.

Below are results for each loop.






First, thank you to Jack, Jerry, Elijah, and Andy for help picking up controls.

Second, while I enjoy mapping and course design, it is always gratifying to have you participate in a meet I direct.

Third, to Sergey we wish the best of skill and speed as he competes against 240 of world's elite masters orienteers in the 55-59 age class in Riga, Latvia July 5-12.

Fourth, calculating everybody's time for each loop offered me many opportunities to err. I might have unknowingly accepted one of those offers. If I did, make an egregious error, don't hesitate to contact me. I might correct it.

Melanie will direct the next meet on Sunday, July 21, probably on the larger Gold Rush Map. We hope to see you all there.

John Murray
Meet Director









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A motala is a variation on point-to-point orienteering in which the competitors pass through the start/finish doing multiple short loops (each with a new map) to create a long course. Each orienteer receives a stack of maps in random order, except that each stack will have the same last map bringing the competition together to finish on the same loop. This format is often used on a small area to create a longer course. It is named after the city of Motala, Sweden. I can only guess why it's named after a Swedish city.

The City of Trees Orienteering Club has used its Gold Rush Map for more than a decade with a meet there almost every year including at least two national championships. This 5-loop motala will use a small, but interesting part of that map near Idaho City on Saturday 6/22 with a mass start at 10am (different runners starting on different loops). You can do as many or few loops as you like.

This event will accommodate participants new to orienteering and those who do not want to tackle the challenges of the full 5-loop course by offering a first leg designed for them. This sport course will have 7 short legs designed with easy-to-follow terrain features. If you want to run the sport course first, let me know. And, if you only want to run the sport course, let me know that too, so I can save printing costs for the other maps. jnm2870@cableone.net

Map summary:
Sport loop 7 controls 1.35k (first loop for novices)
Loop A 5 controls 1.22k
Loop B 5 controls 1.47k
Loop C 6 controls 1.51k
Loop Z 5 controls 1.39k (final loop for all competitors

Single day dues of $5.00 covers the cost of a map set. Free for CTOC members.

Please email me by Thursday evening, June 20 to reserve your maps. Your map reservation saves paper and ink, but most of all, it lets me plan to have enough maps. If at the last minute, you decide to participate, please come. I will have a couple of extra map sets and some blank maps you can copy to. It's a long way to drive to discover that several people grabbed the extra maps, so don't use the promise of extra maps as an excuse for not reserving your maps.

Start location: https://goo.gl/maps/M9WTncjuLpJ2
Start time: 10 am

Beginners: There is no real beginner course, however ,there will be some coaching available and often there is another orienteer looking for a partner.  The area we are navigating in is reasonably small and there are bail-outs onto nearby roads in several directions. 

Getting there: At Idaho City turn left/north onto Main Street. Turn right/east onto Bear Run Road". We will place directional signs, however it would be best if you have a map also. The roads are bumpy and the roads close to the site are dirt, but not impassable. Rain is a potential problem. I will keep everyone who reserves a map apprised of any road problems that arise.

Bring:
  • Compass!
  • Waiver, prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member.
  • A suitable pack with essentials and snacks as you usually need to prepare for a day hike in the foothills.
  • Sufficient water for yourself.  
  • Sunscreen and/or hat.  
  • Gaitors might be useful.
  • Shoes for mountainous  terrain.  If your ankles are sensitive please prepare accordingly.
  • Cell phone. I can not vouch for coverage, so be prepared with a whistle and other fallback options.

You will use old fashioned punches for this event.

Questions and comments? Please email me or call 208 342-2165. jnm2870@cableone.net
John Murray
Meet Director
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The race day weather was perfect in the morning, and forecast was calling for a high of 79-81 F, so it was expected that we would have a good turnout at Rabbit Creek this year and that prediction didn’t turn out to be wrong.

All and all, we had a total of 24 competitors on the courses made up of  with 5 teams/pairs and 14 solo competitors.

Courses
2019 marks the first year CTOC was able to run all levels of the Rabbit Creek courses with the electronic SportIdent controls and ePunches.  The 10 newly purchased electronic controls by the club definitely came in handy for the advanced course with 26 total controls.

This year at Rabbit Creek there were 4 levels of traditional classic orienteering courses offered:
Beginner Course
4 controls; Distance:  0.50 miles (0.79 km); Elevation Gain:  15 ft (5 m)
Sport Course
 9 controls; Distance:  1.54 miles (2.48 km); Elevation Gain:  250 ft (75 m)
Intermediate Course
16 controls; Distance:  2.86 miles (4.62 km); Elevation Gain:  650 ft (200 m)
Advanced Course
26 controls; Distance:  5.10 miles (8.23 km); Elevation Gain:  1,150 ft (350 m)

Race Day - Starts
Racers started showing up just before 9 AM,  and pre-registration showed that a majority of the competitors opted for the intermediate course. This was probably a wise choice since past Rabbit Creek competitors know how tough the advanced course can be at this venue.
Within the first 20 minutes of starts after 10 AM, we had a slew of racers and teams headed out on the Sport and Intermediate Courses trying to stay ahead of the coming heat of the day.

First wave of competitors (by start order):
Veronica Fletcher, Norma Baily, Team of Gaye Keith & Paul Contreras, Karen Didisse, Jay Morgan, Jerry Stewart, Bill Pilcher, Team of Angela Stewart & Jackson Ford,  Team of Zach & Sarah Curtis.

After the flurry of activity at the start, seasoned competitors, Sergey Velichko and Doug LaMott got ready to take on the advanced course with its 10 extra controls and almost twice the elevation gain and distance of the intermediate course. Doug and Sergey were the only two orienteers to take on the challenging task of the advanced course.

The rest of the starts were spaced out more evenly over the next 70 minutes:

Second wave of competitors (by start order):
Dan Opila, Ole Bergset, Team of Joe and Vivian Kosak, John Murray, Team of Katrina Wright & Kim Kelly, Team of Innes Wright & Kerry Kelly, Melanie Wright and Anthony Fizer.

Race Day – Finishes
Strolling in first from the intermediate course was Veronica Fletcher and her dog - their first time here at Rabbit Creek.  They opted to just do the first half of the course and spent the rest of their time exploring the farm and the sights.

Norma Bailey was next and was the first to come in from the sport course, with smiles saying “It was just the right length”.

Jay Morgan was our first intermediate course finisher, came in just over 97 minutes.

Soon after, the team of Gaye Keith and Paul Contreras, new to the sport of orienteering and Rabbit Creek came in from the sport course in just under an hour and quarter.

Control 38 with Apple and Sparkle

Then coming in within 15 second of each other, Karen from the intermediate course (with a time of 1:50:11) and Sergey from the advanced course. 

With a blazing fast time of  1:27:00 on the tough advanced course, Sergey showed why he always navigates and competes at a national championship level.

Sergey also informed me that one of the controls on the advanced course was misplaced on the incorrect boulder group (Control # 47, the 23rdcontrol on advanced course).  Once he pointed out the control’s placement in relation to the pond in the Rabbit Creek canyon, it was clear he was correct.  Thankfully for Doug (the only other advanced competitor), he moved the control to the correct location before Doug came through to punch the control.

  Control 47 in its correct location with Owyhees in the distance

Once noontime hit, there was a steady stream of orienteers who came in from the intermediate course over the next 15 minutes: Team Zack & daughter Sarah Curtis, John Murray, Team Angela Stewart & Jackson Ford,  Bill Pilcher, and finally Ole Bergset.

Everyone from the intermediate cause group were happy to have completed the cause and get out of the sun before it got too hot. Most said they enjoyed the challenge, flow and length of the course.

As it started to get warmer at the bottom of the noon hour,  new comers to Rabbit Creek, Vivian and Joe Kosak came in from the sport course having enjoyed their orienteering experience in the Owyhees.

Jerry Stewart, as always, came in with a big smile from the intermediate cause just ahead of the team of Katrina Wight and Kim Kelly strolling in from the sport course.

As the final wave of competitors were starting to come in, team Innes Wright & Kim Kelly came in and punched their finish just ahead of Melanie Wight in what appeared to be a race to be first place on the intermediate course.  However, since Melanie started 28 seconds behind Innes and Kim, the official results show that Melanie got the intermediate course win anyway.

Our final orienteers in from the courses were: Dan Opila (int), Doug LaMott (adv) and Anthony Fizer (int).

Potluck
Once most of the racers came in, the potluck began. Here are some pictures from the event.

Sergey, John and Bill



With most orienteers back and accounted for, the potluck had already began and was already in full swing. Everyone was enjoying the great weather and plenty of food on hand. People were recounting their adventures and some sites of the day. 

And of course, the seasoned CTOC regulars were already discussing their route choices and orienteering strategies during the meet.

Thanks to everyone that showed up at Rabbit Creek this year.

Results
We had no official takers on the beginner course, so the results are for sport, intimidate and advanced.

A hyperlink to the split times uploaded onto the winsplits website will be updated soon.
Please check back.

CTOC 2019 Rabbit Creek Results
Sport Course: 9 controls
1 Katrina Wright & Kim Kelly 1:05:56
2 Norma Bailey 1:31:52
3 Gaye Keith & Paul Contreras 1:34:34
4  Vivian & Joe Kosak   1:38:01
Intermediate Course: 15 controls
1 Melanie Wright 1:17:01
2 Innes Wright & Kerry Kelly 1:17:29
3 John Murray 1:21:59
4 Jay Morgan 1:24:31
5 Ole Bergset 1:37:24
6 Karen Didisse 1:42:32
7 Zach & Sarah Curtis 1:43:28
8 Anthony Fizer 1:46:09
9 Bill Pilcher 1:57:33
10 Jerry Stewart 2:18:28
11 Dan Opila 2:28:16
12 Angela Stewart & Jackson Ford 1:56:13
13 Veronica Fletcher 1:10:08
Advanced Course: 26 controls
1 Sergey Velichko 1:27:00
2 Doug LaMott 2:30:53

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16th Annual CTOC Rabbit Creek Meet
Sunday May 5th, 2019 
Come join us for one of the club’s favorite events:

The CTOC Rabbit Creek Orienteering
Meet.


The current 10 day weather forecast shows dry and mild temperatures, so conditions should be great this year!

This marks the 16th year the club will compete at this venue, a scenic,challenging and fun adventure every time.

And don’t miss the great potluck after the meet!  Bring a dish or beverages if you can.

Located in the Owyhee mountains, this orienteering meet offers both stunning beauty and ruggedness, in a rustic ranch farm setting.

The views during the meet are expected to be spectacular this year! 

Beautiful snow capped views from the record snow pack this year, yet the current mild temperatures are bringing out the wild flowers and great conditions for nice orienteering meet at Rabbit Creek this year.
 

Rabbit Creek offers very scenic views: wide open and full of unique rock formations, with a  western farm land backdrop. The ruggedness includes some challenging steep and rocky terrain, brush, barb wire fences, occasional views of wild horses and/or other local animals, and once in a while, maybe an ATV or rancher passing by while on the course.

And now that it's become a tradition, after the meet there will be the annual Rabbit Creek Potluck.  Sandwiches or pizza will be provided, so bring some food and beverages to share.

Meet/ Potluck Information


Date:            Sunday, May 5th

Location:      Rabbit Creek (Murphy, ID)
Formats:      Standard Format - 4 Courses: 
                    Beginner, Sport, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Starts:          Begin after 10:00 am.
Time Limit:   3 hours (For Advanced and Intermediate)
                     2-/1/2 hours (For Sport and Beginner)
Cutoff times: 
- Advance, Intermediate Courses - closed to starts after 11:30 am. 
- Sport, Beginner Courses - closed to starts after 12:00 pm.

Potluck:
The post-meet meal will begin after most of the competitors have returned.


Costs

-        Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members 
-        Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members 
-        If more than one map is needed for a team, it is +$1 per map.
-        $2 SI stick rental, $1 compass rental.
-        You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free!  See member info.


Courses

Four (4) levels of traditional classic orienteering courses will be offered:

Beginner: 0.6-1.0 km, 0-10m climb, 4 controls.  A short course right around the house and farm for those just getting acquainted with orienteering.






Sport (also called orange level): 3-4 km, 100m climb, 8 controls.  A short to medium distance loop with limited elevation gain takes a nice tour of the farm and background terrain offering and views of the valley while requiring some navigation skills.
 

Intermediate: 5-6 km, 250-350m climb, 16 controls.  A medium distance loop that takes a serious sightseeing tour of boulders and cliffs, requiring your full map reading attention.


Advanced: 8-10 km, 400-500m climb, 26 controls.  A large loop with a full complement of technical controls and long legs.

Electronic punching will be used for all courses. Bring your SI stick or rent one from us at nominal charge ($2).

Recommended Equipment

This venue is a strong contrast to our urban meets, so come prepared to handle the terrain and weather for May, which depending on the year can be very hot or much cooler and windy.  We will give an update during the week before the meet.
  • Compass of choice, base-plate or thumb compass works best for orienteering.
  • Sturdy shoes for off trail navigation.
  • Pants and/or gaiters for the high desert - cheat grass and sage being the most common.  Some barbed wire fence hopping or crawling required for the intermediate and advanced courses.
  • Hat and sunscreen for the bright sun conditions with little shade..
  • Water and food for up to 3 hours in the desert sun.  A water control is included halfway on the advanced course.
  • Whistle and cell phone for emergencies.  Cell phone coverage is not assured everywhere.

Keep in mind rattlesnakes are starting to get out at this time of year. We do not see any rattlesnakes very often but they are out there! So be watchful and listen especially around boulder areas and rock piles.
If you have any interest in birds, the ranch is an amazing place full of orioles, kingbirds, hummingbirds, buntings, and birds of prey.  Bring your binoculars to see them up close.

Also, the creek could be flowing higher this year; don’t lose a shoe in the muck. 

Reserving A Map / RSVP

Given the variety of courses, the impossibility of printing maps anywhere near the area, and the desire to minimize waste, please RSVP to me no later than Thursday May 2nd with your name and intended course choice (and if you want an extra map or two for a larger group.)  

For RSVP and questions please contact: Michael Bading
My email is:  mbading AT syzeo DOT com  

We will have some extra maps on hand if you don’t let us know you are coming, but the supply will be limited and given out on a first come first serve basis.

Bring your event waiver prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member, they can be printed from the website.

Driving directions to Rabbit Creek Ranch – Murphy, ID
-  From Boise take I-84 west to Nampa (Exit 35).
-  Turn Left and proceed to 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd).
-  Turn Left on 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd) and proceed to 12th Ave.
-  Turn Right on 12th Ave. Follow 12th Ave. south and it becomes Hwy 45 as it leaves Nampa city limits.
-  Follow Hwy 45 across the Snake River. Soon after crossing the river, bear to the left and it becomes Hwy 78.
-  Follow Hwy 78 to milepost 29.
-  Immediately after passing the "Murphy" city limits sign turn to the Right on "Old Hwy 45" follow this for one block then continue straight and it becomes "Rabbit Creek Road".
-  Follow Rabbit Creek Road for about 5 1/2 miles to J & S Road there is a lone mailbox.
-  Turn Left on J & S Road and follow this road approximately 1 1/2 miles to the house and sign in area
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We had it all on the day of meet. Rain, wind, and cold! But weather turned a smiley face to us right in time for the outing and we even manged to get bouncing and jumping kids near the meet center! While overflowing canal and slippery bridges and logs presented additional challenge all navigated through the obstacles and found their way around courses. Here are some happy finishers!



Beginner (5/5)2.2 km 0 m12 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
112Anthony FizerBeg14:37
21Holly PonathBeg29:18
35Wendy IrwinBeg3?:??
44Trisha&Jason MickBeg35:42
515Vivian&Joe KosakBeg50:09
Intermediate (5/5)4.4 km 0 m18 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
113Anthony FizerInt49:42
214Innes WrightInt52:27
310Wendy IrwinInt1:10:25
42Jerry StewartInt1:45:57
9Trisha&Jason MickIntcredit
Lucky 13 too (3/3)3.4 km 0 m13 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
18Mike BadingLoop 231:53
27Bill LeahyLoop 233:34
316Melanie WrightLoop 234:26
Lucky 13 (3/3)4.5 km 0 m13 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
13Bill LeahyLoop 138:30
211Melanie WrightLoop 141:31
36Mike BadingLoop 145:45
Advanced Total (3/3)7.9 km 0 m26 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time

1Bill LeahyTotal72:04
2Melanie WrightTotal75:57
3Mike BadingTotal77:38
Our beginners Holly, Wendy, Trisha, Jason, Vivian, Joe, and Anthony seemed to enjoy the shortest course. Many decided to try with success much longer intermediate course. Anthony posted best times on both of these courses. I think with more experience some may step up to one of the advanced courses at our nearest meets. Seasoned Innes and Jerry navigated well through the intermediate course. Certainly there was tight head to head race on long advanced course with few minutes separating Bill, Melanie, and Mike.

Please let me know if I may misspelled your name. Wendy, there was a glitch in the system and your time on the beginner course was erased. Let me know your time on the course that was printed on the handout. I will correct.

Our next meet is Sunday 5th for a famous Rabbit-O near Murphy, ID. More details will be published soon. Hope to see you all enjoying outdoors and courses designed by Mike Bading. Bring your favorite dish for a potluck after the race. And hopefully sunglasses! Spring is in full bloom! I plan to do an improvised 15-20 minutes training session right before the race to give some tips and clues on successful navigation and racing courses in wilderness. Please come half hour before the official start window if you would like to be at the session.
Yours,
Sergey Velichko
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When: Sunday April 14 rain or shine (most likely), starts between 11am and 1pm. Return to the ponds of Esther Simplot park!

Location: Esther Simplot park in Boise. Enter park from the traffic circle on N Whitewater  Park Blvd, follow road about 500m until you see a shelter at your right, park. Meet center at the shelter. We will place directional signs where appropriate. 

Format: Urban Motala/Sprint. Beginner, Intermediate, and couple loop advanced Motala. Come join us for an outdoor adventure! Please let me know if you are bringing a large group so I can be sure to have enough maps (savelichko at yahoo dot com). 

We will use SI electronic punching so bring your SI stick if you own one. SI sticks also will be available for rent at a nominal charge.

Light snacks and water will be provided at the center.

Club members will be on hand for instruction/coaching if needed.

Cost:  
  • Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members 
  • Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members 
  • If more than one map is needed for a team, it is +$1 per map.
  • $1 compass rental, $2 SI stick rental.
  • You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free!  Membership is prorated to the end of this year. We do plan for full roster with monthly meets this year. See member info.
Yours,
Sergey Velichko
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Sunny skies and sunny smiles! Weather was fantastic for some outdoor adventure on a new map of Fort Boise area. I have heard nice remarks about this new addition to our map collection considering that most of it was literally fieldchecked from my car in the rain. We do plan to expand the map to neighboring foothills of the Military Reserve so in future we have a nice urban and foothill mix.

A number of newcomers came to explore the beginner course and some decided to move up to the intermediate one with a great success. Here are some happy finishers.





And results by course. Veronica and Norma accidentally missed one control at the end of their second course passing it mere meters. I think it was a curse of breathtaking outdoors and nice chat on the way.
Beginner (7)1.5 km 0 m10 C
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
17Jason MickBeg17:30
24Peter MagelBeg31:41
310Vivien KosakBeg44:35
411Joe KosakBeg45:07
56Veronica FletcherBeg55:35
68Norma BaileyBeg56:53
73Gail NottinghamBeg56:54
 
 
 
Intermediate (6)3.2 km 0 m19 C
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
114Jason MickInt27:30
29Ole BergsetInt46:21
35Brad LoweInt1:02:27
41Jerry StewartInt1:15:35
 
17Norma BaileyIntmp
16Veronica FletcherIntmp
 
 
 
Loop 1 (2)2.7 km 0 m11 C
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time
112John MurrayLoop 128:55
22Bill LeahyLoop 129:30
 
 
 
Loop 2 (2)2.8 km 0 m12 C
PlStnoNameYBClubCl.Time

113Bill LeahyLoop 222:15
215John MurrayLoop 223:13
 


Let me know if I may misspelled your name.

Next meet is April 14 at the Easther Simplot park in Boise and in the beginning of May we are having fun at the famous Rabbit-O! Our summer plans started to emerge as well with meets planned at McCall and Idaho City. Stay tuned as we update our schedule.
Yours,
Sergey Velichko
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When: Saturday March 16 rain or shine (most likely), starts between 11am and 1pm. Inauguration of our new urban map with great potential close to downtown.

Location: Fort Boise park. Enter from W Fort Str to E Garrison Rd by Boise Little Theater, follow road about 500m to N parking lot (North of athletic fields). We will place directional signs where appropriate. 

Format: Urban Motala/Sprint. Beginner, Intermediate, and couple loop advanced Motala with distinctive character for each loop. This is a great and unique venue and a great time of year to make an enjoyable urban orienteering experience. Come join us for an outdoor adventure! Please let me know if you are bringing a large group so I can be sure to have enough maps (savelichko at yahoo dot com). 

We will use SI electronic punching so bring your SI stick if you own one. SI sticks also will be available for rent at a nominal charge.

Light snacks and water will be provided at the center.

Club members will be on hand for instruction/coaching if needed.

Cost:  
  • Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members 
  • Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members 
  • If more than one map is needed for a team, it is +$1 per map.
  • $1 compass rental, $2 SI stick rental.
  • You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free!  We do plan for full roster with monthly meets this year. See member info.
Yours,
Sergey Velichko
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Saturday I had the pleasure of introducing 10 orienteers to our club. For some it was their first orienteering experience. For others it was a return to orienteering after an absence. For Dan Abel and his two daughters, Lauren and Ashley, it was an opportunity to brush up on their navigation skills as they prepare to compete in Eco Challenge Fiji. If you aren't familiar with this adventure race, you can get an introduction in this YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv5dCyVceFQ where an earlier British Columbia event is shown. Most of these new folks navigated the beginner course. Kim Kelly was an exception. Not only did she opt for the intermediate course, she finished first. (See the results below.) After winning the beginner's division the team of Kayla White and Jack Reed enjoyed an unofficial trip around the intermediate course. From the smiles I'd say it went well.
Jerry Stewart punches #4 on the Intermediate Course
Photo courtesy of Jeff Black

We had a good turnout with a total of 23 participants. While 23 was an important number, so were 5 and 6. It seems that your humble (maybe humiliated) meet director transposed the codes between controls 5 and 6, thus punishing orienteers' attention to detail with delays from the unnecessary reconciliation of erroneous control codes with the apparent accuracy of their own navigation. Much can be said of trust and cynicism in today's larger world, but in our smaller world of orienteering there's only one thing to say: My apology to those of you who lost time in the fog of confusion I cast over you.

The Eagle Island map originated several years ago, was field checked during the dry seasons and used only the north half for a couple of night orienteering Halloween Vampire-O events. In the transformation from a smaller map suitable mostly trail navigation at night to an off-trail wet winter map there was a couple of errors, neither of which turned out to be consequential if the post-event conversations are any indication. One error was so inconsequential that it's not worth mentioning, so I won't (although I just did). The other error derived from the origin of the map in the dry and leafy seasons, neither of which attributes pertained on Saturday. On the south end of the map into which the advanced course extended, a marsh on the map was decidedly smaller than the one on the ground. The map's marsh left the impression of an easy and dry route around its south side. There was, in fact, a route, but not so easy as the map portrayed.  Orienteers for the most part reported dry feet and a less than consequential loss of time, if any.  A small representative expansion of the marsh on the map would have offered a more informed choice, potentially encouraging route choices around the north side. I'll amend the map.

No rain. Mercifully, orienteers did not contend with rain on a windy winter day. There was some mud, but nothing significant. All in all it was a glorious February day for orienteering.


We hope to see you Saturday, March 16 on Sergey Velichko's new Fort Boise map. Sergey is enthusiastic about this new venue and promises it will be a prime day of urban orienteering.

John Murray
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