November 19, 2014

Boise Street Challenge date moved to Saturday November 29

Due to weather prognosis and unsafe road conditions for both foot and bike traffic we are moving the Boise Street Challenge to Saturday November 29. 

We hope that the weather will improve and ice will be gone from roads by that date. Plus we all will have a very good opportunity to shed extra pounds after Thanksgiving!

This year Boise Street Challenge will explore pristine plains of East Boise with plenty of route choices and points to find. Meet center will be in Columbia Village with mass start 10 am November 29 sharp. We will post later exact directions to the meet center.

Hope to see you all there enjoying outdoors!


Sergey Velichko
The 2015 Boise Street Challenge Designer 

P.S. Please distribute this message to anyone who might be interested.

November 17, 2014

Stewart Gulch Results - REVISION

A math correction on Bill Leahy's time has lead to a whole new lineup in the Intermediate class. Zach Clayton came in first followed by Jeff Black in second place and Rob Landis in third place. Bill Leahy is now in fourth place. Congratulations to Zach, and thanks to Jeff and Bill for the emails.

November 3, 2014

Stewart Gulch Results

Jerry above the city
This was our first opportunity at directing a meet and we didn’t quite know what to expect. After frenzied preparations we worried that no one would show up due to the dreadful weather forecast. At first light we set off in opposite directions to set the course. We anxiously awaited the storm that luckily never came. But the orienteers did come, more than expected prompting an emergency copy run to Kinko’s thanks to Jeff Black.
Mikayla heading down to the old Dodge

The Beginner Course was the only option to stay out of the steep hills. Vimean Rath had a hard time choosing which course to attempt but decided to go for the beginner. She came in with first place by a mere 30 seconds and will definitely try the intermediate course next time. Adam Wirth took off with his son Mac and they blasted through the course finishing second. That wasn’t enough for Adam who then headed off on the advanced course. The trio of Rikke Holtkotte, Maja Lillevoll and Robyn Olnes had a good time out on the course and will hopefully be back for more.

The Intermediate Course was the choice of the day with eighteen attempting the challenging course. Of those, only five found all of the controls within the two hour time limit. However it was a bit more challenging than planned due to a control being misplaced. Club veteran Bill Leahy was first in with Zach Clayton from the Riverstone School team close behind in second place and Jeff Black rounding out third place. We had out of town guests, Rob Landis (4th), Griffin Curtis (7th), Will Snyder (10th) and Peter Wolter (11th) joining us from the Community School in Sun Valley. They are planning their own event in Ketchum in November. Maybe there will be some orienteering school rivalry developing? Qiming Zhang planned it just right coming in just before the time cutoff having found all of the controls and finishing in fifth place. Melanie Wright came in just a few minutes before the cutoff and decided to take a gamble and head back out to grab one more control. The gamble didn’t pay off but luckily it didn’t cost her either. Mikayla Rose didn’t know there was a deadline so she came in late losing her points but did a great job finding most all of the controls. 
Bill finding the checkpoint
The advanced course ended up being a tight competition with under a minute between club veteran Ben Brock in first place and world class adventure racer Michael Tobin in second place. Adam Wirth with his beginner course warm up came in third with Michael Bading following in fourth. John Murray timed it right finding all of the points and coming in fifth with thirteen minutes to spare. Jay Morgan came in sixth with 150 points, wonder how he would have done if he hadn’t of promised to be home early?

Jay heading uphill, over 3000' for the full Advanced course

We thank you all for bearing with us on our first meet and hope everyone had a good time. As you know or may have learned, a score-o competition really ups the ante, it’s not just how fast you are or how well you navigate, strategy also comes into the picture. Someone left a compass at the meet. Please contact us and we will get it back to you.   

October 20, 2014

A change of venue - Stewart Gulch West

Due to changes with Simplot Sports Complex policies the October event is being moved.  Hopefully we can get the vampires back next year! Though there are no vampires you might think the hills on this course are a bit scary. Come prepared to be challenged but don’t forget to take a brief moment to enjoy the gorgeous fall views of the Boise valley.

Date:  Sunday, October 26

Location:  Hillside Junior High (Stewart Gulch West)
Formats:  Score with Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced options
Starts:  11am-12:30pm

Cost:  free to CTOC members, $5/$7 per map/group non-members (member info here)

Time limit/score penalty TBD on race day.  Plan on two to three hours for the Advanced course to get as many controls as you can.
Bring your own hydration system (in case you do not get to the water control), shoes for off trail traction on steep sandy soil, and gaitors for cheatgrass.
Meet Directors Melanie Schuster and Greg Davidson

September 30, 2014

CTOC Shows Well at Western States Orienteering Championships

Big congratulations to CTOC members who travelled to Calero County Park in San Jose, CA to compete in the Western States Orienteering Championships Sept 27, 28 and made big impressions across the results board.  Longtime CTOC members Ole Bergset and Karen Didisse placed 1st in their M70+ (Brown) and F50+ (Green) categories, respectively.  Ben Brock came in 2nd in the M35+ (Red) category.  Ben also brought six students from Riverstone International School who, in the Orange category in their first A Meet, made huge strides navigating in challenging terrain and vegetation.  Levi Schmitt and Zachary Clayton finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the open M-Orange category, while Natalie Pusch finished 3rd in the open F-Orange category.  Regan Zhang, Brian Bohme and Becca Tabb just missed placing and all were excited to use e-punches for the first time, compare splits, and come to the realization that they can easily hold their own, and even excel, in the western junior orienteering field.  Other CTOC members should be proud of how well Boise Orienteering is being represented around the West!

2014 Western States Champs CTOC Crew at Calero County Park
(Karin, Ben and Ole in the middle of the back row with the hardware)
CTOC Juniors from Riverstone with Erin Schirm, USA Junior Oreinteering Head Coach

September 14, 2014

NOD 2014: What a day!

National Orienteering Day was almost a day of black comedy, perhaps hearkening back to some of the joys John Murray dealt with in the July meet.

Bad joke #1:  As Dondi and I arrived to set up, we learned the entire north portion of Veteran's Park was reserved for a motorcycle rally.  They would be using all the parking, had a band coming, etc.  But they helpfully noted the south lot was open, so we moved the start and salvaged what could have been a cancelled meet.  Note to self:  call parks and rec every time...

Bad joke #2:  In setting up the course with Greg and Melanie (who will be directing next month), as we hopped a log to beginner #5 (intermediate #9, advanced #12), Greg got two wasp/bee stings and Melanie probably four or five with them still giving chase.  I made a mental note to address this specifically at the start...but this proved hard to remember for every orienteer...

Bad joke #3:  Arriving back at 10:15am, I began hacking maps with manual corrections.  Beginner went in reverse and skipped a control, intermediate did the last 3 and then the rest in order, and the advanced line course underwent a bad makeover in an attempt to salvage as many controls as possible...undoubtedly this made things even more confusing!

Race day photography was nearly forgotten in the chaos with the exception of a few photos below for the last advanced finishers...

But I will say the weather was wonderfully cooperative, and we had a solid turnout thanks in part to Ken Beckner bringing his scout troop to practice their skills.  They all paired off, listened to instructions (including a verbal note about the wasp nest), and cheerfully tackled the long intermediate course which got the largest turnout of the day.  They came back in well spaced out groups of 2, with a few missing the greenbelt connection and finding themselves at Quinn's Pond!  They kept their wits about them however and made their way back to the start no worse for the wear - and apparently still willing to come and try it again!  It was well agreed among those that made it to #10 that it was the hardest control - especially those who tried to reach it from the north side.

Adam Wirth, excited for his first CTOC meet, handily set the bar high and took first place.  The very experienced John Murray took second and had some appreciative words for #6 and #10 in particular.  Michael Judd took the course solo with a very admirable third place and even reset a fallen #4, then had to return to actually punch it.  The Morgan family arrived after a few of the scouts with some equal fun trailblazing to #10.  Jerry Stewart turned in a expedient time and is definitely getting the hang of this.  David Crais thoroughly enjoyed his first time out with our club, while Dave Hayes had to bail early but I expect we'll see him again.

Beginner was set to be just a little harder than normal with a variety of control types.  Dave Hayes did his first O course and found it fun enough he went out on intermediate shortly after...Adam Wirth and his kids pulled off a very admirable and persistent effort despite rediscovering what was now a very active wasp nest (! - I forgot to tell them and then circled the area on all the maps after)...Greg Corlett and his kids finished grinning as they return regularly to our meets...and Y striders team Diane, Lois, Rachel, and Leslie came back from their very first course with rather big smiles on their faces too.  I think they had a better time than they expected...

Adam Wirth still smiling after two full courses and lots of bees.
The advanced course, on the other hand, proved to be so tricky that nobody actually finished with complete success - a record I don't think has ever been done in a park meet before.  Two twists were added to the longer course that covered the same area as intermediate:  it was a line exercise (where the control is somewhere on the line, up to and including the end circle), and I removed all paths and trails from the map to make the navigation a bit harder.  Sergey finished the course no problem, with the line setup slowing him down notably, but he unfortunately punched a different control #9 on the beginner course also within the line.  Codes were on the back, so I will class this as a DQ for consistency in my judgement this year...but unfortunately the "real" control had fallen onto the ground and was not very visible given its faded nature.  Sergey went right by it - and went back to find it after finishing, and rehung it.  Ole unfortunately also couldn't find #9, probably before Sergey corrected it, and he called it good for the day.  His day was not helped by the confusing rework of the starting control either.  Melanie Wright, with her trusty canine companion, gave the advanced course a full go but had to call it at #13 to make it back in time for control pickup.  Jay had the same scenario and was stuck on #12 (fortunately not finding the wasp nest).  He had at least one complete line review for #6 until he found it on the other side of the tree! The advanced had the hardest course but everyone started much later than usual and time proved to be a limiting factor...except for Sergey as expected!

Jay Morgan still has his map AND a very white Rabbit O hat.
Melanie Wright with her control verification companion.
Thanks to everyone for their patience through the various hiccups we had and making the most of the spectacular weather and challenging venue.  Special thanks to the many club members who assisted me today in all the chaos:

Codirector:  Dondi Black (especially keeping starts and finishes on time!)
Newcomer instruction:  John Murray and Bill Leahy (ok, I didn't give you much to do with so much explaining on my part)
Course setup:  Greg Davidson and Melanie Schuster
Course pickup:  John Murray and Sergey Velichko
Adam Wirth and family:  advanced wasp/bee alert detection team
Jay Morgan:  Icebug display shoes with studs (note that Icebug is the official shoe sponsor of OUSA this year)

Next month:  our traditional Vampire O, a night course at Simplot park.  Melanie Schuster and Greg Davidson codirect on Saturday, October 25!

Jeff Black