February 8, 2016

Hidden Springs--Hackberry Hill Meet Report

With one exception it was a small group of seasoned orienteers who came out onto the frozen slopes of Hackberry Hill before the sun rose Sunday morning.

Carrie and friend navigating on the run
As is the case with every meet offering navigational challenges, there were minor mishaps to provide the grist for post-meet conversation. Three orienteers had the temerity to imply that the course setter had allowed a dangling cord to lie across Control UA in such a position as to convert it into a “JA”. Apparently the dangling cord had been so expertly placed as to send one of those poor souls off on a frustrating multiple minute for search for UA. If only the course setter were so clever by half, he would have crowed with pride at his duplicity. However, modesty ruled and sympathy was dispensed. And then there was Control CA, which had been ever so carefully placed, but omitted from the design of each of the four motala legs. No one should be surprised that in this cynical climate one orienteer openly voiced the suspicion that CA had been placed only to seed confusion. This sad state of affairs calls to mind a time-tested precept: Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence. Your course setter sincerely wishes it were not so.

Rarely has there been a more gripping and grotesque CTOC finish. That adverb ( rarely ) is employed here instead of “never” only to avoid a further suspicion of hyperbole in these suspicious times. Readers can consider the circumstances and draw their own adverbial conclusions. Michael Bading and Bill Leahy leap-frogged each other through the final leg. They first drew attention as they appeared nearly neck-and-neck 75 meters up a steep hill from the finish. The sprint to the finish was on. As they came crashing down the hill Bill pulled insurmountably into the lead. Well, it appeared to be insurmountable until within 20 meters of the finish Bill converted “crashed” from the figurative to the literal. He sprawled, rolled and seemed to have preserved his lead with a somewhat less than seamless recovery, all the time with Michael overtaking him. This observer had visions of cleat marks running up Bill's back as Michael sprinted in a straight line to the finish. That almost seamless recovery was almost because Bill no sooner sprang to his feet than he crashed again within 5 meters of the finish. In a final heroic effort Bill again leaped to his feet and then to the finish. Although it looked more like Bowling than orienteering, it was indeed a Super finish. Eat your heart out, John Elway.

Amaya's First Map
There was the exception noted above. One of the orienteers ventured into our sport for the first time. Cursory examination of the results might lead the observer to believe that Zach, whose enthusiasm for our esoteric sport is contagious, fell far below his potential. A cursory examination, however, doesn't tell the story. We were ever so pleased to see Zach step up as a coach and ambassador of orienteering. Zach brought his cousin, Amaya, along for her introduction to the sport. Amaya's evident enjoyment brightened the day. She got a dose of the real thing with boulders and re-entrants, vegetation and elevation and all of the little discoveries we have along the way. Thanks, Zach. Great job, Amaya. We hope to see a lot more of you.

Photos have long been a staple of these CTOC blog posts, often far superior to photos in commercial orienteering publications. Today marks the first step into drone-based video thanks to Liam Murray. He's been excited to explore drone technology, and his grandfather along with CTOC now benefit from his budding expertise. He is currently editing aerial video of the meet. Notification of posting on YouTube is coming soon.

Please join Bill Leahy and Jim Byrne as they host our next meet on Saturday, February 20 at Julia Davis/BSU/Ann Morrison.

John Murray
David Murray

February 3, 2016

January Hidden Springs Meet Re-Scheduled February 7

National Weather Service Forecast for Boise

     TODAY    THU      FRI      SAT      SUN      
     FEB 03   FEB 04   FEB 05   FEB 06   FEB 07   

Hi/Lo  /39    31/43    28/41    31/43    27/42     
Prob   /10    90/30    10/00    10/10    00/00   Precip Probability Day/Night
 I know it's February, but sometimes we need to stretch the time continuum. 
The Boise weather forecast for Sunday, February 7 appears to be dry enough (minimal mud) and cold enough (frozen mud) to support our January orienteering meet. The current forecast calls for about an inch of snow on Thursday night. If it is significantly more, postponement is again possible.
You can refer to the City of Trees Orienteering Club blog entry of January 14 for general information.
Specific differences include a reservation to me at jnm2870@cableone.net  by Friday at 5:00 PM, a mass start at 8:00 AM and a final update to all who have reserved a map sometime Friday evening. The final update will include parking instructions and mapper's notes.  This event will be an entirely off-trail 4-loop Motala.
John Murray

January 23, 2016

Hidden Springs Meet Postponed

The Hidden Springs meet scheduled for Sunday, January 24 has been postponed due to weather. Stay tuned for an alternate date.

John Murray

January 14, 2016

Hidden Springs O-Meet Sunday, January 24 OR January 31

Mark your calendar!  Mark it in pencil. Due to the unpredictability of weather and ground conditions it might be necessary to change the date. We will make every effort to host a safe and fun meet on schedule, however orienteering at Hidden Springs is no an indoor event.
Please join us on Sunday, January 24 or our backup date Sunday, January 31, for an orienteering meet in a format to fit the weather and footing. Because Hidden Springs' diverse terrain allows flexibility in course setting come snow, rain or shine, Hidden Springs is especially suitable for a winter meet. If the trails are firm and snow does not render the hills hazardous, we will set courses that include mountainous terrain. If the conditions don't favor travel in the hills, we will set an urban orienteering course.

Because of the forecast for more precipitation and moderate temperatures there is a high probability of an urban style meet. In order to make the best use of the urban area we plan to have a Motala course. A Motala consists of multiple loops, in this case 3 or 4. Each participant will receive a package of 3 or 4 maps with each of the courses beginning and ending at the same location. That means we have to print a lot of maps. So that we can make a reasonable estimate for printing, please RSVP by Thursday to jnm2870@Cableone.net . We will print a few extra maps because somebody will have an unexpected opportunity to participate, but when we run out, that's it.

There will be an email update on the final plan by Friday night. Also, you can check the CTOC blog for an update on Friday or Saturday before the meet.

When: January 24. Registration is planned to begin at 9:00 am and to continue to 10:00 am. However, registration and course openings could be  earlier to allow us to use the frozen trails and hills before they thaw into mud. Courses will be open for starts 9:30 am – 10:30 am. Courses close at noon. You may arrive within the registration window to try a course, as participants start separately a few minutes apart. If we run a Motala, all participants will start at the same time.

Start/Finish Location:
SUBJECT to CHANGE--To be announced on FridayFormat: To be determined depending on conditions

Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members Single Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members If more than one map is needed for a team, a small additional fee may be needed depending on printing costs.
CTOC membership:
Regular $45 (pays for all local meets).
Family $65 (pays for all local meets).

Things to bring:
1. your trusty compass, or you may rent one from the club for a nominal fee.
2. a signed waiver, to save you some time signing up when you get there - but we will have blanks handy. Waivers and membership forms are available at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/

If weather permits a meet in the hills, the terrain will not be suitable for a beginner's course.

See you on January 24!

David Murray
John Murray
Meet Directors

January 11, 2016

December Sprint Relay Results!

Well outside of the preferable time frame for posting results, but here nonetheless...

Despite a few raised eyebrows at the idea of a mass start, the "crowd" (yes, 15 for a Dec meet on the first day of winter Break counts as a crowd) thinned out pretty quickly and groupings on the course were generally entirely intentional.  It bears noting that the only official relay team in December's Sprint Relay was the Jeff/Jay duo; the other teams just couldn't bear to let their partners venture out in search of the 63 (!) controls without them! Despite Jeff and Jay each benefitting from a 12+ minute intermission, Sergey managed to nab the fastest split on each loop.

If you're looking to meet your annual control quota next year be sure not to miss out on this control binge next December!

Final results

Looking to see where your race was won or lost? Here's the CTOC equivalent of splits!
NameLoop 1Loop 2Loop3Loop 4

As can be expected, Jeff Black posted some fun shots from the day in the CTOC Yahoo album.  Much obliged.

Special thanks also to Natalie and Zach for helping with control placement, and to all who hung around to pick controls up. (I'm headed over to get the final one at East JH that somehow slipped through the cracks...)

Hopefully I'll see you all in Hidden Springs soon!


December 14, 2015

2015 CTOC Season Will Wrap-up with a Sprint Relay at Riverstone International School!

The December CTOC Meet will take place at Riverstone International School on Saturday, December 19. The event will be a Sprint Relay and will venture onto the East JH Campus, the Idaho Parks and Recreation grounds, into the Harris Ranch neighborhoods, and off-trail near the Barber Dam.

The meet will consist of four separate loops; each fast-paced loop should last about 12-15 minutes. While the event can be completed individually, the loops will overlap and for your own interest, and to give everyone the true feel of a relay, participants are encouraged to form teams of at least 2 members and up to 4.

Registration will take place from 11:00am-11:30am. A mass start will take place as close to 11:30 as possible. Please arrive at the Riverstone Gym promptly at 11:00am and, if at all possible, to expedite the process, bring a completed registration form and exact change. 

Special Sprint Relay Pricing (Juniors/Adults)
  • 1 person team - $5/10 per team
  • 2-person team - $8/16 per team
  • 4-person team - $12/24 per team

Riverstone International School is located at 5493 Warm Springs Ave. The easiest gym access is down Lysted Road. 

Hope to see you all soon! Bring a friend...or three!