September 16, 2018

CTOC September Two-Day Meet September 22-23

We have a new map. There's one major problem with it. The terrain does not support either an intermediate or beginner course. We're gonna use it anyway.  If you want to run an intermediate or beginner course, do not be dismayed. We will have a second event the next day on terrain suitable for an intermediate and beginner course. 
Those of you who are familiar with the Corrals Trail and Bob's Trail will recognize this location. The course lies almost entirely within the boundaries formed by these two Ridge to Rivers trails.  The advanced course is 6.1 kilometers on a straight line basis and has 442 meters of elevation gain.
When:  Saturday, September 22.  Starts from 9:00 - 10:00 AM.   Course closes at noon, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window.
Saturday Location:  The Miller Gulch Trailhead lies about three miles up Bogus Basin Road. The start is in the Miller Gulch Trailhead parking lot.  This link also highlights where to park.  
Format:  Classic:  Advanced (~6.1km, ~442m climb).
When:  Sunday, September 23.  Starts from 9:00 - 10:30 AM.   Course closes at noon, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window.
Sunday Location:   
Finish and Parking Location: Willow Creek Parking Area on Eagle Road 3.5 miles north of the Beacon Light/Eagle Road intersection. If you are logged on to Google, you can find the start on this map:
Format:  Classic:  Intermediate  (~3.8km, ~243m climb). If you are interested in a Beginner Course, please contact me by Tuesday, January 30.


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.
  • You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free!  See member info.
RSVP:  To minimize waste, please email me (jnm2870 AT cableone DOT net) with your count and maps needed by Thursday, September 20.    If you show up off the cuff, I will probably have a few blank maps to copy a course by hand.
  • 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.  This is very exposed terrain.
  • Gaitors are highly recommended as there is an abundance of very annoying squirrel tail grass.
  • Shoes for steep  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.
Important notes:  
  1. There are NO restrooms in the Willow Creek parking area or on the map.  There are pit toilets at the Miller Gulch Trailhead.
  2. I don't know what the rules are for dogs, but with deer present at both venues I believe dogs must be well controlled. That might mean a leash.
  3. There are a few barbed wire fences around.  As always be alert to loose strands on the ground, and as always watch where you run and step. Hope to see you out navigating with us next weekend!
John Murray

August 16, 2018

Ponderosa park Aug. 12, 2018 Results

We had a nice day for orienteering at Ponderosa Park with clear skies and slightly cooler temps.  Unfortunately a house fire blocking the only route to drive into the park caused several of the competitors to have to park their cars and find their way to the meet site on foot and added about a mile each way to their workout for the day, especially Sergey who had to go back for his running shoes.  But thankfully people persisted and we had a decent turn out, including Per who found his way to our little meet while visiting from Norway.  A few huckleberries could still be found on bushes to fortify the competitors as they searched the dense undergrowth and deadfall for the illusive controls.  Control #7 on the advanced course was misplaced to the south and was visible from the south, but unfortunately not from the north.  Sergey spent a fair amount of time searching for it and found it as he was leaving the area and Andy couldn't find it when he gave it a try during control pick up.  Thank you to Per who in European fashion gave me a nice orienteering jersey from his home O-club and maps from meets in his area showing the technical terrain he's used to.  He liked the single track trails and complemented the contour mapping in Ponderosa.  Jerry brought some family members and they enjoyed the course with him.  No one signed up for the Novice course so it wasn't set.  Thanks to the Ole, Andy, Jerry, and Bob for helping with control pick up.

Adanced Course  7.5 km. 135 m. climb
Sergey Velichko                     1:50
Ole Bergset                            2:51

Intermediate Course  3.5 km  25 m. climb
Per Andersen                         0:51
Andy  Hill                             1:46
Bob Didisse (+ dog)              1:53
Jerry Stewart (+ 3 family)     2:01

Misplaced control #7 on the Advanced course

Hope to see you at the next meet!
- Karin Didisse, meet director

July 28, 2018

Ponderosa Park Meet August 12th

Ponderosa Park Meet - August 12th

Sunday Aug. 12 Ponderosa State Park starts from 11-1pm.  
Classic style with three courses: 
Novice 2.5km
Intermediate 3.5 km,
Advanced 7.4km.  
Course stats may change. 

The start and finish will be at the overflow parking area to the right across from the entrance to the main camping area on the peninsula just before the peninsula gate, about .75 miles past the entrance kiosk.  Participants will need an Idaho State park pass or pay the $5 per vehicle park entrance fee.  John Murray has worked hard on updating the map using LiDar contours which will be a big improvement over the old map.  Field checking is incomplete however especially with respect to vegetation mapping.  The advanced course will explore the previously unused north part of the park.  E-punch will not be used.

Please RSVP so I’ll have an idea how many maps to print.

Note that there is a big UTV event going on that weekend in McCall so lodging will be tight.  People are welcome to camp at my house if they’d like.

Start location coordinates:
Decimal degrees: 44.931465, -116.080602 or

44°55'53.3"N 116°04'50.2"W

Karin Didisse 

July 12, 2018

Idaho City Meet, Sunday July 15, 2018 9am and later starts

Where: Granite Creek Recreation area. ID-21 and Forest Rd 314C.
From Boise, take Hwy 21 N to Idaho City. Go about 2 miles and look for parking on the left. The dirt area is blocked off with posts to the North, so keep an eye out for the CTOC sign and be ready to turn left into parking at the South end of the parking area.

When:  Sunday, July 15, starts from 9am - 11am
It is going to be hotter than I'd hoped, so I will be ready for starts as early as 9am.

  • Orange (Advanced beginner, 2.3K, 120m)
  • Brown (Advanced, 2.6K, 150m)
  • Green (Advanced, 3K, 150m)
There is a 750m long/90m climb from the meet center/finish to the start. A yellow course can be set on request (email me ASAP if you are interested). 

What to bring/wear:
  • Compass
  • Brown and green courses involve steep, slick (pine needles on top of sand on steep slopes) travel. Wear appropriate boots or off trail shoes.  Long pants or gators are recommended. Orange requires some off trail travel.  
  • There were biting flies when I was out there this week. Come early, consider long sleeves, and/or bug spray. 
  • Although it is wooded, there is still significant sun exposure.
  • See links for membership info and fees. We will be using SI kit for start/finish and some controls.
  • I will place water at one or two controls, but you may want to bring some you can carry with you as well.
  • There are plenty of maps left over from 2015 meet so come on out even if you haven't already RSVP'd. These are fun courses on a great map and interesting terrain!

Hope to see you Sunday morning!

Melanie Wright (melaniecwright AT gmail dot com)

July 6, 2018

Idaho City, Sunday July 15

Photo credit: Ellen Crosby
Our next meet will be Sunday July 15 in Idaho City. The meet start and finish is about 2.5 miles north of Idaho city right off Highway 21. I will be setting middle distance courses from the Gold Rush 2015 National Meet. Preliminary plans are for:
  • Yellow (Beginner, 2.3K, 120m climb)
  • Orange (Advanced beginner, 2.3K, 120m)
  • Brown (Advanced, 2.6K, 150m)
  • Green (Advanced, 3K, 150m)
The area involves technical terrain with interesting features due to hydromining during the Gold Rush. I have not yet field-checked for changes in terrain from when the map and courses were generated in 2015 so there could be last minute changes later next week based on that.

I am trying to manage my workload so I would greatly appreciated if you would RSVP and let me know if you are planning to come and what course you will run.  I may drop any of the above courses if I don't get any requests to run that course (eg, choose only one of yellow/orange or only one of brown/green). I could also add a longer course if I do get requests for one.

The yellow course is an excellent choice for anyone new to forest orienteering. The orange course will be a nice step up from that and a little bit of a challenge, but still stays close to trails to help with error correction. 

Early weather forecast looks pretty good, highs around 90 with a bit of cloud cover, so I will probably have starts from 10am to Noon. If it looks like it will be much hotter than that, I'll try to have things ready earlier in the morning.

RSVP by Wed 7/11 if you want to weigh in on course choice. melaniecwright AT gmail dot com.  Or on our Facebook Event:  (add a comment to indicate preferred course). 

July 1, 2018

Dutch Lake June 30 meet results

Perfect weather greeted hard core enthusiasts who came to sample course this past Sunday.

All finished with smiles

German delicatessens awaited at the finish. Many took opportunity to sample European food. Some results:
Brock Ben (blue)               58:27
Black Jeff  (red)             2:20:36
Wright Melanie (red)     1:05:31 (dnf)
Murray John (brown)     1:15:51
Wright Melanie (brownZ) 52:41

Hope to see you all enjoying courses at our next meet near Idaho City July 15 with another amazing terrain.

Sergey Velichko