April 14, 2014

Sunny April Meet at Veterans Park

We like April for nice sunny weather!
Newcomers and seasoned veterans gathered last Saturday in Veterans park to taste some spring orienteering. From the beginner one mile course gracefully circling the park to advanced grueling 10.5km long course venturing into all corners of newly expanded map – all participants found pleasurable moments and fun along the way. We saw lots of smiles and even some sunburns  And, of course, our traditional (thank you Russ!) braunschweiger with crackers was most popular choice of refueling after the race! Some even braved this potent fuel before the start!

Some pictures during the meet:

Nikolai blazing through the beginner course

World famous braunschweiger

Natalie and Alex

Caelin and dad

Some after race heated discussions

My apologies for not checking and crossing out that gate! We know that some lost precious minutes on that viable variant. And, yes, I did think to place control up on the tree at #9! Only dilemma what to put on a clue sheet (tree, on top) stopped me. That was really tall tree!

Finally, results (Intermediate course was same as loop 1 of Advanced course) in no particular order:

We hope to see you all at our next traditional Rabbit-O May 18. Please bring your favorite dish! It is always feast time at Bill’s ranch after grueling courses :)


April 8, 2014

April Meet at Veterans Park

All are invited this Saturday April 12 to our regular meet at Veterans Park. Starts are open 11am to 1pm with our usual offer of beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses. New areas are added to the map so expect venturing into unknown territory!

Link to Google map with meet center

We hope to see you out there enjoying outdoors!

Meet director,
Sergey Velichko

March 17, 2014

Ann Morrison Motala Results 3/16/14

Nice spring weather and fast paced action greeted orienteers at Ann Morrison park this Sunday.  Participants had three sprint type courses to choose from, all three courses turned out to be very evenly matched for completion time even though Course B went over to the Julia Davis/ BSU area and Courses A and B in Ann Morrison were set in totally different route styles .  Several people that did all three courses had slower times on their last course because of fatigue.  Each course was timed separately and participants had only a short minute or two break between runs. Young Zach (one of Ben's students) competed very well doing all three courses in very quick time, he'll be one to watch!  I was surprised by how quickly people completed each course and how close all the total finish times were, with less than 15 minutes separating the whole Three Courses field.  Thanks to Ole who took the time to help Josh learn the ropes on his first attempt at the sport, and Jeff, Ole, John, and Ben for control pickup.  Congrats also to Ole for his 2nd place result in the Ultra Long Championships last Nov. and photo on page 21 of the January/February edition of Orienteering North America magazine.

Name                        Course A   Course B Course C      Total
3 Courses                  2.8km        2.5km         2.5km      7.8km
Sergey Velichko         13:30         14:02         13:23           40:55
Jeff Black                     15:06         14:17         14:08           43:31
Ben Brock                    14:52        15:10         15:13          45:15
Michael Bading          15:12         14:56         15:26          45:34
Zach Clayton              15:33         15:26         16:35          47:34
Jay Morgan                15:30         15:20         19:13          50:03
Ole Bergset                 18:06         16:33         16:57           51:36
John Murray              17:34         17:29          19:21           54:24
2 Courses
Chris &
Mikayla Rose           18:56         20:22                            39:18
1 Course
Caelin &
Michael Judd 35:00
Dondi Black                                                 36:08
Thomas family                                            44:32
Josh Schmitz            50:00

Thanks to all that came and mark your calenders for the next meet hosted by Sergey Sat. April 12 at a newly revised map of the Veterans/ Willow Lane park area.
- Meet Director Karin Didisse

March 12, 2014

Ann Morrison meet this Sunday March 16

This Sunday's meet at Ann Morrison Park will be a "Motala" (or individual relay) style, which will consist of three short courses about 2.5 km. in length which an individual may choose to do one, two, or all three courses consecutively.  We will meet at the picnic shelter and parking area in the northeast corner of the park off of the W. Royal Blvd. entrance.  Starts will be from 11-1pm with each course timed separately so participants can check how they compare with all the others that did that course. Predicted nice weather and fast paced action should make for a fun meet!

- Karin Didisse

February 24, 2014

A Few Results and a Lot of Commentary

Advanced Course Control 14
We are always favorably impressed when we see a new young orienteer perform well on a challenging course. Such was the case when Mikayla Rose led the pack on the Intermediate Course. Congratulations, Mikayla! Mikayla is one of Ben Brock's crop of promising orienteers at Riverstone International School where Ben is the Outdoor Education Director. Ben is a very capable orienteer in his own right. From what we see of Ben's students it appears he's effectively passing on skills.

We appreciate Mikayla's performance along with all of the others on the Intermediate Course all the more when we appraise its difficulty. The course was designed to afford orienteers the maximum opportunity to exercise their navigation skills in series of re-entrants, some of which are very subtle. We see similar terrain in the spring and summer meets, but it is a rare treat to navigate in the hills during the months of rain and snow. For this pleasure and privilege we owe our gratitude to Lance and Robyn Teel, owners of all of the property on which the Intermediate Course was set.

It's always our pleasure to see the Morgan family with Nikolai and Alexsi bounding into the finish line. One day in the not too distant future we expect to see Dad tuckered out, but proudly trailing behind.

Dan and Ashley Abel come to us as adventure racers. Dan has been the secondary navigator on his team, but now with the retirement of the primary navigator wants to improve his skills. The Abel team proved to be able indeed as they logged a time competitive with some of our strong and experienced regulars on the Intermediate Course.

We've been seeing more of Jerry Stewart lately. He and Steve Fransen joined forces to tackle the Intermediate Course. Both orienteers reported into the finish with smiles and evident satisfaction. We hope to see more of you guys as the year progresses.

There is a list of reasons to explain why an orienteer can take a long time on a course, among them being lost, sustaining an injury, avoiding bears and anything else you might imagine. For Holly and Megan Peters the explanation was determination to find as many of those controls as they could. Holly and Megan took a quantum leap from their month earlier success on the Beginner's Course at Julia Davis Park to this Intermediate Course. And they did it without their partner of last month, Mark Holman. As stated above the course qualified as intermediate because of its length, not its navigation difficulty. They found most of the controls and now know a lot more about orienteering. We know they could have returned to the finish much earlier. Holly and Megan, especially, were having fun.

If there's one thing we share almost universally as orienteers, it's humility. A few moments of triumph might momentarily push humility behind a veil of pride. A thin and fragile veil it is. And that is the theme of the commentary on the Advanced Course.

Of the total of 28 controls only three were off the Teel property. And on those three controls not only hung a punch, but also a tale of hubris. Ever mindful of the worthy opinions and honorable desires of fellow orienteers at whose pleasure he serves, the course setter lengthened a course that already had an elevation loss and gain of 633 meters. That's greater than the gain experienced by Robie runners when they top out at Aldape Summit. Some consolation might have been mistakenly found in the shorter distance—8K versus 8 miles. The proud among the petitioners requesting more physical challenge dismissed the evident aggravating factors of navigation and terrain even after we regrettably informed them that provision of a motorcycle escort and aid stations lay beyond our powers. Men and women were on their own out there. We are pleased to report that all returned safely.
Advanced Course Elevation Profile Before Added Length

As for pride, read on and judge for yourself. There lingers a suspicion that any pride was seasoned either with a little humility or a dose of delusion. Michael Bading reported that his GPS recorded a course of 8 miles, not 8K. Reflection on the 60% difference brought to mind a man walking a dog on a leash. The man walks in a direct line across a city park. The dog, though restrained by the length of the leash, travels by his own agenda, sniffing a tree here and straining toward a squirrel there. We submit that, with the exception of the exceptional, as orienteers we are more like the dogs and not dog-walkers.

And Jeff Black, whose optimism is tempered by experience offered a caveat ( “I'm game for any of the options, all will expose my weak spots I expect.”), reported entering a time-space continuum at The Slump. Those of you who have never transited this slice of misplaced terrain have missed an exquisite jumble of basalt boulders and crumpled earth. That it might distort the dimensions of cognition does not surprise us. We would counsel Jeff that it has nothing to do with relativistic physics, but is very much a Newtonian reality, to wit, with position as a function of time all of those obstacles can deviate your vector and hold your first derivative in check. It's dx/dt, not E=mc2. (We really never were very good at calculus and we  only know of gravity enough to keep our feet on the ground, so we confess to having plagiarized and adapted in our effort to communicate with Jeff on his elevated plane.)

Bill Leahy offered no such caveat. He did note that our early start compelled him to choose between his two hour Saturday morning basketball game and our little orienteering meet. And Bill finished strong enough to claim the second fastest time on the course and the honor of first place. More about second and first a little later. Bill did say he felt strong enough to go back out and run the Intermediate Course, but would choose not to in light of the blisters he had acquired. We commend Bill to Proverbs with our minor amendment: “When pride cometh, then cometh blisters: but with the lowly is wisdom”. We will take credit for any wisdom that he might derive from Saturday morning's experience. And we offer advice to any subsequent meet directors to whom Bill's welfare is entrusted:  Arrange for him to start early at Saturday meets.

We need look no further than the first re-entrant control to be reminded of the basis for our own humility. It was there that the first orienteer out of the gate found a post without a control bag attached. Fortunately, Melanie Schuster consented to carry the delinquent bag and set it for us. Thank you Melanie for relieving us of the torrent of derision that otherwise would have come our way.

We have nary a word for Greg Davidson, who performed well and left happy. We too were happy that you came and were pleased.

You will observe a new participant category in the results table. Sergey has long been in a category of his own. For reasons spanning our long association with him and more particularly these two most recent meets we have created a new category. In the January meet report Jeff wrote about Sergey taking a control out of order, “By conventional orienteering rules this is a DQ and so he has been marked as such.” Sometimes justice is harsh. As harsh as Jeff and Dondi were, we honor their fidelity to the rules and so approve their decision. Sadly, we too have reached a similar judgment. At the start all orienteers were directed to follow the fence beyond the recently seeded lot. Sergey alone disregarded these instructions giving himself an unfair advantage and undermining directors' authority. Be assured that we were motivated in our decision not by the affront to our authority, but by our ethical responsibility. Although we followed Jeff and Dondi's precedent (Thank you, Jeff and Dondi for your courage in showing us the path of righteousness.), we believe that Sergey's performance must be viewed from a broader perspective. Hence, a category for Sergey alone, probably alone in perpetuity, to honor speed, efficiency and expedience. We know Sergey not as the dog, but as the dog-walker. Indeed, Jeff, who kindly supplied us with photographs for this report, was unable to capture Sergey's image because he was moving too fast. We do have one reservation as an anonymous source proffered us with a dubious report of Sergey walking. 
Sergey, the DQ is tough love because we love you. We duly noted that you brought Braunschweiger and crackers in a vain effort to compensate for the lost culinary inspiration of our departed and profoundly missed Russ Pilcher. (Some O club in Arizona is lucky beyond its wildest dreams and a little fatter.) Let it be known that in the case of one of our directors Braunschweiger is mitigation, not to be confused with a bribe, resulting in the establishment of Sergey's new special category.

Sunday, March 16 Karin Didisse directs our next meet at Ann Morrison Park.
David Murray
John Murray

February 21, 2014

Updated Announcement--Hidden Springs Meet--Saturday, February 22

The recent pause in wet weather makes an off-trail orienteering event possible. In order to take advantage of the current weather and ground conditions we will be starting very early while the ground is still frozen and finishing early. The meet will be very different than what was originally announced.

  1. This meet will be conducted almost entirely on land owned by private individuals who have graciously given their permission for its use. The following rules apply:
    • Avoid all graded lots. They might be muddy. The landowner has recently planted grass.
    • If following a game trail, stay well off to one side to avoid compounding erosion.
    • If traveling in a group, walk side-by-side, not single file.
    • Avoid wet and/or muddy areas.
  1. In addition to the CTOC liability waiver, a landowner's liability waiver is required at registration.
  2. This meet is not a Motala (multiple loops). It is a classic format. Intermediate and Advanced only.
  3. The gate will be open. We expect approximately 15 cars. Park on the pavement. It will be a tight fit. The important thing is to avoid leaving evidence of our event either inside the gate or outside.
  4. The start and finish will NOT be at the Elementary School. Instead, it will be at the north end of Cartwright Road. http://goo.gl/maps/55467
  5. There will NOT be a beginner's course. There are no streets, sidewalks or trails.
  6. I will print a few extra maps for those orienteers who did not reply to my RSVP request. When they are gone, they are gone.
When: Due to conditions an EARLY START February 22. Registration begins at 7:30am continues to 8:30am. Registration and course openings are early to allow us to use the frozen trails and hills before they thaw into mud. Courses will be open for starts from 7:30 am to 8:45am. Courses close at 10:30 am. You may arrive within the registration window as participants start separately a few minutes apart.

Start/Finish Location: North end of Cartwright Road.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/55467 , same as above
Format: Classic

Cost: Our usual monthly meet fee for nonmembers: $5 per individual, or $7 for a group sharing a map. Or if you're a club member, it's included!

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.

We have a course for intermediates who want the navigational challenge of an advanced course without the longer test of endurance. And, as always, we will have a more challenging course for our experienced orienteers looking for a workout and navigation.