March 31, 2018

New Date for April Meet

Please note that we have re-scheduled the April meet to Saturday April 28. Plans for the the April 28 meet are for a course that will have as many people as possible moving in different directions in a relatively small area, so we are offering a much tighter start window. The meet will be appropriate for all levels. Feel free to contact Melanie if you need to make adjustments. Hope to see you there!

March 19, 2018

March 17 Meet at Ann Morrison park results

Snow and rain didn't cause much disruption to all the outdoor activities in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and BSU campus including St. Patric's 5K run, rugby, March Madness, disk golf tournament, and our orienteering meet.

Skillful and careful navigation was required to avoid tons of outdoor enthusiasts and barriers in the campus. Few action photos from the meet:

Here are results per course.

Beginner 1.8km, 8 controls
Roxana and Kara Steele                             35:10
Jason Rowley                                             14:15

Advanced (5/5)7.0 km 0 m16 CStatus of: 1:23 PM
11Black Jeff
24Morgan Jay
35Morgan Aleksi-Emily
46Wright Melanie
52Stewart Jerry
Intermediate (3/3)5.0 km 0 m11 CStatus of: 1:23 PM
18Murray John
23Davis Kerry
37Rowley Jason

Electronic split time for Intermediate and Advanced courses is available in here Split times, WinSplits Online.

Hope to see you all at our next meet Sunday April 15, Simplot Sports Complex, 11am - 1pm starts. More information will be available closer to the meet.

Sergey Velichko

March 9, 2018

March Meet at Ann Morrison park

When:  Saturday, March 17.  Starts from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.   Course closes at 2pm, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window.
Location:  Ann Morrison park in Boise, Old Timer's shelter. Enter park from East at W. Royal Bldv, and park close to Boise parks and rec building. 
Format:  Classic:  Advanced (8-10km), Intermediate (5-6km),. and Beginner (2-3km) Course. Advanced and intermediate courses will venture into Julia Davis park and BSU campus. Electronic punching will be used for advanced and intermediate courses so bring your SI stick or rent one from us at nominal charge.
Club members will be on hand for instruction/coaching. If we have a large group of novices wanting instruction, we will have a group lesson at 10:30am. We do need RSVPs to know how many maps to print and whether to plan on a training session.
  • 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.
RSVP:  I will pre-print maps enough for our usual attendance, however, if you plan to come as a part of a large group please email me directly  (savelichko AT yahoo DOT com) with your count and maps needed by Thursday, March 15.
  • Compass!
  • Waiver, prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member.
  • Essentials and snacks. We will have drinking water and light snacks at the meet center..
  • Sunscreen and/or hat if sunny.
  • Clothing suitable for outdoors and weather. 
Hope to see you all enjoying the park and courses!
Sergey Velichko

February 16, 2018

Orienteering Results from Badger Hole

Typical Badger Hole Terrain
A few weeks ago I wrote that I hadn't selected an name for the February 4 orienteering venue and solicited suggestions. Well, while driving to the event a sign for a business caught Ben Brock's attention. I don't recall the type of business, but I do remember the key words: “Badger Hole”. One thing you notice while orienteering on this site is the number of badger, fox and prairie dog holes. On the Tuesday before the meet Sergey Velichko ran the course in its preliminary design phase in less than an hour. He reported badger holes causing him to fall twice before he slowed his pace and began spending more time looking at his foot placement. Henceforth this venue will not be known as Firebird or Freeze Out. It's Badger Hole.

There's not a tree to be found. There's not a boulder anywhere. With the exception of the clusters of animal dens this is highly runnable terrain. Navigation is all about contours and the network of ORV trails. The course design minimized the utility of the trails, placing the navigational burden on reading the contours.

Those of you who are familiar with cheat grass, medusahead and other noxious grasses know how annoying squirreltail can be. Usually, the seeds have fallen to the ground by February. That was not the case this year. Whatever we might think the benefits of the mild winter, it appears that squirreltail penetrating shoes and clinging to socks is not one of them. Adequate gaiters, resistant shoes and/or unconventional
Norma and Bonnie in their duct taped shoes
means of protection were necessary. The accompanying photo of Bonnie's and Norma's duct tape clad shoes exhibits one effective strategy. 

The weather was good. The temperature was mild. The terrain was in remarkably good condition for a February meet—dry without being frozen. It was pretty much an ideal morning to orienteer on a fun new map in our foothills. Regrettably, only five orienteers came out. Jeff Black and Ben Brock ran the 7.5 kilometer advanced course. Ben finished in 1:08 and Jeff ran it in 1:40. Carrie Magnuson completed the 3.4 kilometer intermediate course in 1:04. The team of Norma Bailey and Bonnie Coiner was unable to find a couple of controls. I expect they will do much better next month at Ann Morrison Park.

Thanks to Ben for picking up most of the controls. Ben came pretty close to running the course twice.

Sergey will direct the next meet on the Ann Morrison map he has expanded once again. We hope to see you there on Saturday, March 17.

John Murray
Meet Director

January 24, 2018

February Meet on a New Map at Firebird

There are two things yet undetermined about our next orienteering meet. First, because wet conditions can make responsible orienteering impossible due to the potential for contributing to trail erosion, we can't set a firm date until the weather forecast is agreeable. As I write this post, the next likely date is Super Bowl Sunday, February 4. Mark your calendars lightly in pencil. Second and much less important, I haven't selected a name for this new venue. The eminently runnable terrain calls for a name like "Runner's World". The proximity to the Firebird Raceway invites "Firebird". The season of cold, rain and snow and the location above Freezeout Hill make a good fit for "Freezeout".  Perhaps, someone with a decisive mindset will annihilate my ambivalence.

Whatever we call it the parking area lies about 1 3/4 miles north of Beacon Light Road on Highway 16.  

The topography allows design of a Beginner Course. However, it is not one of our better beginner areas.
When:  Sunday, February 4  Starts from 9:00 - 10:00 AM.   Course closes at noon, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window.
Location:  Firebird??? map.  This link highlights where to park.  Drive north on ID16 (towards Emmett) until 1 3/4 miles past Beacon Light Road.  There is a parking area on the west side. If you reach the Firebird Raceway you will have gone too far. 
Format:  Classic:  Advanced (~8km, ~400m climb), Intermediate (~3.5km, ~155m 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 Friday, February 2.    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.
  • Clothing suitable for extended hiking in foothills brush.  This is surprisingly runnable terrain but there will be some areas of large sagebrush, bitterbrush and other plants.  
  • 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 parking area or on the map.  Closest available facilities are probably at Emmett.
  2. I don't know what the rules are for dogs, but with the intersecting ORV trails I'm confident that well controlled dogs will not be a problem.  
  3. There are a few barbed wire fences around.  As always be alert to loose strands around as always watch where you run and step.Hope to see you out navigating with us Sunday!
John Murray

January 17, 2018

Facebook Page Live and other Social Network news

We've reinstated our Facebook Page and also now have an instagram account (ctoc_orienteering).

We will be posting meets as Events on Facebook to make it easy for you to RSVP and to get notifications of changes.  If you are not a Facebook user, you can still check our blog and we will still send Yahoo Groups emails. We are trying to limit group emails and use the great features in social networks to help us manage meet communication so we encourage you to check it out.

If you have other ideas for information sharing and getting more Idaho folks out to orienteer, please let us know. We are also looking for additional volunteers to help the club out with marketing and networking (not a major commitment). Let us know if you are interested in that or have time to volunteer in other capacities (eg, co-directing a meet).

The upcoming January 28 (date and time is flexible because of weather) meet is now posted as an event on Facebook.  Hope to see you out there!