February 17, 2020

Eagle Island Meet Report

For those of you who paid attention during geometry class the idea that two lines in a plane cross at one and only one point is a truth that has been around since Euclid developed his geometry 2300 years ago. For the rest of us it's just intuitive that anything that drops into the big end of a funnel must fall out the small end (assuming no traffic jam or inversion of the funnel). But, when the funnel is on the ground in the form of two converging ditches somehow that knowledge can elude us. So it was on the Intermediate Course at Control 6 where the feature marked by the control bag was at just such an intersection. I have an insight into the course setter's 
mind. He intended it to be just about the easiest, surest navigation on the course. Just position yourself between the ditches and head into the funnel. I heard from some folks that Control 6 was a bit of a problem. It was out of sight in a ditch surrounded by knee-high grass, so you couldn't see it until you were within a couple of meters. I don't know that Pam had any problem at all finding Control 6. She did provide us with photos of the control and her great smile. Thanks for the photos, Pam.

If you are wondering why I write about Control 6 to the exclusion of the 25 other controls on the four courses, it is because it illustrates an important principal of orienteering: Navigate to the feature, not the control. If you have orienteered for a while, you have heard this precept ad nauseam, and you are resigned to hearing it again. If not, prepare yourself because it is unavoidable. In a field of tall grass you could wander for a long time before blundering onto Control 6, but by following two linear features to their intersection you can go directly to it. And, that is what the course setter had in his sometimes inscrutable mind when he placed Control 6. Of course, if you did not know you were between two converging lines, then you had a different problem. You were not in contact with the map. You violated another important principle: Stay in contact with the map. In other words, know where you are before taking each step.

OK, enough of the orienteering object lesson. Your meet director also got a lesson Saturday. Before a meet the control stations should all be synchronized because over time in storage some of the internal clocks will drift forward or backward. When two controls have significantly different times it's possible to record an earlier time at the second than at the first. Well, it wasn't that bad on Saturday, but it appears to have been enough. Have a look at Win Spits for the Intermediate Course  and observe the fastest time from Control 12 to 13 was 8 seconds clocked by Bill Leahy and the team of Jackson, Angela and Torin. That leads me to great sympathy for Andy Olnes, who followed by a mere second. The reason for my sympathy: That's a world record sprint, 250 meters in 9 seconds, and it won't go into the record book because Andy lagged by a second. All of which illustrates the misinformation we get when we neglect to synchronize the control stations.

What is accurate is the total elapsed time. Jackson got a new compass for Christmas. He, his mom, and his dad took first place in the intermediate competition by a margin of more than three minutes. With the exception of the aforementioned Control 6 they performed consistently at or near the top for every control. We had several first time participants and others who only recently joined us.

I advertised this event as orienteering in terrain where, unlike city parks, reading the vegetation was important. Look at Elaine's hat. There on her hat over her right eye is proof that she got into the vegetation. I wish I had a photo of Andy Olnes, who brought home a bushel of burrs and stickers attached to his clothes. I believe they had a good day, but it wasn't a walk in the park, not in the city park anyway.

Next month Norma will direct a meet at Veterans Park extending into Willow Lane and Esther Simplot Parks on a map newly updated by Sergey. Please join us for our last city park classic orienteering event of the spring. Consult our Meetup City of Trees Orienteering group for other upcoming events.

John Murray
Meet Director

February 8, 2020

Eagle Island Orienteering

Perhaps you know orienteering at Eagle Island from one of our October Vampire-O meets held at night. This daytime meet will feature an intermediate course to test your navigation in the more complex parts not visited at night and an advanced course to test your speed and endurance to the far corners of the park. We will also have a beginner course suitable for folks who want to stay on the trails and get an introduction to orienteering.

Make sure you pay the $5 vehicle entry fee on the way into the park at the entrance kiosk. For a bargain the Idaho State Park Passport is only $10 for full year access to all 30 state parks. It' a windshield sticker for Idahoans and is available for purchase at the time you register your motorhome or passenger vehicle, online, or by mail-in renewal or at any county DMV office. The park has generously allowed us use of the park without paying any event or shelter rental fee. In return, please pay the park entry fee if you do not have the Annual State Park pass.
Access to the park is now from State Street.

Saturday, February 15. Starts from 9:00 - 11:00 AM, possibly later depending on the weather. Sometimes during the middle of February an early start on frozen ground is more desirable than a warmer start on muddy ground. I don't expect it will make much difference, but if it does we will be flexible. In any case, the course will remain open for 2 hours after the last orienteer starts.
Course closes at 1:00 PM unless we have late starts due to weather, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window.

Format: Classic: approximately 6.6 km.

Format: Classic: approximately 3.0 km.

Format: Classic: approximately 1.6 km.

RSVP: To minimize waste, please email me (jnm2870 at cableone dot net) with your count of maps needed and your choice of course(s) (beginner, intermediate, advanced) needed by Thursday, February 13. A request for a beginner map will be regarded as a request for both a beginner and an intermediate map as many beginners try that course and then want to take on the intermediate course--two maps for the price of one. If you show up off the cuff, I will probably have a few blank maps to copy a course by hand, buy don't count on it.


Local meet fees paid at the start desk on the day of the meet:
Single meet (day) membership: $10 per person/team, free for members
Single Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for annual memberships.
If more than one map is needed for a team, a small additional fee may be needed per the discretion of the meet director depending on printing costs.
You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free! See member info at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/2008/09/membership-and-fees.html. Annual memberships are pro-rated based on the number of months remaining in the year. Family memberships in February are $60. Individual memberships are $42.

Compass! Rentals available for $1.00.
SportIdent chip. Rentals available for $2.00.
Waiver, prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member. You can download a waiver from the documents under the Membership and Fees heading. If you are bringing a minor who is not your own child, you MUST bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
A suitable pack with essentials and snacks as you usually need to prepare for a day hike in the woods.
Sufficient water for yourself.
Sunscreen and/or hat. This is very exposed terrain.
Gaitors are recommended for the intermediate and advanced courses.
Cell phone.

Important notes:

Please carry out any waste.
There are a few barbed wire fences around. As always be alert to loose strands of wire on the ground, and as always watch where you run and step. Hope to see you out navigating with us!

John Murray

January 20, 2020

January 18 Julia Davis park meet results

We got TV coverage during our January meet in the Julia Davis park! Click here

Results for beginner course are in order of registration. Many tried Intermediate course with electronic punching right after their first beginner one. And, as always, our Advanced course was hotly contested. Top results are very impressive!

Beginner 1.3 km, 6 controls

Kirsten, Barry, Roy, Kim   30:00
Nanami & Christian           33:00
Jill                                       35:40
Katie & Barnie                   30:39
Amber Smith                      37:00
Dan                                    41:50
Martin                                26:00
Patricia                               38:10
Julie & RJ                          14:00
Russel & Jacob                  23:00
Pam & Tabitha                   37:40

Pl  Name      Time  Diff.

Intermediate  3.8 km, 14 controls     

1 Torin, Anglea, J Ford              42:56 0:00
2 Katrina Wright                        43:07 +0:11
3 Dustin, Heidi, Que Thomas    43:39 +0:43
4 Russel Fair                              54:26 +11:30
5 Carrie Magnuson & Cat Luna1:04:51 +21:55
6 Andy Olnes                             1:09:31 +26:35
7 Christian & Nanami Slavin    1:11:33 +28:37
8 Jerry Stewart                          1:21:20 +38:24
9 Not-yet Lost                           1:23:14 +40:18
10 Pam Williford                        1:28:08 +45:12
11 Tabitha Williams                   1:28:09 +45:13
12 Norma Bailey                        1:43:48 +1:00:52
13 Christy Morris                       1:49:59 +1:07:03

Mark, Day, Javon Skudlarek  dnf
Dan & Debbie Tevonce          dnf

Advanced  5.6 km, 23 controls     

1 Mike Bading                           48:32 0:00
2 Melanie Wright                       51:19 +2:47
3 John Murray                        1:00:28 +11:56
4 Ole Bergset                          1:09:46 +21:14

Split times for Intermediate and Advanced courses are available in here
Julia Davis park meet split time

Click and follow the above link, select your course to see how you did for each control in relation to other competitors. Some split times are very short due to all control stations not synchronized with the world clock. We will make sure we do this for our next meets.

Let me know if I may misspelled or missed your name so we may correct. Directly to savelichko at yahoo dot com.

See you at our next meet February 15 at Eagle Island state park! John is preparing challenging courses for us.


January 8, 2020

January CTOC Julia Davis Park and BSU Meet January 18

This will be a classic meet in a city park and university campus setting. Meet center in Julia Davis park south of the Zoo, near footbridge crossing the Boise river to the BSU campus. Follow signs, It will be suitable for beginners who want a first-time experience using a map and compass to navigate around and learn about orienteering and orienteering procedures. Experienced CTOC members will provide instructions and get novice orienteers started. Longer courses extending into BSU campus and surrounding areas will be available for intermediate and advanced orienteers. Advanced orienteers will find their course to have all of the quick twists and turns of a national competition.

When: Saturday, January 18. Starts from 11 AM. Starts close at 1 PM. Course closes at 2PM.

Local meet fees paid at the start desk on the day of the meet:
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 per the discretion of the meet director depending on printing costs.

More information and updates are posted at our Meetup.com web site. https://www.meetup.com/City-of-Trees-Orienteering-Club/events/267299869/

More info for January 18 orienteering meet in Julia Davis park

Registration process tomorrow is expected to be crowded as many may arrive at the same time. To expedite your registration we encourage to bring a printed and signed registration and waver form that may be accessed at this link
Reminder that the meet center will be located South of the Zoo close to the footbridge crossing the river to the BSU campus. Look for CTOC directional signs and our tent with white and orange control flags. 
There will be experienced club members starting at 10:30am at the meet center to conduct introductory clinics. Join one of these groups after your registration to learn orienteering basics before going to your first course.
Please bring a compass if you have one. There will be a number of compasses available for a nominal $1 rental charge but their supply may be limited.
Beginner course will be an easy 1.3 km and 6 controls course around the Zoo. Participants on the course will use pin punching to register at each control.
Intermediate 3.8 km and 14 controls course will venture into the BSU campus and newly mapped areas. We will use SI electronic punching for the course. SI sticks will be available for a nominal $2 rental charge. Beginner course participants are encouraged to try this longer and advanced course free of charge.
Advanced 5.6 km and 23 controls course will traverse newly mapped areas for about 2/3 of the length. SI electronic punching will be used for the course.
There will be snow on ground and may be icy in places. Exercise your best judgement and be cautious. Dress for the outdoor outing according to the weather. We will have water and some snacks available at the center for your refreshment.
Hope to see all of you enjoying orienteering tomorrow!
Sergey Velichko

January 3, 2020

Columbia Village Meet Results

As a first time meet director, of a minimal age, the raised eyebrows I received when runners learned I made the course... well, they made my day.  In all seriousness I hope everyone who came out stayed warm and patient as I tried to shove maps into plastic covers with gloves on that were about three sizes too big.

Many may be wondering why this result write up took almost a month to complete, I'd like to say that it was because I wanted to be the first person to post in the new year. Or  because I wanted to say, "Don't worry Mom I'll do it next year!" But in reality, I've been semi-comatose since finals and anything I would've written before would have been incomprehensible.

For the 8 people who did come out to the meet (thank you by the way) here are the results:

Advanced Course

  1. Doug LoMott   1:00
  2. Jay Morgan      1:03
  3. Innes Wright    1:06
Intermediate Course
  1. John Murray                                  0:40
  2. Norma Bailey                                  1:35
  3. Heather Steele (and company)   1:48
Unfortunately no photos, as that would've required removing my gloves, and it was just too cold! 

Thanks for coming out!

Turns out Mom took a couple of photos:

Doug LaMott, feeling good.

Innes Wright, feeling something else.

(Added by Melanie).

December 23, 2019

New Club Meetup Site and 2020 Schedule


We are moving to a new Meetup platform for our club events. Please follow this link to join and receive up to the last minute updates, directions, and such

We will continue using existing blogger platform in parallel for a month or so until we completely convert. We really hope that the Meetup platform will allow for our club to grow and be really accessible.

Our tentative 2020 schedule:
January 18, Julia Davis park and BSU campus, Boise
February 15, Eagle Island park, Eagle
March 15, Willow/Veterans/Simplot parks, Boise
April 25-26, Boise Adventure Running Tournament (BART), Boise parks
May 10, Rabbit-O, Murphy
June 6, Gold Rush Motala, Idaho City
June 27, Stanley Boulder Dash, Stanley
August 23, Bear Basin, McCall
September tbd, Gold Rush classic, Idaho City
October tbd, Vampire-O, Boise
November tbd, Boise Metrogain
December 12, Fort Boise, Boise

Information, directions, and more at our new Meetup site (see link above).

Have great celebrations and a Happy New Year! Hope to see many of you next year enjoying our meets!

Sergey Velichko