May 15, 2019

CTOC 2019 Rabbit Creek Meet Report

The race day weather was perfect in the morning, and forecast was calling for a high of 79-81 F, so it was expected that we would have a good turnout at Rabbit Creek this year and that prediction didn’t turn out to be wrong.

All and all, we had a total of 24 competitors on the courses made up of  with 5 teams/pairs and 14 solo competitors.

2019 marks the first year CTOC was able to run all levels of the Rabbit Creek courses with the electronic SportIdent controls and ePunches.  The 10 newly purchased electronic controls by the club definitely came in handy for the advanced course with 26 total controls.

This year at Rabbit Creek there were 4 levels of traditional classic orienteering courses offered:
Beginner Course
4 controls; Distance:  0.50 miles (0.79 km); Elevation Gain:  15 ft (5 m)
Sport Course
 9 controls; Distance:  1.54 miles (2.48 km); Elevation Gain:  250 ft (75 m)
Intermediate Course
16 controls; Distance:  2.86 miles (4.62 km); Elevation Gain:  650 ft (200 m)
Advanced Course
26 controls; Distance:  5.10 miles (8.23 km); Elevation Gain:  1,150 ft (350 m)

Race Day - Starts
Racers started showing up just before 9 AM,  and pre-registration showed that a majority of the competitors opted for the intermediate course. This was probably a wise choice since past Rabbit Creek competitors know how tough the advanced course can be at this venue.
Within the first 20 minutes of starts after 10 AM, we had a slew of racers and teams headed out on the Sport and Intermediate Courses trying to stay ahead of the coming heat of the day.

First wave of competitors (by start order):
Veronica Fletcher, Norma Baily, Team of Gaye Keith & Paul Contreras, Karen Didisse, Jay Morgan, Jerry Stewart, Bill Pilcher, Team of Angela Stewart & Jackson Ford,  Team of Zach & Sarah Curtis.

After the flurry of activity at the start, seasoned competitors, Sergey Velichko and Doug LaMott got ready to take on the advanced course with its 10 extra controls and almost twice the elevation gain and distance of the intermediate course. Doug and Sergey were the only two orienteers to take on the challenging task of the advanced course.

The rest of the starts were spaced out more evenly over the next 70 minutes:

Second wave of competitors (by start order):
Dan Opila, Ole Bergset, Team of Joe and Vivian Kosak, John Murray, Team of Katrina Wright & Kim Kelly, Team of Innes Wright & Kerry Kelly, Melanie Wright and Anthony Fizer.

Race Day – Finishes
Strolling in first from the intermediate course was Veronica Fletcher and her dog - their first time here at Rabbit Creek.  They opted to just do the first half of the course and spent the rest of their time exploring the farm and the sights.

Norma Bailey was next and was the first to come in from the sport course, with smiles saying “It was just the right length”.

Jay Morgan was our first intermediate course finisher, came in just over 97 minutes.

Soon after, the team of Gaye Keith and Paul Contreras, new to the sport of orienteering and Rabbit Creek came in from the sport course in just under an hour and quarter.

Control 38 with Apple and Sparkle

Then coming in within 15 second of each other, Karen from the intermediate course (with a time of 1:50:11) and Sergey from the advanced course. 

With a blazing fast time of  1:27:00 on the tough advanced course, Sergey showed why he always navigates and competes at a national championship level.

Sergey also informed me that one of the controls on the advanced course was misplaced on the incorrect boulder group (Control # 47, the 23rd control on advanced course).  Once he pointed out the control’s placement in relation to the pond in the Rabbit Creek canyon, it was clear he was correct.  Thankfully for Doug (the only other advanced competitor), he moved the control to the correct location before Doug came through to punch the control.

  Control 47 in its correct location with Owyhees in the distance

Once noontime hit, there was a steady stream of orienteers who came in from the intermediate course over the next 15 minutes: Team Zack & daughter Sarah Curtis, John Murray, Team Angela Stewart & Jackson Ford,  Bill Pilcher, and finally Ole Bergset.

Everyone from the intermediate cause group were happy to have completed the cause and get out of the sun before it got too hot. Most said they enjoyed the challenge, flow and length of the course.

As it started to get warmer at the bottom of the noon hour,  new comers to Rabbit Creek, Vivian and Joe Kosak came in from the sport course having enjoyed their orienteering experience in the Owyhees.

Jerry Stewart, as always, came in with a big smile from the intermediate cause just ahead of the team of Katrina Wight and Kim Kelly strolling in from the sport course.

As the final wave of competitors were starting to come in, team Innes Wright & Kim Kelly came in and punched their finish just ahead of Melanie Wight in what appeared to be a race to be first place on the intermediate course.  However, since Melanie started 28 seconds behind Innes and Kim, the official results show that Melanie got the intermediate course win anyway.

Our final orienteers in from the courses were: Dan Opila (int), Doug LaMott (adv) and Anthony Fizer (int).

Once most of the racers came in, the potluck began. Here are some pictures from the event.

Sergey, John and Bill

With most orienteers back and accounted for, the potluck had already began and was already in full swing. Everyone was enjoying the great weather and plenty of food on hand. People were recounting their adventures and some sites of the day. 

And of course, the seasoned CTOC regulars were already discussing their route choices and orienteering strategies during the meet.

Thanks to everyone that showed up at Rabbit Creek this year.

We had no official takers on the beginner course, so the results are for sport, intimidate and advanced.

A hyperlink to the split times uploaded onto the winsplits website will be updated soon.
Please check back.

CTOC 2019 Rabbit Creek Results
Sport Course: 9 controls
1 Katrina Wright & Kim Kelly 1:05:56
2 Norma Bailey 1:31:52
3 Gaye Keith & Paul Contreras 1:34:34
4  Vivian & Joe Kosak   1:38:01
Intermediate Course: 15 controls
1 Melanie Wright 1:17:01
2 Innes Wright & Kerry Kelly 1:17:29
3 John Murray 1:21:59
4 Jay Morgan 1:24:31
5 Ole Bergset 1:37:24
6 Karen Didisse 1:42:32
7 Zach & Sarah Curtis 1:43:28
8 Anthony Fizer 1:46:09
9 Bill Pilcher 1:57:33
10 Jerry Stewart 2:18:28
11 Dan Opila 2:28:16
12 Angela Stewart & Jackson Ford 1:56:13
13 Veronica Fletcher 1:10:08
Advanced Course: 26 controls
1 Sergey Velichko 1:27:00
2 Doug LaMott 2:30:53

April 23, 2019

16th Annual CTOC Rabbit Creek Meet Sunday May 5th, 2019

Come join us for one of the club’s favorite events:

The CTOC Rabbit Creek Orienteering Meet

This marks the 16th year the club will compete at this venue, a scenic,challenging and fun adventure every time.

And don’t miss the great potluck after the meet!  Bring a dish or beverages if you can.Located in the Owyhee mountains, this orienteering meet offers both stunning beauty and ruggedness, in a rustic ranch farm setting.

The views during the meet are expected to be spectacular this year!

Beautiful snow capped views from the record snow pack this year, yet the current mild temperatures are bringing out the wild flowers and great conditions for nice orienteering meet at Rabbit Creek this year.

The current 10 day weather forecast shows dry and mild temperatures, so conditions should be great this year!


Rabbit Creek offers very scenic views: wide open and full of unique rock formations, with a  western farm land backdrop. The ruggedness includes some challenging steep and rocky terrain, brush, barb wire fences, occasional views of wild horses and/or other local animals, and once in a while, maybe an ATV or rancher passing by while on the course.

And now that it's become a tradition, after the meet there will be the annual Rabbit Creek Potluck.  Sandwiches or pizza will be provided, so bring some food and beverages to share.

Meet/ Potluck Information

Date:            Sunday, May 5th

Location:      Rabbit Creek (Murphy, ID)
Formats:      Standard Format - 4 Courses: 
                    Beginner, Sport, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Starts:          Begin after 10:00 am.
Time Limit:   3 hours (For Advanced and Intermediate)
                     2-/1/2 hours (For Sport and Beginner)
Cutoff times: 
- Advance, Intermediate Courses - closed to starts after 11:30 am. 
- Sport, Beginner Courses - closed to starts after 12:00 pm.

The post-meet meal will begin after most of the competitors have returned.


-        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.


Four (4) levels of traditional classic orienteering courses will be offered:

Beginner: 0.6-1.0 km, 0-10m climb, 4 controls.  A short course right around the house and farm for those just getting acquainted with orienteering.

Sport (also called orange level): 3-4 km, 100m climb, 8 controls.  A short to medium distance loop with limited elevation gain takes a nice tour of the farm and background terrain offering and views of the valley while requiring some navigation skills.

Intermediate: 5-6 km, 250-350m climb, 16 controls.  A medium distance loop that takes a serious sightseeing tour of boulders and cliffs, requiring your full map reading attention.

Advanced: 8-10 km, 400-500m climb, 26 controls.  A large loop with a full complement of technical controls and long legs.

Electronic punching will be used for all courses. Bring your SI stick or rent one from us at nominal charge ($2).

Recommended Equipment

This venue is a strong contrast to our urban meets, so come prepared to handle the terrain and weather for May, which depending on the year can be very hot or much cooler and windy.  We will give an update during the week before the meet.

  • Compass of choice, base-plate or thumb compass works best for orienteering.
  • Sturdy shoes for off trail navigation.
  • Pants and/or gaiters for the high desert - cheat grass and sage being the most common.  Some barbed wire fence hopping or crawling required for the intermediate and advanced courses.
  • Hat and sunscreen for the bright sun conditions with little shade..
  • Water and food for up to 3 hours in the desert sun.  A water control is included halfway on the advanced course.
  • Whistle and cell phone for emergencies.  Cell phone coverage is not assured everywhere.

Keep in mind rattlesnakes are starting to get out at this time of year. We do not see any rattlesnakes very often but they are out there! So be watchful and listen especially around boulder areas and rock piles.
If you have any interest in birds, the ranch is an amazing place full of orioles, kingbirds, hummingbirds, buntings, and birds of prey.  Bring your binoculars to see them up close.

Also, the creek could be flowing higher this year; don’t lose a shoe in the muck. 

Reserving A Map / RSVP

Given the variety of courses, the impossibility of printing maps anywhere near the area, and the desire to minimize waste, please RSVP to me no later than Thursday May 2nd with your name and intended course choice (and if you want an extra map or two for a larger group.)  

For RSVP and questions please contact: Michael Bading
My email is:  mbading AT syzeo DOT com  

We will have some extra maps on hand if you don’t let us know you are coming, but the supply will be limited and given out on a first come first serve basis.

Bring your event waiver prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member, they can be printed from the website.

Driving directions to Rabbit Creek Ranch – Murphy, ID
-  From Boise take I-84 west to Nampa (Exit 35).
-  Turn Left and proceed to 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd).
-  Turn Left on 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd) and proceed to 12th Ave.
-  Turn Right on 12th Ave. Follow 12th Ave. south and it becomes Hwy 45 as it leaves Nampa city limits.
-  Follow Hwy 45 across the Snake River. Soon after crossing the river, bear to the left and it becomes Hwy 78.
-  Follow Hwy 78 to milepost 29.
-  Immediately after passing the "Murphy" city limits sign turn to the Right on "Old Hwy 45" follow this for one block then continue straight and it becomes "Rabbit Creek Road".
-  Follow Rabbit Creek Road for about 5 1/2 miles to J & S Road there is a lone mailbox.
-  Turn Left on J & S Road and follow this road approximately 1 1/2 miles to the house and sign in area

April 20, 2019

April 14 Esther Simplot park meet results

We had it all on the day of meet. Rain, wind, and cold! But weather turned a smiley face to us right in time for the outing and we even manged to get bouncing and jumping kids near the meet center! While overflowing canal and slippery bridges and logs presented additional challenge all navigated through the obstacles and found their way around courses. Here are some happy finishers!

Beginner (5/5)2.2 km 0 m12 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
112Anthony FizerBeg14:37
21Holly PonathBeg29:18
35Wendy IrwinBeg3?:??
44Trisha&Jason MickBeg35:42
515Vivian&Joe KosakBeg50:09
Intermediate (5/5)4.4 km 0 m18 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
113Anthony FizerInt49:42
214Innes WrightInt52:27
310Wendy IrwinInt1:10:25
42Jerry StewartInt1:45:57
9Trisha&Jason MickIntcredit
Lucky 13 too (3/3)3.4 km 0 m13 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
18Mike BadingLoop 231:53
27Bill LeahyLoop 233:34
316Melanie WrightLoop 234:26
Lucky 13 (3/3)4.5 km 0 m13 CStatus of: 9:27 AM
13Bill LeahyLoop 138:30
211Melanie WrightLoop 141:31
36Mike BadingLoop 145:45
Advanced Total (3/3)7.9 km 0 m26 CStatus of: 9:27 AM

1Bill LeahyTotal72:04
2Melanie WrightTotal75:57
3Mike BadingTotal77:38
Our beginners Holly, Wendy, Trisha, Jason, Vivian, Joe, and Anthony seemed to enjoy the shortest course. Many decided to try with success much longer intermediate course. Anthony posted best times on both of these courses. I think with more experience some may step up to one of the advanced courses at our nearest meets. Seasoned Innes and Jerry navigated well through the intermediate course. Certainly there was tight head to head race on long advanced course with few minutes separating Bill, Melanie, and Mike.

Please let me know if I may misspelled your name. Wendy, there was a glitch in the system and your time on the beginner course was erased. Let me know your time on the course that was printed on the handout. I will correct.

Our next meet is Sunday 5th for a famous Rabbit-O near Murphy, ID. More details will be published soon. Hope to see you all enjoying outdoors and courses designed by Mike Bading. Bring your favorite dish for a potluck after the race. And hopefully sunglasses! Spring is in full bloom! I plan to do an improvised 15-20 minutes training session right before the race to give some tips and clues on successful navigation and racing courses in wilderness. Please come half hour before the official start window if you would like to be at the session.

Sergey Velichko