August 8, 2017

Idaho City Motala Results

Jan Ehnberg making good time on the road
Thirteen people arrived for a mass start at 9am and were rewarded with cool temperatures and (mostly) breathable air. Our local meet quickly became an international competition with the arrival of Jan Ehnberg from Sweden, in town for a family visit. Jan represented Sweden well hanging on to the fastest time until Ben arrived for a late start and managed to slide ahead by just a couple of minutes. In addition to the usual CTOC characters, we were glad to welcome newcomer Bonnie Coiner, tackling a couple of loops with Norma and happy to see Brad Lowe out again.
John Murray in the loop transition
Splits with loop times are shown in the table below. Loop distances were 1.75, 1.88, 1.65, and 1.93k, a total of 7.2 for the 4-loop course. Doug missed a couple of punches on loop B, so his total time shown below is for the three fully completed loops. Using a mix of SI stations and manual punches worked out well for giving us automated starts and finishes and some split time data, while sticking within the limits of our club kit. 

Post meet lunch at Trudy's
As my first non-urban orienteering meet, it would not have happened without A LOT of help. It really was a team effort. Hopefully I will retain some of what I learned for next time. Thanks to:

Katrina Wright - Course scouting and entertainment
John Murray - Site selection, initial course "bones", and help with OCAD
Sergey Velichko - Course vetting, help with map creation, course flagging
Andy Hill - Control setting
John, Ole, Jeff, Ben, Jerry - Control pickup

Melanie Wright

July 27, 2017

NEW DATE AND TIME for Idaho City - Sunday August 6, 9am

I apologize for the late change. We have to reschedule to Aug 6.  It's going to be very hot next weekend, so also changing start time to 9am.

Please send me your SI# or intentions to rent an SI stick if you are coming (

Sunday, August 6, 9 am

4 Motala Loops, 1.5 - 2K each.  You may do 1, 2, 3, or 4 loops.

No beginner course, but I will walk with/coach beginners if you want me to. Please let me know if you plan to do this. 

43°51'22.8"N 115°47'34.1"W
43.856320, -115.792816
Parking is off the road, wherever you can find a spot.

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This is what happens when you do your field checking with a bored teenager.

July 25, 2017

Idaho City Motala Saturday July 29, 2017 Update

The event is a go.  It will be 4 loops, from 1.2 - 1.5 K per loop.  You may choose to do as many or few loops as you like.  

Start location:
Start time: 10 am

Beginners: There is no real "beginner" course, however, I will be happy to walk a loop with anyone who wants some coaching/company. Then, if you feel up to it, you can try one on your own. The area we are navigating in is reasonably small and there are bail-outs in several directions.

If you suffer from the heat and want to start earlier, contact me and I'll see what I can work out. Same thing if you need to start a little later.

Getting there:  I went in on "Bear Run Rd" (make a right at Main St, then Right on Bear Run, then stay right at several intersections) but I think you can also get in from 21. The roads were bumpy but not impassable, though I was glad I was in a vehicle with a little clearance.

We will be using SI stations for start, loop transitions, a few "close-together" controls on the course, and finish. You will use old fashioned punches for the other controls. Please email me your SI number or intentions to rent --

July 12, 2017

Save the Date and RSVP! Idaho City 7/29

We are planning a 4-loop Motala in Idaho City on Saturday 7/29 with a mass start at 10am (different runners starting on different loops).

Because we are not sure how many people are likely to be available given summer schedules, we want to confirm that we have enough people to hold the meet.  Please send an email to and let me know if you have intentions to come.

July 3, 2017

Gold Rush National Meet Results

For those of you who didn't make it, here are some photos and stats from the three days of high caliber orienteering at CTOC's Gold Rush US Champs meet:

Orienteers competed from 28 states and 6 countries!
Converging orienteers for the last control on Sunday's Middle course.

Special thanks go to many of our CTOC volunteers on hand to help in a huge variety of ways, critical to making our big meet a success:
  • Course designs, map printing, setup, takedown = Sergey Velichko, Ben Brock, John Murray
  • Registrar, t-shirts, awards, RD sanity keeper = Dondi Black
  • Computer crew: for starts, finish system, results = Sergey Velichko, Ben Brock, Melanie Wright, Katrina Wright
  • Awards stickers = Melanie Wright
  • Course Marshalls = Innes Wright, Bill McKnight
  • Food, water, pop-ups, tables, setup and takedown, hauling and towing = Melanie Schuster, Greg Davidson, Andy Hill, Ben Brock, Sergey Velichko, John Murray, Bill Leahy, Doug LaMott, Caroline McNeely, Denise Lauerman, Madonna Lengerich
    • special thanks to Shu's Idaho Running Company for supplying two large extra pop-ups!
  • Start crews = Jennifer Smackey, Naomi Clayton, Bill Black, Nikki Black, Doug LaMott, Andy Hill, Madonna Lengerich
  • Communications/Ham Radio = Karin Didisse, Dan Herring (who also took photos at the finish for Long), Andy Hill
  • Pre-race prep meetings (3 of them!) = Sergey Velichko, Andy Hill, Ben Brock, Melanie Wright, Dondi Black, John Murray, Norma, Ulli Kamm
  • Port-a-pottie placement = John Murray (Thursday before meet weekend, a story unto itself that contributed to parking issues Saturday)
  • Parking (and unparking from muddy field at Trap) = Greg Davidson, Melanie Schuster, Caroline McNeely, Denise Lauerman, Doug LaMott, Bill Leahy, Madonna Lengerich
  • Rope setup and takedown across Trap Creek = John Murray
  • Control pickup = Sergey Velichko, Ben Brock, John Murray, Ole Bergset, Jerry Stewart, several other non-CTOC volunteers
  • We had a number of attending orienteers who eagerly and tirelessly helped out across the board filling gaps, even after running their course!
And yeah, I was involved one way or the other in most items above, possibly too many.  Things should get a little calmer for the rest of the year as we return to your regular Idaho programming!

Jeff Black
Meet Director

May 13, 2017

14th Annual Rabbit Creek Results

Melanie W., Leslie & Caroline, photo by Jeff

On May 7th twenty five orienteers took off at the mass start heading out in all directions. Some people were so excited to start that several dogs got left behind wondering where mom and dad went. We had a large turnout of new orienteers who stepped up to try the Intermediate course. We once again thank Bill Pilcher for hosting us at what is many peoples favorite event.

We had a true beginner out on the course, I’m glad I decided to make a Beginner map at the last minute. From the smiles on all faces at the end it looks like it went well, I think the cookie helped.

Katrina again tackled the Advanced Beginner course and came in first this year finding all controls quickly. Thomas came over from Jerome to try his first orienteering event, we hope to see him again soon.

Dondi, Alexis & Jerry, photo by Jeff

Leo & Denise plotting
Intermediate was the course of the day with thirteen attempting it. John Murray, Alexis and Innis all came in within a minute of each other for first, second and third place. John and Alexis both spent some time looking for TA, they agreed the map location was right but disagreed on the clue. Alexis was in a hurry to get back to catch the French election results, which was a relief. I was impressed to see five new orienteers clear the course within the time limit, quite a feat. There were a couple of bloody knees but all survived. David Murray came in within thirty seconds after Denise & Leo, who knows where he would have placed if he would have started on time. Jeff looked pretty sick but sucked it up and went out with Dondi & Toby and managed to get some great photographs of the day. I moved the elusive UA from last year to a location that was visible from both possible approach routes and didn’t hear about any problems with it.

Dondi, Jeff, Denise & Leo

Michael plotting his winning course
This year was Michael’s chance, his route choice panned out and he came in at first place. Doug came in with a half hour left and decided to go back out to get the last control. He chose wisely making it back before the time limit with a cleared course and second place. Bill Leahy was the only person to fall victim to the closely placed Intermediate course control PE and the Advanced course control WA. Karin and Melanie W. also tackled the large course and came in with a majority of the controls before the time limit.

Jeff’s photos have been posted to the CTOC yahoo group site at
Karin & Doug, photo by Jeff

Jerry out getting PE, with the nearby WA