September 14, 2019

Monthly meet September 22 in Ann Morrison Park, Boise

When: Sunday September 22nd rain or shine (most likely), starts between 11am and 1pm. Absolutely new areas mapped adjacent to the Ann Morrison park!

Location: Meet center at Ann Morrison park in BoiseEnter toward the park from S 9th Street onto W Royal Blvd, follow road about 500m until you see park headquarters building at the right, and turn right onto parking lot. Meet center is between the parking lot and Old Timer's shelter. We will place directional signs where appropriate. 

Format: Urban Beginner, Intermediate, and long Advanced courses. Come join us for an outdoor adventure! Please let me know if you are bringing a large group so I can be sure to have enough maps pre-printed (savelichko at yahoo dot com). 

We will use SI electronic punching so bring a SI stick if you own one. SI sticks also will be available for rent at a nominal charge.

Light snacks and water will be provided at the center.

Club members will be on hand for instruction/coaching if needed.

  • 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.
  • $1 compass rental, $2 SI stick rental.
  • You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free!  Membership is prorated to the end of this year. We do plan for full roster with monthly meets this year. See member info.
Sergey Velichko

August 20, 2019

Bear Basin McCall 8/18/2019 Results

We had a good turn out for some nice forested courses on mild rolling terrain at the Bear Basin meet.  The temperature was hot for the mountains and not many huckleberries were to be found, but the minimal climb was enjoyed by the racers.  Melanie did well and kept Sergey from being alone on the advanced course.  The popular Intermediate  course was hotly contested with some surprisingly fast times and family rivalry.  Ole sure didn't seem hampered by his recent hip replacement surgery and went out to do most of the Advanced course afterwards.  Participants on the Novice course found it challenging but managed to find all the controls and learned a lot.

Advanced  5.6 km   135 m.   climb
1. Sergey Velichko                 0:45
2. Melanie Wright                  1:45
John Murray (2nd course)
Ole Bergset  (2nd course)

Intermediate   3.1 km  65 m. climb
1. Ole Bergset                            0:41
2. Katrina Wright                       0:47
3. Innes Wright                          0:51
4. Torin, Joe Kosak                    1:01
5. Bob Didisse (& Clipper)        1:26
6. Rosie & Andy Hill, Laurie     1.31
7. Jerry Stewart                           1:35
8. Norma Bailey (John Murray) 2:17
9. Donna Gookin (Edwin)          2:46

Novice          1.8km      35m. climb
1. Vivian & Joe Kosak            1:59
2. Skeen family                       2:00

Thanks for help with control pick up to John, Andy, Ole, & Jerry.  Also thanks to John for updating the map, and Donna and Edwin for setting some controls.
Hope to see you all at the next meet!
- Karin Didisse, meet director

August 7, 2019

Sunday August 18 Bear Basin McCall, classic 3 courses orienteering meet.  Starts from 10-12 noon, course closes 2 pm. Start location is at the Bear Basin Trailhead off North Club Hill Blvd. approx. 3 miles NW of McCall off Hwy. 55.  GPS coords: 44.9346, -116.1530 

Join us on the newly updated Bear Basin map for some classic foresty mountain orienteering!   John Murray has done a lot of work on the map and it looks great!  Much more contour and vegetation detail with plenty of single track mountain bike trails thrown in.  Let me know if you’re coming and which course, so I can make the correct number of maps.

Course lengths: Novice 2 km., Intermediate 3.2 km., Advanced 5.7 km.

- Karin Didisse

August 6, 2019

Learning From our Mistakes: Idaho City Meet Results

Norma at #4
As much as I am happy to accept the value of failing for learning, I am still loath to embrace the title 'failure' for my report today, maybe because at least part of last week's meet was a success, despite a few mistakes on my part.

On Saturday, July 27, I scouted the area and pre-flagged about 16 of the 26 controls.  As I was making my way up the hill that you climb on this trail, toward a planned control at the pit in the NE corner of this photo, I thought, this is some nasty climbing for a sport course, so I chose a control at a lower elevation, in the ditch further east, #3 on the sport course. I left that afternoon with a false sense of confidence in my course planning, navigation, and setting abilities.  Then, carried through the week with my other life priorities, including a busy work week. With my misplaced confidence, I thought I would be fine coming out and scouting/pre-setting the course Saturday 8/3, making any map adjustments that evening, and able to make any minor corrections Sunday morning, ready to roll by 9am.

Well, the next Saturday I was mostly focused on setting advanced controls to the south and east, most of which were planned for the advanced course. There were a couple that challenged my navigation skills and left me in a bit of a race for time.  In my efficiency to prepare for the day, I had lumped everything that needed to be set together in one map, losing any opportunity to "feel" the ease or difficulty of any specific course.  So, when I set this control (#7 on the sport course), I failed to appreciate how hard it would be for sport runners. After my advisers pointed this mis-step out to me, and, even more so when I went to pick it up at the end of the day Sunday, I can now say that I truly understand how tough this was (although probably tougher for me traveling from west to east than for the sport runners traveling from east to west).

On top of that, the map I used as a base map was not at the scale I thought it was, a fact I figured out upon printing, and was able to correct for in printed maps.  What I didn't realize was that this also meant that the course distances were under-estimated, and actually 1.5 times longer than advertised... This is even worse when you consider that many sport runners will stick more to trails, making the course even longer for them. Finally, I misplaced a control - fortunately for most, it was reasonably easy to see from the direction approaching (though not necessarily easy to get to). When you add up the already difficult terrain that is here naturally, my mis-judgment of the overall length, and my failure to appreciate the rough way in to #7, the sport course really was not a sport course (and the advanced courses were longer than advertised as well).  My apologies to Ole, Mike, Norma, Veronica, and Lisa, who may have expected something a little different. I hope this doesn't deter you from coming to our next meet. I promise to make a fun (and easier) sport course next time!  Not surprisingly, no one completely finished the sport course.  One last mistake - my meet data (names and times), which I neatly folded in my pocket to be sure I kept secure for this meet report, made a trip through the laundry, so the final results are by memory and imprecise.

Sport course, about 3.6k, 100m climb (more if you stuck mostly to trails), ordered as best I can recall based on # of controls completed:

  1. Ole Bergset
  2. Mike Olnes
  3. Norma Bailey
  4. Veronica Fletcher
  5. Lisa Corsi

Advanced - shorter course, about 5k, 200m climb

  1. John Murray, completed in about 1 hour 40 minutes
  2. Karin Didesse

 Advanced - insane course, about 6.6k, 300m climb

  1. Sergey Velichko, completed in about 1 hour 10 minutes: "that course was really insane"

Lisa, making her way to #4, one of the many climbs on the course. It was a beautiful morning. Without smoke!
John, headed down to a boulder in among some steep ditches and draws. 
Thanks Katrina, Innes, and Sergey for helping with control pickup and John for map work!


July 24, 2019

Idaho City Gold Rush Classic, Aug 4, 2019

What:  Hot and smoky (not yet, fortunately, in Boise) means it is time for an Idaho City orienteering course!  I will set three classic courses:
  • Sport:  This is an advanced beginner/orange course that requires navigation off trails and roads, but controls are close to features that 'should' assist you in navigation.  Length will be around 2.4 km and about 240m climb. If you are an adult newcomer, I will be happy to provide you with some hints that will help you get through the course or at least through part of it and still enjoy the excursion. Beginner-youngsters traveling with adults with experience should also be able to enjoy this course. 
  • Advanced - sane:  This will be something between a brown/green classic advanced course, about 3.3 km and 350m climb. 
  • Advanced - insane: This will be the advanced-short course plus a few additional controls that will take you farther out on the map and into more elevation change (4.3k, 490m climb). 
When:  Sunday, August 4, starts are from 9am - 11am.  Course will close at 1pm.  If you think you will take longer than 2 hours on the course, arrive early.  If you want to avoid the heat, arrive early.

Where:  Off highway 21, 2 miles north of Idaho City, across from the Granite Creek Recreation area (NW of Idaho, on the left as approaching from Idaho City).  The start/finish is 3/4 mile up dirt road 314c .There is room for a few cars to park at the start and a little farther up the road. There are a couple of very significant bumps in the road, and narrow sections. If you don't have high clearance and four-wheel drive, you may want to park at bottom and walk up or hitch a ride with another orienteer coming up  I will place CTOC signs at the 21 turn and on the way up 314c.

RSVP: melanie c wright AT gmail dot com ASAP and definitely by 8/1 or on the CTOC Facebook Page. Please let me know what course you plan to run. If you use Facebook to reply, you must say yes (not maybe) and you must indicate a course for me to count you for map printing.

Cost: $5/map for non-members.

E-punch: maybe.  Since it is a maybe, if I am able to set e-punches, I will waive the rental fee if you do not have one.

Why:  This is really great terrain and aren't you tired of boring old running where you just follow the road or trail ahead of you?  Add some spice to your hike or run and come experience the joy of stumbling upon (with either skill or luck) those beautiful orange and white controls amidst old mining ditches, draws, knolls, hilltops, and trees!

  • 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 hills.
  • Sufficient water for yourself.  
  • Sunscreen and/or hat.  
  • Bug spray. 
  • Gaitors and/or long pants.
  • Shoes for mountainous  terrain.  If your ankles are sensitive please prepare accordingly.
  • A whistle and a cell phone (there may be no cell coverage).

July 5, 2019

Next meet, August 4, Idaho City Gold Rush Map

Just a quick update that we had to move our July meet just a little bit into August, so you will have the bonus of two closely spaced August meets to prepare you for the US Orienteering Nationals ( and we know CTOC will be well-represented!) in September.  And even if you are not an advanced orienteer with eyes on a national meet, there will be plenty of recreational fun for everyone at both CTOC August meets.