October 6, 2019

Vampire-O is back at Eagle Island, Oct 19 2019

Are you ready to face down vampires at Eagle Island?  Vampire-O is back! You will have one-hour to collect as many controls as you can, in the dark, with a twist. Vampires will be on the loose to steal your punch-sheet and turn you into one of them! Grab your headlights and come join us for this fun event. 

Date:  Saturday, October 19th
Location:  Eagle Island State Park (park entrance is now from State Street)
Format:  Score
Mass Start:  7:15pm. Don’t be late!!

Time Limit: 1 hour
Cost:  Maps $5 junior or $10 adult/team, CTOC members free, ($5 vehicle entry fee)

RSVP: melaniecwright at gmail dot com if you are bringing a group (>4 people)

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. 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. 

Event start is at the Harrier Shelter to the left of the waterslide. Park at the main paved parking area.

1. 2 Vampires will start 3 minutes after the mass start
2. Vampires have a blank vampire punch card worth 0 points
3. Vampires attack orienteers by getting within 5 meters and yelling “vampire attack”, the victim must then surrender their punch card to the vampire. They then receive the “vampire card” and become the vampire.
4. Just like in tag the vampire can’t immediately tag back but must find another victim
5. All controls are worth the same amount of points, 10 points. They can be visited in any order.
6. Penalty of 10 points per minute if you are back late. Be back on time!
7. There is no separate beginner/intermediate/advanced course. The time limit is one hour. It is up to you to determine how many controls you can collect within the time limit. Remember you must be back by the time limit or lose massive points. You will need to be a runner if you plan to collect all of the controls. But remember, no matter how many you collect, you can be attacked by a vampire at any time and lose your points. You can also become a vampire and leapfrog ahead. 
8. If you don’t want to be attacked by vampires you have the option of carrying “holy water” to ward off vampire attacks. Anyone carrying a 1 gallon jug of water is immune from vampire attacks. You must however bring your own jug, and you must carry it by hand at all times.
9. You can compete as a group but must remain together.
10. Ranking is by highest points and then quickest time.
11. Don’t forget a flashlight or headlamp, please no super bright headlamps, you don’t want to take the fun out of the dark. Also you must have a watch so you are back in time. Costumes are encouraged but remember you will want to run in them.

It will be almost dark by the time we start, so plan accordingly.

September 23, 2019

September 22 Ann Morrison Park Meet Results

It was perfect sunny day for the meet at Ann Morrison park this past Sunday. I really hope that new additions to one of our first maps made courses challenging and interesting. We will continue adding new areas for our future meets.

A strategic discussion in progress and a couple of happy finishers.

CTOC local event at Ann Morrison park, Boise

Advanced (2)4.9 km 0 m25 C
18Ole Bergset1:04:36
1John Murraymp
Intermediate (8)3.3 km 0 m17 C
118Innes Wright36:42
217Katrina Wright50:48
311Rowen & Eric Concannon1:01:23
410Trisha & Jason Mick1:04:36
515Laslie Perez1:05:49
62Jerry Stewart1:08:45
716Norma Bailey1:26:34
89Veronica Fletcher1:32:24
Beginner (8)1.8 km 0 m11 C

14Rowen Concannon29:23
212Norma Bailey41:01
33Laslie Perez41:03
47Heather & Nancy Steele41:46
514Vivian & Joe Kosak55:46
613Albert & Raphael Bicknell56:51
75Laura & Steve Lefkowitz1:00:13
6Lisa Corsymp

Splits are available on Winsplits at this location Ann Morrison park meet split times

Let me know if I may mis-typed your name during registration frenzy.

Details of our next October meet are being discussed. Usually it is our fun Vampire Night-O. Be ready with your most favorite costume and powerful headlight or flashlight.

Sergey Velichko

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!