January 21, 2021

Ribbon of Jewels Orienteering Meet Write Up– 1/17/2021

My first introduction to orienteering was a friend asking me, “Hey, do you want to drive to Central Oregon and use a map and compass to find things in the wilderness for about 6 hours?”  My response was, “When and where?”  I found myself this past weekend looking back on that memory with joy and a beautiful touch of bitter sweetness that only this sport can provide.  When John asked me if I would be willing to co-host this meet with Melanie at the December O-Meet, I also said “When and where?”.  John didn’t know this it at the time, but I needed something to look forward to and some way to celebrate.  My dear friend, that same one who introduced me to orienteering in the high desert of Central Oregon 6 years ago, had passed away just 4 days earlier after a fierce battle with cancer.

This was my first time helping coordinate one of our club’s orienteering meets and it was an amazing experience.  Learning the nuances of course setting, pre-meet coordination, and the day of logistics was illuminating.  The folks who help make the lift to ensure we have an O Meet each month are nothing short of super heroes.  Special thanks go out to my co-host, Melanie, for her incredible diligence and the highest standards of making sure orienteering is a sport for all.  John, for his intuition and patience as he guided me through this experience. Sergey, for making sure we have all our bases covered and operate at maximum efficiencyAnd the intrepid puppers, Penny and Sue, who joined Melanie and I on our many course scouting adventures.

Originally, this meet was named after the parks we intended to traverse.  As I continued my research, I remembered having come across a term used by the City of Boise to refer to the string of parks located along the Greenbelt that pay homage to women who positively influenced our community.  The “Ribbon of Jewels” is the nickname for the beautiful series of 12 city parks that wind along the Boise River Greenbelt, named after prominent women and their collective legacies to better our community.


This weekend we got to experience two of them: Bernadine Quinn and Esther Simplot Parks.  You can find out more about our Ribbon of Jewels here: https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/ribbon-of-jewels/  This name also felt appropriate as a nod to those who have left a legacy in our orienteering community. Additionally, two women co-hosting an O Meet was a first in my experience with this club!  I have also lived in Boise since 1998, and I am still amazed to find new parts of our beautiful city and the surrounding areas through orienteering - especially this "bridge" when it was a bit frosty at 7am!

We greatly appreciate everyone’s diligence in wearing masks and physical distancing to help us curb the spread of COVID-19.  While, we miss having the “after meet” time, our social nature did have many of us chatting 6+’ apart and catching up with some friends we have missed.

The Ribbon of Jewels O-Meet was also a wonderful celebration of the diversity this sport offers.  Some highlights:

We had a total of 53 participants - by collective memory, this is the largest local meet we have held.

Our youngest orienteer was 4 yrs old and oldest in their 80’s: that’s 9 decades worth of experience!

Lauren and Cat did their first advanced course, and Cat just celebrated her 1-year orienteering anniversary. 

We also had an amazing multi-generation representation of orienteers:

  • Christy and her dad Scott came out in great spirits!
  • Innes and Katrina (Melanie’s husband and daughter) ran separate courses 
  • Jennifer showed up early to run the intermediate course, while her son Zach gave her a "head start" as he tried to chase down Sergey on the Advanced course
  • Nick C. and his two sons came out with their smiles and adventurous souls on the beginner course

  • We also had a visiting orienteer from the Cascade Orienteering Club.  Alex H. joined with his two daughters Emma and Lucy, and did the beginner course after most of the controls had been removed. 
  • And many first time orienteers joined us and are excited to participate next month! 

For all our CTOC family, I encourage you to remember fondly your first O-Meet and how it felt to find this sport.  I hope they are all as beautiful a memory as mine was to bask in, especially as I walked along the Boise River at sunrise this weekend!


Next month, we travel down the river to Eagle Island State Park on Feb 20th for what promises to be a fun and challenging course hosted by John Murray.  See you all there!

Results below and splits can be found at this link: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/classes.asp?databaseId=72998

 


 


December 31, 2020

November Urban-O Event Results

Thank you everyone for coming out on a perfectly amazing November morning!  We had 36 participants of all ages attend on a rather chilly morning, but with the sun out it felt warmer and was perfect for today’s event. 

While living in Washington I participated in one of their Urban O events and after talking to John decided to bring it back to the CTOC club (last one was 2017!).  After reviewing some of the previous event maps and clue sheets I put some map boundaries out and began my plan of attack.  I was trying not to use too many (if any) points from previous years and being an avid geocacher I had a leg up on some control ideas.  Dad and I spent many mornings/early afternoons walking, driving and researching potential locations.

I realize now my course did not lend itself to a “race” setting (note for next year!) as some controls required some reading or taking in your surroundings, however the overall feedback was positive. With less than a year of events under my participation belt I agree with Kirsten that the learning curve to host vs participate is a bit steep, even on a simpler type of event, but it was fun. Hosting my own event I have MUCH more respect for other directors as a lot of work goes into the course setup, maps, control settings etc.  I want to give a huge Thank You to John for all the help he provided in getting the map finalized and ready for print for all the hints/tips he provided over the phone and via email.  I have a better understanding of the process and the subtleties that are required for event directing! 

After a mini speech from myself the mass start (socially distanced of course!) started at 10, except for John who was frozen in place or distracted by something and started a few minutes after the pack.  14 people left on bike while the remaining people left on foot.

John was only going to tackle what he could in an hour and in 1:01 he returned with an impressive 55 points. 4 foot groups returned within the 2 hour mark and everyone else made it back within the 3 hour max time limit came in with smiles on their faces.  Even Carrie who had an unfortunate bike tire incident shortly after the start was still in good spirits upon checkout. 

Karen and her pup Clipper who drove down from McCall(!) sat after her finish and chatted with us on how she has hosted this event in the past and how living in McCall can make things a tad difficult.  She had some stories and advice to share while she rested up for her drive home.

Bike

Name

# in Party

Race

Time Out

Time In

Total Time

Total Points

Melanie/Innes Wright

2

Bike

10

12:57

2:57

245

Doug Lamot

1

Bike

10

12:54

2:54

175

Mattsons'

3

Bike

10

12:08

2:08

110

Thomas'

3

Bike

10

12:08

2:08

110

Carrie Magnuson

1

Bike

10

11:09

1:09

40

Arron Banner

4

Bike

10

 

 

 

Foot

Name

# in Party

Race

Time Out

Time In

Total Time

Total Points

 

John Murray

1

Foot

10:03

11:05

1:02

  55

 

Leslie

1

Foot

10

11:48

1:48

55

Jennifer Smackey

1

Foot

10

11:59

1:59

145

Zack Clayton

1

Foot

10

11:59

1:59

145

Donna P

1

Foot

10

12:00

2:00

30

Alecia Murray

3

Foot

10:32

12:34

2:02

115

Karen Didisse

1

Foot

10

12:08

2:08

90

John & Eli Arambarri

2

Foot

10

12:14

2:14

25

Darla/Randy

2

Foot

10

12:17

2:17

55

Kim & Roy Tsuda

2

Foot

10

12:17

2:17

55

Nick Collias

3

Foot

10

12:26

2:26

Didn't turn in score sheet

Heather Steele

2

Foot

10

12:28

2:28

Didn't turn in score sheet

Nate Ramsey

1

Foot

10:04

12:57

2:53

50

Jerry Stewart

1

Foot

10

12:56

2:56

60

The only people we didn’t see return was the Banner family, hopefully they didn’t freeze while out on the course and just stopped for lunch or a warm drink!
The hint sheet has been posted on the Meetup page along with the maps and answers.  I appreciate everyone’s feedback about the event and took away several items of things to do differently as I’m already starting to plan my next hosted event!
Meet director,
Christy Morris

Image of the map used for the event