July 12, 2018

Idaho City Meet, Sunday July 15, 2018 9am and later starts

Where: Granite Creek Recreation area. ID-21 and Forest Rd 314C.
From Boise, take Hwy 21 N to Idaho City. Go about 2 miles and look for parking on the left. The dirt area is blocked off with posts to the North, so keep an eye out for the CTOC sign and be ready to turn left into parking at the South end of the parking area.

When:  Sunday, July 15, starts from 9am - 11am
It is going to be hotter than I'd hoped, so I will be ready for starts as early as 9am.

  • Orange (Advanced beginner, 2.3K, 120m)
  • Brown (Advanced, 2.6K, 150m)
  • Green (Advanced, 3K, 150m)
There is a 750m long/90m climb from the meet center/finish to the start. A yellow course can be set on request (email me ASAP if you are interested). 

What to bring/wear:
  • Compass
  • Brown and green courses involve steep, slick (pine needles on top of sand on steep slopes) travel. Wear appropriate boots or off trail shoes.  Long pants or gators are recommended. Orange requires some off trail travel.  
  • There were biting flies when I was out there this week. Come early, consider long sleeves, and/or bug spray. 
  • Although it is wooded, there is still significant sun exposure.
  • See links for membership info and fees. We will be using SI kit for start/finish and some controls.
  • I will place water at one or two controls, but you may want to bring some you can carry with you as well.
  • There are plenty of maps left over from 2015 meet so come on out even if you haven't already RSVP'd. These are fun courses on a great map and interesting terrain!

Hope to see you Sunday morning!

Melanie Wright (melaniecwright AT gmail dot com)

July 6, 2018

Idaho City, Sunday July 15

Photo credit: Ellen Crosby
Our next meet will be Sunday July 15 in Idaho City. The meet start and finish is about 2.5 miles north of Idaho city right off Highway 21. I will be setting middle distance courses from the Gold Rush 2015 National Meet. Preliminary plans are for:
  • Yellow (Beginner, 2.3K, 120m climb)
  • Orange (Advanced beginner, 2.3K, 120m)
  • Brown (Advanced, 2.6K, 150m)
  • Green (Advanced, 3K, 150m)
The area involves technical terrain with interesting features due to hydromining during the Gold Rush. I have not yet field-checked for changes in terrain from when the map and courses were generated in 2015 so there could be last minute changes later next week based on that.

I am trying to manage my workload so I would greatly appreciated if you would RSVP and let me know if you are planning to come and what course you will run.  I may drop any of the above courses if I don't get any requests to run that course (eg, choose only one of yellow/orange or only one of brown/green). I could also add a longer course if I do get requests for one.

The yellow course is an excellent choice for anyone new to forest orienteering. The orange course will be a nice step up from that and a little bit of a challenge, but still stays close to trails to help with error correction. 

Early weather forecast looks pretty good, highs around 90 with a bit of cloud cover, so I will probably have starts from 10am to Noon. If it looks like it will be much hotter than that, I'll try to have things ready earlier in the morning.

RSVP by Wed 7/11 if you want to weigh in on course choice. melaniecwright AT gmail dot com.  Or on our Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/202124627116450/?active_tab=about  (add a comment to indicate preferred course). 

July 1, 2018

Dutch Lake June 30 meet results

Perfect weather greeted hard core enthusiasts who came to sample course this past Sunday.

All finished with smiles

German delicatessens awaited at the finish. Many took opportunity to sample European food. Some results:
Brock Ben (blue)               58:27
Black Jeff  (red)             2:20:36
Wright Melanie (red)     1:05:31 (dnf)
Murray John (brown)     1:15:51
Wright Melanie (brownZ) 52:41

Hope to see you all enjoying courses at our next meet near Idaho City July 15 with another amazing terrain.

Sergey Velichko

June 12, 2018

Saturday June 30 Meet at Dutch Lake Stanley, ID

Our next meet will take place Saturday June 30 near Stanley, ID. 

This will be re-run of our advanced middle courses set during 2017 USA Championships that our club hosted last summer. Brown, Green. Red, and Blue advanced courses will be offered. Beginner courses will not be offered but beginners will be allowed on a course accompanied by an experienced orienteerer. Maps for White,Yellow,and Orange courses will be available but we will only put tapes at the beginner control locations. So it will be self-served no time taken beginner course offerings. More information and directions to the meet center are available in this bulletin (see information for Sunday June 25 Dutch Lake middle event)

General link to 2017 USA Championships with more information and results is available at

Starts will be open 10am to 12 noon on Saturday. Walk from the finish areas and meet center to the start will involve about 50m steep climb. We will use SI electronic punching system to cover majority of controls so some split time will be available.

Please RSVP directly to me at savelichko at yahoo dot com to indicate what course you may be exploring. You may explore multiple courses time permitting. 

Water, light snacks, first aid kit, compasses, and SI sticks will be available at the center. Later two may be rented at some nominal charge.

Hope to see many of you enjoying outdoors!

Sergey Velichko

P.S. Given enough interest we may explore a training session on Sunday same weekend on our second Trap Creek map in the area. Please send to me an indication if you might be interested.

June 9, 2018

2018 CTOC Rabbit Creek Meet Results

Having decided to take on the role of race director in my first “real” orienteering meet (the Boise Street Challenge doesn’t count since there are no actual controls are placed), I must start off by giving thanks to a few people: 

Bill and Dee Pilcher – Thanks again for your willingness to hold this event at your wonderful property for all these years.  You always have shown the club great hospitality and kindness.

Sergey Velichko – Thanks for your time and efforts showing me how to use OCAD8 and the new SI Timing system software.

All Past Rabbit Creek Race Directors – After having competed in several past held Rabbit Creek orienteering meets over the past 12 years, I now have a whole new appreciation of how much work it is to design, field check, and setup/tear down the course in an area as rugged and wide open as the Owyhee Mountains.

Finally, I really appreciated all the help I received from the participants at the meet.
Sincerely - Michael Bading (Rabbit Creek meet director).

There were 3 levels of traditional classic orienteering courses offered: Advanced Beginner Course, Intermediate Course, and an Advanced Course.

This year’s Rabbit creek event/courses had 2 changes from past years events:
- Every competitor would have to start and complete the Beginner Course up to control 7, before starting on their respective course, Intermediate or Advanced.
- This year was the first time using the SI timing system at Rabbit Creek, so we also would have all leg times for each competitor, including each person’s Beginner Course time.

Race Day - Starts
The race day weather was perfect in the morning, partly cloudy, not too warm and not too cold.  The weather forecast for the Murphy area called for afternoon thunderstorms, but from the Rabbit Creek farm, it didn’t seem like there were any storms heading our way and we were hoping that if they did come, it would be in the late afternoon.

Racers started showing up just be for 9 AM and everyone seemed excited for another day of orienteering challenges and the beauty Rabbit Creek has to offer.

The first competitor out of the gate and on to the intermediate course was John Murray, who left with a determined look on his face to do well.  After John, it was the team of Norma Bailey and Bonnie Coiner that decided to take a more leisurely approach to the intermediate course, hiking it at their own pace.

Next up was Jay Morgan, the first competitor on the advanced course, followed 9 minutes later by Doug LaMott (also on the advanced course), who started out strong and looked as if he might chase Jay and give him a run for his money.

Jerry Stewart, Bill Pilcher, David Murray (aptly sporting a very stylish blue CTOC club jersey) all started out on the intermediate course over the next 15 minutes.  Now there were plenty of competitors out all the courses across the dry and challenging terrain.

Starting next and new to the Rabbit Creek meet was the team of Kara Steele and Roxanna Strong. They decided on hiking the beginner course, which was challenging enough.  Unlike our standard beginner courses at one of the club’s urban meets, the beginner course was complete with a natural sage brush maze, a short steep hike and a couple of carefully placed controls that were not able to be seen from a distance due to foliage.

Rounding out the last two entries for the 2018 CTOC Rabbit Creek meet, were the teams of Katrina Wright / Lou VanderWyk on the intermediate course and Melanie Wright  / Innes Wright on the advanced course.

Race Day - Finishes
Once all the competitors were out on course, the only thing left for the race director to do was hang out in the great weather and wait for the racers to come back, right?  Wrong.  As the last racers went out on course, the weather to the south was looking increasingly dark.   I was hoping that the weather would hold off until after the meet was finished and all of the racers were off course.  While we were still enjoying great weather for the time being, it was clear we should be getting ready for a storm coming in.  Thankfully, the Pilchers’ house at Rabbit Creek has a great covered deck! So soon after the first racers came in, the next hour was spent relocating the entire race HQ and SI timing system to the porch.

Starting out first has its advantages, so John Murray was also the first competitor to come in (well ahead of the encroaching storm).  Coming down the steep terrain from Control 46 at a fairly fast pace, you could see his determination had not faded. He made very good time on the intermediate course at just over an hour and half.  Smiling, but tired, John looked like he had a great time.

Soon after, the team of  team of Norma Bailey and Bonnie Coiner came strolling in, deciding not to finish the intermediate course after completing the beginner course and a few controls on the intermediate course (and wisely skipping the one big climb on that course).

Also strolling at that time in was the team of Kara Steele and Roxanna Strong.  Since this was their first time not only at Rabbit Creek, but also using a more advanced topographical map than most urban meets do, they really enjoyed trekking around the Rabbit Creek farm on the beginner course and appeared to have a lot of fun.  We hope to see them again in the future at more upcoming CTOC meets.

David Murray came in and was just happy that he beat his dad by just under 10 minutes on the intermediate course. However, given the age difference, it could be legitimately argued that John performed very well against both David and father time at the meet.

Jay Morgan was the first advanced course competitor to come in and he had a story to tell.  Although Jay had left 9 minutes before Doug LaMott, it appears that Doug had been slowly catching up to Jay until Control 39.  Control 39 was set in a steep re-entrant with a split, and was also located very close to 2 parallel erosion ditches, so a competitor would have to look closely at the map to see where Control 39 was located.  Jay found Control 39, but also heard Doug coming, so he quickly moved away from the control.  Upon seeing Doug, Jay pulled off a believable acting performance by pretending he had not found Control 39 yet and appeared to still be looking for the control.  Once Doug was out of site, Jay took quickly took off for Control 40 and left Doug looking for Control 39 by himself.  After I spoke with Doug after the meet, he confirmed that he thought Jay had not yet found Control 39.  So by orienteering standards, Jay’s performance was worthy of an Oscar (or at least a Golden Globe).

Soon after Jay arrived, Bill Pilcher also came in from completing the intermediate course, and just in time - the weather finally changed to rain.  At first it was just a little rain, but it didn’t take long for it to be a fully fledged downpour.  Team Wright (Melanie and Innes) came in just before the rain turned to the downpour.  Looking a little worn from their fast pace, Melanie mentioned that she probably raced faster trying to keep up with Innes than she would have done by herself. She also said that having a team where there are two sets of eyes on the map and looking for controls really helped with their navigation.

After 30 minutes of steady rain, Doug, the last competitor on the advanced course came in.   It seemed the first half of his race went very well until he got to Control 39.  He then had to make several searches and attempts before he finally found Control 39, but by then, Jay was long gone.

The last person still left on the course was Jerry Stewart.  The rain was now really coming down and thunder was rumbling, so everyone was getting a little concerned since Jerry had not been seen for over 3 hours.  Both John and Bill went out in their cars to start searching for Jerry and to see if he was possibly walking back to the farm on the road.  About 10 minutes after the search parties went out, through the sheets of rain and thunder, Jerry could be seen coming down the last steep incline back to the farm.  Showing that persistence does pay off, Jerry indeed completed the entire intermediate course, despite the challenging weather conditions.  After drying off and getting some food, Jerry mentioned that after the rain got heavy, he wasn’t really looking to complete the course and was planning to skip the last control (Control 46), when he found it on his way back to the farm.

With everyone back and accounted for, the potluck had already began and was already in full swing. Under the safety and comfort of a nice dry porch with plenty of food and drink, everyone enjoyed the post-race potluck with pizza, beer, salad and plenty of side dishes and snacks.   Another great CTOC Rabbit Creek meet was now complete and was followed by stories of fun and adventure.

Results are listed below by course.   All racers are listed on the beginner course, which for intermediate and advanced competitors would be your first split time.

 Split times can be viewed/ downloaded from the following link:

All Beginner Course Times

1. Doug LaMott                                                 0:17:17
2. Melanie Wright/ Innes Wright                 0:18:55
3. David Murray                                               0:19:16
4. Jay Morgan                                                   0:19:53
5. Bill Pilcher                                                     0:25:03
6. John Murray                                                 0:25:23
7. Katrina Wright/ Lou VanderWyk             0:34:49
8. Jerry Stewart                                                0:38:40
9. Normal Bailey/ Bonnie Coiner                  1:00:11
10. Kara Steele / Roxanna Strong                  (no time - approx 1 hour)

Intermediate Course Results

1. David Murray                                               1:23:04
2. John Murray                                                1:32:49
3. Bill Pilcher                                                    2:20:29
4. Jerry Stewart                                                3:43:46
Katrina Wright/ Lou VanderWyk                DNF
Normal Bailey/ Bonnie Coiner                     DNF

Advanced Course Results

1. Jay Morgan                                                   2:22:17
2. Melanie Wright/ Innes Wright                2:42:35
3. Doug LaMott                                                3:12:54

May 7, 2018

15th Annual Rabbit Creek

15th Annual Rabbit Creek
Come join us for one of the club’s favorite events, the CTOC Rabbit Creek meet.

This marks the 15th year the club will compete at this venue – challenging, fun and an adventure every time.
And don’t miss the potluck!

Located in the Owyhee mountains, it offers both beauty and ruggedness. The views during the meet are very scenic, wide open and full of unique rock formations.  The ruggedness includes some challenging steep and rocky terrain, brush, barb wire fences, ATV & ranchers and an occasional wild horse, rattlesnake or lizard.

And of course after the meet there will be the annual Rabbit Creek Potluck, so bring some food and beverages to share.

Basic Info
Date:             Sunday, May 20th
Location:      Rabbit Creek (Murphy, ID)
Formats:      Standard Courses - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Starts:          After 10:00 am
Time Limit:   3 hours, the intermediate and advanced courses will be closed to starts
after at 11:30 am.

-        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.

Three levels of traditional classic orienteering courses will be offered:

  Beginner: 0.6-1.5km, 0-15m climb, 5-6 controls.  A short course right around the house and farm for those just getting acquainted with orienteering.

 Intermediate: 5-6 km, 250-350m climb, 8-13 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, 16-22 controls.  A large loop with a full complement of technical controls and long legs.

Electronic punching will be used for advanced and intermediate courses so bring your SI stick or rent one from us at nominal charge. 

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 17th 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.