December 5, 2019

Columbia Village Meet Coming Sunday December 15

When:  Sunday, December 15.  Starts from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.   Course closes at 2pm, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window.
Location: Start at Columbia Village Recreation Center, 3655 E Lake Forest Dr. There are no bathrooms at the start, but there are some nearby at the Simplot recreation fields. Finish could be at a different location from the start, but will be within 400 meters of the start. 
Format:  Classic:  Advanced (7-9km), Intermediate (4-6km), and Beginner (1-2km) Courses. Advanced and intermediate courses will venture into Simplot fields and nearby neighborhoods. Beginner course will be great for families and first-timers. More advanced first-timers might choose to venture out on the intermediate course as well. 
Club members will be on hand for instruction/coaching. If we have a large group of novices wanting instruction, we will have a group lesson at 10:30am. We do need RSVPs to know how many maps to print and whether to plan on a training session.
  • 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.
  • You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free!  See member info.
RSVP:  We will pre-print maps enough for our usual attendance, however, if you plan to come as a part of a large group please email my co-director  (melaniecwright AT gmail DOT com) with your count and maps needed by Thursday, December 12.
  • Compass!
  • Waiver, prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member.
  • Essentials and snacks. We will have drinking water and light snacks at the meet center.
  • Clothing suitable for outdoors and weather. 
Hope to see you all enjoying the park and courses!
Katrina Wright

December 3, 2019

Eerie and Dark at the Vampire-O

There was a little chill in the air, the occasional gentle blow of wind across the back of your neck, making you frequently look over your shoulder behind you. The park was dark, with point-earning controls all around.  A cadre of 13 orienteers started out at the whistle, 6 old-timers and 7 new-comers. Extra points given for heading into the spooky abandoned farm and building areas to the East. Two of the newcomers returned after a short wander, deciding they would prefer a first-hand try at orienteering in the light of day.  Elijah Hill volunteered to start as vampire. John Murray took off for the more complex navigation at the Northwest area of the park, which he knew well. Innes Wright hoofed it out quickly for the high pointers to the East. Andy & Laurie teamed up to knock of points, as did Rachel, Sicily, and Scarlet, and Wendy and Betsy. Katrina bravely ventured out on her own. Somewhere in the dark, Vampires changed hands and maps exchanged. Innes had to give up his high scoring card with bonus points, which eventually made it back into the hands of John, who was then able to run out and add back in a large number of already known points a second time, leaving him with the highest scoring card (18 of 26 possible). Wendy & Betsy arrived with the second highest number of points (14), but had 5 subtracted for returning late.

In the end, it was a tight race. With John bowing out as mapmaker and having a home-team advantage on his training stomping ground, the final order of finishers was:

Andy Hill and Laurie Li 
Rachel Steele, Sicily & Scarlet Marquez
Katrina Wright
Elijah Hill
Wendy Christopher & Betsy Hammer
Hon. mention
John Murray
Innes Wright

Light seekers
KC & Michael

October 29, 2019

Orienteering meet in Sun Valley, November 10

The Sun Valley Community School is running a Score-O on Sunday, November 10.

Date:  Sunday, November 10
Location:  Greenhorn Gulch Trailhead, Hailey, ID 83333
Format:  Score-O
Rolling Start:  10:00 AM.  Registration opens at 09:00.

Time Limit: 1 hour
Cost:  $5 suggested donation

Thanks, Trent

From our campus to the wilderness, we inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. 

October 19, 2019

Rescheduling Vampire-O to Saturday Nov. 2

They are calling for thunder and lightning tonight as well. I am rescheduling for Nov. 2.

Thanks - Melanie

October 6, 2019

Vampire-O is back at Eagle Island, Nov 2 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, November 2
Location:  Eagle Island State Park (park entrance is now from State Street)
Format:  Score
Mass Start:  7:15pm.  Arrive by 7 for instructions! 

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