January 8, 2020

January CTOC Julia Davis Park and BSU Meet January 18

This will be a classic meet in a city park and university campus setting. Meet center in Julia Davis park south of the Zoo, near footbridge crossing the Boise river to the BSU campus. Follow signs, It will be suitable for beginners who want a first-time experience using a map and compass to navigate around and learn about orienteering and orienteering procedures. Experienced CTOC members will provide instructions and get novice orienteers started. Longer courses extending into BSU campus and surrounding areas will be available for intermediate and advanced orienteers. Advanced orienteers will find their course to have all of the quick twists and turns of a national competition.

When: Saturday, January 18. Starts from 11 AM. Starts close at 1 PM. Course closes at 2PM.

Local meet fees paid at the start desk on the day of the meet:
Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members
Single Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members
If more than one map is needed for a team, a small additional fee may be needed per the discretion of the meet director depending on printing costs.

More information and updates are posted at our Meetup.com web site. https://www.meetup.com/City-of-Trees-Orienteering-Club/events/267299869/

More info for January 18 orienteering meet in Julia Davis park

Registration process tomorrow is expected to be crowded as many may arrive at the same time. To expedite your registration we encourage to bring a printed and signed registration and waver form that may be accessed at this link
Reminder that the meet center will be located South of the Zoo close to the footbridge crossing the river to the BSU campus. Look for CTOC directional signs and our tent with white and orange control flags. 
There will be experienced club members starting at 10:30am at the meet center to conduct introductory clinics. Join one of these groups after your registration to learn orienteering basics before going to your first course.
Please bring a compass if you have one. There will be a number of compasses available for a nominal $1 rental charge but their supply may be limited.
Beginner course will be an easy 1.3 km and 6 controls course around the Zoo. Participants on the course will use pin punching to register at each control.
Intermediate 3.8 km and 14 controls course will venture into the BSU campus and newly mapped areas. We will use SI electronic punching for the course. SI sticks will be available for a nominal $2 rental charge. Beginner course participants are encouraged to try this longer and advanced course free of charge.
Advanced 5.6 km and 23 controls course will traverse newly mapped areas for about 2/3 of the length. SI electronic punching will be used for the course.
There will be snow on ground and may be icy in places. Exercise your best judgement and be cautious. Dress for the outdoor outing according to the weather. We will have water and some snacks available at the center for your refreshment.
Hope to see all of you enjoying orienteering tomorrow!
Sergey Velichko

January 3, 2020

Columbia Village Meet Results

As a first time meet director, of a minimal age, the raised eyebrows I received when runners learned I made the course... well, they made my day.  In all seriousness I hope everyone who came out stayed warm and patient as I tried to shove maps into plastic covers with gloves on that were about three sizes too big.

Many may be wondering why this result write up took almost a month to complete, I'd like to say that it was because I wanted to be the first person to post in the new year. Or  because I wanted to say, "Don't worry Mom I'll do it next year!" But in reality, I've been semi-comatose since finals and anything I would've written before would have been incomprehensible.

For the 8 people who did come out to the meet (thank you by the way) here are the results:

Advanced Course

  1. Doug LoMott   1:00
  2. Jay Morgan      1:03
  3. Innes Wright    1:06
Intermediate Course
  1. John Murray                                  0:40
  2. Norma Bailey                                  1:35
  3. Heather Steele (and company)   1:48
Unfortunately no photos, as that would've required removing my gloves, and it was just too cold! 

Thanks for coming out!

Turns out Mom took a couple of photos:

Doug LaMott, feeling good.

Innes Wright, feeling something else.

(Added by Melanie).

December 23, 2019

New Club Meetup Site and 2020 Schedule


We are moving to a new Meetup platform for our club events. Please follow this link to join and receive up to the last minute updates, directions, and such

We will continue using existing blogger platform in parallel for a month or so until we completely convert. We really hope that the Meetup platform will allow for our club to grow and be really accessible.

Our tentative 2020 schedule:
January 18, Julia Davis park and BSU campus, Boise
February 15, Eagle Island park, Eagle
March 15, Willow/Veterans/Simplot parks, Boise
April 25-26, Boise Adventure Running Tournament (BART), Boise parks
May 10, Rabbit-O, Murphy
June 6, Gold Rush Motala, Idaho City
June 27, Stanley Boulder Dash, Stanley
August 23, Bear Basin, McCall
September tbd, Gold Rush classic, Idaho City
October tbd, Vampire-O, Boise
November tbd, Boise Metrogain
December 12, Fort Boise, Boise

Information, directions, and more at our new Meetup site (see link above).

Have great celebrations and a Happy New Year! Hope to see many of you next year enjoying our meets!

Sergey Velichko

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

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