August 6, 2014

August 3 Meet Report - Dutch lake mystery

Congratulations to all who tried very demanding and technical terrain at Dutch lake near Stanley last Sunday!

Group photo at the start - lots of smiles!

The Dutch lake map is not really ready yet so we used a basemap for the day with few sample boulders and trails.

On beginner course Rosie with her dad Andy Hill and Dondi Black with friend Toby successfully navigated easy 4 first controls and really advanced last 2 controls. Rosie and Andy on the photo - ready to navigate!

Intermediate and advanced courses attracted the biggest crowd .

My apologies to all for misplacing control 4! It was placed wrongfully in parallel similar hill/depression pair ~100m West of where it should. I make mistakes too :) Extra points to Ben, Levi, and Karin who made sure to find the right feature! Even more extra points to all who found it in the wrong place!

Ben Brock and Levi Schmitt navigated extra difficult advanced course in 1:54 while Karin Didisse finished it in 2:35. They were the only trio who completed the entire course.

Chris and Mikayla Rose, Bob Didisse, Jerry Stewart, Bill Leahy, Jay Morgen, Kerry Davis, Jeff Black, John Murray, and Andy Hill - all receive credit for trying hard to complete either red level intermediate or blue level advanced course.

This kind of moraine terrain is pretty unique. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan have some of this terrain. We are blessed in Idaho to have such a diversity of terrains ranging from open prairie, complex ridge, re-entrant, and spur mountain pine woods, and finishing with intricate moraine. A maze of depressins, hills, small lakes, re-entrants, and spurs of moraine terrain requires special tactics and route choices. I will publish soon an article on it here at our blog.

Famous depressions require some thinking!

More of depressions

John traverses un-mapped stream 

Some discussion over the map

Many thanks go to John for discovering and initially assessing this area together with Karin! He is awarded with Idaho honorable chain of discovery!

I really hope that Alexei will transform basemaps for both Dutch lake and Trap creek areas into jewels that our club and national orienteering community will enjoy for years to come.

Big thanks to Jeff Black for photos on this page!

Our next event is a National orienteering day meet at Veteran's park Saturday September 13. Jeff and Dondi Black are creating courses for us to enjoy. See you all there!

Sergey Velichko

July 30, 2014

August Meet at Dutch Lake near Stanley, Idaho

All are invited to the CTOC regular monthly meet this coming Sunday August 3 that takes place near Stanley, Idaho. It will be run on the Dutch Lake map. Starts 11am to 1pm. 3 courses will be offered: longer advanced (5.6km, 16 controls), shorter intermediate (4km, 10 controls), and high level beginner (3km, 6 controls). Beginner course would require venturing into terrain for the last couple controls, use of compass, and ability to read contours. It offers easy first 4 controls and more advanced 2 last controls. Any person on the beginner course would be required to be accompanied by an experienced partner.

This is very challenging and fun moraine terrain with lots of depressions, hills, and small ponds and lakes. Will require upmost focus and ability to read the map and use precise navigation. We hope you will have as much fun as we did.

We will provide water and condiments at the start/finish. We also designed advanced and intermediate courses to have a water control in the middle of courses. If it is really hot you may consider taking some water with you. It may take more than 1 hour to complete the course. Full body cover and good orienteering shoes are advisable. There is some amount of undergrowth and deadfall that requires body protection. We will have compasses for rent if you don’t own one. Good compass work is essential for this type of terrain!

Directions: Take road toward Stanley via Lowman either via Banks-Garden Valley (preferable) or Idaho City. From Lowman drive for about 44 miles north on H-21 until you see signs for Thatcher campground on your right (the highway makes 90 degree turn right couple mile before the campground). Continue about 1km further and take right on forest road 195. We will place CTOC directional sign at the turn. Continue for about 2km on FR195 southwest until you see the meet center (my car and orienteering signs). FR195 is relatively fine but very low clearance vehicles are not advised. It takes approximately 2.5 hours from Boise.

We hope to see you all enjoying this fun terrain and beauty of Stanley area!


Sergey Velichko

July 15, 2014

Bogus Basin Results and Mea Culpa

August Meet

It's customary to include a notice for the next meet at the end of the current meet report. Because the next meet in Stanley Basin is on the first of our new LiDAR maps, I am choosing to feature it at the top of the report. The new Dutch Lake Map has exceptionally well detailed contours. August 3 will be an opportunity to get a preview of area and what LiDAR technology can do for us. Sergey will have a more complete announcement later, but for now he sends us this note:

The meet is Sunday August 3. It will be run on the Dutch Lake Map. Starts 10am-noon. 3 courses will be offered: longer advanced, shorter intermediate, high level beginner. Beginner course would require venturing into terrain, use of compass, and ability to read contours. It is not suitable for first- comers. Any person on the beginner course would be required to be accompanied by an experienced partner. Driving will involve about 2km on a dirt road. It is relatively fine but very low clearance vehicles are not advised.

Bogus Basin

I have a friend who says that everyone has a purpose, even if it's only to serve as a bad example. I was that person Sunday in my role as the director of the Bogus Basin Meet. Because I truly love this sport, it pains me to make a mess of a meet. I know that most of the meets I direct have a casual, if not disorganized, flavor. I hope that most of you view that as a satisfactory trade for additional mapping. However, this meet fell far short even of my lax standards.

I am posting results as we always do. These results have very little value in comparing performances due to the most egregious of the problems. Jason and Karen Quinn finished Loop 1 without finding Control 7. Since it was located close to the finish I offered to show them where it was. We methodically walked to the boulder marked by Control 7. Much to my surprise and alarm there was no control bag. Without thinking it through I concluded that someone had removed the control. A little reflection led me to a different conclusion. No one would have seen the control and snatched it because it was completely out of the public view. As far as I know, there are no control-eating species endemic to Bogus Basin. I suspect there are some of you who silently harbor the belief that I never set the control. However, I am only able to reach one acceptable explanation. I present the photographic evidence so you can reach the only logical conclusion. Some participants searched long and hard. Others gave up quickly. Yet others found the control I set after discovering the problem. There is no way to handicap the individual loss of time.

I wish I could call this meet a comedy of errors. There was no comedy, only error. It started with confusion about the date of the meet originally posted as Saturday, July 13. Saturday was July 12. There was the purloined control noted above. And finally, I elected to omit control codes. I retain my opinion that control codes are unnecessary for local meets on a classic course. This was a local meet, but it was not a classic course. All three loops of what is probably best described as a Motala overlapped. Some controls were used on both Loop 1 and Loop 3. On a hot day with fatigue setting in it's possible to become a little confused when you find a control not far from the control you are seeking. I know that I am easily confused and frustrated at such a juncture. Ole, in his gentlemanly way, told me that control codes would have helped. I can see clearly now that he was right. Ole's critique came as I met him while I was picking up Loop 1 controls and he was finishing Loop 3. Completely forgetting that the Loop 1 control I was picking up was also a Loop 3 control, I picked it up. Forty meters on my way I realized my error and returned to the scene of the crime arriving just as Jason Quinn appeared in search of the control then in my hand. Although the control description did not say so, I was the feature he was searching for. He punched his map with the control still in my hand.

Bogus Basin is rough terrain with too much brush to allow fully free navigation. Among the few bright spots in the day were four legs belonging to Natalie and Becca. It's not just that they were pretty legs before they started. These Riverstone students attacked Loop 1 without gaiters and emerged with nary a scratch. It was good to see David Bergset back out on the prowl for controls. And we had the Thomas family complete both Loop 1 and Loop 2. Good job!

Thank you to Ayshe Sert and Jerry Stewart for help at the start table. I really appreciated Greg Davidson's and David Bergset's assistance picking up controls.
And one final note on the Bogus Basin mapping project. Loops 1 and 2 expanded the map down to Bogus Creek. If I am still allowed to direct a meet next year, I plan to expand the map into some very appealing terrain. A lot of it is runnable. A lot of it has more rock features. And, while it has significant elevation challenges,  the climbs and descents are much less demanding than those found in the 2014 addition to the map. It should be fun. I can promise the meet will be better managed. How could it not be?
John Murray
Meet Director

July 6, 2014

Bogus Basin Meet -- Sunday, July 13

No Longer the Sole Province of the Alpine Enthusiast—Bogus Orienteering Goes Nordic -- Sunday, July 13 – Alpine and Nordic Areas on an Expanded Map

Join us for our third orienteering adventure at Bogus Basin. This year's Bogus Basin Meet introduces new courses on a map that has expanded into the Nordic area. The newly mapped area west of the Nordic Lodge features many boulders and cliffs comprising interesting navigational challenges. Although the advanced and intermediate courses are relatively short in horizontal distance, the vertical will reward strong legs, stout hearts and astute route choices.

All three courses (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) begin at the Nordic Lodge. The finish will also be at the Nordic Lodge. The beginner's course will follow roads, but in a departure from previous events the controls will be off of the road. They will be easily accessible and within 10 meters of the road. It will be necessary for participants on the beginner's course to identify features like boulders and re-entrants on the map. If you are a beginner and unfamiliar with orienteering map symbols, the meet directors and experienced orienteers will gladly give you a brief explanation before you depart on your adventure.

If you plan to tackle either the intermediate or advanced course, be sure to bring gaiters or some other protection for your legs. Bogus Basin has brush. Full leg cover will prevent a lot of otherwise difficult to avoid scratches or worse. Also, because cut branches on the ground often make the footing unstable, you should bring sturdy shoes and good judgment about when to be cautious.
Who: Orienteers of all ages and abilities (beginners to advanced)

When: Sunday, July 13. Courses will be open for starts from 9 am – 11. Courses close at 1 pm. You may arrive within this window to try a course, as participants start separately a few minutes apart.

Finish and Parking Location: Nordic Lodge parking lot.

Restrooms available at the Simplot Lodge and/or in the parking lot.
Format: Classic in 3 loops.
Entry fees: $5.00 per map for non-members (individual or group). Free to members of the City of Trees Orienteering Club.

You may want to bring: a watch, a compass, a snack, a whistle and a cell phone. (Some compasses will be available to borrow)

Directors: John Murray/Jerry Stewart

June 29, 2014

All Golden!

The latest installment on the Gold Rush map saga started out both sunny and damp.   It had been raining off and on the previous evening, but the day dawned with clear blue skies.   However, by the time of the first starts, dark clouds overhead threatened to wet things down again.   Luckily, although the clouds stayed around for most of the day, the rain itself never materialized, leaving instead excellent running conditions.

The beginner course, a standard loop, only had one taker this time, with Alden Koenig blazing through the course with an excellent time.

The second course was a 21 control score course.   Controls could be visited in any order, each was worth 10 points a piece, time limit was three hours, and there was a 10 point per minute overtime penalty.    Three competitors were able to snag all 21, and two others missed out on 21 only due to not seeing the control (code 37) on the upper-right corner of the map.   A number of other competitors had difficulties on control code #42 due to an unmapped logging track on the ridge just to the west of the ridge that the control was on.   And, of course, John Murray pointed out (correctly) that control #43 was placed 20 meters south of the control circle.    Even with these problems, everyone had a great day.   Jerry Stewart enjoyed it so much, he even stayed out on the course for smidge more than his allotted three hours!

Special thanks to my co-director Jeff Black for helping with both pre-meet control placement, setup, and post-meet pickup.  And thanks to Bill Leahy for helping with setup and post-meet pickup.   And thanks to both for keeping me company at the delicious post-race meal and bull session at Trudy’s.

Jeff also posted a bit of his photography from the meet on the ctoc-boise yahoogroup . Enjoy!

Next month we return to the mountains with a meet at Bogus Basin.  See you there!

And last but not least, the results…

Andy Hill

BEGINNER      (2.69 km, 60 m climb)  
Name Time
Alden Koenig 33:25


Score (optimal route: 8.680 km, 350 m climb)      
Name Time Controls Score

Sergey Velichko




Jason Quinn




Greg Davidson




John Murray




Bill Leahy




Melanie Schuster




Nellie Pryor & Company




Shanda Doughman




Kerry Davis




Zack Clayton




Mikayla & Chris Rose




Jerry Stewart





June 12, 2014

Gold Rush 2014!

We return to the woods of Idaho City to revisit our best map, one that promises plenty of trees, hills, and  Forecast is looking really excellent, cooling down this weekend.

Date:  Saturday, June 14
Location:  Gold Rush map, Lycow flat (west side start - see below)
Formats:  Score, plus a beginner classic
Starts:  11am-12:30pm
Cost:  free to CTOC members, $5/$7 per map/group non-members (member info here)
Sheep:  Yes...some have been observed looking for control bag lunches on the south

Time limit/score penalty TBD by Andy Hill on race day.  Probably a couple of hours to get as many controls as you can.

Start will be about two and a half miles up Bear Run Road (note: this is not the start area by Highway 21).   From Hwy 21 in Idaho City, turn left on Main Street, go three blocks, turn right on Bear Run Road, and follow the road to the meet site.   Leave the sports cars at home – there’s a few ruts and potholes along the way.

Bring your favorite hydration system (may be water at a control, but not sure), shoes for off trail traction in the woods, your compass of course, and your mind ready to work...