April 17, 2012

Laramie Daze and Western States Champs

Photo from http://www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Medicine-Bow-National-Forest/3664
Fellow orienteers:

It's well worth noting and quite possibly taking advantage of this relatively close and remarkably affordable A meet:

Laramie Daze and Western States Championships, August 28 -September 3
This year the two days of the Western States Orienteering Championships will be held in conjunction with the five days of Mikell Platt's Laramie Daze. That's seven days of orienteering on some of the finest maps and most inviting terrain around. Mikell, a 13-time US Classic champion, has mapped considerably more than half of a 150 square kilometer area in the Medicine Bow National Forest east of Laramie including never before used terrain. Learn more about Laramie Daze at http://sites.google.com/site/laramierangeorienteeringclub/home .

Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club will host the Western States Orienteering Championships. More information on that later at http://www.rmoc.org/ .

John Murray and Jeff Black

April 8, 2012

April Meet at Columbia Village Report

It took a little bit of traversing steep hills

It took a little bit of persuasion

It took a little bit of fence climbing

It took a little bit of map thinking

It took a little bit of determination

It took a little bit of happy finishing

Ole found us!

New Columbia Village map inauguration and opportunity to run through hundreds people literally jamming soccer fields of Simplot complex made this past Saturday courses challenging and requiring full concentration, flow, and execution. Below are results of both Intermediate and Advanced courses that shared many controls together. Unfortunately, one of the controls disappeared but was skillfully recovered by Ole who noticed some boys playing with the bag. We hope it did not spoil the moment as the location of the control was obviously the only saddle on the map.

Intermediate Course: 3.7K, 10m climb, 15 controls

Davis Gilton                                     32:10
Jeff Decker                                      35:04
Alex Pusch                                      35:30
Ole Bergset                                     41:10
Michael and Drake Rudolph            52:25
Katarina Schwartsman                     52:42
Masha Velichko (just stretching)

Advanced Course: 6.5K, 50m climb, 20 controls

Todd Dinkelman                               40:45
Ben Brock                                        44:00
Jeff Black                                         49:57
John Murray                                     57:42
Jeff, Hayden, and Andrew Harvey 1:11:53

We hope to see you all at our traditional Rabbit-O in May. Bill and Russ are masters of putting fun and enjoyable events! And this is real wilderness!

Masha and Sergey Velichko

* All photos are courtesy of our special field correspondent Ellen Crosby.

P.S. If you are the owner of small red jacket left at the start, please, contact us so we can arrange a transfer (see our contact info at the right bottom).