October 30, 2013

Vampire-O Results

Wow! There was a big turnout for this year’s Vampire-O. We had nearly 50 participants.  From my personal experiences with CTOC monthly meets, I don’t recall seeing one with this many people. Needless to say the director and co-director where overwhelmed. I must apologize in advance for I am certain there will be errors in the results below. With that said, if you see an error please email me. It is easy to make corrections.  Clearly, the old school technology of pen and clipboard and a staff of two were inadequate for a meet this size.
The vampire-o (advance course) began with a mass start and participants scattering in all directions. David and Sam Murray volunteered to be the first vampire and waited 3 minutes after the mass start before beginning their hunt for the first victim. We could hear the shouts of “vampire attack” thorough out the 45 minute timed event. In the end it was the Thomas family whom ended the event as the vampire.
We had several boy scouts and troop leaders take on the intermediate course. Father and son take on the beginner course. They were started early ahead of the vampire-o.
Thanks to Jeff Black and John Murray who stayed and helped with pick up. And to Jeff Black providing an impromptu orienteering class for the boy scouts.
A gray sweatshirt with red lettering was left at the meet. If this is your then, you can find it at the club’s storage unit.
See you at the next event Boise Street Challenge Nov 17th at 10am.
Alex Pusch adv 19:24:00 19:46:12 0:22:12 16 80
Sergey Velichko adv 19:24:00 19:46:13 0:22:13 16 80  holy water
Ben Brock adv 19:24:00 19:52:15 0:28:15 16 80
David and Sam Murray adv 19:27:00 19:55:15 0:28:15 16 80 vampire
Hunter Kern adv 19:24:00 19:53:10 0:29:10 16 80
James Eidson adv 19:24:00 19:53:30 0:29:30 16 80
Javin Schwartzmen adv 19:24:00 19:53:30 0:29:30 16 80
Josh Hanson-Keplan adv 19:24:00 19:53:30 0:29:30 16 80
Tess Eidson adv 19:24:00 19:53:30 0:29:30 16 80
Jeff Eidson adv 19:24:00 19:53:30 0:29:30 16 80
Alex McKinley adv 19:24:00 19:54:02 0:30:02 16 80 vampire
Rob Landis adv 19:24:00 19:56:35 0:32:35 16 80 vampire
Chontha Kammer adv 19:24:00 20:06:50 0:42:50 16 80
Timmer Verhaegh adv 19:24:00 20:06:50 0:42:50 16 80
Camden Mullens adv 19:24:00 20:06:50 0:42:50 16 80
John and Liam Murray adv 19:24:00 20:07:30 0:43:30 16 80
Jeff Mullens adv 19:24:00 20:08:08 0:44:08 16 80
Annika Landis adv 19:24:00 19:59:49 0:35:49 15 75
Emily and Aleksi Morgan adv 19:24:00 20:03:49 0:39:49 15 75
Jay and Nikolai Morgan adv 19:24:00 20:06:40 0:42:40 15 75
Lukas DeWolfe adv 19:24:00 20:16:54 0:52:54 16 73 over 7min
Kelly Mullens adv 19:24:00 20:00:00 0:36:00 14 70
Ian Mullens adv 19:24:00 20:00:00 0:36:00 14 70
Jeff Black adv 19:24:00 20:01:40 0:37:40 13 65 vampire
Andy and Rosie Hill adv 19:24:00 20:09:00 0:45:00 11 55 vampire
Jerry Stewart adv 19:24:00 20:15:14 0:51:14 12 54 over 6min
Steve Fransen adv 19:24:00 20:15:14 0:51:14 12 54 over 6min
Thomas Family adv 19:24:00 0:00:00 0 0 vampire
Ryan Badger int 19:11:00 19:48:19 0:37:19 16 80
Mason Badger int 19:11:00 19:48:19 0:37:19 16 80
Doug Gneiting int 19:11:00 19:48:19 0:37:19 16 80
Tanner Gneiting int 19:11:00 19:48:19 0:37:19 16 80
Dave Matheson int 19:11:00 19:58:34 0:47:34 11 55
Seth Matheson int 19:11:00 19:58:34 0:47:34 11 55
Garrett Badger int 19:11:00 19:58:34 0:47:34 11 55
Kaden Gneiting int 19:11:00 19:58:34 0:47:34 11 55
Michael and Caelen Judd beg 19:11:00 19:28:40 0:17:40 5 25

October 27, 2013

Community School Orienteering Event

The students and teacher Rob Landis of Community School Outdoor Program in Ketchum are sponsoring an orienteering event November 3, 2013 at Fox Creek Trailhead.

October 18, 2013

CTOC 5th Annual Vampire-O

What’s a Vampire-O, you ask? Well, it's a lot of fun, it's has a Halloween theme and it's orienteering at night. And yes, it’s will be at night because everyone knows vampires only come out at night!

Date: Saturday Oct 26, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (mass start around 7:20pm)
Location: Simplot Sport Complex East (parking lot off S. Quamash Way) Simplot Sports Complex East

Vampire-O: score-o format, mass started with one (or two) vampire(s) starting 3 minutes later
Beginner and intermediate courses both score-o

Bring your headlamp and warm clothes and enjoy a fun night of orienteering.


1) So, what is Vampire-O?
It's like playing a game of tag while orienteering! One or more participants are selected as "vampires" at the start of the event. The "vampires" leave 3 minutes after everyone else had a mass start. Vampires carry a "vampire" card, worth zero points. When they come within five meters of another orienteer and yell "vampire attack!", the "victim" must surrender his or her punch card (along with all of its points) to the vampire, who then receives the Vampire card. The victim then becomes the vampire (but cannot immediately re-tag the original vampire, of course). It's all done at night with flashlights.

2) After a vampire attack can the victim attack his/her original vampire? If so, what are the rules for doing so?
"No immediate tag backs", just like in third grade. ;-> Cards tend to get traded back and forth pretty quickly, so this usually isn't a problem. You can attack someone that attacked you as long as you unloaded the card you got from them and are now carrying a card you got from another vampire later on. Vampires can't attack vampires of course - they'd just end up swapping cards...

3) I understand the course is score-o format. Is each control worth the same number of points?
Each control is worth the same amount. Identical control point values also makes scoring at the end that much easier - and it will be a bit hectic with a score-O mass finish.

4) Are teams allowed? If so, how does it work if the team is the vampire and team members have both slow and fast runners can the faster runner go after a victim alone or do they need to stay together as a team?
Teams are allowed. The team should stay together, within reason. The rule is "do the right thing" during the event. Teams should stay within vocal range if they get a bit separated, but should travel together whenever possible.

5) What if I want to run the vampire-o course but don’t want to be bother by the vampire. I just want to run the score-o course.
You can run the course but you will need special holy water to protect you from vampires. If you choose this option then you will be given a 1 gallon jug of holy water and you must carry it at all times during the event.

6) Will there be a beginner and intermediate course?
Yes, there will be a beginner and intermediate course. Participants that wish do the beginner or intermediate courses will be give a special garlic bracelet (glow in dark bracelet. The kind you see at the county fair). This will protect you from the vampire. Beginner and intermediate participants should come early to avoid the mass start of the vampire-o.

7) Because its at night do I need to bring a flashlight?
Yes, you should bring a flashlight or a headlamp.

8) Do I need to dress up in a Halloween costume?
No, you do not need to come in costume. However, you can if you wish.