Bend Ice Caves Navigation Race - results and photos

Hello CROC friends,

Preliminary results from the Bend Ice Caves are now posted here.

We hope to get split times up in the next day or so.

Enjoy the photos below. If you have any that you took you'd like to add to this page, please email us and they will be posted.

2018 North American Orienteering and Canadian Orienteering Championships

August 17-24 in and around Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

by Rick McBee

CROC was well represented at this international event last month and although most of us were hopelessly outclassed by competitors from Europe, Canada and Australia, we did have wonderful, challenging experiences. The weather was wonderful and over 600 people competed from many countries.

Virginia Church came home with two well-deserved Gold and Silver medals in her age category and Alison Crocker won two Gold medals for the US Team, one in the long and the other in the middle events. Alison also competed in the winning team relay for the USA which took the Gold in that event. Alison’s efforts greatly helped our US Team defeat the Canadians for the coveted NAOC trophies.

The following CROC members ran in events and were really happy when they actually managed to complete courses in the complicated negative terrain:- Tony Pinkerton, Ken Wenzel, Debbie Wenzel, Julie Pohl, David Rogers, Jill McBee, Rick McBee, Anndy Wiselogle, Ali Crocker, and Virginia Church.

Day One was the NAOC Long Course at Croucher Creek comprised of detailed negative topography interspersed with upland areas – all of it covered with forest of varying thicknesses.

Day Two was the NAOC Middle Course at Lewes Lake south of Whitehorse. It was equally difficult terrain with very few trails and a few more open areas between the depressions and forests of aspen, pine and spruce.

Day Three was the NAOC relay held on the Grey Mountain Biathlon Trails- a convoluted ski trail network with deadfall, deep moss and Labrador tea understory. Both the US Junior and Elite teams prevailed! We dared not enter a CROC team!!!

Day Four – the NAOC/COC Sprint was terrific fun running around the Carcross village and surrounding area with its nightmare of trails and pits.
Day Five – a rest day - some went canoeing on the Yukon River, others hiked Grey
Mountain, visited the hot springs, shopped or laid low nursing sore muscles.

Days Six and Seven were the COC Long and Middle Courses set at Hidden Lakes just outside of Whitehorse. Again complex negative topography described in the course notes as "kame and kettle features" confused us all. Despite many trails, open south facing hillsides and lakes, one was often lost. Navigation is incredibly hard when you can’t see ahead and are faced with numerous pits to circumnavigate or plunge through. Bears? No bear in its right mind would have been anywhere near that many humans trashing through the bush.


We can’t wait for 2020 when this event will be in the Lake tahoe area.

And the top finishers of the Summer Series are . . .

Hi fives to the top finishers at our Summer Classic event series. Alexander Myachin (green) and Jason Kent (orange). These two competitors had the highest score over a series of four different events in the summer 2018. The scoring system does require an advanced degree in statistics, but we have some pretty smart figured it out, so I'm pretty sure it's right.

We are having a similar series for the autumn, starting in September, so you can get in on the action there as well.

Annual member party and "2017 in review" presentation

Those at our recent annual member party enjoyed pizza, salad, good conversation, geeking out on O-maps from various events around the country, and planning for 2018. The highlight of the evening was a wonderful presentation put together by Abra McNair, which was a photo overview of events, people, and accomplishments of the past year. You can now see that presentation on our website, under About. Here's a direct link.

Deschutes Daze 2017

 Group preparing to take off on the Lava Loops courses.

Group preparing to take off on the Lava Loops courses.

Deschutes Daze 2017 challenged and delighted the people who brushed aside the sub-par conditions (haze, smoke), and did their best in the excellent terrain near Bend. The group included people from Canada, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, California, New Hampshire, Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, New York, and the Netherlands plus a contingent of CROC members. There were no posted results, but members of the national orienteering team put on a competitive show that was great to watch.

Volunteers made the event happen smoothly, those who planned and operated the events, and some great people who dropped in to fill any needs. Thanks!! (You know who you are!)

 

 Runners at the COCC sprint; runners on and after the Lava Loops course; and course clean-up specialists Abra and Sue waiting to do their thing. Photos by Deb Wenzel.

Runners at the COCC sprint; runners on and after the Lava Loops course; and course clean-up specialists Abra and Sue waiting to do their thing. Photos by Deb Wenzel.

For more pictures, click the "F" at the bottom of the home page.

Mountain Bike Orienteering at O-Ringen

For the first time since its inception, Sweden's week-long orienteering festival, O-Ringen, is offering a full five days of MTBO competition. Sue Grandjean (pictured) and I (Abra McNair) decided to jump at the chance to attend, see what O-Ringen was all about, and get in some good MTBO practice. Just two days in, we've already been blown away by the organization and effort behind this whole event. Coordinating over 12,000 people is not an easy feat!
O-Ringen 2017 is in Sweden's Varmland region, so our first long and middle distance events have included some classic countryside and forest views; one competitor even saw an albino moose on their drive back to Arvika (!!). Out of our first two events, we both preferred the terrain and course setting of the middle. Held in a nordic skiing park, there were many chances to assess the topography while navigating some fun, rocky descents.



The long distance course was relatively flat, but with a distinguished ridge line (sometimes 50 meters high) where the only way down was a rocky path filled with deep sand. The multiple trips down this ridge line made the course no longer as flat. :) Sue had a great race on the middle event, finishing third in the W21 category.

MTBO has only been at O-Ringen since 2011, but is slowly growing in popularity as people realize the challenge of reading maps at a much higher speed. Next year's event should have all MTBO races within a bike ride's distance from O-Ringen City, which will hopefully inspire more people to try it out. Tomorrow is "Activity Day," which gives all participants a chance to try new orienteering disciplines, including MTBO, Trail-O (or Pre-O), a micro maze, and even pairing orienteering with biathlon. We are excited to try as many new things as possible before we are back on two wheels in the forest for the rest of the week.
 

CROC at 2017 National Championships at Gold Rush Days, Idaho

by Jill and Rick McBee

 CROC's Dan Grabski punching a control on the sprint course.

CROC's Dan Grabski punching a control on the sprint course.

Once again City of Trees Orienteering Club (CTOC), Boise, Idaho put on a great national event for all of us in the orienteering world. CROC was represented by 7 members of our club in each of the following age groups: Dan Grabski and Mike Kacmar in Men’s 35+, Alex Myachin in Men’s 45+, Scott Drumm in Men’s 50+, Mike Poulson in Men’s 55+, Rick McBee in Men’s 70+ and Jill McBee in Women’s 70+. 

The Sprint race on the Boise State University Campus was a true test of speed, endurance and quick thinking for all within the mass of classroom and dormitory buildings interspersed with small gardens, works of art and tennis courts. There were lots of direction changes, cull de sacs and route selection opportunities for all. 

The Middle and Long Distance races were held just outside of Stanley, Idaho at an elevation of about 7000 feet. For both races, the complex moraine landscape was unusual in having a large number of depressions caused by the ancient ice of a long gone glacier. This was further complicated by many areas of deadfall within the mature Lodge Pole Pine forest which made direct line running difficult if not impossible in a number of areas. These obstacles made for very difficult navigation with the necessity of runners using their maps to decipher the terrain as they detoured through the maze-like courses. 

As always in national level events, a few extra seconds of decision making or dis-orientation on a course made all the difference between a competitor winning a medal or being only in the runners-up for any race. In the end, all agreed that CTOC had once again done a magnificent job of setting and organizing the courses to comply with the distance and winning time requirements of the completion. 

Several of our CROC members were awarded medals for their efforts placing them at or near the top of the nation’s orienteering age groups. The awards were as follows:

Dan Grabski: Bronze Medal for 3rd Place In men’s 35+ Overall for two best of three scores.

Mike Kacmar: Bronze Medal for 3rd Place in men’s 35+ Sprint. 

Rick McBee: Bronze Medal for 3rd Place in men’s 70+ Middle Distance.

Jill McBee: Silver Medal for 2nd Place women’s 70+ Sprint, Silver Medal for 2nd place in women’s 70+ Middle Distance, and Silver Medal for 2nd place women’s 70+ Long Distance. Additionally, Jill received a Bronze Medal for 3rd place in the women’s 70+ Overall for two best scores in a category which included the scores of non-USA competitors as well. 

Hurray for CROC! 

 Jill and Rick McBee with an impressive hardware collection! National Championships, Idaho, 2017.

Jill and Rick McBee with an impressive hardware collection! National Championships, Idaho, 2017.