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 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!)
For more pictures, click the "F" at the bottom of the home page.
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.
by Jill and Rick McBee
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!
“Summer School” at CROC offers members three opportunities for learning and/or fun. Details on Events page.
July 23, 2017 Stoplight Orienteering - Ali Crocker - Creston Park
August 5, 2017 Focus on Precision - Scott Drumm - Mt. Tabor Park
August 30-September 4, 2017 - Deschutes Daze
There are six days of advanced orienteering events in great forest and open areas around Bend, Oregon. There is no formal teaching, but you learn a lot from the courses. Come to one or all Deschutes Daze events. Note: Charges apply; not a free Member Training.
The Fall Member Training series will start with a Mapping Workshop on September 23, 2017. Mapper Virginia Church will help us learn how to map the terrain for an orienteering map.
Many of us enjoyed perfect weather on Saturday, May 20, at the Hamilton Island Classic event. Four courses were offered - the intermediate and the advanced being the most popular. 38 individuals/teams set out - 61 people in all plus 3 dogs and babies in backpacks and tummies!
The high water on the Columbia drowned out the shoreline path on the west end limiting route choices in that area but since no one felt like swimming, we moved two controls to higher ground. Andy ran an intermediate clinic and Julie taught 5 or 6 beginning clinics. The results below will show that Ali has not slowed down yet much to the chagrin of our advanced male runners!
And there was cake. Thank you for making my birthday such fun!!
See Results on the Events and Results page.
Jill and Rick McBee, Meet Directors
High fives to Abra McNair and Sue Grandjean, both CROC members, avid mountain bikers and orienteering experts, who were once again named to the USA national team for mountain bike orienteering. They will represent the USA at the World Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania this summer. Congrats Abra and Sue!
Watch this space!
The finger sticks used in the SPORTIdent (SI) electronic scoring system have enjoyed a steady increase in capability over the years. Recently, it's had yet another upgrade.
In true orienteering fashion, there are several names for the same thing. The latest version is called the SI Active Card, or SIAC, or "SPORTIdent AIR+", take your pick.
This new stick allows you to register a control point without you having to insert the stick into the hole, you just need to be 50 cm or so away from the control. (Hence the "air", get it?) They can also be used in so called classic mode and inserted into the hole. They have a small battery and then that should last several years of heavy use.
This system will be used at a large orienteering festival in Australia in 2017. They are published a nice PDF article on the system, how it works, and who may or may not benefit from using it. (The programming of the blue SI Field units needs to be changed to allow use of these new sticks, so it does complicate setting up an event.)
(Opens a shared Google drive folder)