CROC roadtrip! California Orienteering Week (COW)

CROC members attended the California Orienteering Week (COW), with events in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area in March 2017. Highlights included 2nd place in the "3 point team" relay event with Tom Allen, Ali Crocker and Dan Grabski.

Competing for the national title in precision orientering, CROC veteran Mike Poulsen finished a very close second.

High fives to all these folks for representing CROC!

Tom, Ali and Dan sporting the hardware.

CROC's Abra McNair awarded by O-USA

Abra in action at the World Championships.

Abra in action at the World Championships.

CROC's own Abra McNair received an honorable mention from Orienteering USA as “Comet of the year”, which is awarded to the U.S. orienteer who has made the most progress in orienteering results during the 2016 season. Abra, along with Sue Grandjean, have represented the USA as members of the national mountain bike orienteering team, competing at the world championships every summer for the past several years. Congratulations Abra! Read more here:

Special workshops at meets

Starting in April, training coordinator Anndy Wiselogle will offer short workshops to teach Intermediate level skills. For people interested in doing an "orange" course, these workshops will give participants basic skills to be comfortable off the trail, to navigate by compass, and to choose the best route. These are offered for no cost, and begin at 10:00 a.m. at the site of CROC's local Classic meet.

The first two trainings are:  April 1 at Mt. Tabor, where the topic is "Distance and Direction: Pace Counting and Following a Bearing," and on May 20 at Hamilton Island we'll cover "Follow a Route with Handrails and Attack Points."

NEW! CROC Members Training Series-winter edition

Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at the CROC Members Training Series. Each event will focus on a particular skill, close map-reading, remembering what you've seen on the map, keeping track of where you are. Exercise has never been less painless!

Free for CROC members only, events are scheduled for January 28, February 19, and March 11. See events page for details.

Mary S. Young Park meet review

Lots of families came to the orienteering meet at Mary S. Young Park on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The age of participants ranged from 4 years to 74 years. The four-year-old let his six-year-old brother do most of the navigating. Orienteers included neighbors who regularly walk in the park, and frequent orienteers for whom this was the first time at the park. 

Participants liked the stretch along the water, and some liked running faster to keep ahead of the younger folk. The fastest runners appreciated the water views even when they were off the route.

The park is well-loved, well-cared-for and often visited by people in the vicinity. Ten neighborhood volunteers keep litter picked up and keep the paths maintained. Every time the CROC course designer went there with map and clipboard,  a local neighbor would ask with curiosity about orienteering. At least four of the local neighbors came to the registration table.

As always, lots of CROC members helped to make this event happen:  Virginia Church, John Godino, Mike Holliday, Julie Pohl, Mike Poulsen, David Rogers, Debby and Ken Wenzel. On behalf of all the participants, thank you all!

Meet Director Anndy Wiselogle

Winter Workshop - Course Design

Twenty CROC members learned about Course Design in the January workshops. A booklet reviewed the teaching skills for legs of Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Everybody had the chance to evaluate legs on maps, and then to design a course with a partner. Basic truths of course design were emphasized, such as: the Map must agree with the Terrain, and the Control Description must agree with both. Participants left the workshop with new ideas to incorporate to their course planning.

CROC thanks Anndy Wiselogle for creating and hosting this event, twice!