Orienteering for Beginners @ North Chagrin / Sunday April 17, 11:30AM – 1PM

ABOUT

Join the Orienteering for Beginners event to learn about the sport of orienteering, how to work the map and compass, and ultimately, how to be successful on a beginner course. We’ll have plenty of instructors, and activities for you to try your skill at finding controls, use a few orienteering techniques, and venture out on a short, but easy course to build your skill.

If you’re looking for a new adventure, a lifetime sport that will take you, literally, off the beaten path, constantly challenge you, and let you discover new things about yourself and what you can do, orienteering may be the sport for you.

Orienteering is often called the thinking sport because it involves map reading and decision-making in addition to a great workout. It’s a sport that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or experience. The competitive athlete can experience the exhilaration of running through the woods at top speed, while the non-competitive orienteer can enjoy the forest at a more leisurely pace. Most events provide courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and the sport has been adapted for small children and people in wheelchairs.

If you love maps, exploring, and the great outdoors, try orienteering. You’ll be hooked for life!

LOCATION

Strawberry Picnic Area on Buttermilk Falls Pkwy

REGISTRATION, FEES & START TIMES

  • Registration starts at 11:30AM.
  • General Fee – $15 ($3 for extra maps)
  • Boy & Girl Scouts – $5 ($3 for extra maps)
  • NEOOC Annual Individual Membership – $15
  • Basic Instruction – FREE!

STAFF

  • Event Director: Howard Montgomery
  • Course Designer: Howard Montgomery
  • Setter: Andreas Johansson
  • Registrar: Jeff Perry
  • Instructors: Howard Montgomery, Andreas Johansson
  • Starter: N/A
  • Timer: N/A
  • Greeter: N/A

Race Result / Manatoc Short Courses + Score / 19 MAR 2016

Recap

A bit chilly, with temps in the 40s, didn’t seem to stop any of the participants on Saturday’s event at Manatoc Scout Reservation. At 11:10AM, at least 25 scouts were ready and waiting to go out seeking controls, and had to be diverted for a few minutes while we got all the paperwork in order, and finished setting up the registrar’s table and e-Punch timing system.

We offered three short courses – LIONS (1.5km), TIGERS (1.2km), and BEARS (1.9km). We also had a 90-minute score course comprised of all the controls for a total of 635 points, to help scouts with their badge requirements, although many others chose to run the score map as well.

Most runners and teams of orienteers ran more than one course, with plenty finishing all three short courses, and we saw some amazing times on the score course. A basket of Easter Eggs with goodies inside waited at the finish line. We served Gatorade and the requisite Oreos as well, although mugs of hot chocolate would have worked better… By noon, the sun had at least peaked out a few times, and there was no rain or snow.

It was great to see so many from the Kenston event come out for more. Manatoc is the perfect learning environment for new orienteers, as the terrain around the main camp is very forgiving, and it’s hard to get lost. We hope to see all return in April at Brecksville, North Chagrin, and Ledges. We have already put in for warmer temperatures…

Resources & Staff

Thanks to all the volunteers it takes to make an event happen. We couldn’t do it without you!

  • Event Director – Bob Boltz
  • Course Design – Bob Boltz (BEARS), Andreas Johansson (LIONS + Score), Sanae Rogers (TIGERS)
  • Control Setters – Bob & Andreas
  • Registrar & Membership Signups – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Guru & Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • Starter – Kim King & Family
  • Greeter, Crowd Control, and Master Scout Wrangler – Ivan Redinger
  • Control Pickup – Bob, Andreas, Phil & Cindy
  • Easter Egg Distribution & Crowd Pleasers – Emelie & Oskar

Photos

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Results

LIONS Course: 10 controls 1.5 km 30 m
 1 Todd Pownell 8:22
 2 Randy Mitchell NEO 10:38
 3 Unknown Flying Squirrels 20:46
 4 Three Shorts 20:59
 5 Alison Rachel 21:39
 6 Tim and Lexi Feaser 22:01
 7 Guy Russ 26:34
 8 Crew143 Two 27:33
 9 Crew143 One 27:37
 10 Amanda 27:46
 11 Jeff and Alex Perry 31:49
 12 T40 Two 32:38
 13 Chestna Kalka 40:14
 14 T40 One 43:31
 15 T40 Three 82:16
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 Wes and Frank Mahne DNF (missing control 48)
 T263 T263 DNF (mis-punch)
 T107 One DNF (missing control 50)
 Joseph One DNF (mis-punch)
TIGERS Course: 10 controls 1.2 km 20 m
 1 Randy Mitchell NEO 10:05
 2 Todd Pownell 15:16
 3 T107 One 18:44
 4 Alison Rachel 21:01
 5 Amanda 21:12
 6 The Johansson Kids 21:14
 7 T40 Two 22:53
 8 Kings Kings 25:25
 9 Unknown Flying Squirrels 26:15
 10 Three Shorts 26:48
 11 Crew143 Two 29:44
 12 Crew143 One 29:52
 13 T40 One 33:57
 14 Joseph Two 42:02
 15 T40 Three 54:03
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 Jeff and Alex Perry DNF (out of order punch)
BEARS Course: 10 controls 1.9 km 20 m
 1 Todd Pownell 11:08
 2 Randy Mitchell NEO 11:16
 3 Andreas Johansson 13:53
 4 Ivan Redinger NEO 16:55
 5 Amanda 22:15
 6 Alison Rachel 25:56
 7 Tim and Lexi Feaser 26:13
 8 T40 Two 26:25
 9 Unknown Flying Squirrels 30:45
 10 Three Shorts 30:49
 11 Andrew Strobel 32:18
 12 T504 36:27
 13 Chestna Kalka 39:24
 14 T40 One 59:03
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 T107 Two 53:20 (Time between 1st and last Control, start and finish time unknown, stick not cleared before start?)
 Jeff and Alex Perry DNF (out of order punch)
 T45 Hess DNF (Mis-punch)
 T107 One DNF (Mis-punch)
THE ZOO Course: 30 controls - Score Course - 635pts / 90min / 10pt penalty/min over
 1 Steve Johnson 30:55 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 2 Gil Even & Andrew Strobel 42:32 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 3 Howard Montgomery 45:46 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 4 Mark Stypczynski 47:33 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 5 Neil Dolinger 61:10 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 6 T387 82:16 (26 controls - 515pts)
 7 Jack 95:59 (All 30 Controls - 585pts - Over time)

Split Data

  • Splits for Lions, Tigers, and Bears.

Brecksville Metropark XC / 10 APR 2016

About

Join us for some fun at the Brecksville Metropark with plenty of courses to go around, including white & yellow (short, beginner), orange (intermediate beginner), and green and red (advanced, longer), all designed by Fred Mailey.

From the Event Director, Mark Stypczynski: “The terrain will be hilly and there will be plenty of mud for everyone.”

Location

Registration, Fees & Start Times

  • Registration by 11:30AM, with last starts at 1PM!
  • Members – $5 ($3 for extra maps)
  • Non-Members – $10 ($3 for extra maps)
  • NEOOC Annual Individual Membership – $15

Staff

  • Event Director: Mark Stypczynski
  • Course Designer & E-Punch Guru: Fred Mailey
  • Registrar: KJ Rufener
  • Starter: Therese Lemmon
  • Timer: John Blakemore
  • Greeter: Marcia Mauter

Quick Route – How To Overlay Your GPS Route on a Map

Andreas Johansson from NEOOC describes how to overlay your GPS track (from a Garmin device) on a map, and how to adjust the track.

Event Recap & Results / Merit Badge Workshop – Orienteering / 12MAR2016

Recap

We were just getting started with 30 pre-registered scouts, when 12 more showed up to learn about orienteering! A few more tables and chairs later, and we were all learning about the basics of orienteering. Some of the requirements for the Boy Scout Merit Badge for orienteering were covered, and scouts practiced taking compass bearings, recording their pace count, learned about land forms, orienteering map features, and some of the basic techniques an orienteer uses while on a course.

After lunch, we headed outside for actual practice around campus, and scouts navigated one of two courses at the yellow level, with a few controls in the woods, off path. All scouts returned from the first endeavor wanting more, so we sent them back out on the alternative course. Much fun was had, and lots of learning took place, with sessions afterwards discussing the finer details of orienteering and map reading with merit badge counselors and NEOOC club members.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event happen (see below) and thank you to KCE (Kenston Community Education office) for helping us organize the event on the Kenston campus.

Staff

Thank you to all the volunteers, club members, and KCE!

  • Event Director, Course Designer, and Lead Instructor – Andreas Johansson
  • Merit Badge Counselor, Scout Guru, and Pizza Champion – Ivan Redinger
  • Scout Wranglers – Sanae Rogers, Dave Dysle
  • Registrar & Greeter – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Guru & Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • All the Troop Leaders that helped manage a fine day of learning for your scouts.
  • All the parents that stayed with your kids, and helped us make it a great day!

Pictures

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Resources

Results

*Results reflect only 9 controls, as one (#55) had an issue with data retention, and we removed it from the results below.

Scout A Course: 9 controls 1.7 km 50 m
  1 Team Storm                     16:57
  2 Andreas Johansson              17:41
  3 Jimmy and Co - T122            17:54
  4 Austin and Co                  17:59
  5 Donald Trump                   21:09
  6 T402                           25:56
  7 David and Co - T236            29:12
  8 Scorepions                     32:11
  9 Scorepions                     32:14
 10 Jimmy and Co - T122            36:20
 11 Jack Wendy Logan               37:28
 12 Mckenzie and Co                45:09
 13 Team Storm                     48:04

Scout B Course: 9 controls 1.7 km 50 m
  1 Phillips and Co                11:46
  2 T402                           15:18
  3 Phillips and Co                18:22
  4 William Liam Robt              20:14
  5 David and Co - T236            22:39
  5 Mckenzie and Co                22:39
  7 Austin and Co                  23:18
  8 Alison and Co                  27:01
  9 Donald Trump                   33:14
 10 Claus and Co                   38:46
 11 Lander Burk John               54:09

Race Result / Kenston Woods & Campus XC / 13MAR2016

Recap

We had a great turnout for the first time using the Kenston Campus & Woods map (mapped by NEOOC’s Bob Boltz). With all courses available, from WHITE 1km to RED 6.9km, we had something to offer for everyone, and were able to find the right level of challenge and distance for all that attended.

Several scouts came back from the day before to complete a longer course, and were successful on the green course (see Troop 102 below). Several teams participated, so the count is a bit off below in the results. About 35 in total ventured out on a rainy, and a little cold, Sunday afternoon.

The campus was wet already from days of rain in the week prior, but most of the routes offered legs either in the woods, across campus, or across paved areas, and all were pleased to participate. All of the first-timers said they’d come back for more!

Course winners for each course (and first / new record for Kenston Campus) include Jennifer Ingram on WHITE with 12:52, Charlotte Chung on YELLOW with 25:53, Howard Montgomery on ORANGE with 44:29, Guy Russ on BROWN with 51:54, Rich Perrenoud on GREEN with 63:09 (a tight race with Gil Even at 63:17), and Todd Pownell on RED with 48:09. Well done to all! Some races were very close, so check out the results below, and for even more, the split data as linked.

A huge THANKS to all the volunteers that make these events possible – see list below for all that helped manage the crowds, pickup controls, and get people out on campus.

Thank you to KCE (Kenston Community Education office) for helping us organize the event on the Kenston campus.

We hope to run Kenston again, maybe even this year.

Resources

  • Map & Cartography for Kenston – Bob Boltz
  • Event Director – Andreas Johansson
  • Course Designer & Setter – Andreas Johansson
  • Registrar – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Management / Assistant Registrar – Guy Russ
  • Starter / Timer – Jack Wilk & Dad
  • e-Punch Guru / Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • Control Pickup – Todd Pownell, Howard Montgomery, Fran ?, Andreas Johansson
  • All around Help, Advice, Feedback & Expertise – Sanae Rogers, Bob Boltz, Randy Mitchell

Photos

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Results

WHITE Course: 7 controls 1 km
  1 Jennifer Ingram                12:52

YELLOW Course: 12 controls 2.4 km
  1 Charlotte Chung                25:53
  2 Jennifer Ingram                45:34
  3 Keziah Burden                  45:50
  4 Gary Burden                    46:15
  5 Jack Wilk                      89:35
  6 Homestar Runner                97:27
    Chuck St. John                 DNF
    Bill Shero                     DNF

ORANGE Course: 15 controls 3.3 km
  1 Howard Montgomery              44:29
  2 Karen Steckner                 78:26
  3 Nick Copley                    137:35

BROWN Course: 12 controls 2.9 km
  1 Guy Russ                       51:54
  2 True North                     147:30

GREEN Course: 20 controls 4.2 km
  1 Rich Perrenoud                 63:09
  2 Gil Even                       63:17
  3 Neil Dolinger                  66:00
  4 Vera Yudovina                  67:10
  5 Troop 102                      90:33

RED Course: 23 controls 6.9 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   48:09
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 54:44
  3 Bob Boltz                      55:10
  4 Fred Mailey                NEO 92:10
  5 Sanae Rogers                   148:36

Split Data Route Gadget, Attack Point, etc.

Racoongaine VII (Western PA) / 20 MAR 2016

In a rogaine-style format, individuals or teams have a fixed time (3 or 6 hours in this event) to visit as many checkpoints as possible; walking, running and resting as they see fit. The checkpoints are spread over a large area, and are pre-marked on a map issued shortly before the start of the event. Point values for visiting each control vary (and are specified in advance) depending on such factors as distance from the start/finish area, elevation, navigational complexity.

O-Skills: Using Handrails

Using handrails is an easy way to get from one control to the next. A handrail is a feature you can easily follow out in the woods, like a trail, water feature, distinct contour line (like running along a ridge line), or something similar. In the example below, the trail acts as the handrail from control 1 to control 2.

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First use of Kenston Campus map!

Registration and instruction at 11 AM.  Starts from noon until 2 PM.

All the details are here.

The Kenston Campus packs a lot into its quarter square mile of area.  In addition to a 26 acre very runnable woods with a mile of trail, there are several smaller wooded areas, ponds lots of oddly shaped buildings & athletic fields, lots of boulders and even a very large windmill.

You will find the full array of cross country courses from a 1 km beginner course to a 7 km advanced course.  Because the venue is so complex, the navigation is challenging and fast with lots of route choices.

Because this is being co-sponsored with Kenston Community Education group, there is a separate form to fill out.  You can Download (easiest) the form to fill out ahead of time and bring it with you.  Despite what the form says, the fee is $10 for all participants (no regular club discount for this event).

This event is being used to introduce the local community to our sport, so be prepared to answer questions from newbies and give them some encouragement.