Learn more about Control Descriptions!

The purpose of a control description is to give greater precision to the picture given by the map of the control feature, and to indicate the location of the control flag in relation to this feature, thereby helping the competitor to better visualize the control site.

However, a good control is found primarily by map reading. Descriptions and codes can assist in this task, but should be kept as short and simple as is necessary to locate the control.

Learn more, and download the 2018 version of the IOF Control Descriptions from our website, here.

Night Orienteering at Hinckley @ Johnson Picnic Area | 4 NOV 2017, 6 PM


Johnson’s Picnic Area is located off West Drive in Hinckley Reservation, between Bellus and State roads in Hinckley Township.

Registration at 6 PM at the Johnson Picnic area. Follow the signs. Starts beginning at dusk. Bring a headlamp!


  • Members $5
  • Non-Members $10
  • Cash only, please!


MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/EwiwP35ARTu


  • Director: Matt Muffett
  • Designer: Randy Mitchell
  • Registrar: Howard Montgomery
  • Starter: Andreas Johansson
  • Timer: ???
  • Greeter: Randy Mitchell

2017 Python | Results


Wow! What a turn out, and what an amazing event!

Thank you to all the racers, to all of our wonderful volunteers, and to the staff at Camp Butler for making the weekend work so well.

In preparing the event, many hours and days of preparation were spent making sure maps were correct and accurate, and controls placed in the right place. We placed loads more water than in the past, with each location having at least 10 gallons on hand for refills, etc.

Control setting, after being designed, marked and managed by Bob Boltz, was handled by Steve Hendrix, Gary BurdenDave Kostansek, Randy Mitchell, Steve Hughes, and Shin Shimizu, who drove up from Columbus to help set (and then later competed, but not in the area he helped set)!

On Saturday morning we got started a little after 5 AM with race preparations, setting up signs, donut & coffee pickup, preparing the check in and registration, and getting ready for runners to appear.

Expert parking assistance came from Dan Freeman and Peter Pirns who got everyone where they needed to go. Registration was handled by Holly Wilgus, Gary Burden, and Guy Russ, with assistance from Hazel Barton and Randy Mitchell when the rush came. Bob Boltz was on hand to help with maps and questions, and Sanae Rogers managed the overnight crew and lodging, with Hazel Barton providing artistic mapping for bunk assignment.

We handed out maps around 7 AM, and all the 6 and 12-hour competitors busily began planning routes for maximum scores. Special instructions were at 7:45, and after an event photo, the air horn went off at 8 AM for a mass start.

A silence erupted… but not for long! Many 3-hour competitors arrived shortly after 9 AM, checked in, and took off. We began preparing for lunch, the 3-hour folks’ arrival back, and the morning was over before we knew it.

Smiles abounded as the first runners came back, having tested the waters so to speak, in and around Camp Butler and Camp Manatoc. Many had tales of brush and other persistent vegetation that had somehow attached to clothing, shoes, hair, and elsewhere.

Around 1 PM, our resident camp chef extraordinaire John Nazier began cooking hamburgers with all the fixin’s for the arrival of the 6-hour group that began arriving shortly after 1:30 PM. Scores were tallied, bellies were filled, and prizes handed out. Everyone earned a Python Medal, and some scored a second award as top of class.

Fred Mailey made sure our e-punch gear worked, and crunched data (both electronically and manually) to make sure scores were tallied, correctly. Working a new system had its kinks, but we were able to get the stuff we needed, and solved a few issues throughout. We determined then and there to eliminate any manual punching from future events, and stick strictly to e-punch.

The afternoon was not as long as we thought, but some of us managed spending a few minutes in a hammock, waiting patiently for the 12-hour group to begin showing up. A few straggled in early after the course had taken its toll.

Around 7:30 PM we repeated the lunch rush, with more food, prizes and such. We had improved our workflow by then, and employed the talents of Howard Montgomery and Ivan Redinger for people management and score checking. Most of us, and all the runners, had donned headlamps by then, and we had to endure the loud steamboat sound of a Halloween Hay Ride stationed right outside our venue. We will improve for next time, and locate ourselves someplace else… we promise!

By 8:30 PM most were headed home, some stayed the night, and the rest of the NEOOC team cleaned up, swept, put things in order, and left the site around 10 PM. Exciting, but made for a long day!

Control pickup began that night, with Bob Boltz leading the pickup crew, having assigned controls and areas to police. He recovered the Big Fish, as well as the corn maze controls that night.

On Sunday, and following days, Randy Mitchell, Andreas Johansson (with the help of Jae Russ, Emelie and Oskar), Gary Burden, Ivan Redinger, Steve Hendrix, Sanae Rogers, Howard Montgomery, Dan Freeman, KJ Ruefner, Jamie Price, and Dave Kostansek helped pickup the remaining controls and recover the water stops. Way to go!

Thank you to everyone who made the event what it was. We couldn’t do it without you, and look forward to another great Python on 2018.


All results are in PDF form. Some of the data is quite complex, so take some time to look at the format, and check the column headers as well. Please remember that we had e-punch + manual punching for the 6 and 12-hour competitors.



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NOSOC & Classic Orienteering + Night-O @ Manatoc | Saturday 9/23


Join us at Camp Mantoc for classic orienteering as well as night orienteering later in the same day.

Camp Manatoc offers gently rolling landscapes, with plenty of reentrants, a dense trail system, and a few lakes and creek systems. It’s a great place to learn more about orienteering, or building speed for current skills. Continue reading “NOSOC & Classic Orienteering + Night-O @ Manatoc | Saturday 9/23”

Classic Orienteering @ North Chagrin | Sunday SEPT 10 11:30A-1:00P


Join us for classic orienteering at North Chagrin  Reservation on Sunday, September 10, from 11:30 – 1PM. 

North Chagrin Reservation is home to many attractions, including Squire’s Castle, A.B. Williams Memorial Woods (a Registered National Landmark), Buttermilk Falls and North Chagrin Nature Center. North Chagrin Nature Center and North Chagrin Reservation tell the story of wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.

Since the 1920s, North Chagrin Reservation has been a special combination of outdoor recreation areas and wildlife sanctuaries. North Chagrin trails and picnic areas feature woodlands and wetlands as important characteristics of this large reservation. Located in Mayfield Village, Willoughby Hills and Gates Mills, the reservation includes a nature center and nature education building. Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond are both popular areas to observe waterfowl, and Squire’s Castle is an interesting historical site. The reservation is also home to Manakiki Golf Course, located off SOM Center and Eddy roads in Willoughby Hills. Continue reading “Classic Orienteering @ North Chagrin | Sunday SEPT 10 11:30A-1:00P”

Classic Orienteering @ Brecksville | Sunday August 20, 11:30A – 1P


Join us for orienteering in beautiful Brecksville Reservation for cross country courses. Registration and starts between 11:30 – 1PM.


Meadows Picnic Area Brecksville Reservation


Courses from beginner (easy & short) to advanced (longer and difficult), and a few in between are ready to go.


  • Registration starts at 11:30 AM.
  • $5 for members, $10 for non-members, $20 for membership. Cash only, please.

RESULTS | Canoe-O at Walborn Reservoir 2017


Sanae Rogers, Event Director for the day, reports:

Who could’ve asked for a better day to have our annual Canoe-O?

The temperature was in comfortable low 80’s, partly cloudy (which gave us nice shade), no rain and no worries about incremental weather. Perfect weather for 2.5 hours of on the water and land.

We had a record breaking 64 participants with total of 37 solos/team (Hooray!) We are so happy to see this event is growing and seeing so many faces coming back each year.

This year’s course was designed by Steve Hendrix. Unlike last 2 years, there was no mystery controls hidden, which made for easier to plan routes for the orienteers.

As number of participants increased, the competition became tougher. The top 3 kayak soloists were able to bag all 30 controls, with Phillip Wadsworth and Mark Vernon (Rand Orienteering Club), doing it in 125 and 131 minutes respectively.

Stephen Johnson remained undefeated champ 3 years in a row, finishing in 104 minutes.

The top 3 Team kayaks were also able to collect all controls. Renee & Mike Whittenberger came in 3rd, behind Cynthia & Erik Usis, with Brad Lohiser & Jennifer Robinson winning the category. Although 10 points were lost as penalty, Jay Williams became the top canoeing soloist. In Canoeing teams, we saw Amy Frank-Hensley & Sean Hensley as repeated campions, who also collected them all.

Special thanks to Trevor Householder and Nick Pfeiffer from Stark County Parks. Without them, this event would have not been as successful and enjoyable as we did. They provided enough boats (they even stopped boat rental at the store until our event started), volunteered as registrar, patrolled with their boat during the event to make sure everybody was OK, and even collected controls at the end!

Hope all enjoyed and we will see you next year!


We have one lost compass. If you think it’s yours, please show up at next event (August 19th at Brecksville)


  • Event Director (in training): Sanae Rogers
  • Jedi Master MACE WINDU : Howard Montgomery
  • Course Designer: Steve Hendrix
  • Registrar: Trevor Householder, Howard Montgomery
  • Boats Rental and Patrol: Nick Pfeiffer
  • Course Set-Up: Steve Hendrix land controls on south side, and Ivan Redinger and Andreas Johansson for the water controls and everything else north of the bridge.
  • Control Pickup: Trevor Householder, Nick Pfeiffer, Todd Pownell, Phil Wadsworth, Mark Vernon, Bob Boltz.


See all the photos we have, in this Google Photos album. Photos by Andreas and Sanae. Took your own? Send them our way, and we’ll add them!


Canoe Single

Canoe Team

Kayak Single

Kayak Team

See the full spreadsheet here.

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RESULTS | Cross Country at Oak Hill on July 2nd, 2017

Mark Stypczynski, Event Director, reports from Oak Hill:

While temperatures were in the low to mid 80’s under a mostly sunny sky, a westerly breeze along with the mostly shaded courses designed by Andreas Johansson made for a delightful day of orienteering at the Oak Hill trailhead.

We were visited by Mark and Esther Vernon from South Africa, (from Rand Orienteering Club) who not only participated in the event, they stayed to collect controls, as well.

Also, December 29-January 3rd is the Big 5 O Week in South Africa, with five orienteering events, including two world ranking events. Sanae Rogers has the info and keep in mind that the event is in their summertime.

Learn more here on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/RandOrienteeringClub/

It was also Mora Meluch‘s birthday, so her family treated her to a day in the woods. How better to celebrate? All tolled, we had 37 participants and 37 returned. I’m so happy when it works out that way!


A huge thanks to the following volunteers:

Andreas Johansson – course design and setting. We had nine courses, including the big star and little star (some patriotic flavor for the day) and two trail runs, in addition to the five standard colors. Also, Andreas provided our instruction to new participants for the day.

Karen Steckner – starter and control collector.

Todd Pownell, Andrew Meluch, and the previously mentioned Karen Steckner, Esther and Mark Vernon-control collectors.


WHITE (2.3 km, 6 controls)

Jerry and Jayden Vinson 86:47

YELLOW (3.5 km, 12 controls)

Katie Arbogast 49:41
 Tim & Troy Claypoole 69:42
 Frank Mahne 74:25
 Johansson Family 76:33
 Karen Steckner 76:34 (Yep, one second)
 Jeff Perry 85:19
 Chuck St. John/Fran Kern 104:45 (11 controls)

5K TRAIL RUN (10 controls)
Adam Petrovic/Amanda Nyx 58:05
 Greg Atwell 77:46
ORANGE (4.1 km, 15 controls)

Esther Vernon 61:48
 Elizabeth & Andrew Meluch 84:16
 Malcolm Meluch 97:08
 Sanae Rogers 99:16
 Mora Meluch (Happy B-day) 110:50
 Jeff Whitlock 116:21
 Tom & Jack Loya 132:12
 Michelle Rasteller & Amy Swank 210:14 (11 controls)

GREEN (4.6 km, 13 controls)

Dominic Conte 180:55 (13 controls)

RED (6.2 km, 16 controls)

Mark Vernon 100:34
 Todd Pownell 107:25
 Brian Linn/Tom Marten 129:39
 Jamey Price 137:59
 Ivan Redinger 215:57 (12 controls)
 Mark Colussi 171:49 (7 controls)


Check out some photos from Andreas here, in a Google Photo folder: https://goo.gl/photos/bx2v918h3CNDkRGT7

Classic Orienteering + Trail-O 5K & 6.5K at Oak Hill | Sunday July 2, 11:30A-1PM

The Oak Hill area offers two distinct trails, the Oak Hill Trail, and the Plateau Trail.

Naturally, in orienteering, we aim to get off trail for some of the controls, but this event will also feature 2 courses that are all on-trail, especially designed to bridge the gap between trail runners and orienteering.

So why not come out, enjoy some trail running, and learn to orienteer at the same time?
Continue reading “Classic Orienteering + Trail-O 5K & 6.5K at Oak Hill | Sunday July 2, 11:30A-1PM”