Classic Orienteering @ Sippo Lake | Sunday May 14, 12:30P – 2:00P

Join Stark Parks and the Northeastern Ohio Orienteering Club this Mother’s Day to explore Sippo Lake Park through the sport of Orienteering.

Orienteering can be a unique family adventure to explore park locations. Courses are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced orienteers using a map to locate flagged locations throughout the park, like a scavenger hunt.

Use of your own compass is encouraged, however limited loaner compasses are available at registration. For safety reasons, all participants must have a whistle. Bring one with you or one will be provided to you at the event. Continue reading “Classic Orienteering @ Sippo Lake | Sunday May 14, 12:30P – 2:00P”

Orienteering for Beginners | Sippo Lake | Sunday April 9, 12:30P

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.

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Short & Intermediate XC | Kendall Lake @ Pine Hollow | Sunday April 2, 2017 | 11:30A – 1P

Event Description

Join us for short and intermediate courses in the Kendall Lake area. We start at Pine Hollow, off of Quick Road for a new start / finish location. Bring your running shoes (with cleats, perhaps!), and get ready to stretch those legs!

The Kendall Lake area features rolling hills, with plenty of vistas, up and downs, and is a great place for orienteering. Fred Mailey is designing a few different courses, and you’ll be able to run one of all – your choice. Most of them will be quick, and will let you sample various levels of technical orienteering, along with our usual beginner to advanced levels. However, most of the courses will be shorter than normal, so a good time to explore as much as you want.

Date & Time & Event Fee

  • Sunday April 2, 2017
  • Registration starts at 11:30 AM.
  • First start at 12 PM Noon. Last start at 1 PM.
  • Standard fee – Members: $5.00 Nonmembers: $10.00 (cash only at the event, please!)

Our club charges a nominal fee for events. The fees mainly cover the cost of printing the maps and the upkeep of the club’s supplies, and for developing new maps. Special events may have additional fees. Fees listed are for a single person orienteering alone or a group orienteering together using a single map. Additional maps can be purchased from the registrar for $3, if sufficient supply is available.

Location

Pine Hollow Trailhead
5465 Quick Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Staffing

  • Event Director – KJ Rufener
  • Course Design – Fred Mailey
  • Registration – Bob Turanchik
  • Greeter – Marcia Mauter
  • Control Setter – Howard Montgomery (we could always use help picking up, too!)

Weather

Courses Available

Short & Intermediate Courses Available – come stretch your legs!

There will be courses from WHITE (beginner & short) to RED (advanced & long) and a few in between. Fred, the course designer, has designed courses for this event that are a little shorter in general, and many club members plan on running more than one. Why not work your way up?

Questions?

Angus “Fred” Bond | October 1954 – March 2017

Angus was an incorporating member of NEOOC and helped draft the club’s very first
map, which was at Hell Hollow in the Lake Metroparks. Angus was an officer and
volunteer for many years before moving to continue his work in aerospace
engineering. He was felled by a stroke on February 13th and succumbed several weeks
later. He is survived by his wife, Xing Liang, daughter Beini, sons Rick and Donald.

The above photo is from Bob Boltz, and he writes:

The photo is “of Angus preparing to haul a load of ice cream to the beaver pond east
of Kendall Lake. Angus got the idea when he noticed that the control code was ‘DQ.’
He always had tremendous energy and wisdom. Every event was better when Angus
was involved.”

Results | Snow-O 2017 | February 12th, 2017

Recap

Wow! What an event, and what a turnout! With 41 timed individuals or groups out and about in the woods, it was a busy morning registering and starting runners at NEOOC’s first event of the year. Sure, we had “planned” for snow, and some colder temperatures. Ice cream sandwiches (and maybe the use of snow shoes) were promised, but neither happened! We had temps in the mid-40s instead, overcast, with wet and muddy ground conditions. In other words, a perfect day for orienteering!

First off, a huge thanks to the small number of volunteers that made the day go smoothly. Thanks to John and Chris Nazier for acting as Manatoc liaisons and guides (and chief fire captains), as well as their Venture Crew for setting controls on Saturday, and for picking up on Sunday afternoon. Guy Russ did an amazing job as chief registrar and cashier, and managed the flow of participants with skill and elegance. Thanks to the small group from Unity Lutheran Church that came out to help pickup controls on Sunday. Andreas Johansson, event director for the day, wore many additional hats (course design, setting controls, etc.), including rescue team and shuttle driver… And thank you to Chris Bergdorf and Camp Manatoc for the excellent site venue!

A small team tackled WHITE and YELLOW, including a few Boy Scouts. All reported having had a great time, and said they’d return for our event in April. Owen Anderson took first on WHITE with 51:29, and Team Feaser topped YELLOW with 55:51, followed by NEOOC regular Frank Mahne at 87:28! Shoutout to Team Esis for being first-time orienteers, for getting the whole family involved!

Many took advantage of the ORANGE course, which offered a bit more distance than YELLOW, but required a few off-trail legs that tripped up a few. Not many returned sans-mud… Kai Getrost came in first, in 52:34, followed by Bernard Marcucci at 63:04. Team Mauler went a bit off-course, and were rescued by a big blue truck towards the end of the day!

On GREEN, Fred Mailey performed with 74:15. Members KJ Rufener and NEOOC President Howard Montgomery both did GREEN (Howard did it backwards!) and had hairsplitting times with 106:28 and 106:27, respectively! Wow!

Action on the RED course was overwhelming, with 15 competitors, several of which had signed up for pre-printed maps beforehand via Facebook (the idea being, less foreknowledge of the route by having to plot it yourself). First out was NEOOC’s Todd Pownell who took third, bested by Randy Mitchell with 63:25, and winner Dave Kostansek with 57:10. Well done Dave for running an excellent race, and not using the road from Octagon south! Next time, we’ll mark it with the uncrossable boundary symbol, as the design was to force runners to navigate the long leg 6 – 7 of about 1,100 meters!

Feedback was positive overall, and we ended the day with plenty of snacks and even heart shaped donuts in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Many stuck around for a few minutes by the open fire to discuss routes, lamenting falls in the mud, and wondering where the snow was.

Most controls were cleaned up by 4:30PM, and the rest will be retrieved this week. Why not give us a hand next time, if you can? Picking up controls is one of the best ways to learn to better read the map since the time crunch isn’t there, and you have some time to really study the micro details of the map versus the terrain. And you often can collect controls from other courses than the one you ran. And, if you’re lucky like Andreas was, you might run into a rafter of native Cuyahoga Valley turkeys! And deer. Always deer.

We’ve added some resources below, including the full splits, Attackpoint data (if you’re logging there), and RouteGadget, where you can add / load your track to compare with others. See you next time, on April 1, 2017 at Kendall Lake.

Resources & Maps

A few folks have asked for the routes and maps from the event. Here are some files that may help. Note – they are not the full maps, and possession of the maps do not entitle you to access of the area. Camp Manatoc is a Boy Scout reservation, and requires prior permission to enter, and is generally not open to the public. Please be respectful of this.

Results

White Course: 9 controls | 2.2 km | 0 m
  1 Owen Anderson                  51:29
  2 Perkins Slifer                 88:28
  3 Team Esis                      92:57

Yellow Course: 11 controls | 2.7 km | 0 m
  1 Team Feaser                    55:51
  2 Frank Mahne                    87:28
  3 McKibben Parker                87:56
  4 Fran Kern                      105:24
  5 Chuck St.John                  105:28

Orange Course: 10 controls | 3.2 km | 20 m
  1 Kai Getrost                    52:34
  2 Bernard Marcucci               63:04
  3 A Shannon                      79:30
  4 Jeff Whitbeck                  81:29
  5 Sanae Rogers                   81:31
  6 John Chesna                    91:38
  7 Team Loya                      110:54
  8 Dawn Zwetzig                   112:25
    Marcia Mauler                  DNF

Green Course: 11 controls | 4.2 km | 20 m
  1 Fred Mailey                NEO 74:15
  2 KJ Rufener                     106:28
  3 Rich Perrenoud                 120:14
    Johnson Witalis                DNF

Backwards Green Course: 11 controls | 4.2 km | 20 m
  1 Howard Montgomery              106:27

Red Course: 8 controls | 5.4 km | 50 m
  1 Dave Kostansek                 57:10
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 63:25
  3 Todd Pownell                   66:54
  4 Bob Turanchik                  81:49
  5 Steve Johnson              NEO 88:38
  6 Phill Wadsworth                101:55
  7 Fred Lusi                      103:44
  8 Eric Marotta                   109:23
  9 Yaki Barak                     115:25
 10 John Rasinski                  118:42
 11 Dan Freeman                    124:12
 12 Gil Even                       128:58
    James Price                    DNF
    Richard Davies                 DNF
    Team Jefferis                  DNF

Pictures

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Splits, AttackPoint, and RouetGadget

Course Design Workshop / Saturday, 18 MAR 2017

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Join NEOOC’s mapping guru Bob Boltz and a few others to learn more about course design, and what it takes to prepare great, but appropriately challenging, maps for all participants – from beginner to advanced orienteers. Topics will include basic design principles, designing for the beginner and advanced orienteer, and how to check your design for trouble areas. You’ll learn how to use Purple Pen, a course design software, as part of the workshop.

Workshop Objective: Introduce experienced orienteers to the task of designing appropriate courses for all levels of orienteering.

The Course Design workshop features both hands on work with maps (old school) – handy for when beginning to think about an event, and instruction on the Purple Pen software (a freely available course design program used by many course designers.) We’ll also cover how to properly mark a course (during preparation), and how to hang and retrieve controls (part of setting a course).

Feel free to bring your own laptop with Purple Pen loaded already (see link below), and any old maps you may have for discussion and review. Bring some note taking materials, and be ready to ask lots of questions. A red pen or marker helps in marking the maps. A red, thin, permanent marker makes a great tool for course design!

Workshop Schedule

  • 9:30 – 11:30 – Course design basics, etc. (classroom)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch (on your own) (lots of available locations within 5 minutes)
  • 12:30 – 3:00 – Purple Pen / Design a course using course design software

DATE & TIME & EVENT FEE

  • Saturday, March 18th, 2017
  • 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM (1 hr lunch on your own)
  • $10 for NEOOC Members / $15 for non-members (+ minimal processing fee from Eventbrite)
    • (includes donuts & coffee, instruction, handouts, practice maps, etc.)

REGISTRATION

Please let us know here if you plan on attending:

LOCATION

Kenston Intermediate School’s Innovation Lab
17419 Snyder Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

STAFFING

  • Workshop Lead & Facilitator – Bob Boltz
  • Assistant Facilitator – Andreas Johansson

WEATHER

This workshop is mainly indoors, but may venture outside if the weather cooperates!

RESOURCES

Snow-O 2017 (aka Rain-O) / Sunday FEB 12, 12PM – 2PM

Event Description

Join us for a potentially snowy and cold somewhat warm and rainy first event of the year at Camp Manatoc. We’ll feature WHITE and YELLOW (beginner) courses, an ORANGE course (advanced beginner), and GREEN and RED (advanced) courses. The beginner courses will stay near campus, whereas the advanced courses will travel up and around one of the lakes. Beautiful views are guaranteed, and you’ll be sure to stay warm from the typical terrain in Cuyahoga Valley, with lots of up and down, mixed with flatter sections to stretch the legs on.

The ground will be hard from the winter weather, and possibly covered in snow. It will most likely be wet, and a bit muddy. Route choice will be important. Good shoes with as much traction possible would be helpful on any of the courses. Snow shoes are ok, too…

Park in the main parking lot. Join us by the fire before or after the race to talk strategy, or review how you did out in the woods. Treats will be available post-race, including (a first-annual perhaps?) ice cream!

Date & Time & Event Fee

  • February 12th, 2017
  • Registration starts at 11:30 AM.
  • First start at 12 PM Noon. Last start at 2 PM.
  • Standard fee – Members: $5.00 Nonmembers: $10.00 (cash only at the event, please!)

Our club charges a nominal fee for events. The fees mainly cover the cost of printing the maps and the upkeep of the club’s supplies, and for developing new maps. Special events may have additional fees. Fees listed are for a single person orienteering alone or a group orienteering together using a single map. Additional maps can be purchased from the registrar for $3, if sufficient supply is available.

Location

Camp Manatoc Boy Scout Camp
1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

  • MAPhttps://goo.gl/maps/EnEwbz9pwTB2
  • Parking: Park in main parking lot, then travel on foot to registration / start area.
  • Registration & Finish at the Craft shelter (adjacent to main parking lot)

 

Staffing

  • Event Director – Andreas Johansson
  • Course Design – Andreas Johansson
  • Registration – Guy Russ
  • Greeter – OPEN (why not help volunteer?)
  • Control Setter – Andreas Johansson & Scouts (John Nazier)

Weather

Courses Available

WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, RED

Sample Map

Questions?

Volunteer with NEOOC in 2017!

Help us make it a great 2017 for NEOOC by volunteering some of your time running an event.
Most of the jobs are easy to learn, and there are plenty who would love to show you how.

Taking registrations, greeting orienteers, or setting controls help tremendously. Let us know what you’re willing to help out with by filling out this form:

The Five Key Skills of Orienteering

via Quantico Orienteering Club http://qocweb.org/content/five-key-skills-orienteering

When you can use the following five techniques skillfully, you will be able to find any control on any orienteering map in the world. On some legs you may use only one technique, but for most legs you will need to combine several, or maybe all five, techniques.

Before we get to the five key skills, here is an insight into using compass bearings: Accuracy deteriorates as distance increases.

Our compasses aren’t surveyors’ tools – any bearing you measure on the map will likely be off by one or two degrees. As you follow the bearing, you are likely to unconsciously veer off another degree or two. Sometimes these errors will offset each other and you’ll end up exactly on target. But at other times they will compound each other. Over a 100 meter leg, a 3 degree error will put you 5 meters off course. You will likely still be able to see your target. But over a 500 meter leg, the same error would put you over 25 meters off course. You might very well not be able to see the control.

So use your compass wisely as you apply the Five Key Skills: Use it to orient your map, and use it to aim yourself in a general direction, but when you use it to try to pick a precise line to a specific point, keep the distance as short as possible.

The Five Key Skills

  1. Pick out a CATCHING FEATURE that will let you know if you’ve gone too far. When planning your route, look on the map a short distance beyond the control you are heading for, and pick out a big, distinct feature that you can’t fail to recognize. If you arrive at this catching feature, you will know you have overshot the control, and can turn around and go back. It will “catch” you and keep you from wandering too far past your control.
  2. Follow a HANDRAIL. Even if it were pitch dark, you would be able to easily negotiate a winding staircase if you just put your hand on the handrail and followed where it led. Handrails in orienteering are features that are you can follow just as easily. Trails and roads are the most obvious, but you can follow fences, streams, ditches, the edges of fields, and other long, narrow features just as easily. Following a “handrail” takes much less concentration than following a compass bearing. Also, since the handrail is illustrated on the map and a compass bearing isn’t, following the handrail makes it much easier to keep track of exactly where you are.
  3. When following a compass bearing to get to a distinct point near or on a handrail, try AIMING OFF. If you pick a compass bearing that aims directly at the precise point you are heading for, if you err even slightly you won’t know if the feature you want will be on your left or your right as you approach it. By deliberately aiming to one side of the feature, you can confidently predict which side it will appear on. This technique works best when the feature is on or very near a handrail – for example a boulder near a stream. If you aim right at the boulder, but don’t see it when you hit the stream, you won’t know whether to go upstream or downstream to look for it. However, if you deliberately aim a little upstream of the boulder, if you don’t see it when you hit the stream you will know to turn downstream to look for it.
  4. If the control isn’t on or near a handrail or other large, distinct, easily identifiable feature, choose an ATTACK POINT that you are confident that you can identify and take a compass bearing from there. Some controls, especially on advanced courses, are placed in the middle of large areas of bland, nebulous terrain, with no trails, streams, reentrants, or other distinct feature to help you keep track of where you are. An example would be a man-made pit in the middle of a flat flood plain, or a boulder on a smooth, even hillside. You have no choice but to follow a compass bearing to find it. But remember that when following a compass bearing:
    1. The bearing is only good if you really are where you think you are when you start following the bearing.
    2. Your accuracy in following the bearing decreases as the distance you travel increases.

    So pick the closest feature that you are sure you can find, and go in from there. Note: using an attack point is also useful in less challenging situations, where you don’t have to use a compass. In many cases you may be able to use some other directional scheme, like “straight downhill from the trail intersection” or “up the left reentrant from the reentrant junction” or “clockwise around the marshy area from where the stream comes in”.

  5. Use COLLECTING FEATURES to keep track of where you are. The most successful orienteers know exactly where they are at all times. They do this by constantly identifying features as they pass them, and locating them on the map (or “collecting” the features). Here are two types of situations where using collecting features is particularly helpful:
    1. The “I’ll just head west until I hit the trail and then turn right” situation. This can be a good strategy, but if the trail has grown indistinct, or is covered with leaves, or is hidden under a fallen tree, you could walk right over it without noticing. Or you might inadvertently veer southwest instead of west, and hit a different trail. By identifying the terrain and features as you go (“There should be a reentrant coming up on my right, and then there will be a marshy area off to my left”), you will know when you are coming close to the trail, or when you are starting to drift off your line.
    2. The “I have no choice but to follow a compass bearing a long way” situation. Break the long leg up into several shorter sections between identifiable features, even if it means following a zig-zag course. It often is faster to go a slightly longer, zig-zag distance, following several different compass bearings short distances from one distinct feature to another with great accuracy, rather than to go the shorter straight route on a single bearing with your accuracy deteriorating the closer you get to the control.