NEOOC Club Members Ivan Redinger and Andreas Johansson helped organize an orienteering event for Boy Scouts during a weekend event at Camp Tuscazoar. Andreas designed a WHITE (beginner) course around the camp (see below), and Ivan ran logistics handling troop registration, etc. Continue reading “Results | Boy Scout Orienteering | Camp Tuscazoar May 7, 2017”
Five club members from NEOOC travelled to Indianapolis and surrounding areas to represent at the Flying Pig XXI, hosted by OCIN (Orienteering Cincinnati) on the weekend of April 7-9, 2017. Bob Boltz, Fred Mailey, KJ Rufener, Todd Pownell, and Andreas Johansson ran various distances and events throughout the weekend, and took home a few medals. Continue reading “Flying Pig XXI 2017 – NEOOC Club Member Results”
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”
We’re waiting for the official writeup from Event Director KJ, but wanted to post the scores as quickly as we could. A beautiful day, with sun and temps in the high 50s, and perhaps a bit wet on the ground from rains earlier in the week. Continue reading “Results | Pine Hollow Short XC | April 2, 2017”
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.
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.
Pine Hollow Trailhead
5465 Quick Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264
- MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/Vh9386jJ1XQ2
- Parking: Plenty of parking by the trailhead.
- Look for signs to registration area, etc.
- 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!)
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?
Thanks for attending today’s Course Design Clinic with Bob Boltz. Here are some of the resources we worked with, along with sample map files, control descriptions, etc.
Purple Pen | Course Design Software
- http://purplepen.golde.org/ (Download at home. Purple Pen requires Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. If you have a Mac, you can run Parallels Desktop to run Windows, and then run Purple Pen.)
Sample Map File | Ritchie Ledges Area
- Ritchie7500 2015.ocd (Download and unzip to use with Purple Pen)
Slides from today | via Bob Boltz
- Course Design Clinic PP (MS PowerPoint file)
How do I design courses?
- How do I design courses (Handout, PDF document)
Control Descriptions | Mike Minium version
- Control Descriptions (PDF document)
Control Descriptions | Expanded / IOF 2004
- IOF-Control-Descriptions-2004 (PDF document)
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
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.
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
Splits, AttackPoint, and RouetGadget
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!
- 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.)
Please let us know here if you plan on attending:
Kenston Intermediate School’s Innovation Lab
17419 Snyder Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
- Workshop Lead & Facilitator – Bob Boltz
- Assistant Facilitator – Andreas Johansson
This workshop is mainly indoors, but may venture outside if the weather cooperates!