Full Recap to follow shortly. Continue reading “Results | Morning Score @ Quail Hollow | Saturday June 3”
Bob Turanchik, Event Director, reports…
Perfect weather was the backdrop at a beautiful location for our Mother’s Day Classic-O event at Sippo Lake Park in Stark County. A number of Moms came out to enjoy the day. Sanae Rogers and her husband, Chris, celebrated by both volunteering and navigating. Sanae did all this after she spent the previous day and evening on an intercontinental flight. Great job! Continue reading “Results | Classic Orienteering @ Sippo Lake | Sunday May 14”
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”
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
Submitted by Fred Mailey and Richard Davies.
What a beautiful day to be in the woods! This was our last event of 2016 and conditions were perfect. It was sunny with temperatures in the lower 60’s.
The main course, designed by Mark Stypczynski, was a SCORE style challenge. You had 90 minutes to amass as many points as you can. Controls vary in point value, so strategy was important!. Controls farther away or more difficult to find had higher point values. Stiff penalties were imposed by the Event Director for those who when over the time limit, 10 points were subtracted for each minute over 90.
We had visitors from the Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC, DC area) and the Western PA Orienteering Club (WPOC). Jonathan Campbell (QOC) took top honors in the Score course clearing all of the controls in 51 minutes. Yaki Barak (WPOC) was also among the 9 who where able to clear the field in under 90 minutes. Thanks for visiting. Hopefully, we did not miss any other visiting club members. If so let us know. We always enjoy having new folks checkout our different venues.
We could not have done it without our great team of volunteers:
- Course Designer & Setter: Mark Stypczynski
- Registrar: Kevin Peterca
- Starter : Fran Kern
- Greeters: Brad Lohiser and Jen
- Control Collectors: Frank Mahne, Steve Johnson, Richard Davies, Fred Mailey
- Event Director: Richard Davies (doing double duty after just directing the Quail Hollow Night-O also)
White – 2.7km
Place Name/Team Time 1 Geo Dengler 60:12 2 Mario Loya 68:10 3 Anna Campbell (QOC) 89:24 Tom Horvath DNF (Missed Control 36 ...)
Score – 20 Controls – 380 points
Place Name/Team Points Time 1 Jonathan Campbell (QOC) 380 +51:02 2 Steve Johnson 380 +62:01 3 Victoria Campbell (QOC) 380 +62:31 4 Randy Mitchell 380 +64:48 5 Lohiser Robinson 380 +69:36 6 Ken Lohiser 380 +73:05 7 Yaki Barak (WPOC) 380 +78:25 8 Bob Turanchik 380 +79:18 9 James Price 380 +80:53 10 Phil Cunningham 370 +89:02 11 Fred Mailey 360 +89:32 12 Vera Yodivina 280 +85:22 13 Remig Buzer (sp?) 260 +85:10 14 Tim Feaser 230 +76:11 15 Hazel Barton 220 +86:06 16 Neil Dolinger 220 (240-20) +92:08 17 Jenn Michael 210 +89:20 18 Andrew Strobel 210 +90:24 19 Greg Martin 180 +73:39 20 Amanda Shannon 180 +89:28 21 Bartlett 170 +82:13 22 K. Peterea 170 +85:46 23 Frank Mahne 120 (200-80) +98:06 24 Nick Leanza 50 +74:39 25 Geno Groszczynski 50 +75:02 26 Chuck St.John <0 (120-150) +105:13 27 Bernard Marcucci <0 (90-160) +106:33 Tom Knapp No ePunch data available.
RouteGadget available shortly.
Submitted by Fred Mailey and Richard Davies.
It was a great night for Orienteering. Clear sky, some stars, no rain. And a little chill in the air.
The cross country style courses, designed by John Rasinski, provided challenges for all levels. Green, Orange, Yellow, and White courses were enjoyed by all. Our start and finish were at the gazebo, just east of the nature center:
Photo courtesy of Bob Boltz.
Another great job by our volunteers:
- Course Designer: John Rasinski
- Control Setters: John and Randy Mitchell
- Registrar: Karen Birt
- Starter : Tam Delorme
- Greeter and setup: Phill Wadsworth
- Control Collectors: Bob Boltz, Richard Davies
- Event Director: Richard Davies
Hopefully, we did not miss anyone. If we did, let us know.
White Course: 10 controls 1 km 1 Team AM-A 19:58 Yellow Course: 7 controls 2.2 km 1 Team Biltz 62:48 2 Team Willis 63:11 Orange Course: 12 controls 3.3 km 1 Price 64:57 2 Team Mario 107:14 3 Johnson Witalis 108:28 4 Team Rogers 111:00 5 Rich Perrenoud 118:34 Team Monstrocity DNF (86:56, punched controls 50 & 42 out of order) Team Freeman DNF (punched 1st 7 controls) Mr Knapp DNF (punched 1st 5 controls) Shannon DNF (missed 2nd control 48 ...) Rogue Two DNF (missed 2nd control 48 ...) Green Course: 13 controls 5 km 1 Andreas Johansson 77:08 2 Bob Boltz 81:41 3 Yaki Barak (WPOC) 100:53 Team Muffet DNF (punched 1st 5 controls) Phill Wadsworth DNF
See some (rather dark) pictures from the start / finish area (via Andreas) here: https://goo.gl/photos/1HBoHZLB2PbHYzxW9
Reported by Bob Boltz, NEOOC Map Coordinator and Python Lead Planner
Searching for the Python – 2016
Cool temps and some sun made for perfect conditions for the first Python Adventure Race/Rogaine/Mega-Score Event.
After breakfast, maps were handed out at about 7 AM. Thirty-one 12 hour and twenty 6 hour teams studied their maps to develop a strategy to maximize points given the constraints of time, distance and topography. Teams were given instructions and at 8 AM a horn signaled the start of the adventure.
Because rain had threatened through the night, I had saved one control for Saturday morning. It was a five foot long life-like fish pillow that I gave the clue sheet description, “Something Fishy Here.” I drove to the side of the road near the location and quickly hauled the fish through the woods to the control location. After hanging the fish and the flag, I had the idea of taking pictures of folks as they encountered the checkpoint. I ran to the car, got my camera and ran back. Before I could get there I spied Todd Pownell speeding away from the control. Within the next twenty minutes, eight more teams visited the fish.
When things slowed down, I returned to Python headquarters to find the volunteers starting to greet the first of twenty-four 3 hour teams that would search for a subset of The Python venue covered 5 of our existing maps: Boston Run, Ritchie Ledges, Kendall Lake, Boy Scout Camps and Oak Hill.
Numerous areas that connect the maps were added. These include the area either side of the Cuyahoga, Horseshoe Pond and the Pine Lane area both north and south of Rt. 303. The 1:12,500 map was divided into three overlapping 11X17 sheets with clues printed at the bottom of each sheet. Waterproof paper was used. A small map was included that depicted the corn maze at Szalay’s Farm Market where one of the 69 flags was located.
One experienced orienteer confessed to spending an hour navigating the corn maze!
All fifty-one of the 6 and 12 hour teams were back in time so no penalties were imposed. Many had only minutes to spare! All told, there were over 110 participants from 10 states! Some reported routes that covered well over 30 miles. Robert Minto and Eric Olsen, both running solo, found all the controls in less than 12 hours.
We received many verbal and Facebook thanks for an event well done. The only disappointments were a lack of a group photo before the mass start and two water controls that ran dry before the end of the event. I am deeply sorry for the pain that caused. I was just lazy and only put four gallons of water at each of the water stops. If we do this again we will know better.
One potential blunder was avoided a week before the event. At the point where the map was ready to print, I awoke in the middle of the night realizing that although I had successfully stitched together all the existing maps, I had forgot to rotate the map 8.2 degrees clockwise to compensate for magnetic declination. This caused more than an extra day of computer work to correct the problem. Ouch!
This event could not have happened without a fine group of volunteers.
- Control Setters: Mark Stypczynski, Steve Hughes, Fred Mailey, Steve Hendrix, Bob Boltz
- Event Director Because No One Else Volunteered: Randy Mitchell
- Campmaster & Chef: Chris Bergdorf
- Camp Liason: Ivan Redinger
- Python Headquarters Staff: Karen Birt, Gary& Rebekah Burden, Kathy Jo Rufener, Hazel Barton & Sanae Rogers (a special thanks to Sanae for seeing that everything was OK with the cabins at checkout Sunday morning. That included mopping out the shower house!)
- Control Collectors: Randy Mitchell, Andreas Johansson, Ken Lohiser, Chris Powers, Sanae Rogers, Howard Montgomery, Bob Boltz
- Course Designer and Mapper: Bob Boltz
- Honorary Photographer on loan from the Western PA Raccoongaine: Alexis “Sherpes” Rasinski (see his photos here!)
IF ANY 6 or 12 HOUR PARTICIPANTS DIDN’T GET THE PYTHON SOUVENIR SHOWN ABOVE, LET US KNOW.
2016 Python 12 Hour overall ranking
|4||Running with Samson||7:33||2100||Master’s||Mixed||.||team|
|7||Sparkles and Jerkface||7:51||2030||Elite||Mixed||NY||team|
|14||B & O trekkers||7:44||1550||Veteran||Men||MD/OH||team|
|15||The Donner Party||7:48||1490||Elite||Men||OH||team|
|17||The Wandering Rocks||6:22||1440||Master’s||Men||NY||team|
|21||Kathy Jo Rufner||7:28||1200||Master’s||Women||OH||solo|
2016 Python 12 Hour by category
|1||The Donner Party||7:48||1490||Elite||Men||OH||team|
|1||Sparkles and Jerkface||7:51||2030||Elite||Mixed||NY||team|
|5||The Wandering Rocks||6:22||1440||Master’s||Men||NY||team|
|1||Running with Samson||7:33||2100||Master’s||Mixed||.||team|
|2||Kathy Jo Rufner||7:28||1200||Master’s||Women||OH||solo|
|1||B & O trekkers||7:44||1550||Veteran||Men||MD/OH||team|
2016 Python 6 hour overall ranking
|1||Logan and Williams||1:55||1010||elite||men||MI|
|9||Pics and Hicks||1:40||630||Master’s||mixed||OH|
|13||A & L||1:36||500||Master’s||mixed||OH|
|16||Old Men Walking||1:31||470||veteran||mixed||OH|
2016 Python 6 hour by category
|1||Logan and Williams||1:55||1010||elite||men||MI|
|1||Pics and Hicks||1:40||630||Master’s||mixed||OH|
|3||A & L||1:36||500||Master’s||mixed||OH|
|1||Old Men Walking||1:31||470||veteran||mixed||OH|
2016 Python 3 hour overall ranking
|Matthew and Allison||3:00||250||250|
|Team Mountain Toes||2:52||170||170|
|Captain UK and Captain USA||2:56||160||160|
|Mathesin and Bradtke||2:58||150||150|
|Eric and Diane Schultz||2:38||130||130|
|Mama Bears Amanda and Patti||2:59||100||100|
|Shannon and Query||2:55||100||100|
|John and Serena Naizer||1:44||80||80|
|Team Into The Woods||2:49||60||60|
|Team The Newbies||3:03||90||30||60|
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