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”

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


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!


Strawberry Picnic Area on Buttermilk Falls Pkwy


  • 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!


  • 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 / North Chagrin Reservation 1 November 2015


  • Event Directors: Randy Mitchell, Howard Montgomery
  • Course Designer: Stan Rachitskiy
  • Registrar: Kevin Peterca
  • Timers: Matt Johnson & Ken Witalis
  • Control Collectors: Steve Johnson, Todd Pownell, Frank & Wes Mahne, Howard Montgomery

Track: slightly damp. Sky: Azure Blue Temp: low 60s

In short, autumn beauty as far as the eye could see.

It was under these conditions that 53 participants came out and orienteered our final event of the 2015 season. I’m sure that each one of them thought, “This is tough duty, but someone has got to do it.” Because it was just that beautiful a day to be out in the woods. A number of the orienteers commented on being stunned by the number of recreational users on the park’s many trails. We are so fortunate to have the wonderful and accessible Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park in our proverbial backyard.

Side note before I get to the main recap: Kevin Peterca is a selling machine! The man sold seven or eight 2016 memberships to Sunday’s participants. We NEVER get that kind of day-of-event interest in membership. Most people need to think it over and send in their form to us afterward. But not with Kevin “Just-Sign-Here” Peterca. He closes the deal. It is especially noteworthy when you consider that the value of the membership won’t kick in again until roughly March of next year. WAY TO GO KEVIN!

There were four courses on the day – White, Yellow, Green and Red. Whereas sometimes we omit a Yellow course at some of our events. On this day we omitted an Orange course. And at times during the day, I would have given my kingdom to have had it. The Orange is situated right in the middle between the beginner-level courses on one side and the expert level on the other. It’s absence left people with some hard choices. Do they signal that they are beginners by choosing Yellow or overreach by choosing Green. In many cases pride won. And as Proverbs told us: Pride goeth before the fall.

The Green course was easily the most chosen course on the day. But almost 70% of the participants were “DNF” or “Did Not Finish” either because they could not find all of the controls, ran out of time or ran out of gas. The course was also deceptively long or steep. That was choice orienteers had to make –climb up and down OR go around and add significant distance. One orienteer, Andreas Johansson, estimated that for him the 5.9K course was easily more than 10K. The Red course provided a similar dilemma. But as with all of Stan’s courses one can count on the controls being where they are supposed to be. But expect to be a little more winded that you might have originally thought when you get there.

But DNFs aside, everyone seemed to have fun. Some mumbled about the shape they were in. (I mumbled about that myself when I was picking up control #43) Others came back and commiserated with more seasoned orienteers and discussed the eureka of certain route choices taken as well as the lament others trekked. Some of our long time favorites came out and joined us, Frank and Wes Mahne, Gayle and Tim Burdick. We also had a lot of new or newer faces, which is always very encouraging to us who worry about our sport’s appeal. So all in all, It was a satisfying and fitting final event for 2015.

Thanks to everyone who played a role in making each event happen.

A few special shout outs and special thanks:

  • Hazel Barton for reinvigorating our membership base. Because of her, our membership numbers have climbed in each of the past two years. She also designs a pretty keen Scout patch.
  • Fred Mailey, our e-punch coordinator. But Fred is also just Mr. Everything. He course designs, he is an Orienteering for Beginners Instructor, he designed and led an orienteering activity for Cub Scout day camp, he is a constant control collector and is assisting in mapping.
  • Richard Toth was a volunteering beast this year. It seems that Richard volunteered at half of the activities that we conducted this season.
  • Andreas Johansson has jumped in with new energy and sense of mission around catapulting our sport forward. He redesigned our club website, taught Orienteering for Beginners and is now designing and administering some introductory O’ activities for early in the new year – including a revived course design clinic.

There are always others who should be mentioned. And to you all… THANK YOU!


White Course: 9 controls 1.9 km 100 m
  1 Michael Frazee                 55:33
  2 Burden Family                  81:27
  3 Yisrael Wilks                  89:13
  4 Thomas Boyd                    95:43
  5 Sarah Lombard                  96:36
    Gayle Burdick                  DNF

Yellow Course: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
  1 Tim and Lexi Feaser            87:54
  2 Sanae Rosers                   92:50
  3 Wes and Frank Mahne            112:37
  4 David Kulik                    131:50
  5 Hal Weaver                     148:58
  6 Andrew Strobel                 177:15
    Rich Perrenoud                 DNF
    Lois and Dan Wiesbrook         DNF
    Bruce Ferraro                  DNF
    Tim Burdric                    DNF

Green Course: 13 controls 5.9 km 100 m
  1 Zuzana Kiacova                 122:07
  2 Paul Frankman                  126:25
  3 Elizabeth Freiheir             128:02
  4 Andreas Johansson              130:26
  5 Fred Mailey                NEO 139:09
  6 Mark Stypczynski               165:34
    Neil Dolinger                  DNF
    Mark Levey                     DNF
    N2013543 N2013543              DNF
    Laurence Porter                DNF
    Jeff and Alex Perry            DNF
    Alexi Kondratien               DNF
    Jan Smink                      DNF
    Vera Yudovina                  DNF
    Phil WadsWorth                 DNF
    Brandi Napier                  DNF
    Kevin Pererra                  DNF
    Dwight Epling                  DNF

Red Course: 14 controls 7.6 km 100 m
  1 Todd Pownell                   96:59
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 106:31
    Stephen Johnson                DNF
    Ivan Redinger              NEO DNF
    Dominic Conte                  DNF


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Sample Map

Here’s the Green Course, re-created in Purple Pen, for review purposes only.

Johansson Green North Chagrin 1NOV2015 ppen

Detailed Split Data

RouteGadget / GPS Tracks & Attack Point