Deer Lakes Park
Comprehensive Orienteering Training
24 April 2016
We had an excellent day for orienteering; temperature about 70 degrees
with plenty of sun. No doubt, the weather had a significant
influence on our turnout which was very good. We had about as
many people as we could handle for the beginner and intermediate
Joe Logan, who designed all of the courses except the intermediate one,
taught both of the beginner sessions. They began at 11 am and 1
pm with 16 participants and 15 participants, respectively.
Everyone on those courses seemed to have a good time with many of
them finding all 20 controls in their score-format course. Jim
Wolfe designed the intermediate course and taught the intermediate
session which began at noon and had 15 participants. Many of those in
the intermediate session expressed appreciation and felt they learned
something significant for future orienteering.
The three advanced exercises consisted of a trail-less course, a donut
hole course and a corridor course. The trail-less one was the
most popular with at least 34 people going out on it. This was
designed just like a normal short course; however, all trails had been
removed from the map. Participation exceeded the number of maps
that were preprinted so we had to recycle the maps as people came back
from that course. There was also a mistake in placing one control
on the trail-less course; for the most part no one really cared because
it was just a training exercise. The donut hole course was also
designed like a normal course; however, the area within a radius of 75
meters from the control feature was totally erased. Also, the
control description simply named the feature; there were no
qualifications or clarifications. 10 people tried this course.
The corridor course was on a map that consisted of a 75 meter
wide serpentine strip. The only other thing on the map was the
north lines; control locations were not marked but were guaranteed to
be on a standard feature near the center of the mapped corridor.
8 people tried this course; it was the most difficult of the
Thanks to Barbara Johnstone, Tali Shalom-Barak, Yaki Barak, Laurie
Opila and Ryan Knecht for handling registration. Thanks to Naomi
Jarvis, Alexis Rzewski and Joe Logan for doing start/finish.
Thanks to Edna and Tim Spang, John Notte, James Fenn, Naomi and
Alexis for picking up the controls.
As this was a training event, there are no results. You can see the photos that Alexis took