Deer Lakes Park
Comprehensive Orienteering Training
9 April 2017
It was an
excellent day for orienteering; lots of participants (61) showed
up especially for the beginner sessions. Surprisingly, there were
few ticks to be seen in the forest; many had been seen during
course setting and vetting.
designed all of the courses except the intermediate one and
taught both of the beginner sessions. Jim Wolfe also taught one
beginner session, splitting the participants with Joe. These
sessions began at 11 am and 1
pm with 26 participants and 20 participants, respectively.
Everyone on those courses seemed to have a good time, even though
none found 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 12 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 trailless and clearingless
course, a fog-o course and a short-term memory course. The
trailless, clearingless one was the
most popular with at least 12 people going out on it. This was
designed just like a normal short course; however, all trails and all
clearings had been
removed from the map. Almost everyone completed this course in
under an hour, Ryan Knecht being the exception as he did a "tour of the
park". The fog-o course was also
designed like a normal course; however, on a straight line between
controls and for 50 meters on either side of that line everything
was erased. 7 people tried this course.
For the short-term memory course, participants were given only a
punch card to carry. A map at the start showed the location of
the first control and maps at each successive control showed the
location of the next. Participants were allowed to study the maps
as long as they needed before going to the next control. 6 people
tried this course.
Thanks to Sherry Shank, Laurie Opila and Ryan Knecht for handling
registration. Thanks to Laurie Opila and Ryan Knecht for doing
start/finish. Thanks to Ryan Knecht, Yaki Barak and Alexis
Rzewski for doing control pickup.
This was a training event; there are no results.
Lost & Found: A pair of women's or girl's glasses were found;
you can see a picture of them in Alexis' photos. A drinking
bottle with a green top was also left behind by someone.
To see Alexis' photos, go here