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Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007, 09:33 pm
illuzhin: Orienteering on TV

Last night, one of the local Seattle new magazine shows ran a segment on orienteering—more specifically, the Bog Slog. Here's a link to the segment. If you watch closely, you can see my dad hand over his money at the registration table.

Mon, Nov. 13th, 2006, 12:32 pm
enoneoftheabove: (no subject)

I only went to one o-meet this year, and only a handful the year before. I find that the longer I live in the city, the less inclined I feel to drive out to the 'burbs for any reason at all, let alone to get some running-around time. What about you all?

Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006, 02:57 pm
tsukata: Look, a deer!

Once, a year or two ago, I was out on an Orienteering meet, cutting through some rough to avoid a long distance on the trails. I love being in the forest during Orienteering, because I get to see nature doing its thing while I do mine. On this day, I saw a group of deer off in the distance. There was at least one relatively young buck and 2 others. I stood still and watched them. I saw the deer perk up as if they heard something, and they started to run.

I thought to myself, "Darn, something must have startled them." Then, I realized...they were running right toward me! I panicked and froze, like a deer in the headlights. :) At what felt like the last moment, I dived to my left. I felt the whoosh of wind and heard hoof-pounding.

I ripped a nasty hole in my pants, but at least I got a good story out of it. It took me quite awhile to collect myself and re-orient. I'm the only orienteer I know that has been thrown off-course by deer!

Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006, 04:29 am
olessen: salut

Let's upload interesting stories which happen with you while orienteering competitions.

Thu, Jan. 12th, 2006, 08:32 pm
black_berry623: In Search of Hikers

Hello. I'm writing a short article on the hiking scene in my city.

I have zero hiking experience myself so I am going on my first hike this weekend. Before I go, I would be appreciative if I could pick your brains a little so I can get in to the hiker's mind.

What is it about hiking that interests you?
Is it easy to get started?
Is it easy to get hurt? Are there a great deal of safety precautions?
How important is equipment?
How do you determine if a hike was successful?

Thank you so much for any help you can provide.

Wed, Jan. 4th, 2006, 06:14 am
illuzhin: Orienteering Photos

On New Year's Eve, Cascade Orienteering held their annual Bog Slog. Since I helped set the course, I wasn't able to compete. Instead, I headed out on the course with my camera to snap a few photos. I had a little trouble making crisp exposures since I was shooting between 1/15th and 1/20th of a second, but a few of the photos turned out all right despite the blurring.

Bog Slog PhotosCollapse )

Mon, Oct. 24th, 2005, 03:09 pm
tsukata: CAOC: 10/16 Deer Grove Orienteering

(Info about the event is available at http://www.chicago-orienteering.org/events/ )

I hadn't been truly out on a course in over a year, so I was fully expecting a tough run. I had, however, been on a simplified puzzle-style orienteering challenge at the same forest preserve 3-4 weeks earlier, plus this was my home forest preserve a few years ago, so I was fairly familiar with the layout.

Unfortunately, this event was an unusual one for our group, and I'm told that the Orange course (my usual) was more of a Green level as a result. There were very few direct handrails. None of the controls were near trails; going on trails would take you perhaps twice the distance. So, it was a tough course made tougher by my rustiness. I'm told the CAOC organizers have also gotten trick-inclined lately, such that they put controls the requisite 3 feet off the ground...if you count the ground as a hole or ditch such that it isn't visible from your standard height until you're basically on top of the control and look down.

What made it worse was that the forest preserve had a significant portion of the area fenced off for restoration. While the simple course I'd done a month earlier was using a map that had the fence marked, CAOC for some reason chose to give out maps without the fence marked. To my knowledge (and I checked around before I left the start point), there weren't any addendas showing the fenced area blocked off for orienteers to mark on the maps.

As it happened, even the yellow course ran into the fence issue. This made for a very discouraging event. For those on orange, the last control was easily accessible by a trail, but to get to that trail, you had to get past the fenced area, having no idea how long it would go on for, what area it was blocking you from, etc...you just had to discover it as you went. If you went to the North side of the fenced area, it was pretty easy to pick the trail up, but if you went to the South side of the fenced area, you ended up overshooting considerably (as the fence blocked you from heading north at the correct point) for the last control. Result was a ton of DNFs compared to the norm for Orange...including me, mainly because I took that South route and got frustrated when I realized how far I was overshooting.

The worst part is that I *knew* the fence was there, and it still didn't occur to me to mention it to the organizers and get them to post an addenda or other info about it. Nor did I ask around to get the info for myself...I, too, had no idea how long it went. The simple course had bypassed that area for the most part. In retrospect, there are a ton of things I could have done that would have helped both me and others on the course, but I was too nervous and excited about going out again to think about it. I also kind of assumed it was on the map, as it was on the simpler course that I did, so I didn't worry about it. ::sigh::

I also kind of bit the head off of one of the organizers at the end who asked me if I had a good time. Honestly, I'd had a great time right up until I spent 30+ minutes walking that fence, knowing I couldn't easily get to where I needed to be, and going through numerous thorns and prickers in order to stay near the fence, which theoretically was going to lead me to a trail or clearing at some point. But at the end, I was not feeling the orienteering love. :)

Speaking of thorns and prickers, I'm completely at a loss as to how to avoid being coated in burrs and other such nasties at the end of a course. I ruined a really good pair of running pants this time. I've tried various fabrics to no avail. Any suggestions from the readers on this comm? I should note that I am of a size such that wearing one of those spandex hotsuits that the pro orienteers wear would be both highly unflattering and infeasible due to sizing issues...so I'm really looking for common fabrics or gear that I could get at an athletic supply store.

Tue, Sep. 27th, 2005, 03:38 pm
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Mon, Aug. 29th, 2005, 10:55 am
akhockeyfan: question

Hi all,
I'm new to orienteering and to LJ also. And so far I love both! I don't know if it makes any difference but I'm in anchorage, alaska and I have a few questions about what are the different types of meets. I tried looking on our local website, but descriptions were almost nonexistent ( a subject I will take up later when I know a few more people)

I know what a traditional meet is but what does billygoat, score O, mountain O mean? are they local terms??


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