November 19, 2013
The ROC annual meeting will be held on Sunday, December 8th at
Hazelwood Grove Lodge in Ellison Park. This year it is for
BOD meeting 2-3:30
(outside if weather is reasonable) Orienteering Bing-O (inside if
weather is nasty) 3:45-4:45
Pot Luck 5:00-5:45
Annual Meeting 5:45-6.
For the Pot Luck we ask that you bring a dish to pass based upon your birthday month:
Jan-March - snacks
April-June - salads
July-September - main courses
Oct-Dec - desserts
The club will supply cold drinks, coffee and tea. You will need to
bring your own plates and dinnerware. Please bring serving utensils
for all Pot Luck items.
There is no charge for the event, but we would like you to preregister
so we know how many people are coming in order buy drinks and to plan
November 17, 2013
Results from the Webster Park Night-O are now
available on the results page.
November 6, 2013
Webster Park Night-O at Parkview Lodge with starts 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
The night of Saturday, November 16th will be a full moon so as long
as the skies are clear you may have some extra illumination. You must
have a flashlight or headlamp to participate, and might also think
about bringing your cell so you can call the ROC meet phone should you
run into trouble. The courses CLOSE AT 9:15. Come and start early if
you want to make sure you have enough time to complete your course.
We are in need of volunteers, especially for registration, greeter,
flag pick up either that night or the next day and food. Contact
Sandra Lomker email@example.com
if you are think you might make it to the meet. As always this is
nonbinding and you may of course register at the event too.
Course Length Climb
White 1.6 km 35 m
Yellow 2.4 km 60 m
Orange 3.5 km 70 m
Green 5.5 km 135 m
Blue 8.1 km 200 m
All courses - Center dots:
For all of the controls there will be a center dot that highlights
where the flag is placed. This is often used for Ski-O events.
Don't miss read them as a knoll or boulder when looking at the
map in the dark.
Adv Courses - Green and Blue:
The advanced courses will feature several cross marsh legs. The
marshes are all crossable and about ankle deep or mid calf if you
make a wrong step. You can still stay entirely dry if you take
the trail routes around for extra distance.
November 2, 2013
Results from the Mendon Trail Run are now
available on the results page.
October 28, 2013
Mendon Trail Run - The race has sold out; we are
unable to accept any further on-line entries, or any day-of-race
October 26, 2013
The Mendon Trail Run
is coming up Nov 2. If you can help out let our race director Brian
Thomas know. Contact info on the webpage.
We're up to 251 at the present time, and I expect to receive a fair
number of mailed entries today and Monday, since yesterday was the
postmark deadline for mailed entries. (Of those 251 entrants, 121
have signed up for the 50K, which I believe is about double the
number we've ever had in the past.)
Thus, it appears that there is a very high likelihood that we'll hit
our limit of 300 runners. We're going to hold to that limit very
strictly because we're not geared up in a number of ways to handle
more than that, and we want the race to be a good experience for
So if anyone is planning on doing the race, they need to pre-register,
fairly soon. I'd really like to avoid anyone driving to the race,
expecting to sign up on the day of the race, only to find out that
they can't because we've hit our limit.
Dick Detwiler (registrar)
October 20, 2013
ROC invites you to our first Vampire-O October 26...a spooky evening
of orienteering with a ghoulish twist. This is a mass start event,
with everyone heading out at 7pm with flashlights in hand.
Some vexing vampires will be out on the course with special
flashlights and blank punch cards. If you are the victim of their
beastly beam you must trade your punch card for the blank card. You
also get the special flashlight and get to search for "fresh blood"
and a new punch card. Will you get back to the creepy castle safely?
Perhaps you will find the garlic that grants you immunity? Or will
you go to the grave before you return to safety?
In addition to a costume contest (make sure you can orienteer in it!)
we will have some Halloween-themed activities starting at 6:15pm.
We start at the Cooperative Extension on Highland Avenue, with parking
in the back. Enter by the auditorium door. Our Vampire-O will begin at
7pm with a mass start. This is a perfect family activity.
If you plan to bring a group and are not pre-registering please
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that all minors must
have a waiver signed by a parent, available on our website.
Bring a flashlight or headlamp, a watch and your costume. Vampire-O
will last 60 minutes.
October 11, 2013
Powder Mills Park, October 20, 2013
if you are think you might make it to the meet this Sunday. As always
this is nonbinding and you may of course register at the event too.
This meet will start at North Lodge, which despite its name, is in the
southern part of the park. Directions to the lodge, assuming youíre
coming via I-490:
- Exit 490 at exit 27
- Turn left onto Rt. 96
- Travel 0.7 miles, then turn right onto Park Road
- Travel 0.5 miles, then turn left onto Corduroy Road (this turn is right by the fish hatchery)
- Travel 0.5 miles, then turn right onto Woolston Road
- Go 0.3 miles, then turn left onto a road which leads to the lodge
You can start any time between noon and 2 p.m.
This meet will feature 5 courses:
White: 1.6 km, 45 m of climb
Yellow: 2.1 km, 100 m
Orange: 4.3 km, 165 m
Brown: 3.6 km, 155 m
Green: 6.0 km, 215 m
The course designs are being tweaked a bit, so these distances and
climbs may change slightly.
All courses will involve fairly significant climb (pretty much
unavoidable at Powder Mills).
As of this writing (10 days before the meet), many leaves have fallen
from the trees, and by the meet date, many more will have fallen.
This is good and bad.
The good part is that the woods are very open and thus visibility is
The bad part is that trails are much harder to discern when covered
with leaves. This creates a challenge for the easier courses which
involve significant use of trails for navigation, and also for the
more difficult courses where trails might be depended on as catching
features. Many trails are blazed, which helps staying on them once
youíre on them, but doesnít usually help a whole lot when crossing
them at a more or less 90 degree angle. Thereís not much that can be
done other than to let you know, and for you to be particularly aware
that trails wonít be as obvious as they otherwise would be.
This meet will be using a new map, made using much of the latest
technology (LIDAR contour data; GIS data giving information like
edges-of-pavement, building footprints, and parcel boundaries; and
high-quality aerial photos).
The map is still a bit of a work in progress, but it is felt that areas
around each control are fairly accurate, as are the logical route choices
from control to control. Swampy areas are not always mapped totally
accurately in terms of vegetation, but at Powder Mills, you really donít
want to be venturing through the swamps, no matter what the vegetation.
There are some other areas where the map can and will be improved, but
again, it should be reasonably good for this meet.
October 5, 2013
Results from the Letchworth State Park meet are now
available on the results page.
September 24, 2013
Oct 5 Letchworth Nav Training in the morning and THOMASS event in the afternoon. Event details
Register before September 28th to let us plan for food, maps and
logistics for training. Day of registration is also possible. There
is also a park entry fee $8/vehicle.
New policy for youth participation, details on
Local Meets page. Pass this along to any groups you may know that might not receive this message.
September 21, 2013
Results from the Cobbs Hill National Orienteering Week meet are now
available on the results page.
September 14, 2013
Cobbs Hill Park NOW Meet September 21 Tay House Lodge. Start from 10:00 a.m.
to 12:30 pm. Part of National Orienteering Week.
Greetings, Orienteers!This Saturday morning is the time to introduce your family and friends to orienteering! Orienteering is known as the "thinking sport", where participants navigate through a park using a map and compass to find flags located on distinct features.
ROC's National Orienteering Day meet starts and 10 am at Tay House Lodge on Norris Drive in scenic Cobb's Hill Park. What's exciting about NOD is that everyone who does our beginner course (White course) will receive the bargain price of $2 per person or team. And you can do a second, or even a third course, for an additional $2 per course. The White course generally average 2-3 kilometers in length and most complete it in under 45 minutes. We provide you with instruction and welcome beginners.
Courses other than White are $8 per individual or team for non-members/$4 members.
You can start from 10am-12:30pm. If you'd like to do more than one course please arrive early. All we ask is that you return to the Finish by 1:30 whether or not you finish your course.
Your course choices are String-O (free, for small children), White (Beginner), Yellow (Advanced Beginner), Sprint, and Score-O. For the Score-O [Scatter-O] course you can choose to get any 5, 10, 15, 20 or all 25 controls in any order. You can take as long as you like, as long as you return by 1:30.
We encourage you to pre-register on our website at Online Registration also linked in the side navigation <---. You don't pay until you arrive at the meet and there's no problem if you find you can't make it. Pre-registration closes on Thursday at midnight.
If you plan to go out as a family or team please note that we have extra copies of maps available for $1 each. Orienteering is more fun when children and team members feel included by having their own map, and you can take the map home as a souvenir and learning tool as well as use it again next time you visit the park.
If you would like more information please call our Hotline at (585)377-5650.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
September 7, 2013
Results from the Genesee Country Village and Museum meet are now
available on the results page.
August 31, 2013
Next event at Genesee Country Village and Museum,
1410 Flint Hill Rd. Follow the link at the top of our webpage for the next
event in the yellow header. There is a map on that page, click it to zoom if
you need further directions. The Nature Center is to the south of the large
parking lot. You may sign up now using Online Registration.
Genesee Country Village Course Setter's Notes
1. The area in which the courses are laid is not as big as most parks in which
we hold meets. It is approximately 1km by 1km in area and is printed at 1:5000.
The courses are classified as middle distance which are characterized by short,
technical legs with lots of changes of direction. White: 1km, Yellow: 2.4 km,
Orange: 2.9 km, Brown: 3.0 km, Green: 4.0 km, Red: 5.5 km. The contour interval
is 2.5m so there is very little climb on all of the courses. The Red course is
printed on 2 seperate maps, you'll get both maps at the start and will need to
change maps at #12.
2. The map of the nature area at Genesee Country Village is a mature work in
progress less than two years old. The vegetation should be complete enough for
this meet but may not be as accurate as other maps that have significantly
3. This area is strewn with boulders and rocky ground. Mapping all of the rock
features would blacken the map. Rock features on the map were chosen based on
size and uniqueness. If you see a boulder that is not on the map do not be
surprised. It was not mapped either because it was not deemed distinct enough
or understandably just has not yet been mapped yet. When you see the area, you
will understand what I mean.
4. The central boulder field is still a work in progress but is very
representative of the area in order to find the controls there.
5. The long broken down fence is not a reliable handrail as it is not visible
in most parts. It is on the map for your safety. Please be careful in that
6. Lastly, this is my first meet course setting and I hope that it meets
expectations. My efforts have always been for you all to have an ejoyable and
safe time. So if you find part of the course frustrating or somehow not to your
liking, be comforted in not having to run/walk the mistakes I did not allow to
make it to the map!
7. Lastly, much thanks go to the field and map work by Laurie Hunt, Linda Kohn
and Karl Kova. Also gracious thanks for course setting advise go to Laurie
Hunt, Dick Detwiler and especially Linda Kohn, whose detailed mentoring in
field work, mapping and course setting is as appreciated as any compass that
Greg Michels - Course Setter