Rochester Orienteering Club

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Upcoming events


Dryer Rd Park - Saturday June 17th

Mountain Bike-O and Foot-O courses will be offered.  

MTB-O starts: 10am to Noon

Foot-O Starts: 10am to 1pm

Courses close at 3pm.

MTB-O Courses:

Easy - 2.0 km

Intermediate - 3.3 km

Expert - 4.7 km

(All distances are as the crow flies, you will actually bike much further)

Reminders for MTB-O:  You must stay on trails, you cannot cut trails or go the wrong way on trails.  You must wear a helmet.  You have to bring your own bike.

Foot-O Courses:

White - 1.8 km

Yellow/Orange - 2.9 km

Short Advanced - 3.6 km

Long Advanced - 6.5 km

Both advanced courses will use maps without any trails marked, so while there are lots of trails out there, none of them will be shown on the map.  

If you wish to do both a MTBO and Foot-O course please register for one and it will be an additional $2 for the second course. 

Posted 6-11-17

Mendon Ponds - June 3rd

The next ROC meet is Saturday, June 3rd at Mendon Ponds Park.  Start at Hopkins Point, Pond View Shelter from 10am-12 noon.  The format is point-to-point with an emphasis on short, fast legs with some longer legs.  Maps will be printed at 1:7,500.  Four courses will be available:

White (beginner) 2.2km

Yellow/Orange (intermediate) 3.5km

Brown (short advanced) 4.5km

Red (long advanced) 6.0km

Instruction will be available for beginners.  Rain or shine, we hope to see you there!

Posted 5-28-17

Cummings Nature Center - Rogaine/Score Event

When: Sunday May 21, 2017

Where: Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd, Naples, NY 14512

Registration: Here or at the event


9:00AM – Center opens

9:15AM – Registration Opens

9:30AM – Maps Available

9:30AM to 10:15AM - Participant Map Planning

10:15AM – Participant Briefing

10:30AM – Start

1:30PM – Finish/Control Pickup

Event Format: This will be a time limited 3-hour score-O event with 30 controls. We expect the leader to clear the course in about two hours. Points will be deducted at 10 points/minute.

Terrain: The terrain is a drainage flat land with an adjacent managed forest hillside. The property is packed full of logging skidder tracks of varying degrees of walkability. Streams are mainly immature with shallow reentrants. Forest areas are a mix of open deciduous hardwoods with minimal impassable vegetation to logged land with impassable but localized logging slash. The highest control is 125 meters in elevation relative to the start/finish area.

Map: The map is very new and is in a state of maturity more akin to rogaining rather than orienteering. Logging trails are well mapped but vary in their ease of use. Drainage is fairly well mapped and is best mapped in the areas of controls. Mapping of point features is less mature but has been mapped well in the areas of controls. There are many enormous rootstocks some 3-4 meters high that are not mapped if they are not near controls. Vegetation boundaries of changes in species are fairly well mapped but degrees of runability are less mature.

Water on the Course: Water jugs will be placed on the course. There will be NO CUPS at the water jugs. Please bring your own container.

Food: Fruit, snacks, and drinks will be provided.

Posted 5-15-17

Course Summary for Powder Mills May 13 2017

Starts from 10:00 am to noon at Wadhams Lodge

Course Controls Length Climb
White 8 1.1 km 30 m
Yellow 9 1.9 km 60 m
Orange 10 3.4 km 100 m
Brown 9 2.7 km 85 m
Green 14 4.8 km 160 m
Red 15 5.9 km 210 m

posted 5-8-17

Greetings Orienteers!

It’s time to order your ROC 2017 Schedule Tee-shirt! Available in Youth, Men’s and Women’s sizes in a performance fabric. With a ROC Schedule Shirt you no longer have to worry about locating your schedule or checking online. Your shirt will be an ever-ready reminder of the next meet. Order and pay online this week, please (by May 13th). Only $10 per shirt.

And if you’d like to earn a free shirt for the 2018 season all you need to do is volunteer for five meets during the 2017 season. You’ll get free meet admission and earn points for your free shirt. While you’re on the website you can click on the “volunteer” tab to learn more.

Questions? Email us at

Posted 5-7-17

Rotary Sunshine Camp - Regular Event

Sunday April 30th, Noon - 2pm

Parking will be in the main lot and the gravel lot then a 500 m walk to the start building.  Look for signs and streamers.

Course Notes:

Red - 6 km

Green - 5.1 km

Brown - 3.8 km

Orange - 4.4 km

Yellow - 2.4 km

White - 1.5 km

All regular courses are offered.  The woods are very open this time of year.  Rotary has very little climb with 2.5 m contours.  The map is comprised of Rotary Sunshine Camp and DEC lands which surround it.  You will notice camp boundary signs which are marked on the map.  There are rock features such as boulders and rock piles.

It is wet out there!  If water is mapped it will be there but there will be more water which is NOT mapped.  Dark green is still impassable but most else is passable, especially green slash.  Vegetation boundaries have not been updated so keep that in mind (especially in the northern middle section of the map).

Hope to see you there!

Lindsay Worner - Course Setter

Orienteering Clinic Saturday 4/22

Learn the basics of orienteering! For those who have been hoping for some formal instruction before heading out on the trail, ROC will present classroom instruction on how to read orienteering maps. Then everyone will go out into Cobb's Hill Park to do a short orienteering course. We will regroup to talk about what was learned out on the course.

Experienced ROC members will be there to guide you and share their expertise. You will come away from this workshop ready to participate in ROC's many events held throughout the season.

There is no charge! The clinic will include the following topics:

● Classroom instruction on terminology and techniques

● Learn to read an orienteering map

● Practice navigating an orienteering course in Cobb’s Hill Park

● Find out about Rochester area permanent orienteering courses and local meets

Come dressed for the weather with appropriate footwear for variable trail conditions. We will be working both in the classroom and outdoors.

You are strongly encouraged to register on-line if you expect to attend

Posted 4-11-17

New Schedule is Posted!

The 2017 schedule is now posted.  Make sure to add events to your calendar.  Also please sign up to volunteer!

Posted 3-1-17
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