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2016-04-26
2016-05-04 Update

Our next event will be held at Webster Park's Holt Lodge on Saturday, May 7th. This will be a regular event, meaning we will be offering a full range of courses for all ability levels. You can start your course anytime between 10am and noon. Beginner instruction is always available.

Webster Park, located along the shore of Lake Ontario, has 550 acres of evergreen-planted slopes, rolling hills, and a myriad of trails. Conditions may be muddy in some areas. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and protect yourself against ticks with long sleeves and pants.

Online Registration is now open. Please register if you have any interest in coming. No big deal if you can't make it, but we want to be sure we have enough maps on hand. No need to change your registration if your plans change, and you pay when you arrive. Correct change is always helpful. Beginner and advanced beginner courses (White and Yellow) are $5.

Courses close, and control pickup begins, at 1:30.

Six courses will be offered:

White 1.3 km 7 controls
Yellow 2.2 km 11 controls
Orange 4.5 km 14 controls
Brown 3.8 km 13 controls
Green 5.8 km 13 controls
Red 7.4 km 13 controls

There may be some slight adjustments to courses which could alter the distances, but any changes should be small. Climb hasn't yet been calculated, but it will be minimal compared to many other area parks like Durand, Mendon, or Powder Mills.

The start and finish will be at Holt Lodge. The White course will be entirely on the east side of Holt Rd, but all other courses will cross Holt Rd twice (once in each direction). This is a fairly highly traveled road, so participants must use the utmost of caution when crossing.

All courses will have some controls on the east side of Holt Rd; this is a rarely-used (for orienteering) section of the park. I think you'll like the orienteering and the scenery in this area.

Being relatively early in the spring/summer/fall orienteering season has pros and cons. On the plus side, the woods are fairly open. A lot of areas marked as light green seem more like white woods at this point. Still, it is best to avoid anything mapped medium green except possibly for short distances, and definitely avoid dark green.

On the down side, the park is rather wet. The White and Yellow courses shouldn't encounter much water or mud, but other courses most likely will. So wear shoes/clothes you don't mind getting a bit wet and muddy. :)

Also, Brown, Green, and Red courses will cross Mill Creek in the part of the park that is on the east side of Holt Rd. (Orange participants may optionally choose to cross the creek, although there is an only slight longer route choice that could avoid fording the main stream.) The only bridge in this area is Holt Rd, which would be a significantly longer route choice than going more directly between controls. The stream in this area is wide but not deep. I feel confident that there won't be anyone drowning while trying to cross! Nor even getting wet up to knee or even mid calf level. But expect to be wading through ankle deep water to get across. Since this is late in the course, this might be viewed as beneficial in terms of cleaning mud from your shoes.

Dick Detwiler, course setter


2016-04-15

Our first regular meet of the season at Camp Eastman is on Sunday - April 24, with courses from beginner to advanced. We will offer a full range of courses to choose from:

White (Beginner)- 1.5-2.0 K
Yellow (Advanced beginner) - 2.0 -3.0 K
Orange (Intermediate)- 3.5-4.5 K
Brown (Advanced)- 4.0-4.5 K
Green (Advanced)- 5.0 -5.5 K
Red -(Advanced)- 6.0-6.5 K

These distances are "as the crow flies." Your actual route will be longer. We recommend that all first timers do the White course first, and then can trade in their map for a more advanced course for $2 more.

White and Yellow courses will be entirely on Camp Eastman property and the rest of courses will have controls at Camp Eastman and on the West side of Kings Highway. The golf course is likely to be opened so orienteers should not cross any of the fairways or greens. Visibility is good this time of year in the woods and the trails are fairly dry for springtime. You can start any time between noon and 2pm. We always offer beginner instruction.

We ask that you use Online Registration or link in the side navigation. You can call our Hotline at 585-377-5650 to learn more. Remember to dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes (it may be muddy) and protect yourself from ticks, which are already out this season.

If you enjoy orienteering at Durand Eastman, we will be selling maps for our two new Durand permanent orienteering courses at the meet for $8 each. Mendon, Webster, and Letchworth are also available.


2016-03-21

Beginning Orienteering Skills Clinic: April 9 - 9:30am to Noon

Flyer
This class is held in cooperation with Fleet Feet Sports at the Armory.
Online Registration. (Or see sidebar)

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 in 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.

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


2016-03-04

Course Setter's Workshop by Linda Kohn
Sat. March 19th, 10am-noon

Linda & Rick's house - 874 Edgemere Drive, Rochester (Greece)14612
Open to intermediate (orange) level runners and above.

Skills to be covered:
- basic requirements of each course
- getting started using purple pen, bring your own PC computer if you can, download ppen: http://purplepen.golde.org
- creating route choice
- avoiding common problems

Please RSVP to Linda 434-2674 or Email wornerkohn@gmail.com


2016-02-21

Results from the Harriet Hollister Ski-O event are now available on the results page.


2016-02-16

Yay snow! :)

With today's storm, I am hopeful that Sunday's ski-o at Harriet Hollister will happen as (re-)scheduled. However, the current forecast calls for warming temperatures late in the week and so it remains to be seen what results from the storm and how cold it stays at the park. Stay tuned for updates...I'd like this event to happen if it is at all possible, so it may be Sat afternoon/evening before a final decision can be made. Check skio.nyssranordic.org for the latest information.

Being optimistic --
Registration and starts 12-1 in the winter parking lot at Harriet Hollister. There's no shelter (we'll be operating out of cars) so plan accordingly. There is a portapotty at the parking lot, as well as "indoor" pit toilets a mile or so ski up the road.

I'm anticipating three courses:
- short, a white/yellow course that sticks to the flatter ski trails
- medium, an orange/green course that involves more climb but still only the ski trails (no snowshoe trails)
- long, a red/blue course with climb and some legs potentially involving snowshoe trails

There may also be a recreational scatter-o format for those who want something more freeform. The medium and long courses will count towards the NYSSRA points series. (Come to the NYSSRA Championships Feb 27-28! No qualification required this year. See skio.nyssranordic.org for info.)

-CS Stina Bridgeman


2016-01-30

No snow at Harriet, so Sunday's ski-o is postponed to 2/21. Last night's local news said colder weather after next week, so let's hope for some snow!


2016-01-18

Results from the Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest event are now available on the results page.


2016-01-10

Next Sunday, January 17 is Winterfest at Mendon Ponds Park. As part of this celebration, the Rochester orienteering Club will sponsor an orienteering event starting at Hopkins Point Lodge. Since it is unlikely that we will have enough snow for ski or snowshoe, most likely we will have a Scatter-o on foot. There will be several courses, each requiring a different number of controls, to be taken in any order. There will also be a normal white course (controls in a specified order, all on trails.) Winterfest starts at 11:00, as does our registration. Starts from noon to 2:00 pm. Winterfest also offers many other attractions if you have extra time!

Use Online Registration to save time at check in and insure yourself a map.


 
 

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