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April 19, 2014

Results from the Webster Park meet are now available on the results page.

April 15, 2014

The next ROC orienteering meet will be April 19 at Webster Park starting at the Kanatota Lodge B. We will be sharing the parking lot at Kanatota Lodge so please try to carpool or "park and bike" from the main parking lot at the corner of Lake Rd and Holt Rd if possible. We are also participating in Earth Month Clean-Up. Bags will be available for use in collecting trash. Don't forget to pre-register online. There's a $1 discount for pre-registration and no penalty if you decide not to attend.

This is a regular meet with starts from 10am - 12pm. Control pickup will begin at 1:30pm. The following courses will be offered:

White - 10 controls 2.2k 30m
Yellow - 10 controls 3.0k 70m
Orange - 10 controls 3.8k 75m
Brown - 12 controls 3.8k 95m
Green - 13 controls 4.5k 105m
Red - 14 controls 6.5k 155m

Course setter notes: Start/Finish will be on the south side of Lake Rd. The park is very wet and muddy. Expect to get your feet wet on all courses. There are lots of deer tracks criscrossing the medium green "forest, slow" areas. Visibility through the woods is great since there are no leaves yet. There is a lot of blow down, especially in the pine woods. This makes some of the "easy forest" sections more challenging. No courses will cross Lake Rd. Be sure to check yourself for ticks after the event.

See you there! Heidi Hall - Meet Director

April 6, 2014

Results from the Genesee Country Village meet are now available on the results page.

March 30, 2014

The 2014 Rochester Orienteering Club annual Icebreaker is scheduled for April 6th at Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd.,Mumford, New York 14511. 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. If you have not already registered please use the following link: Online Registration. Remember if you pre-register you will save $1.00 off your registration fee! If you are not able to get to the event there will be no harm done. You pay at the event.

This will be a regular event with White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green and Red courses. Course information will be available soon.

Course setter notes:
  -As of last Thursday the trails were ice covered and slippery.
  -There was still snow in the lower areas.
  -The wet areas were wet and will be wetter with the rain and snow over the weekend.
  -Watch out for wire fencing along the fence lines.

There will be areas on the map that has lines and cross hatching, PLEASE STAY OUT of these area. The GCVNC has asked us to not use these area, please.

For the new members and those that were at the March Workshop this is a good place to put your skills to use. There will be instruction for those who would like it. Come out and join us.

Nancy Burgey - Meet Director

February 5, 2014

Sharpen your skills! Orienteering Skills Workshops to be held on March 15th

Got cabin fever? ROC is offering workshops in orienteering skills on March 15th at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Highland Avenue. Classes will be offered in beginner and intermediate orienteering skills. They will run from 8:30-11:30 am. Classes will include outdoor orienteering activities, weather permitting.

Beginner class is FULL - 3/13

Workshops are free to members. Non-member fees are $10 per person, $15 per family. All fees are fully redeemable towards ROC membership on the day of the workshop. Or join ROC now and attend for free. Beginners class is appropriate for age 10 and up. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register online and mail your check payable to Rochester Orienteering Club by March 8th to:

Laurie Hunt
28 Hearthstone Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
For more information contact Laurie.

February 5, 2014

Updated standard entry fees for the coming orienteering season. These fees have been adjusted to cover the cost of organizing our events, shelter rentals, insurance, and equipment which have increased over the years. Fees have been set with the hope that they can continue to stay the same for the next several years. Membership remains the same low fees for the 2014 season.

As listed on the Local Meets page of our website:

The entry fees to ROC meets are $6.00 per map for ROC members and $10.00 per map for non-members. If several people (a family group for example) enter as a group using the same map, the fee is still $6.00 (members) or $10.00 (non-members). There is a $1.00 discount if you use Online Registration. The beginner White and Yellow course is $5.00 per map. A person or group can do a second course for $2.00 additional charge (if you complete the White course and decide to try the Yellow course, for example).

February 1, 2014

Results from the Durand Eastman Ski-O meet are now available on the results page.

January 23, 2014

Ski-O Durand Eastman Park Saturday, February 1. Meet at golf clubhouse 1200 Kings Highway. Please Register Online TODAY so we can estimate maps needed.

9am- Registration and building opens, no inside waxing or gear storage.
10am- Mass Start, (90 minute time limit), Random format, ESG categories, E-punch, Water, juice and cookies only.
12pm- Building closes and event ends.
Parking in Ski designated(signs) parking area. Combination of groomed and ungroomed ski trails. Some skating and some classic. Foot and snowshoe orienteers welcome as long as they stay off the ski trails.

January 19, 2014

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

January 15, 2014

Are you missing orienteering? Ready to get out in the woods? This Sunday the annual Winterfest is taking place at Mendon Ponds Park. Each year we end up being down to the wire, wondering if we will have snow for Winterfest. Things aren't looking good for this year, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying some winter orienteering. Course setter Jim Russell is doing his best to set courses that will work in any conditions. This is what he has so far, subject to some tweaks:

White (beginner): 1.7 km 6 controls
Yellow/orange (intermediate): 3.3 km 7 controls
Brown (short advanced): 4.1 km 7 controls
Green (long advanced): 5.3 km 9 controls

We encourage beginners and are offering the White course for FREE as part of Winterfest! ROC's usual fees apply to all other courses. Registration opens at 11 am. Starts from 11:30 to 2 pm.

Please Register Online TODAY so we can estimate maps needed. No need to cancel if you can't come after all. We'll take care of that for you. Pay when you arrive, no penalty for no-shows.

There will lots of other demonstrations and activities taking place around the park for you to enjoy, too!

December 26, 2013

The Rochester Orienteering Club has scheduled an event Sunday January 19, Ski-O at Mendon Ponds Park. Hopkins Point Lodge. Start from 11:30 to 2:00 pm.
Please Register 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.
Part of Mendon Ponds Winterfest.

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 MEMBERS only.

BOD meeting 2-3:30
Poker-O (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 the activity.

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

Please Register 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 registrations.

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 everyone.

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. Register now. If you plan to bring a group and are not pre-registering please contact me at 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

Please Register 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 quite good.

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
Please 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 more herritage.
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 area.
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 points north.

Greg Michels - Course Setter


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