Rochester Orienteering Club

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Upcoming events


Next Event Score-O at Genesee Valley Park
Wednesday Evening July 25. White course starts 6-6:45pm. Score-o mass start at 6:30pm. Registration opens at 5:45.
If you're planning to attend and can help out, please signup to volunteer through our volunteer page!

Beginner/Intermediate Training May 20, 11am at Webster
Just getting started orienteering? Looking to refresh your basic skills? Register for our free training May 20 at 11am at the Webster Park meet and then register for a regular course at the meet to use your skills! See the links at left for both training and the regular meet.

Beginner Clinic Success (register for a meet)

A word of welcome to all the new orienteers who attended our beginner’s clinic. If this is your first time on our website and you’d like to register for our meet at Mendon Ponds on Sunday please click on the gray box to the left. That will take you to our online registration. But first, if you’ll take a moment to log in and create a profile, the site will remember your information from meet to meet.  You can, but are not required to pay when you register. We take only cash and checks at our meets.

Not sure if you’re attending? Go ahead and register anyway. There’s no penalty for not showing up. And if you’re confused by any of the questions (what’s an SI Card?) just leave them blank for now. You will have to choose a course, but you won’t be locked in to that choice. There will be volunteers on hand to answer questions and help you get started when you arrive.

Beginner's Orienteering Clinic

Saturday, April 14, 2018 10-noon at Fleet Feet Armory Location
There will be classroom instruction on terminology, techniques and basic compass work. Learn to read orienteering maps! We will also practice on sample courses in Cobb's Hill Park. Learn about local meets and permanent orienteering courses. Come on out and give it a try! No special equipment needed but please dress for the weather. No Charge! but please register so we know how many are coming. See registration link at the left.

Cumming Nature Center - Ski-O

Come down to Naples, NY to our new map at Cummings Nature Center.  There will be an event regardless of snow conditions.  Courses open from noon until 2 pm.  The format is score-O.

Posted 2-12-18

Mendon Ski-O Jan 27 event Canceled - Foot-O Training Instead

Looking at the forecast we are canceling the Ski O and substituting a training event that is free for ROC members and $5 for all others. RSVP to by Thursday night. This includes a map, instruction and a bowl of Chili/Soup the end.

9:30 am - 10 am Registration

10-noon Three options: Relocation exercises in pairs/groups, design your own course, or just find all the controls on your own (Score-O). No timing or punch cards.

Courses close at noon with Chili/Soup from 12-12:30

12:30 - Control pickup

ROC Schedule 2018

Plans for the 2018 Schedule are on the Schedule page. Finalizing the schedule involves getting permission from the venue, filing for permits, renting lodges and providing insurance certificates so it can take some time. Some listings are already subject to change so don't mark your calendars yet.

This year the Rochester Map Adventure returns to the schedule and we will be introducing a four event Summer Score O Series. We will also be hosting an OUSA National Ranking Event at Letchworth West in May date TBD. This is an enhanced local meet that features seven courses and assigned start times for Orange - Blue courses. Each club is being allowed to offer one NRE without paying any additional sanctioning fees normally required. We will call this meet the Western New York Championships and hope to attract a larger, competitive field and ranking points.

The other part of our committee function is to make sure that suggested venues have updated or new maps.

This year we will need to update Seneca Park and Basil Marella Park. We will continue to map other areas of Alasa Farms and hope to do orienteering quality maps for Harriet Hollister and Cumming Nature Center.

Rick Worner, Dick Detwiler, Doug Hall, Tom Roycroft, Stephen Brooks, Greg Michels

Annual Meeting & Potluck - Members Only Event

On Sunday, December 3 we will be holding out year-end members meeting, pot luck dinner and special orienteering event at Hopkins Point Shelter in Mendon Ponds Park.  This is the schedule of events for the day is as follows,

12:30 - 1:30PM: Board Meeting

1:30PM – 3:00PM: Potluck and Annual Meeting

3:00PM4:00PM Cell Phone "O"

4:00- 4:30pm Desserts 

4:30 - 5:00PM Control pickup and lodge cleanup.

Club will provide drinks. Bring your own plates and silverware to minimize waste and clean-up.  Based on your last name use the following to know what to bring:

A-H - Main dishes ( Please include serving utensils and take home serving dish)

I-P  - Appetizers and salads

Q-Z - Desserts

There will be two versions of the cell phone maps. One half the of the pair or group stays in the lodge with the map and describes the best routes and locations of the controls while the other half searches.  At the end of the 30 minutes (or less) the other half of the group goes out on the other version of the map. The courses will stay on the northeast side of the ridge to enhance cell phone reception and reduce climb. Make sure your phone is well charged before you go out.

Updated 11-25-17

Mendon Trail Run - Saturday Nov 4

For more information about the race, go to the event web site at:

Alasa Farms - Sunday, Oct 15th from Noon to 2

Alasa Farms is a brand new map. A prominent water feature divides the vast open woods into two distinct sections. The green and red courses will explore both sides, while the white course will make use of the farmstead area and give a taste of the beauty of the forest. Those who are ready for a bit more forest should choose yellow. Instead of separate brown and orange courses, we will offer only orange. Those who usually enjoy brown should be able to find their way around one steep descent /climb on the orange course with reasonable planning.

Our start finish area will be at Cracker Box Palace farmstead on Shaker Rd just south of Shaker Tract Rd.

Course Controls Length Climb 
White   14      2.0 km  25m
Yellow  13      3.0 km  55m
Orange  12      3.8 km  75m
Green   13      5.9 km  185m
Red     14      7.7 km  225m

Posted 10-10-17

Genesee County Park - Nature Center

Saturday 9/30 
Starts: 10am to Noon 

Courses Offered:

White 1.9 km

Yellow 2.1 km

Brown 4.1 km

Green 5.1 km

Red 6.2 km

Course Notes:

Genesee County park is located south of Batavia about 45 minutes southwest of Rochester.  This a a new map made by Dave Cady (BFLO).  The terrain has some rolling hills, a stream through the center and green and fields all around.  It is a people park with picnic areas, shelters, and playgrounds and an extensive network of trails.  Dave Cady designed some fun courses which will challenge your ability to make quick decisions about route choice.  The vegetation is thick this time of year especially the semi-open yellow and impassable dark green but the courses make good use of more open areas of the park.  It should be fun for all!

posted 9-19-17

Letchworth State Park - Sat-Sun, September 16-17th

ROC is hosting a National Event in Letchworth State Park, recreational White beginner and Yellow novice course will be available each day for day of registration. All other courses would have required pre-registration. Full details on Event webpage.

Mendon Ponds Park - Saturday, September 9th

Meet at Cavalry Lodge in Southeast section of Mendon Ponds Park.

Start time window between 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Courses close at 1:30 PM

This event will have half length Event courses and half length Training courses.

Event Courses regular entry fees.

Course Controls Length Climb
White Beginner 9 1.6 km 65 m
Yellow Novice 10 1.8 km 95 m
Orange-Brown 11 2.2 km 150 m
Green-Red 12 2.6 km 155 m

Training Courses free for everyone for National Orienteering Week.

Course Controls Length Climb
Beginner Training 11 1.6 km 50 m
Novice Training 10 1.3 km 75 m
Intermediate Training 10 2.0 km 105 m
Advanced Training 10 2.2 km 140 m

Do either Event or Training course first. Training courses will not be officially timed or scored. So make them what you like. There will also be maps All controls and None to make your own course or drop or add to an existing training course.

You might also use the training courses to help instruct new folks or other club members. Or even go with a partner of similar skill and take turns each leg and give each other tip and feedback. Great event to bring a friend, training courses are free for everyone so spread the word.

Durand Eastman Park - Thursday, August 24

The start is at Magnolia Shelter.

There will be a White course, which you can start any time between 6:00 and 6:45 (course closes at 7:30). The White course is on trails and fields, and offers relatively simple navigation.  There is one trail that is not completely obvious - the path will be marked with streamers until it becomes more clear

 There will also be a Sprint course, starting any time between 5:45 and 6:15.  People who do not want to do the Score-O can start later.

 The main event is a Score-O with a mass start at 6:30 pm, where the object is to score as many points as possible by visiting controls within the one-hour time limit.  All controls are worth 1 point.

 Since it’s starting to get dark early (and it gets darker a lot earlier in the woods than in open areas), for safety reasons, we do want everyone back on time, by 7:30 pm. To encourage everyone to be back on time, there will be a sizable penalty of 3 points per minute or fraction of a minute late. The penalty will start at 7:30, so if you’re late in starting out on the Score-O for any reason, you still need to be back by 7:30.

Durand lost quite a few large trees in the wind storm earlier this year.  The newly fallen trees are not yet on the Durand map.  Some of them fell across trails and have not yet been cleared off, so be careful.

Posted 8-21-17

Highland Park Score-O - Wed July 26th

For those of you unfamiliar with a Score-O, everyone gets a map with all controls printed on it and you chose as many or as few to visit. The catch? You have only one hour to return to home base before all your hard earned control points begin to be taken away from you - 1 control lost per each minute of overtime. 

If you are a beginner, the meet director or control setters can suggest some easier controls to go for. 

5:30-6:15 Registration/check in
6:00-6:30 Start your 1 hour event
7:30 Course close

LOCATION (orange and white signs will direct you to the start of the event)
Frederick Douglass Rec-Center (adjacent to Highland Park) 999 South Avenue

RIT Sprint Event - Wed July 12th

What's a Sprint? Fear not if you are new to orienteering! A Sprint is an
orienteering course with relatively shorter distances between flags than you
would find on a traditional course and it is often done in a more urban
setting like a college campus. For competitive folks a Sprint means getting
around a course as fast as possible. If you're new to orienteering or not a
runner you can do a Sprint course at your usual pace. In fact, you may find
a Sprint course to be a great training tool for you, so don't let the name
scare you away. There will also be the option of a regular beginner's

Register online or come in plenty of time to register as everyone starts at
6:15. Our orange and white signs will direct you to the start of the event.

5:30-6: Registration
6:15 Mass Start
7:45 Courses Close

The RIT sprint festival will give you the option to run multiple sprints
(legs) in any order with brief rest times between legs.  If you prefer to
run a single traditional sprint course, you can choose to run any sprint leg
by itself. The sprints will feature quick thinking with multiple routes to
choose from navigating around buildings with stair, ramps, short overpasses
walls, gardens, some open spaces, and even a tiger.

Sprint Legs
A 2.6 km, 12 controls, distances are length of best path and not how the
bird flies
B 1.6 km, 9 controls
C 2.5 km, 13 controls

Long (Red): Legs A, B, C any order
Medium (Green/Orange): Legs A & C any order
Short (Brown): Legs B & C any order
Beginner (White/Yellow): Beginner (1.7 km, 10 controls)

RIT - Parking in C Lot and general/reserved spots and meeting on the south
and west side of Gracie's
Register now!

Posted 7-4-17

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

Course Controls Length Climb

Beginner Training 11 1.6 km 50 m
Novice Training 10 1.3 km 75 m
Intermediate Training 10 2.0 km 105 m
Advanced Training 10 2.2 km 140 m
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