Welcome

Junior Orienteer

Welcome to the website of the Arctic Orienteering Club, based in Anchorage, Alaska. Orienteering is the sport of cross country navigation using map and compass. To some it is a competitive race while to others it is a chance to get out and explore the countryside, challenge the mind, and enjoy the company. Either way, you are welcome to participate. Training is part of our purpose, and beginners and young people are encouraged to take part.

The Arctic Orienteering Club is a sanctioned club of Orienteering USA and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Annual Meeting Door Prizes

The Orienteering Club thanks the following shops for donating door prizes for our Annual Meeting

Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking
Great Harvest Bread Company
Skinny Raven
The Sports Shop

These stores are awesome. Please show your support for those that support orienteering in Alaska!

Individual donations:

  • Healthy Futures – enabling children to orienteer for free
  • BP Fabric of America Fund nominated by Kyle Sanford
  • The Dekreon family
  • Stephanie Kesler

and everybody else making individual donations to the Arctic Orienteering Club

Bill’s Blood Moon Orienteering Meet

Wednesday, October 8,2014
APU Campus and Russian Jack Park

A 45 minute Score-O format with 20 points/min penalty for late returns. Only 6 teams* braved the cold waters of University Lake to collect the 50 point offered for a short wade to an offshore control. No beaver bites were reported.

Competitor Score
Andrew Lee 530
Regan Sarwas 490
Tom Bronga 440
Steve Gruhn 410
Ellyn Brown 400
Mike Robinson 370
Jen Jolliff, Ian and Springer Moore 360
Eric Follett 350
Karen Bronga 350
Erik and Nischa Carlson 260
*Art and Andrew Harmon 220
Joshua Wilson 180
Ivan Hodes 170
Conner Chamberlin 140
*Charese Gearhart-Dekreon and Drew Dekreon 130
*David Nowelle and Wendy Spencer 120
*Carissa Anderson, Sarah and Michell Boelter 120
*Nate Anderson 110
*Ruth Kvernplassen and Molly Eastman 110
Hatcher Smith, Verjorn and Aksel Flagstad and Will Simpson 80
Robin Ruckhaus 80
Kevin Gonzue 60
Kevin Shepeski 60
Ethan Chamberlin 60
Steven Carraway 60
Linda and Talia Smith, Lindsey and Nive Flagstad 60

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Eric & Jill’s Fall-O

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Service High School

It was another beautiful day for a long Fall-O.
Times are given in hr:min.

Red course 8.9 km, 20 controls

Men:

1. Ian Moore 1:45; 2. Trond Jensen 1:54; 3. Tobias Schwoerer 2:02; 4. Steve Gruhn 2:22; 5. Dan Billman 2:54 6. Regan Sarwas 3:01

Green course 6.2 km, 14 controls

Men:

1. Gary Snyder 1:25

Women:

1. Ellyn Brown 1:54; 2. Anne Billman 2:04; 3. Lexi Hill 3:13

Orange course 4.6 km, 11 controls

Women:

1. Dela Gray 1:42

Team:

1. Ariel Hippe and Shelly Laws 1:29; 2. Mark and Emma Kroloff 1:48

Yellow course 3.4 km, 9 controls

Women:

1. Kathy Faryniarz 1:26; 2. Stephanie Kesler 1:57

Team:

1. Sienna Noffsinger, Cindy and Trond Jensen 0:58; 2. Molly and Howard Connelly 1:24; 3. Chase Quinn, Sydney Jones, Jacob Sanchez, Jacob Jerne, Manuel Camerene, and Laura Henshaw 1:26;
4. Penny Gage, Paul Moughamian, and Jayme Schroeder 1:31; 5. Logan and Jill Follett 1:33; 6. Springer Moore and Jen Jolliff 1:37; 7. Lia, Trudy, Duke, and Kincaid Keller 1:39; 8. Barbara Brown and Tim Wiepking 2:18; 9. Michael, Xander, and Kielee Backus 2:22

White course 2.9 km, 8 controls

Team:

1. Thad and Nick Rodamaker 1:13; 2. Vebjorn, Nira, and Aksel Flagstad and Hatcher Smith 1:14; 3. Bree Hitchcock, Noah and Ellen Schmittinger 1:35; 4. Grant and Cooper Chiacehia, Wyatt Flotre, and Matt Sorich 1:41; 5. Linda and Talia Smith, Shannon, Tovin, and Anabel Uffenbeck 1:54.

This was a points meet. Check out how you are doing in the season standings

This meet is in Route Gadget! Use Route Gadget to improve your orienteering by comparing your route choices with other orienteers.

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Dela’s Eklutna-O

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Mirror Lake map

31 people came out to enjoy a sunny Equinox afternoon in the woods on Eklutna lands behind Mirror Lake Middle School. Recently fallen leaves obscured a few trails, but the first-timers prevailed to complete their courses. Ian Moore and Jen Jolliff both declared that it was a fun meet, as they took first and second on the Red course. Ellyn Brown won the women’s division on Green (which a JROTC team also successfully completed). Erik Carlson and Michael Clark were the fastest team on Orange, and the newbie Dearborns were narrowly edged out by Springer Moore and Jen Jolliff on Yellow.

Many thanks to Lexi Hill for assistance in field checking control locations, Ian Moore for minor map updates, Kimball Forest for course vetting, Trond Jensen for map printing, Corrie Whitmore for assistance with course setting, Bill Johnson and Anne Billman for meet day help, Dan Billman for control pickup, and Chris Tomsen for reaching out to various groups to drum up support for this meet.

Red course (5.6 k, 14 controls)

Men

1) Ian Moore, 0:53:45; 2) Bill Johnson, 1:10:43; 3) Steve Gruhn, 1:22:38; 4) Regan Sarwas, 1:23:15; 5) Dan Billman, 1:31:40; 6) Art Harmon, 1:34:44

Women

1) Jen Jolliff, 1:08:12

Green course (4.6 k, 10 controls)

Women

1) Ellyn Brown, 1:11:38; 2) Anne Billman, 1:24:37

Team

1) Tom “Gunny” Foust, Jacob Sanchez, Robert Beacham, Quinn Osgood, Sutton Gothard, 4:34:13

Orange course (3.9 k, 10 controls)

Team

1) Erik Carlson and Mike Clark, 1:28:05; 2) Trond Jensen, Cindy Jensen, Siena Noffsinger, Sultana Noffsinger, 1:39:10; 3) Lia Keller, Trudy Keller, Kory Keller, 1:40:41

Yellow course (2.6 k, 10 controls)

Team

1) Springer Moore and Jen Jolliff, 1:22:05; 2) Eric Dearborn, Ryan Dearborn, Blake Dearborn, 1:23:10

White course (1.5 k, 7 controls)

Team

1) Michael Backus, Xander Backus, Kielee Backus, Kaija Backus, 46:10

This was a points meet. Check out how you are doing in the season standings

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Lexi’s Weekend-O

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Crevasse Moraine

Orienteerers who made the trek out to Palmer on Saturday discovered that the weather was better there. Rain ended by late morning, and a least one person reported being struck by sunshine! Seventeen people ran the four courses; 12 finished their courses. A few took some interesting extra twists and turns among all the depressions, lake and ridges. The courses were long.

Many thanks to Corrie Whitmore for helping with field checking, Toby Schwoerer for set-up (getting the tent the half-mile to the remote start was indispensable); Pam Cravez for helping run the meet, Eric Follett, Mischa and Erik Carlson, and Dela Grey for helping to get everything back to the parking lot and Steve McKeever for running the red course on Sunday (thus not getting his time in the results) and picking up those controls.

White Course

Teams

1. Jonathan and Michele Aki, 2:07:10; 2. Spencer and Heather Burgess, 2:07:18

Yellow Course

Teams

1. Kathy Faryniarz and Joyce Goodell, 1:38:20

Women

Dela Grey, DNF

Orange Course

Men

1. Eric Follett, 1:59:41

Teams

1. Erik and Mischa Carlson, 2:10:03. DNF: Toby and Suvan Schwoerer.

Red Course

Women

1. Anne Billman, 2:55:00

Teams

1. Karen Bronga and Melanie Janigo, 3:09:03. DNF: Lorene and James Lynn.

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Kathy and Joyce’s “Fun-O” Orienteering Meet

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Elmore Ballfields

A perfect sunny fall evening was the setting for the Fun O. About 65 participants showed up for the event. Due to some control elves or animals or other circumstances, no one was able to complete the two expert courses in the allotted time, but many determined souls spent a great amount of time hunting in the woods! Bill and Nowelle Spencer finished the Orange course first in 1:10:39. Linda Smith topped the Yellow course with a win of 41:23, and Molly Eastman had the fastest time overall for the White course of 28:00.

Many thanks to Mike Robinson who helped with setting up and taking down courses, and Trond Jensen for helping with maps.

White Course

Solo

1) Molly Eastman, 28:00

Teams

1) Sienna & Sultana Hoffsinger, 31:12; 2) Matt & Canyan Crow, 34:09; 3) Grace & Scott Fahrney, 36:40; 4) Hatcher Smith, Vebjorn Flagstad & Springer Moore, 39:00; 5) Rick & Addison Randazzo, 42:20; 6) Ruth & Rory Kvernplassen, Sidney & Kristina, 5:47; 7) Eastmans & Kanyers, 1:09:52; 8) Lindsey, Axel & Neva Flagstad, Talia Smith, 1:15:00.

Yellow Course

Solo

1) Linda Smith, 41:23; 2) Giselle Bergeron, 1:07:34

Teams

1) Vebjorn Flagstad, Springer Moore, Hatcher Smith, 49:00; 2) Art & Andrew Harmon, 57:20; 3) Stephanie Brown, Stacy Shriner, 58:20; 4) Trudy & Lia Keller, 59:40; 5) Bill & Sheryl Fleming, 1:00:38; 6) Lynda Limon, Sara Braniff, Valarie Coscia, 1:02:31

Orange Course

Solo

1) Karen Bronga, 1:15:15; 2) Steve McKeever 1:51:16 3) Phillip Stutzer 2:10:50

Teams

1) Bill & Nowelle Spencer, 1:10:38; 2) Ben & Tonia Burrough, 1:52:25; 3) Charese & Drew Dekreon, 2:23:30; 4) Bill & Carey Johnson DNF

Green Course

Solo

Dela Grey, 2:34:00, DNF, Tom Livingston, 3:29:00, DNF, Jen Jolliff, no time available, DNF, Ivan Hodes, no time available, DNF

Red Course

Solo

Cory Smith, 1:56:00, DNF; Ian Moore, 2:06:05, DNF; Regan Sarwas, 2:09:00, DNF; Trond Jensen, 2:19:00, DNF; Andrew Lee, 2:43:00, DNF; Steve Gruhn, 3:05:29, DNF, Daniel Baird, 3:13:00, DNF

***Times listed for DNF’s are included to show the dedication of our Orienteers at our meet.
Thank you all!
- Kathy and Joyce

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Mountain Goat Race

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
in the Chugach Mountains

Mountain Goat Course Map

Mountain Goat Course Map

Cory Smith prevailed against wind, rain, and a strong field of runners to win the Mountain Goat Race. The race challenged runners to navigate through a 20+ km loop through the Chugach Mountains above Anchorage. Each segment of the race offered choices of routes so the competitors sometimes didn’t see other runners until they showed up at a subsequent checkpoint.

Results

1) Cory Smith, 3:50:37; 2) Patrick Stinson, 4:15:38; 3) Brent Knight and Harlow Robinson, 4:31:38; 4) David Apperson, 5:21:37; 5(tie) Christie Haupert, Robin Beebee, Nathaniel Knapp, 5:54:08; 6) Mike Robinson, 5:57:48; 7) Nathan Child, 7:38:38; 8) Tamra Kornfield, 7:51:08

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Tom and Karen’s Back to School-O

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Russian Jack Park and APU/UAA

East High won the school team division of the Back to School-O with their team averaging 374.4 points per group. Colony was right behind with a 327.3 average. The winning high school group was the South team of Grant Klug, Arthur Welsh, Alex Kilby and Scott Parmelee, amassing 640 points! As for the open division, the men’s victor was John Farr, earning an astounding 740 points. The women’s group leader was Dela Grey, with 350 points and the Open team division had Tao Leyden and Dan Baird out front with 510 points.

A big thank you goes out to Alice Knapp, Ellyn Brown and Jill Follett for helping out at this meet. Another thank you goes to Healthy Futures Alaska for sponsoring the students to participate for free!

East High- 374.4 points average per group

620- Nate Graves, Nathaniel Grabman
570- Peter Destefano, Reymond Gerrety, Paul Matyas, Aiden Haywood
570- Joey Pabon, Reagan Cox, Erik, Brainerd, Zach Montoya
370- Matt Arviso, Brandon Edwards, Jared Dempsey, Lachlan Gerrety
300- Mary Burr, Acadia Graham
300- Rachel Fischer, Megan Fink
270- Gabe Conkel, Rachel Thompson, Liberty Christiansen, Jordan Ebert
230- Alex Schuerch, Orion Roach
140- Caleb Bell, Zander Mason, Lucia Reed

Colony- 327.3 points average per group

470- Elisabeth Bowker, Jill Bowker, Jocelyn Kopsack, Alex Mathis
450- Garrett Birch, Robert Haan, Vince Sanderson, Jeff Lautrup
430- Lis Olsen, M.E. Meyerhofer, Coleen Geraghty
410- Luke Arthur, Nathan Pougher, Nick Harrison
370- River Maketa, Brennan Easley, Caleb Hopkins, Isaiah Kolendo
370- Tyler Daniel, Kamber Lucas, Russell Diotte, Zach Zmuda
330- Tracen Knopp, Dawsen Knopp, Dakota Thompson
310- Brad Grover, Myles Lynn, Sam Deering
310- Cade Chastain, Lucas Byron, Natalie Crousore, Dakota Mayo
300- Cat Powers, Peggy Mathis, Annie Williardson,
290- Bella Block, Jordyn Block, Lexi Norelli
260- Ally Kopsack, Lily Sessom, Sydney Bruce
260- Jessie Yerbick, Jamie Schwantes, Abi Goyette
180- Matt Clyde, Gabe Whisman, Josh Taylor, Braden Ward

South- 323.9 points average per group

640- Grant Klug, Arthur Welsh, Alex Kilby, Scott Parmelee
620- Benton Campbell, Jack Sexauer, Arthur Hall, Luke Twenhafel
570- Hamish Wolfe, Luke Meiwes, Ethan Lynn
500- Kaitlyn Bailly, Derek Steele, Lyle Chamberlinn
430- Trevor Bailly, Josh Novakovich, Koen Bailey, Zane Kam
380- Ryley Esler, Luke Gale, Wyatt Adams
350- Dylan Jones, Chip Schafer
340- Anna Campbell Alice Michaelson, Naomi Kiekintveld, Melissa Diller
320- Maddy Mckenzie, Erin McLeod, Theresa, Thomas, Abby Osgood
320- David Mitton, Canyon McCallister, Michael Gasaway
310- Shane Ohms, Ian Borowski, Stephen Kagerer, Scott Marciniak
300- Scott Hendrick, Trevor West, Gunnar Nelson, Quinn Carroll
300- Sadie Oswald, Grace Campbell, Kaylee Heck, Maggie Meeds
290- Austin Williams, James Allen, Connor Settle, Sterling Doner
250- Katie Hines, Morgan Lash, Emily Evans
240- Savannah Ulrich, Rosemary Reynolds, Emma Korosei, Anna Campbell
220- Marie Sullivan, Danielle Adler
220- Will Twenhafel, Micah Rawalt, Jared Haberman, Kyle McClendon
220- Inessa Cutler, Roxanna Reynolds, Taylor Buechner, Miki Maroney, Madi Maroney
180- Eli Johnson, Andrew Hull, John Hail
170- Dylan Charnon
150- Rylee Stanton, Kenyon W., Cierra Reynolds, Molly Rawalt
130- Simon Lynn, Will Balcao
170- Mallori Allen, Amanda Mayer,

West High- 282.3 points average per group

480- Degnan Lawrence, Cannon Burgess, Mac Fair, Ray Harren, Col Lindemuth, Sam York and Will Stoskopf
400- Jania Tumey, Anton Clark, Kayle Blackmore, Maddy Boutet, Fiona Fick, Gretta Pickett, Lucy Teaford
380- Luke Jager, Finn Walker, Joaquine Monterossa
360- Austin Bailly, Bryson Lynch, Larkin Lynch, Foster Birnbaum
310- Ben Mildon, Wilton Farmwald, Henry Mildon, Daniel Nanes, Parker Pickett, Dylan Eck, Iziah Pellegrini
270- Liam Block, Gary Hoppenworth, Brian Hanni, Gannon Lawley
270- Sam Bernitz, Dmitri Lupine, Jac Norwell, Cesar Quiroz, Madi Burges, Mailinh McNicholas, Cinnamon Monterossa, Tori Mayer
260– Tate Miles, Coach Dylan Peterson
260- Mariah, Taylor, Isabeau Barnes, Emory Banker, Audrey Lawrence, Afiya King, Emily Reast, Alex Thomas
180- Molly Gellener, Sophia Erickson, Emily Garlock
170- Jocelyn Waggoner, Magdalen York, Grace Henry, Gabbi Thompson, Elly Whitmore, Rhoda Bonglo
170- Dylan Charnon
160- Claire Walker, Willie Hall, Jojo Fleischmann, Taylor Way, Kendall Stevens, Jian Evans

Grace – 273.6 points average per group

600- Braden Nieder, Zach Young
460- Steve Sherk, Taylor Sheldon, Caleb Holland
410- Daniel Vanderweide, Tobin Karlsberg, Garret Bond, Levi Gionet
310- Maya Tsao-Wu, Lauren Tsao-Wu, Sarah Cosgrave, Robert Schlaezlein
290- Brogan Nieder, Gregor Limstrom, Ethan Isaacson, Nate Salima
270- Evan Bockman, Hunter Mabry
220- Riley Martin, John Cosgrave, Trent Fritzel, Nick Snow
170- Cheyenne Applegate, Harmony Wayner, Sarah Laker
110- Holley Hoback, Alex Durazo
100- Monika Morrison, Eunice Buscano, Mikayla Shamburger, Kim Schlaezlein
70- Kayla Ackerman, Brooke Plaster, Alex Griesbaum

Men’s Open:

740- John Farr
650- Nathaniel Knapp
600- Mike Robinson
570- Regan Sarwas
560- Jeremy Crawford
540- Steve Gruhn
530- Art Harmon
510- Dan Billman
500- Tom Livingston
380- Ivan Hodes

Kid’s Open:

150-Tobyn Shaw

Women’s Open:

350- Dela Grey
240- Joyce Goodell
110- Wendy Shaw

Team Open:

510- Tao Leyden, Dan Baird
470- Toni Fuerer, Trislyn Cunniham
410- Cindy and Trond Jensen
340- Ellen Tyler, Allie Phillips
340- Bill and Carey Johnson
340- Eeva Latuoso and Jaime Anderson
330- Sara Braniff, Valarie Cosciz, Pam Barbeau, Aimee Demientieff, Judy Kepes
290- Donna Aderhold, Anne Billman
260- Ruth Kvernplassen and Molly Eastman
240- Denise Carey and Hannah Andrews
240- Nicole Kimball, Beth Calabro, Deanna Beck, Kimberly Buskirk
190- Lea McKenna, Tara Wheatland, Marika Athens, Sarah Kalish
180- Kiana Farr and Nicki Jordan
180- Barbara Brown and Tim Wiepking
180- Alex, Sheila, Peter and Sophia Long
170- Ben, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Jennifer Page
170- Jennifer, Andrew and Colin Harmon

We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.

Regan’s UAA Sprint-O

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
University of Alaska, Anchorage

The evening was warm and sunny and the orienteering courses were short and fast. Several participants enjoyed the two for one deal, and ran both the courses at the UAA Sprint-O. After placing 2nd in the women’s long course, Ellyn Brown went on to win the short course. After finishing 3rd in the men’s long course, Bill Spencer went on to win the short course. In the team event, Dan Baird and Tao Leyden won both the long and short courses. Cory Smith won the men’s long course in 16min 27sec, and Jen Jolliff won the women’s long course in 20:55. Congrats to all the participants, especially the first timers.

Thanks to Dwight, Dela, Jenny, Liam, and Mali for various forms of support.

Long Course (2.3k, 16 controls)

Men

1) Cory Smith 16min 27sec, 2) Ian Moore 18:11, 3) Bill Spencer 19:44, 4) Dan Billman 23:02, 5) tie: John Farr and Steve Gruhn 24:21, 7) Mike Robinson 24:48, 8) Dwight Iverson 25:51, 9) Daniel Kustars 27:04, 10) Mark Findlay 31:15, 11) Liam Sarwas 32:51, 12) Brian Durrell 33:45, 13) Ivan Hodes 38:56

Women

1) Jen Jolliff 20:55, 2) Ellyn Brown 24:06, 3) Linda Smith 28:43, 4) Dela Grey 30:57, 5) Anne Billman 32:48, 6) Karen Bronga 36:15, 7) Susan Sherman 43:54

Teams

1) Dan Baird and Tao Leyden 25:56, 2) Erik Carlson and Michael Clark 28:15, 3) Nic Sedenquist and Courtney Evans 35:59, 4) Charese Gearhart-Dekreon and Drew Dekreon 36:00, 5) Philip and Katjana Stutzer 38:55, 6) Michelle Ru and Sarah Boeki 48:58, 7) Zach Williams, Bradley Ince, and Ian Gillespie DNF

Short Course (1.4k, 10 controls)

Men

1) Bill Spencer 9:08, 2) John Farr 9:32, 3) Dan Billman 11:32, 4) Ivan Hodes 14:16, 5) Daniel Kustars 14:55, 6) Brian Durrell 18:35, 7) Springer Moore 25:56

Women

1) Ellyn Brown 11:16, 2) Susan Sherman 13:35, 3) Karen Bronga 13:40

Teams

1) Dan Baird and Tao Leyden 11:40, 2) David and Jessie Donahue 17:00, 3) Joyce Goodell and Kathy Farynairz 18:22, 4) Springer and Ian Moore 19:28, 5) Ruth Kvernplassen and Molly Eastman 19:28, 6) Ian Gillespie, Zack Williams, Bradley Ince and Barb Williams 22:47, 7) Jenny Redick and Mali Redick 24:05, 8) Aimee, Charlee, Kaysee, Jonathan and Yume Demientieff 26:00, 9) Kiana Farr and Nicki Jordan 29:00, 10) Brandon, Vivian, Brady and Evelyn Tokar 32:00, 11) Talea, Hatcher, and Linda Smith 32:38, 12) Amanda, Josephine, August and Tobin Lilly 44:13

We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.