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.

Trond’s Storck-O Results

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Bear Valley Elementary school

Perfect temperatures greeted the 71 people who tested their orienteering skills in Bear Valley. Lindsey Flagstad was the quickest woman on the more difficult red course and Ian Moore had the fastest time in the men’s class on the same course. Many families with young kids had lots of fun on the white and yellow courses.

Thanks to the following volunteers for helping put on this meet: Vebjorn and Aksel Flagstad for hanging and picking up the the white course controls. Bill Spencer for help with course design and vetting. Lindsey Flagstad for helping at the start.

Red, 4.1 km, 17 controls

Men

1) Ian Moore, 0:52:50; 2) Cory Smith, 1:08:00; 3) Peter Oswald, 1:12:00; 4) Regan Sarwas, 1:21:31; 5) Mike Robinson, 1:27:00; 6) Bill Johnson, 1:29:00; 7) Trond Jensen, 1:32:45

Women

1) Lindsey Flagstad, 1:28:25; 2) Lorena Knapp, 2:14:10

Team

1) Scott Patterson, David Norris, 1:22:50

Green, 3.7 km, 14 controls

Men

1) Steve Gruhn, 1:05:08; 2) Eric Follett, 1:15:01; 3) Brian Durell, 1:18:10; 4) John Fritz, 1:35:10; 5) Mark Findlay, 1:42:00; 6) Daniel Baird, DNF

Women

1) Susan Sherman, 2:39:32

Team

1) Karen Bronga, Melanie Janigo, 1:39:00

Orange, 3.4 km, 13 controls

Men

1) Jeremy Johnson, 1:13:01; 2) Dorn Van Dommelen, 1:16:35; 3) Ole Jordan, 2:50:00; 4) Matt Crow, DNF

Team

1) Tonia and Ben Burrough, 1:50:00; 2) Springer Moore, Vebjorn Flagstad, Jen Jolliff, 2:09:00; 3) De Lewis, Jill Follett, 2:52:00

Yellow, 2.2 km, 13 controls

Men

1) Jess Austin, 0:59:00

Women

1) Giselle Bergeron, 1:26:50; 2) Stephanie Kesler, 1:46:27

Team

1) Dan and Annn Billman, 1:06:00; 2) Madison Chan, Britney Hippy, 1:09:01; 3) Meera Narayanan, Sandra Graham, 1:16:10; 4) Anna, Kai and Matt Green, 1:19:00; 5) Drosdowski and Joyner Families, 1:31:00; 6) Terry and Jacob Nunn, 1:31:06; 7) Hatcher, Talia and Linda Smith, Aksel and Niva Flagstad, 1:32:00

White, 1.2 km, 9 controls

Team

1) Lia, Trudy, Duke and Kincaid Keller,, 0:19:10; 2) Addie Ann, Thale, Casey and Matt Randall, 0:21:00; 3) Rob, Laura, Brooke and Aly Long, 0:21:34; 4) Kai and Suvan Schwoerer and Darcy Dugan, 0:33:45

Notes

The next meet is a traditional meet on Wednesday May 25th at Mile 1.1 on Campbell Airstrip Road (Far North Bicentennial Park). There will also be free training at this event.

This was a points race. See how you stand in the season points.

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

Free Orienteering!

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Healthy Futures

Thanks to a generous grant from Healthy Futures, kids under 19 can orienteer for free for the entire 2016 orienteering season.  Kids, come on out and be healthy!

In addition, if you have never orienteered before, regardless of your age, the orienteering club would like you to try it for free. Just let the meet director know that you have never orienteered before, and your entry fee will be waived. We hope you will enjoy orienteering and come back all summer long.

Trond’s Score-O Results

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Alaska Pacific University

Eighty-five people completed last Wednesday’s score-O at APU on a beautiful spring evening. Participants attempted to find as many of the 31 controls as possible in less than 60 minutes. Ian Moore managed to find all controls in 56:27 for a total of 960 points. Cory Smith (890 points) and Bill Spencer (800 points) rounded out the top three among the men. Karen Bronga won the women’s class with 600 points ahead of Ellyn Brown (540 points) and Jessie Donahue (500 points). Dave and Diane Evans won the team class with a total of 700 points.

Individual Women:

1. Karen Bronga, 600;
2. Ellyn Brown, 540;
3. Jessie Donahue, 500;
4. Susan Sherman, 370.

Individual Men:

1. Ian Moore, 960;
2. Cory Smith, 890;
3. Bill Spencer, 800;
4. Mike Robinson, 790;
5. Steve Gruhn, 710;
6. Jeremy Johnson, 690;
7. Bill Johnson, 650;
8. Arthur Harmon, 640;
9. Dorn Van Dommelen, 570;
10. Dan Billman, 550;
11. Brian Durell, 520;
12. Mark Findlay, 380.

Teams:

1. Dave and Diane Evans, 700;
2. Julie, Russell, Natalie and Liam Hood, 600;
3. (tie) Matt and Canyon Crow, 590; and Lina Ireland and Gary Snyder, 590;
5. Brianna Wang and Bryan Carey, 440;
6. Noah and Nathan Rehberg, 430;
7. (tie) Steve Parsons and Michaela Caldwell, 410; and Charese and Drew Dekreon, 410;
9. Donna, Ted and Erin Calahane, 390;
10. Springer Moore, Hatcher Smith and Andrew Harmon, 380;
11. Giselle and Bob Bergeron, 370;
12. Eduardo Sanchez, Don Blevins, Taylor Engstrom and Tevin Hurley, 360;
13. (tie) Gerry, Holly, Alan and Jacob Nunn, 330; and Justin, Owen, Beck and Maggie Harth, 330;
15. Ivan and Lumi Hodes, 320;
16. (tie) Taylor Wright, Mason Pelli, Paul Striplin and Sam Vakasin, 300; and Ruth and Henry Kvernplassen, 300;
18. (tie) Robert, Aly and Brooke Long, and Laura Swagger, 270; Sophia, Alex, Sheila and Peter Lang, 270; Dela Grey, Taylor Dosch and Lilly Cappell, 270; and Connor Smith, Jarod Kiefe, Chris Tomson, 270;
22. Stephanie and Sandra Graham, 240
23. Linda and Talia Smith, 200
24. Jared, Mike and Calvin Gardener, 140
25. Jennifer and Corin Harmon, 110

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

The next meet is a traditional meet on Wednesday May 18 at Bear Valley Elementary School.

Results from Big-O Meet

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Kincaid Park

Over 40 participants braved the windy and cold weather to participate in this Score-O style orienteering meet in Kincaid Park. They used the same course that approximately 950 Anchorage School District students used earlier in the day. The team of Bill and David Spencer had the highest point total of the evening, scoring 970 out of a possible 1100.

Thanks to the Anchorage School District Physical Education Department, Steve Gruhn and Anne Billman for their assistance in putting on the meet.

29 controls; 1 hour time limit; points are out of a possible 1100

Men
1) Steve Gruhn, 760; 2) Brian Durrell, 690; 3) Tom Livingston, 690; 4) Dorn Van Dommelen, 630; 5) Gunnar Knapp, 590; 6) Jeremy Johnson, 580; 7) Tom Bronga, 520; 8) Dan Billman, 470; 9) Mark Findlay, 400

Women
1) Eeva Latosuo, 680; 2) Karen Bronga, 600; 3) Jess Austin, 500; 4) Agneta Kupilik, 290

Teams
1) Bill and David Spencer, 970; 2) Springer Moore, Ian Moore and Jen Joliff, 730; 3) Kelly Bruxvoort, Cheyenne Oyen and Charlotte Idey, 430; 4) Joyce Goodell and Kathy Faryniaz, 330; 5) Donna and Erin Cahalane, 300; 6) Kirt, Melissa, Noah and Ethan Van Doyle, 290; 7) Justin, Owen, Beck and Maggie Harth, 250; 8) Mike, Noah and Nathan Reberg and Andrew Harmon, 220; 9) Laura, Brooke and Ally Long, 30; 10) Luba, Alex and Mikey Berki, 30

The next meet will be Wednesday, May 11th on the Alaska Pacific University campus. Start at 6:30pm

Big-O Orienteering Meet

Big-O Orienteering Meet

Tuesday, May 3rd

Mass Start at 6:30pm

Kincaid Park Chalet

The Anchorage School District’s Health and Physical Education Department runs an orienteering event each year for elementary and middle school students on Tuesday, May 3rd, and they are keeping the course set up so that the club can enjoy it in the evening.

The meet will be a mass start in the Score-O format.  All participants will have 1 hour to find as many controls as they can before returning to the start.  The start location will be on the East side of the Kincaid Chalet.  ASD is using the same course as last year, so it may be a fun opportunity to experiment with your route choice or test your fitness against last year’s performance.  The course is made for beginners, with all controls on or very near the major trails.  That being said, intermediate and advanced orienteerers will find that since the vegetation is still low, you have greater opportunities for off-trail route choices that would be almost impossible later in the summer.  While there are some small areas where the trails are muddy, for the most part the trails are dry and in great shape.

Whether you can make it on Tuesday or not,  the meet director would appreciate some help taking down the controls after the event.  If you can help, please contract him by email:  HarmonA23@aol.com

Hope to see you out there!

Training Galore!

Intro To Orienteering: The Basics

APU Score-O – 05/11/2016, 6:00-6:30
Bartlett Sprint-O – 06/29/2016, 5:30-6:00

Instruction (outdoors): We’ll cover everything you need to know to try out the sport of orienteering, answer any questions you may have, then help you get started on a course and try orienteering for 30-60 minutes.
Bring: good walking shoes, long pants, other clothes to keep you warm or cool and dry during instruction and orienteering, small pack or pockets for your valuables, bug dope, a whistle
Optional gear: pepper spray, water, snacks, compass
Questions: Please contact Cory Smith at (907) 317-3962 or coryhsmith@gmail.com

Intro To Orienteering: How to Read an Orienteering Map

Follet-O – 05/25/2016, 5:30-6:00
Service-O – 08/10/2016, 5:30-6:00

Instruction (outdoors) from 5:30 to 6 pm: We’ll quickly cover the basics of orienteering, then discuss map reading and how to use an orienteering map.  Finally, we’ll get you out on a course to try orienteering for 30-60 minutes.
Bring: good walking shoes, long pants, other clothes to keep you warm or cool and dry during instruction and orienteering, small pack or pockets for your valuables, bug dope, a whistle
Optional gear: pepper spray, water, snacks, compass
Questions: Please contact Cory Smith at (907) 317-3962 or coryhsmith@gmail.com

Intro To Orienteering: Using a Compass

Abbott-O – 06/08/2016, 6:00-6:30
Pia-O – 08/24/2016, 5:30-6:00

Instruction (outdoors): We’ll quickly cover the basics of orienteering, then discuss how to use a compass and how to use it along with your map to navigate an orienteering course.  Finally, we’ll get you out on a course to try orienteering for 30-60 minutes.
Bring: good walking shoes, long pants, other clothes to keep you warm or cool and dry during instruction and orienteering, small pack or pockets for your valuables, bug dope, a whistle
Optional gear: pepper spray, water, snacks, compass
Questions: Please contact Cory Smith at (907) 317-3962 or coryhsmith@gmail.com

Easter-O Results

Sunday, March 27, 2016
Far North Bicentennial Park at Hillside

Score-O style event in which orienteers find as many controls as they can in a set period – either 45 minutes or 90 minutes. Each control was worth 10 points, with a 5 minute penalty for each minute overtime. Icy trails were challenging, but frozen ground and good visibility in the forest benefited the 23 racers. Team Jeremy Crawford and Peter Oswald found all the controls in less than the time limit to win the long course. Scotsman Joshua Dudley found 14 controls but lost some points for tardiness, winning the short course.

Short Score-O

Men

1) Joshua Dudley, 105; 2) Eric Follett, 100; 3) Steve McKeever, 95

Team

1) Ron, Becky, Ginny Cook; Cindy, Trond Jensen; Siena, Sultana Noffsinger, 95; 2) Ed Sniffen, Stacy Steinberg, Bill Fleming, Sheryl Mohwinkel, 70; 3) Logan, Jill Follett, 60

Long Score-O

Team

1) Jeremy Crawford, Peter Oswald, 200; 2) Joseph Kalfsbeek, Cayman Kalfsbeek, 60

Women

1) Anne Billman, 130; 2) Pam Butcher, 70

Men

1) Fernando Gutierrez Ladron, 40

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

Ski-O Cancelled

cancelledSorry Orienteers, our meet director for the Bartlett Ski-O has taken ill, and will not be able to host the meet on Wed March 16. There is not enough time left to find a new meet director. Sorry for the short notice. Please help spread the word.