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.
Controls for a 4km Snow-O (ski or snowshoe) are available in the NE corner of Far North Bicentennial Park. The best access is via Klutina Drive or Tikishla St. in east Anchorage (near Tudor & Muldoon). The controls will stay up until March 14th. This is NOT a club event. This is an individual training opportunity, so proceed at your own risk. The course crosses the dog mushing trails in places so be cautious. Please note that the controls closest to private land have been taken down. The unavailable controls have been obscured with a large X on the map. The controls can be done in any order.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Far North Bicentennial Park
The fresh snow made for a beautiful and challenging night of orienteering. The only participant to complete the long course was Gary Snyder. He was able to find all 15 controls in just over 2 hours. Lindsey Flagstad was quickest on the medium route, while Regan Sarwas dominated the short course with a time of 37:42.
Thanks to Regan Sarwas for mapping help and Bill Johnson for offering to take down controls.
1) Regan Sarwas, 37:42; 2) Bill Johnson, 56:00
1) Joyce Goodell, 1:18
1) Art Harmon, Niko Pennino, Mark Eggener, 59:00; 2) Leslie Tose, Dwight Iverson, Courtney Brown, 1:20; 3) Tim Wiepking and Barbara Brown, 1:28
1) Lindsey Flagstad (9 controls), Jessie Donahue (9 controls), Pete La France (9 controls), Leslie Kroloff and Jill Folette (5 controls)
1) Gary Snyder, 2:04
Arctic Orienteering Club
Board Meeting Minutes Feb. 12, 2014
The first Board Meeting of 2014 was held at Karen Bronga’s house. Members present were Lexi Hill, Joyce Goodell, Kathy Farnyiarz, Della Grey, Regan Sarwas, Trond Jensen, Mike Robinson, Karen Bronga, Jen Jolliff.
Meeting called to order 6:25pm.
A brief ski report from Trond: he has found good skiing almost every day during the snow drought. Go Trond!
2014 Schedule Report from Mike and Kathy:
Toby’s Ski O is postponed/cancelled due to snow conditions. We discussed permitting for field training VS “formal meets”. Should casual meets be left off the event calendar to avoid permitting/fees?
A proposal was made to divide the events and only put the official events on the calendar and use a separate format (perhaps e-mail, Facebook) for “training” or vetting new maps.
Jen expressed concern that no meets are scheduled on JBER. It was stated that there may be increased military activity on base limiting our use, so may be harder to schedule meets. Also Access to base- Lexi suggested possibly the opportunity to sign people up for JBER meets at a previous meet/class training event using internet access on site.
There was discussion about eliminating Crevasse Moraine-it has had low attendance and is difficult to set up. Also, UAF may increase fees significantly. We may look at a fall “camp out” meet out there, starting at a different venue. Possibly the weekned of 9/13 or 14.
Ian and Jen may put on a special meet at Earthquake Park on the 50th anniversary of the GF earthquake for 3-24. Go big- advertise, ADN, news, Chamber of Commerce. It also depends on weather this early in the season. Karen will do the media, Jen will check into the city’s plan for the anniversary.
Kathy and Mike are getting all permits in order. BLM-Mike was having a bit of difficulty with the permit- looks like we didn’t either get one last year or pay for it so we were in arrears and will cost us more this year. Mike will pay the fee for last year. Much more discussion of meet planning, moving things around. Details of Hilltop “restrictions” were noted- IE: no controls on certain structures, port-a-potty, parking. Also, there may be some for Ruth Arcand, Kincaid. These details and restrictions need to go to meet directors setting meets up in these areas.
Toby is extremely busy this year and has no time for club issues. Trond will ask Ian if he will help with changes that need to be made on FNBP maps. Also, we will ask Eric Follet if is available for helping with maps. Lexi stated someone was asking if we could publish our maps. We have decided that this is one of our assets, and it is our property that we have paid for and should be semi-protected. It is available to meet directors on our website.
Dela on Land and Trails:
Working on a standard for planning meets at Crevasse M? Some new trail possibilities may be out there.
FNBP: re: Polar Bear Trail- it is located from the intersection of Black and Brown Bear over to the Homestead Trail. This is an unauthorized trail. There is also a new trail behind APU that bikers are using. At this time, there will be no movement from us on trails. AOC will let the muni decipher the action plans.
- Discussion about mapping
- Sprint Races
- Events free for 1st timers at Orienteering/ place sign at meets Jen will work on promoting orienteering to the community Partnering with other clubs for events:
- National Ski-O
- Add in with mt. runners and Mt.-O
The Next meeting will be about the third week of April. Meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Joyce Goodell, Secretary
Thanks to Healthy Futures kids under 18 orienteer for free for the entire 2014 Orienteering season.
What is orienteering? It’s a cool outdoor sport which takes treasure hunting to a new level. Participants use a map and compass to find their way around a local trail system.
The 2014 Orienteering season begins March 5th with the first of three Ski-Os. Check the events page for more details.
Please note that due to the volunteer nature of the club, last minute changes may still happen, so be sure and check the web site before heading out to a meet, or sign up for our email notices.
Training events have not yet been scheduled, but have no fear, there will be plenty of training opportunities offered again this year!
Arctic Orienteering Club
2013 Annual Meeting
Minutes by Kathy Faryniarz
Aug. 28, 2013
Trond Jensen welcomed the group, pizza was served, door prizes were distributed, meet director prizes were given, season points awards, 2014 meet director sign up, and Ann Billman had uniform samples available for people to try. Ann will be putting an order in by February and Jen Jolliff will help with logo design.
Treasurer Dan Billman reported the club has approx.. 20,000$ in money market fund and approx.. 6,000$ in checking. This years mapping costs have not been paid yet. Dan also acknowledged clubs achievements this year including: #well attended advanced O training classes, SAR coordination and practice drill, a new website, Healthy Futures agreement and free participation for kids, free passes for familys that attended beginner orienteering, Big Wild Life participation, Ski for Kids orienteering demo, Girl Scout Jamboree orienteering demo, Winter O meets, article on club in NA Orienteering, and mapping projects.
New Earthquake Park and Bartlett are done. Ruth Arcand is partially dine.
Board will have strategy session regarding club’s main purpose, including discussion around future mapping projects such as updating FNBP.
Board Nominations and Election results:
President Trond Jensen
Admin VP Dela Grey
Secretary Joyce Goodell
Treasurer Dan Billman
VP Media Karen Bronga
VP Training Jen Jolliff
VP Events Mike Robinson/Kathy Faryniarz
Membership/ Art Harmon
VP Equipment Bill Johnson
VP Mapping Toby Schworer
At Large Regan Sarwas, Chris Tomsen, Lexi Hill
The officers of the Club and three elected at-large Board members shall constitute the Executive Board.
Officers of the Club
At-Large Board Members
The at-large members have no specific officer duties beyond the responsibilities of the Executive Board. Nevertheless, the at-large members are typically responsible for some non-official duties.
Prior Executive Boards
The mystery training course setter has struck again!!
Exercise caution approaching control 4. The cliffs are wet and slippery. Choose your route carefully.
Be advised, this is not a club event – participate at your own risk.
A club member has set up a training course at Ruth Arcand Saturday afternoon (10/19). The course is 4.2 km and all in dry areas. The start is at the first parking area after you enter the park. This is our first course on our new map! Give it a try!
Be advised, this is not a club event – participate at your own risk.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Alaska Pacific University
25 people enjoyed a mild evening for the Night-O for the last orienteering event of 2013.
1) Nick Treinen, 870; 2) Darren Hull, 780; 3) Regan Sarwas, 750; 4) Tom Bronga, 630; 5) Brian Durrell, 610; 6) Colin Singleton, 410; 7) Dwight Iverson, 300
1) Keri Hull, 540; 2) Joyce Goodell, 520; 3) Karen Bronga, 440; 4) Giselle Bergeron, 380; 5) Kaylen Demientieff, 320
1) Art and Andrew Harmon, 580; 2) Matthew Hansen, Melanie Kluss, 560; 3) Caitlin Marine, Gil Carr, 510; 4) Jake Todd , Amy Downing, 380; 5) Lia and Trudy Keller, 370; 6) Drew Dekreon, Charese Gearhart Dekreon, 310
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