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.

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.

Art’s Cleat-O Results

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Russian Jack Park

Originally scheduled as a ski orienteering event, the meet was switched to a foot orienteering course due to the low amount of snow and large amount of ice. Participants sported a wide range of traction devices to handle the challenging conditions. While many of the main trails were ice-covered, the running in the forest was quite nice. Cory Smith posted the fastest time on the long course. Elissa Brown had the best time on the short course.

Long course (5.0-K, 19 control stations)

Men

1) Cory Smith, 40:43; 2) Ian Moore, 41:50; 3) Regan Sarwas, 56:00; 4) Dan Billman, 1:07:08; 5)Phillip Stutzer, 1:41:30; 6) Dwight Iverson 1:57:00

Women

1) Jen Jolliff, 58:01; 2) Ellyn Brown, 1:02:23; 3) Lorena Knapp, 1:11:00

Teams

1) Jessie Donahue and Tracy Basshart, 1:49:20

Short course (2.2-K, 11 control stations)

Men

1) Bill Johnson, 40:30; 2) Ivan Hodes, 1:08:00

Women

1) Elissa Brown, 38:51; 2) Linda Smith, 40:59, 3) Jess Austin, DNF

Teams

1) Springer and Ian Moore, 45:15; 2) Joyce Goodell and Kathy Faryniarz, 50:59; 3) Mark Butcher, Pam Butcher and Erin Milan, 1:14:00; 4) Lacayah Engebretson, Lukie Oktollik and Bodhi Lidin, DNF

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

The season is ON!

The O-Club is adapting to the less than snowy winter. Our first meet is Art’s Cleat-O on Wednesday evening (March 9th, starts from 5-7pm). This will not be a ski-o — check the link for details.

We plan to hold the remaining winter meets with adaptations to suit the conditions mother nature provides us. Please check the links to the right shortly before the meet to see what the meet director has planned.

Time to start orienteering!!

Board Meeting Minutes from February 3, 2016

Arctic Orienteering Club
Board Meeting: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Meeting was held at Regan’s home, and called to order at 7:08 by President Trond Jensen.

Members present: Trond Jensen; Joyce Goodell; Anne Billman; Dan Billman; Shelly Laws; Jill Follett; Regan Sarwas; Chris Tomsen; Ian Moore; Cory Smith; Lia Keller

2016 Budget: Dan reports we have $6000 in the checking account to start the season. This is after paying OUSA dues. Trond sent them a hardship letter and we were awarded a discount of $400.

2016 Schedule and Meets: Anne reports activity has been fairly inactive. She is confident she can find directors for open meets on the schedule. There are 6 members probably committed to open meets currently. The Annual “Party-O” will be the meet on 6-22. We will plan on a sign up for new board members at this time. So far, no activity from the party planning committee.
Dan has stated he can provide the club with a couple white boards for club use.

Permitting: HS “O” is an ASD event, put on by ASD. AOC provides supplies, organization, set up, but ASD covers the insurance and permit on the meet. Start fees are collected by OUSA, so it was discussed that start fees should be collected for AOC members. Collecting a start fee (by OUSA) for each HS student was left open for discussion, as the meet is actually a ASD event.

Misc-Chris: He will work on exploring an option for a MatSu meet. Possibly using Crevasse Moraine, and holding the meet on a weekend. He’s also promoting Biathalon/Orienteering to the MatSu ski club.

Website: Regan is developing information for early season meet information such as basic start times, Wednesday venues, etc.

Mapping: Ian reports ERNC has spectacular terrain and looks like a fun place to try out. Starting location would be a ways away from the Nature Center (approx.. 1 mile), so a bit of a hike to the start. It would be a good venue for an advanced type meet, but not suitable for something like a HS “O”. Trond will check in with Chugach State Park Board (he’s on it) for possibilities. Barriers could be parking fees, location. Art has expressed interest in making maps around a couple schools (Muldoon Park), but no report recently from him. Trond reports area around Upper Huffman Trailhead has very good potential, and presented a rough map. We could try a “test meet” in this area. There are many trails, but some off trail terrain/vegetation could present difficulties. Cory and Trond will make a test map.

Equipment: Regan reports the equip. is in pretty good shape, and needs to purchase various small items. He will set up the 50 new controls we have for use, and retire the oldest controls. These old controls will be used for training O’s, off season courses, and also available for use by members who want to set something up. Waiver sheet will be revised for 2016 schedule, with current fees and thanks to donors on the form, as well as a spot for “mapping donations”. He will reorder 2016 meet calendars, and free pass forms, and also include a “lost and found” box.

Training: Anne reported that a family and home school group would like O training, and was willing to pay for it. Board does not do a fee for service training, and Chris T volunteered to take part in this training. Cory feels meet director training is a fun thing, but are we really accomplishing our goal of training new people. He suggests we target people who haven’t put on meets to come to training, and then we can assign them to an experienced meet director to help with meets. The goal is to set up this training (with food and beverages) early in the season. He will set up date and venue, and we will find people who want to do this training.

Other Business: Board agrees to “first time free” again for 2016, and all kids O for free, as we are again expecting the $1000 donation from Healthy Futures. Chris suggests we all get orange vests to keep in our car for any upcoming emergency. Anne brought to our attention upcoming O’s in Arizona in mid February. Jill volunteered Eric to vet any course (as he is retired) and would love to do this.

Next meeting – TBD.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45
Minutes respectfully submitted by Joyce G. Secretary

Minutes also available as PDF.