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 Course at Elmore Ball Fields

Woo Hoo, there is another training course! Maybe no snow isn’t a bad thing?

This course starts at the Elmore ball fields. It has a remote start, about a half kilometer from the finish in the parking area. The woods are almost snow free. Running is good. The downed trees can have ice cover and are slippery.

The course is set to encourage you to think about route choices. Many legs have multiple routes between controls. Think about which may be faster, less prone to error, or more fun.

This course will be up through Thanksgiving. This is NOT a club event. This is an individual training opportunity, so proceed at your own risk.

Print the Map!

Training Course at Ruth Arcand

UPDATE: this course will remain up through Thanksgiving weekend!

Instead of doing a snow dance today, head over to Ruth Arcand Park and practice your map reading skills!

There is a training course now set at Ruth Arcand. This is set as sprint training. Look for small, not standard, control flags.

The control features are not difficult to find. The orienteering skill for these is quick route choice and executing it as fast as you can and still be able to think. While you can use a compass, I recommend trying to do this without one. The area is very well mapped and not using the compass will help you focus on map reading.

Note the start and finish are not in the same place. Try it as a Night-O on your way home this week!

This will be out through next weekend (11/16/14). This is NOT a club event. This is an individual training opportunity, so proceed at your own risk.

Print the Map!

2015 Executive Board

The officers of the Club and three elected at-large Board members shall constitute the Executive Board.

Officers of the Club

President
The President shall coordinate the affairs of the Club and preside at meetings.
Trond B Jensen
Trond Jensen
344-2634 (home) 575-5706 (cell)
Orienteering runner since 1971, AOC club member since 2002, AOC board member since 2006 (VP events 2006-2008, President 2008-present).
Administrative Vice President
The Administrative Vice-President shall assist the President and shall assume the duties of the President in the President’s absence.
Dela Grey
Dela Grey
929-9930
I got introduced to orienteering in the fall of 2005 and was hooked immediately. I have always loved maps, and am happy to have found a place where being a map geek is cool! If I ever take up running, I could become seriously competitive. For now, it’s just great physical and mental exercise in the beautiful outdoors. AOC Board member since 2012 (At-Large 2012, Admin. VP 2013 – present).
Secretary
The Secretary shall maintain current records of the general affairs of the Club, including meeting minutes and correspondence. The Secretary shall keep the Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation, Bylaws, Policy Guidelines and resolutions in a binder, and may post any of these documents on the Club’s webpage.
Joyce Goodell
Joyce Goodell
348-0012
Orienteer since 2000, Club member for 10 seasons, on the board for the past three years as Member at Large.
Treasurer
The Treasurer shall maintain accurate and current records of the financial affairs of the Club.
Dan Billman
Dan Billman
345-1749 (home) 644-2042 (work)
Dan Billman joined ARCT in the mid-1990s and has been a Board member most of the time since. He’s served as President, Vice President of Events, and the past 4 years as Treasurer. He loves to run in the woods.
Vice President of Media
The Vice President of Media shall promote the Club and specific events, including disseminating news of Club activities (newspaper and website), and contacting potential sponsors for donations.
Lia Keller
Lia Keller
Running around the woods in orienteering meets for the last four years. My boys used to be in backpacks, but now they run ahead to find the flags!

Vice President of Equipment
The Vice President of Equipment shall store, care for and monitor the Club’s equipment, including providing forms and supplies for Club functions.
Regan Sarwas
Regan Sarwas
345-1915 (home) 230-0433 (cell)
Regan followed his Alaskan bride to Anchorage in 1992. Once his three kids were mostly grown, he needed a new hobby and fell in love with orienteering in 2011. Being an engineer and a computer programmer, he enjoys the intellectual challenge of orienteering. As he nears 50, he also appreciates the fact that he has a lot of room for improvement in orienteering, despite the fact that his body is slowing down.
Vice President of Mapping
The Vice President of Mapping shall identify and review locations suitable for Club events and coordinate the preparation of suitable maps.
Ian Moore
348-0237
Vice President of Training
The Vice President of Training shall organize and direct the teaching of orienteering skills in schools, lectures and workshops.
Anne Billman
345-1749 (home) 903-4779 (cell)
Vice President of Events
The Vice President of Events shall propose a schedule of events, secure permission from land owners, designate meet directors for events, and coordinate assistance and training for meet directors.
Kathy Farynairz
360-5016
Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson
786-1001
Mike moved from Florida to Alaska on a whim almost 20 years ago and discovered his love of the outdoors. He likes orienteering because the running is optional but the thinking is not.
Vice President of Membership
The Vice President of Membership shall maintain an accurate and current list of members and interested non-members, and shall notify those whose membership has expired.
Art Harmon
Art Harmon
333-2422
Art loves the thrill of the “hunt” and sharing that love with others, especially children.

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.

Member At-Large
Lexi Hill
Member At-Large
Liason to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Chris Tomsen
696-1977
Member At-Large
Open

Prior Executive Boards

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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